Boeing 737 MAX moves one step closer to returning to flight
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it will require four key design and operational changes to the Boeing 737 MAX to address the safety concerns experienced in the two fatal accidents that led to the banned aircraft of this model..
Agency is issuing a proposed directive requiring flight control software updates, improved handling of error messages on displays, revision of some flight crew operating procedures and changes in cable routing.
This decision will set off a sequence of events that could lead the FAA to overturn the no-fly order later this year..
A number of obstacles remain, including collecting expert comments on these changes within 45 days and finalizing a new set of pilot training procedures..
With all the work remaining, it remains unclear if flights to the US will resume before the end of the year..
Boeing shares closed 2.7% higher on Monday, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose nearly 1%.
In response to the FAA’s proposal, Boeing of Chicago stated that «continues to move steadily towards a safe return to service, working closely with the FAA and other regulatory bodies».
The Federal Aviation Administration said in a separate report Monday that «Boeing’s proposed changes to the 737 MAX design, flight crew and maintenance procedures would potentially effectively address some of the model’s safety issues».
The crisis surrounding the ban of the once best-selling 737 MAX aircraft cost the American aircraft designer more than $ 19 billion, cut production and paralyzed its supply chain. Criminal investigations and payments to victims are still ongoing.
The FAA investigation took about 18 months and involved over 40 full-time engineers, inspectors, pilots and technical support staff.. To date, the FAA has conducted over 60,000 hours of audit, certification testing and document evaluation..
The agency is also inviting 737 MAX operators to test the sensor system and perform flight to check operational readiness before returning aircraft to service.
The FAA said its proposed changes minimize «dependence on pilot action and the catastrophic impact of any potential single system failure».
Re-wiring to ensure maximum compliance with FAA wire separation safety standards.