FAA chief set to conduct 737 MAX analysis flight subsequent week

WASHINGTON: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chief Steve Dickson is about to conduct an analysis flight on the controls of a Boeing 737 MAX subsequent week, a key milestone because the US planemaker works to win approval to renew flights, the company informed lawmakers.
The Boeing 737 MAX has been grounded since March 2019 after two deadly crashes killed 346 folks. Dickson, who was beforehand a industrial airline pilot, plans to bear simulator coaching earlier than the flight and can then share his observations with FAA technical workers.
It isn’t typical for an FAA administrator to fly an airplane earlier than it returns to service. Dickson has repeatedly mentioned he wouldn’t log out till he flew it himself and was “glad that I’d put my family on it and not using a second thought.”
The FAA informed US lawmakers in an electronic mail on Friday that Dickson and FAA deputy administrator Dan Elwell “might be in Seattle subsequent week to take the beneficial coaching.” The flight by Dickson will fulfill “his promise to fly the plane earlier than the FAA approves its return to service.”
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The FAA and regulators from Canada, European Union Aviation Security Company Brazil earlier this week concluded the Joint Operations Analysis Board (JOEB) assessing Boeing’s proposed 737 MAX coaching.
A draft Flight Standardization Board report together with the JOEB findings will launched for public remark within the “close to future,” the FAA mentioned, and it should nonetheless finalize a directive outlining software program upgrades and different adjustments that each one 737 MAX planes should bear earlier than resuming flights.
Given required time for public feedback, it seems MAX might get remaining FAA approval to return to service someday in November, sources briefed on the matter mentioned.
Earlier Friday, Europe’s chief aviation security regulator mentioned the MAX might obtain regulatory approval to renew flying in November and enter service by the top of the yr.
“For the primary time in a yr and a half, I can say there’s an finish in sight to work on the MAX,” mentioned Patrick Ky, govt director of the European Union Aviation Security Company (EASA).
Ky mentioned Boeing had agreed to put in the computerized third-sensor system on the following model of the aircraft, the 230-seat 737 MAX 10, adopted by retrofits on the remainder of the fleet later.

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