Arab Times

Reg­u­la­tors to ex­am­ine pi­lot train­ing for Boe­ing Max jets

- Business · Boeing · Seattle · U.S. Federal Aviation Administration · London · London Gatwick Airport · United States of America · Canada · Brazil · European Union · Indonesia · Ethiopia

SEAT­TLE, Sept 12, (AP): Avi­a­tion reg­u­la­tors and pi­lots from sev­eral coun­tries will be­gin next week re­view­ing Boe­ing’s pro­posal for train­ing pi­lots to fly the re­vamped 737 Max, a sign that the grounded plane is mov­ing closer to re­turn­ing to ser­vice.

The Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion said Fri­day that the re­view will start Mon­day at Lon­don’s Gatwick Air­port and last about nine days. The re­view will in­clude avi­a­tion of­fi­cials and pi­lots from the United States, Canada, Brazil and the Euro­pean Union.

The FAA said sev­eral other steps remain be­fore the plane can re­sume fly­ing, in­clud­ing a re­view to make sure Boe­ing’s changes com­ply with safety reg­u­la­tions.

Boe­ing changed com­put­ers and flight soft­ware on the Max af­ter an au­to­mated anti-stall sys­tem pushed down the noses of two jets be­fore they crashed in In­done­sia and Ethiopia, killing 346 peo­ple. Max planes have been grounded world­wide since March 2019.

U.S. safety in­ves­ti­ga­tors who re­viewed the two crashes rec­om­mended that Boe­ing re­con­sider as­sump­tions it made about how quickly pi­lots can re­spond dur­ing an emer­gency.

A spokesman for Chicago-based Boe­ing said the com­pany ex­pects to win reg­u­la­tory ap­proval to re­sume ship­ping new Max jets in the fourth quar­ter. It could take longer be­fore air­lines re­sume us­ing the plane be­cause of main­te­nance and pi­lot-train­ing re­quire­ments.

Ear­lier Fri­day, Eu­rope’s flight safety author­ity said the first flight tests for the Max were com­pleted.

Sep­a­rately, con­gres­sional scru­tiny of FAA’s orig­i­nal ap­proval of the Max is about to in­crease.

A Se­nate com­mit­tee plans to vote next week on a bill that would im­pose new re­stric­tions on the FAA’s use of em­ploy­ees of air­craft mak­ers like Boe­ing to make safety cer­ti­fi­ca­tions about their own planes.

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