[Avionics Today 12-22-2015] The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced a comprehensive settlement agreement with Boeing that resolves multiple pending and potential enforcement cases. Under the agreement, Boeing pledged to implement and improve several certification processes to further enhance the airworthiness and continued compliance of all Boeing Commercial Aircraft (BCA) products.
Cathay Pacific Cargo Boeing 747-8. Photo: Boeing.
According to the FAA, Boeing was late in developing information on safety improvements for the 747 and 757. The agency also said the airframe manufacturer did not take action when one of its suppliers provided low quality parts.
Boeing released a statement acknowledging that the company takes "responsibility for our actions."
"Boeing believes that this agreement not only fairly resolves announced and potential civil penalty actions — most of which date back years, and two of which were previously announced in 2012 and 2013 — but also will further enhance Boeing's self-correcting quality and compliance systems. Under the terms of the agreement, Boeing has agreed to pay $12 million and make additional quality and compliance process improvements. Many of the improvements listed in the agreement have already been implemented or are in the process of implementation," the company said in a statement.