FAA Chooses Boeing’s 737 MAX to Get a test flight but is Not Willing to OK the Airplane

FAA Administrator Steve Dickson puts a 737 MAX through its paces.

Expand / FAA Administrator Steve Dickson places a 737 MAX by its paces. (charge: @FAA on Twitter)

The FAA mind was convinced in regards to the aircraft throughout the flight, since he told me in a post-test media conference,”I enjoyed what I saw… it replied nicely.” However, Dickson and the FAA are still not prepared to recertify the airplane and stay in no hurry to achieve that.

“We’re not to the stage yet where we’ve finished the procedure,” Dickson said. “We are in the home stretch, but it does not indicate that we are likely to take shortcuts to have it completed by a particular date. . .The FAA and that I specifically won’t approve the airplane to get a return on passenger service till I am satisfied that we have adequately addressed each the known security problems that played a part in the dreadful loss of 346 lives aboard Lion Air flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines flight 302.”

The FAA’s evaluation flight comes about a year and a half following two high profile fatal crashes of Boeing’s 737 MAX–in October 2018 along with another at March 2019–led in over 300 people losing their lifetimes. The events forced airlines across the globe to rapidly ground these airplanes. Tests showed that the crashes were caused by defects in the plan of their aircraft’s Maneuvering Attributes Augmentation System (MCAS) applications. This program attempts to assist the pilot supply a much safer, smoother ride. However, in the two crashes, a leaky detector resulted in the software to wrongly think that the aircraft was stalling. Then it pushed the airplane’s nose down, finally causing a crash.

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