FFA – September 14, 2020 – According to an online news report posted on BayNews9.com, pilots and aviation officials from across the world will meet to review Boeing’s repaired 737 Max pilot training proposal indicating the plane is returning to service soon. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the training proposal review will commence at London’s Gatwick Airport and will last about a week and a half. The pilot training review will include aviation regulators and pilots from the United States, Canada, the European Union, and Brazil. The Federal Aviation Administration stated that there are many other requirements that will need to be fulfilled before the 737 Max is permitted to resume operation. One of the next steps includes a formal review of Boeing’s safety regulation compliance.
Boeing’s 737 Max jets were grounded due to defective flight software resulting in catastrophic crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia. A total of 346 people lost their lives in those accidents. The flight software caused the automated anti-stall system to push down the jets’ noses, causing the crashes. The Boeing 737 Max jets have been banned from flying anywhere in the world since March 2019.
Safety investigators for the FAA, who evaluated the two tragic accidents, recommended to Boeing that they review and correct their assumptions concerning how fast pilots respond to emergencies. A Boeing spokesperson stated that Boeing anticipates that they will win regulatory approval and resume shipping new Boeing 737 Max jets in the fourth quarter of 2020. However, regulators think the process of resuming flights could take longer due to the training requirements for pilots and maintenance crews.
Europe’s Flight Safety Authority stated that the agency has already conducted its first Boeing 737 Max jet flight test.
A Senate committee is planning to vote on a brand-new bill that will require new restrictions on the Federal Aviation Administration’s use of its employees to perform safety certifications on behalf of airplane manufacturers. Congressional aides stated that if this new law were in place prior to the two Max 737 accidents, the Federal Aviation Administration would have been required to examine the Boeing 737 Max jet and its flight-control system more completely. The law would reclassify the Max 737 as a new plane, not simply an updated Boeing 737.
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