Boeing is reportedly attempting to cut hours off airborne testing by using computer models to simulate flight conditions before presenting the results to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for certification, two people with direct knowledge of the strategy told Reuters. The move would reportedly slash development costs, but it's unclear whether the FAA would allow the company to eliminate some of the physical tests allowed under current regulations. The ongoing investigations into two deadly Boeing plane crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia could actually result in even more rigorous safety requirements. People familiar with the matter told Reuters that Boeing believes new technology and decades of testing experience have rendered some physical tests redundant for demonstrating safety.

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