June 22, 2022

Chair DeFazio Calls on FAA to Heed National Academies’ Recommendations Regarding Airplane Risk Assessment

Washington, DC – Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement after the National Academies shared its consensus study report evaluating the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Transport Airplane Risk Assessment Methodology (TARAM):  


“The TARAM report released today by the National Academies—mandated under my 2020 bipartisan aviation safety law—makes it very clear that the FAA can better fulfill its responsibility to effectively and consistently collect and use data to advance passenger safety. The FAA must implement the critical recommendations included in this report without delay, and it should be voluntarily and fully participate in the National Academies’ process of producing these reports going forward. If adopted, the recommendations offered by the National Academies will help the aviation industry to improve the safety of air travel in the future, something the industry should be striving to do every day.”


The study was a requirement of the 2020 aircraft certification law, the Aircraft Certification, Safety, and Accountability Act, and prompted by the committee’s Boeing 737 MAX investigation findings related to FAA’s TARAM analysis. The National Academies report includes a number of recommendations to strengthen FAA’s TARAM methodology and application.