As part of the agreement, Boeing has agreed to make substantial changes to its internal safety systems and practices to ensure compliance with the rules and remains subject to compliance with the agreement until December 31 next year. The FAA could take further enforcement action or impose new civil penalties on Boeing because of the 737 MAX and other issues under a 2014 settlement agreement, but Dickson did not elaborate. As part of the agreement, BCA is committed to implementing and improving several certification processes to further improve airworthiness and continued compliance with all BCA products. In 2015, Boeing agreed to pay a $12 million fine as part of a settlement agreement with the AMF. The problem, described by an aviation expert as “another black eye” for the 737 MAX, arose when a major U.S. airline pushed back the repatriation deadline for the planes and Boeing faced new questions about compliance with a 2015 U.S. regulatory regime to improve aircraft airworthiness. As part of the transaction agreement, Boeing committed to implementing a safety management plan across the company`s operations, improving its internal audit and vendor management processes, and “responding to increasingly stringent performance metrics in the quality and timeliness of its written submissions to the FAA.” Among other things, the manufacturer must make improvements to ensure that the subsets remain compliant with the type design of an aircraft. Workers with stamp licensing authority must undergo mandatory training every two years. In addition, Boeing must report to the FAA “at least annually” on the effectiveness of its regulatory compliance activities. The post article cited two unnamed sources who stated that Boeing had not fulfilled some of its obligations under the five-year contract, but stated that the Agency had not imposed additional fines. “It is imperative that everyone meets the high safety standards of our aviation system,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
“This agreement is an important step in ensuring that Boeing fully complies with all applicable compliance standards in the future.” The agreement announced in December 2015 forced Boeing to strengthen internal audit and adopt stricter safety standards, after previous FAA audits revealed some 13 failures that included the release of tools near cables and incorrectly installing wires – part of what The Post called “recurring safety issues.” “Many of the improvements listed in the agreement have already been implemented or are being implemented,” Boeing added.