“I liked what I saw”: FAA conducts Boeing 737 MAX flight test, says process not completed yet Description video: The head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Administrator Stephen Dickson conducted a nearly two-hour evaluation flight at the controls of […]
“I liked what I saw”: FAA conducts Boeing 737 MAX flight test, says process not completed yet
The head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Administrator Stephen Dickson conducted a nearly two-hour evaluation flight at the controls of a Boeing 737 MAX on Wednesday, a milestone for the jet to win approval to resume flying after two fatal crashes.\n\n\”I like what I saw on the flight,\” Dickson told a news conference, but said he was not ready to give the jet a clean bill of health, with FAA reviews still ongoing.\n\n\”We are not to the point yet where we have completed the process,\” Dickson said.\n\nThe Max was grounded shortly after Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed in March 2019, only about five months after the crash of Lion Air Flight in Oct. 2018. Both crashes have been blamed on an automated anti-stall system that pushed the noses of the planes down based on faulty readings from sensors. Boeing hopes to win FAA approval later this year for changes it has made to flight-control software and computers.\n\nDickson has repeatedly said he would not sign off until he flew it himself and was \”satisfied that I would put my own family on it without a second thought.\” He stated during the press conference that the jet will not be approved for passenger service until all known safety issues “that played a role in the tragic loss of 346 lives” are addressed.\n\nFor more info, please go to https://globalnews.ca/news/7369063/faa-boeing-737-max-8-test-flight/\n\nSubscribe to Global News Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/20fcXDc\r\nLike Global News on Facebook HERE: http://bit.ly/255GMJQ\r\nFollow Global News on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1Toz8mt\r\nFollow Global News on Instagram HERE: https://bit.ly/2QZaZIB\r\n#GlobalNews #Boeing #737MAX
FAA says Boeing 737 Max is not ready for certification
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced notification to Boeing Co that it will be the sole issuer of airworthiness certificates for all new 737 MAX aircraft. Until now, the agency has shared these responsibilities with the aircraft manufacturer..
The US Air Regulator also said it has not completed its review of the 737 MAX design changes and related pilot training..
In a letter sent to Boeing on Tuesday, the FAA stated that «determined that the public interest and safety of air travel requires the FAA to reserve solely the right to issue airworthiness certificates and export airworthiness certificates for all 737 MAX aircraft».
The agency said it will retain the authority to issue certificates until it is confident that Boeing «has fully functioning quality control and inspection processes», and that other Boeing procedures comply with all regulatory standards.
«We continue to follow the example of the FAA and global regulators, ”said Boeing spokesman Gordon Jondroe. – They will determine when milestones will be reached and certified fleet and pilot training requirements so MAX can safely return to service».
Boeing said earlier this month that it expects the 737 MAX aircraft to return to service around mid-December, although it did not expect the FAA to complete its review of revised training requirements until January..
The 737 MAX, Boeing’s best-selling aircraft, has been decommissioned worldwide since March following plane crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that killed 346 people..
The company still faces many challenges, including an unplanned certification test flight and simulator operations with international pilots. The company must also complete an audit of the software documentation.