Published: Fri, November 15, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Boeing working towards FAA Certification Flight of 737 Max Aircraft

Boeing working towards FAA Certification Flight of 737 Max Aircraft

In a statement on Monday, Boeing said it hoped to receive certification next month from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), allowing it to resume MAX deliveries to airline customers before the end of the year.

"In parallel, we are working towards final validation of the updated training requirements, which must occur before the MAX returns to commercial service, and which we now expect to begin in January", it added.

They state that this would give the committee a more complete understanding of activities and decisions made during those years, which ultimately led to the flawed Boeing line.

American and Southwest have announced they don't expect to begin flying the grounded jet until March at the earliest.

Forkner's comments were among those pinpointed by US lawmakers during back-to-back hearings in Washington as evidence Boeing knew about problems with flight control software well before the two crashes in the span of five months killed a total of 346 people.

"For instance, at a briefing for the global media on October 25 in Chicago, a senior United Airlines official said the airline will "re-accommodate" customers not comfortable flying on the Boeing MAX aircraft".

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In recent weeks there have been new questions about whether Boeing would be able stick to that schedule, especially when it was revealed last month that some of its employees had questioned the plane's safety in internal communications during the original certification process in 2016.

FAA eCab Simulator certification session: A multi-day eCab simulator evaluation with the FAA to ensure the overall software system performs its intended function, both normally and in the presence of system failures.

After completion of the FAA certification flight, Boeing will submit the final certification deliverables and artifacts to the FAA to support software certification.

After this, Boeing said, a report will be released for a public comment period, followed by final approval of the training.

FAA Administrator Steve Dickson said on Tuesday that a decision for the MAX "will be made exclusively on our assessment of the sufficiency of Boeing's proposed software updates and pilot training".

"While the Boeing Organization Designation Authorization office was authorized to act for the FAA in certain matters, the FAA retained ultimate responsibility for overseeing compliance with safety regulations", the representatives wrote.

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