FAA to Boeing: Agency controls approval process for 737 Max return Description video: The F.A.A. has released new comments regarding the grounded Boeing 737 Max, saying the plane is not ready for certification and that there is no timeline for […]
FAA to Boeing: Agency controls approval process for 737 Max return
The F.A.A. has released new comments regarding the grounded Boeing 737 Max, saying the plane is not ready for certification and that there is no timeline for lifting the grounding. CNBC’s Phil LeBeau reports.
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 only 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.