By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) stated on Tuesday it plans to challenge a proposed airworthiness directive for the Boeing 737 MAX within the “close to future” to handle modifications made because the aircraft was grounded in March 2019 after two deadly crashes killed 346 folks.
An official briefed on the matter advised Reuters that the FAA is unlikely to unground the 737 MAX earlier than someday in October. Boeing Co (N:) didn’t instantly remark however has stated beforehand it expects to renew deliveries earlier than Sept. 30 following regulatory approval.
The disaster has value Boeing greater than $18 billion, slashed manufacturing and hobbled its provide chain, with felony and congressional investigations nonetheless ongoing.
The FAA stated the general public could have 45 days to touch upon “proposed design modifications and crew procedures to mitigate the security points recognized in the course of the investigations that adopted the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airways accidents.” The FAA famous there are nonetheless some key steps earlier than the aircraft can resume industrial service.
On July 1, the FAA stated it had accomplished three days of certification take a look at flights on the 737 MAX’s automated flight management system.
Last planning is below method for the FAA’s Flight Standardization Board (FSB) and the Joint Operations Analysis Board (JOEB) evaluate of proposed coaching for flight crews, primarily based on design modifications and crew procedures.
The JOEB will embrace regulators from Canada, Europe and Brazil and can consider minimal pilot coaching necessities. The FSB will challenge a draft report for public remark addressing JOEB findings.
The FAA will evaluate Boeing’s closing design documentation to guage compliance with rules and the multi-agency Technical Advisory Board will evaluate the ultimate Boeing submission and challenge a report previous to a closing FAA willpower of compliance.
Boeing agreed so as to add important safeguards to a key security system tied to each crashes, make different software program updates and transfer wiring bundles.
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