Last week, we asked if more manufacturers should be granted the same latitude as Boeing to self-certify parts and processes or perhaps even wider powers of self-certification.
Judging by the response to last week's Question, reader opinions on this subject run the gamut. A narrow plurality of readers (33% of those who responded) said self-certification is acceptable for minor engineering and process changes, but anything more needs independent oversight. At the far end, only 7% of respondents said manufacturers shouldn't be able to move an inch without FAA approval, while 21% said the FAA is just in the way most of the time; manufacturers know their products better than anyone.
For a complete (real-time) breakdown of reader responses, click here. (You may be asked to register and answer if you haven't already participated in this poll.)
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION ***
The FAA is proposing rules that would segregate Hudson Class B Exclusion Area traffic by altitude and mandate common safety practices already used by many pilots. We'd like to know what you think of them, particularly the Class B VFR designation that is being proposed.