Multiple whistleblowers have complained that Federal Aviation Administration’s safety inspectors who certified Boeing’s 737 MAX aircraft had not been “properly trained” to certify the aircraft, according to a letter to the FAA from Senate Commerce Committee chairman Sen. Roger Wicker on April 2
The letter cited whistleblowers, says “insufficient training and improper certification of FAA aviation safety inspectors”…“including those involved in the Aircraft Evaluation Group (AEG) for the Boeing 737 MAX, had not received proper training and valid certifications”
In his letter to FAA’s Acting Administrator Dan Elwell, Mr. Wicker said “some of the inspectors that had not been properly trained or certified may have been participants in the Flight Standardization Board (FSB) for the 737 MAX. FSB is a body formed by the FAA’s AEG to determine pilot-training requirements to receive “type ratings” for the 737.
The FSB’s report determined that 737 type-rated pilots required no additional training to fly the 737 MAX, and no additional documentation was added to the 737 MAX’s operations manual regarding the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS).
It is believed that lack of additional training and documentation played a role in both the Lion air and Ethiopian MAX jets crash.