Posted 2/26/2024
SPEEA welcomes FAA report on Boeing safety culture; calls for change

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) panel of experts, which included SPEEA Director of Strategic Development Rich Plunkett, spent the past 14 months reviewing safety procedures and quality processes at the Boeing Co. Their report is out this morning.

SPEEA’s response is as follows:

“SPEEA welcomes the report and believes it can be a catalyst for positive change at Boeing.

“Our members have long reported a disconnect between the messaging they get from Boeing headquarters in Chicago or Virginia, and the messages they get from their direct supervisors here. Quality and safety must be the Boeing Co.’s core values, embraced by everyone, but the report reflects the reality that people who see something are afraid of saying anything for fear of jeopardizing their careers.

“Our union has proposed an Aviation Safety Action Program, in partnership with Boeing and the FAA, that would allow our members to come forward without fear of retaliation whenever they spot a production or design error – or make one themselves.”

Said Plunkett: “We hope that Boeing will accept our proposed program so that together we can work to restore Boeing’s reputation for quality, that generations of SPEEA members worked so hard to achieve.”

The full FAA report is available here.