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Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Announce Hearing on FAA Implementation of the 2020 Aircraft Certification, Safety, and Accountability Act

October 18, 2021

Washington, DC – Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) announced the subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, “Three Years After Lion Air 610: FAA Implementation of the 2020 Aircraft Certification, Safety, and Accountability Act.”

During this hearing, Members will have an opportunity to discuss the ongoing work within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to implement provisions of the bipartisan and bicameral Aircraft Certification, Safety, and Accountability Act with FAA Administrator Steve Dickson, who is scheduled to appear virtually. This law is the first major, targeted aviation safety legislation enacted in a decade and the culmination of an 18-month investigation by committee staff—the longest in the committee’s history.

In announcing this hearing, Chair DeFazio said: “This week’s hearing comes at a solemn time, as we approach the three-year anniversary of the Lion Air flight 610 crash—and soon the Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 crash—which together claimed 346 lives. Last year, I led a successful bipartisan effort to enact historic and comprehensive aviation safety legislation. This legislation should prevent the FAA and Boeing from committing egregious acts, omissions, and errors similar to those that caused those two tragedies and claiming more lives in the future. While the FAA continues to make progress on implementing this new law, more work must be done, particularly publishing a rule requiring aerospace manufacturers to adopt safety management systems. I look forward to discussing these and other issues with Administrator Dickson when he appears before our committee later this week because we can’t afford to waste time when it comes to safety.”

Subcommittee Chair Larsen added: “Congress has an obligation to the 346 victims of the two Boeing 737 MAX crashes and their families, as well as the traveling public, to ensure the safety of air travel. I will continue to keep the victims of the two MAX crashes and their families at the forefront as the Aviation Subcommittee oversees implementation of bipartisan aircraft certification reform to improve aviation safety and reduce the likelihood of future tragedies.”

Members will appear by videoconference or in person in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building.

Additional details, including written testimony and a livestream, can be found here once available. The hearing will be livestreamed through the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s YouTube page.

HEARING DETAILS

The Subcommittee on Aviation Hearing on: 

“Three Years After Lion Air 610: FAA Implementation of the 2020 Aircraft Certification, Safety, and Accountability Act”

Thursday, October 21, 2021

10:00 a.m. EDT

2167 Rayburn House Office Building and virtually

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