Boeing Whistleblower Exits After Decade-Long Quality Control Fight

Senior Boeing engineer and whistleblower Martin Bickeböller is set to leave the company after a decade of raising concerns over Boeing’s oversight of supplier manufacturing. Bickeböller, who has been with Boeing for 37 years, has documented significant shortcomings in Boeing’s quality control management at suppliers responsible for major sections of the 787 Dreamliner. His complaints were filed internally and with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Congress.

A Boeing 787 at the company’s assembly facility in Everett, Washington. Photo from Boeing.

The FAA substantiated his claims in 2014 and 2021, mandating Boeing to take corrective action. However, Bickeböller’s latest complaint, submitted in January, alleges that Boeing has not adequately implemented the promised fixes. Despite the FAA’s validation of his concerns, Bickeböller has faced a decade of frustration, leading to his decision to leave the company.

Bickeböller’s departure marks the end of a long career marked by his commitment to safety and quality assurance. His whistleblowing efforts have highlighted critical issues within Boeing’s supply chain management, prompting necessary regulatory interventions. As he exits Boeing, Bickeböller’s legacy underscores the ongoing challenges and importance of rigorous quality control in the aerospace industry.