30-Jun-2020 8:26 AM

US FAA and Boeing start flights to recertify the 737 MAX

US FAA and Boeing announced (29-Jun-2020) they are conducting a series of certification flights to evaluate Boeing's proposed changes to the automated flight control system on the 737 MAX. The first 737 MAX test flight was conducted from Boeing Field in Seattle on 29-Jun-2020 on a flight expected to take several hours. Certification flights are expected to take approximately three days. They will include a wide array of flight manoeuvres and emergency procedures to assess whether the changes meet FAA certification standards. The tests are being conducted by test pilots and engineers from the FAA and Boeing. The FAA noted that a number of key tasks remain and it is "following a deliberate process and will take the time it needs to thoroughly review Boeing's work". The administration "will lift the grounding order only after we are satisfied that the aircraft meets certification standards". [more - original PR]

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