The Chair of the National Transportation Safety Board testified today before the US Senate. The 11-page testimony is here.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller of the Commerce Committee had this to say. This news article contains this:
The testimony, however, comes amid growing frustration and concern expressed by some senior Boeing officials about what they contend is the FAA’s drawn-out decision-making process. Procedures for conducting ground and airborne tests of the redesigned batteries–as well as detailed criteria for determining their success–were agreed on by Boeing and the FAA before testing started.
We believe the FAA won’t approve anything until after the NTSB hearing April 23-24 on the Japan Air Lines incident, not based on anything we know but simply an assessment of the politics involved.
Testimony by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta has not as yet been posted on the FAA website.
Reuters has this story today on Huerta’s comments. It sounds like he meant to say 180 minutes will be OK, but nothing beyond that at this time.