April 17, 2006
The authors of the article in the Post this morning about Boeing were online for a chat today as well. Starts right out with something that could easily be part of a Torts or Products exam:
Laurel: Since Boeing has almost no directly comparable competitors, do we know whether these practices would be standard and accepted in the industry, if there was a "rest of the industry" to compare Boeing to?
Sara Kehaulani Goo: That's a great question. It's true that Boeing does not have any direct US competitors but it does compete globally with Airbus, which is based in France. Airbus must meet FAA specifications for its planes to be certified to fly here. And smaller US aviation manufacturers such as Cessna, must also meet FAA requirements for manufacturing. The FAA rules are clear that manufacturers must outline certain design and manufacturing specifications that their suppliers must meet and if they don't, then they have to have a process in place to review a part that is not built according to design. That part is pretty standard across aviation from what we understand.
Some other interesting parts there as well, including a discussion of the motivations of the whistle-blowers and a note that their suit has been dismissed and refiled.
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