MIAMI – The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced that Boeing will pay at least US$17m in penalties under a settlement agreement announced Wednesday.

In addition, the world’s second-largest aircraft manufacturer will undertake corrective actions with its production of the Boeing 737 MAX and Next Generation (NG) aircraft.

In a news release, the FAA said it found that Boeing installed equipment on 759 Boeing 737 MAX and NG aircraft containing sensors that were not approved for that equipment; submitted approximately 178 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft for airworthiness certification when the aircraft potentially had nonconforming slat tracks installed; and improperly marked those slat tracks.

“Keeping the flying public safe is our primary responsibility. That is not negotiable, and the FAA will hold Boeing and the aviation industry accountable to keep our skies safe,” FAA administrator Steve Dickson said in the news release.

ACA B38M at YVR | Boeing 737-8 MAX. Photo: Michal Mendyk/Airways

Corrective Actions

According to the news release, the corrective actions include but are not limited to:

  • Strengthening procedures to ensure that (Boeing) does not install on aircraft any parts that fail to conform to their approved design.
  • Performing Safety Risk Management analyses to determine whether its supply-chain oversight processes are appropriate and whether the company is ready to safely increase the Boeing 737 production rate.
  • Revising its production procedures to enable the FAA to observe production rate readiness assessments, the data on which the company bases the assessments, and the results of the assessments.
  • Taking steps to reduce the chance that it presents to the FAA aircraft with nonconforming parts for airworthiness certification or a Certificate of Export.
  • Enhancing processes to improve its oversight of parts suppliers.

The cases were previously announced and were unrelated to the two crashes that led to the MAX groundings.

Featured image: Boeing 737 MAX 7. Photo: Brandon Farris/Airways