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Old 08-05-2023, 05:54 AM
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https://breakingdefense.com/2023/08/kc-46a-tanker-still-has-6-category-1-deficiencies-but-fixes-are-in-the-works-usaf-official/


“We’re down to six Cat 1 DR’s” said chief of the Air Force’s program office Col. Lee Ottati during the Life Cycle Industry Days conference here, using a shorthand for category 1 deficiency reports.

Category 1 deficiencies indicate a serious problem with an aircraft, which Air Force spokesman Brian Brackens said “are those which if uncorrected may cause death, severe injury, or severe occupational illness; or may cause loss or major damage to a weapon system; or critically restricts the combat readiness capabilities of the using organization; or which would result in a production line stoppage.”Seven category 1 deficiencies were previously listed in a January 2022 report by the Government Accountability Office [PDF], though many were identified prior to that report. One deficiency, an issue with the jet’s flight management system, was downgraded to a category 2 problem in April, Ottati said. The issue will remain open to ensure software fixes are functioning properly, he added, after which the deficiency will be closed out.

Boeing has so far incurred over $7 billion in losses to fix known issues with the aircraft.

“We are partnering with the Air Force and have a path to closure on each of these issues. The specific timeline is subject to our joint efforts and the Air Force determines when Cat 1 issues close,” the company said in a statement to Breaking Defense.
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Old 08-05-2023, 08:49 AM
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Boeing needs to shift some of their space division engineers over to the tanker.

Oh, wait a minute...
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Old 08-05-2023, 09:18 AM
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Originally Posted by rickair7777
Boeing needs to shift some of their space division engineers over to the tanker.

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Boeing needs to be less bean counter focused and more engineering and innovation focused.
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Old 08-05-2023, 09:46 AM
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Sucks that Boeing still sucks, but it looks like USAF is looking to go away from airliner based tanker designs for the future. KC-46 may be a short lived bad dream. Long live the stealthy tanker bad dream!
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glad the US Military keeps Boeing fully funded and subsidized
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Old 08-05-2023, 11:10 AM
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Originally Posted by TransWorld
Boeing needs to be less bean counter focused and more engineering and innovation focused.
Word I got from a Boeing employee is that Boeing didn’t watch out for career progression of their junior people. They subcontracted out a number of short term projects for a couple of decades which let them get by with fewer employees but created a huge experience gap between the boomers who are now retiring and the more junior engineering people they now have to hire. And since they are the only remaining US airliner company they can’t exactly fill in that experience gap - at least not without headhunting Airbus engineers.
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