UAE’s GCAA to par­tic­i­pate on 737 MAX tech­ni­cal re­view panel

GCAA is one of nine civil aviation au­thor­i­ties set to par­tic­i­pate in the up­com­ing Joint Au­thor­i­ties Tech­ni­cal Re­view (JATR)

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Prior to the Boe­ing 737 MAX Joint Au­thor­i­ties Tech­ni­cal Re­view (JATR) that is set to be hosted by the US’ Fed­eral Aviation Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FAA) which started back on 29 April, the FAA re­vealed a list of nine civil aviation au­thor­i­ties par­tic­i­pat­ing on the tech­ni­cal re­view panel.

The prom­i­nent list in­cludes China’s Civil Aviation Ad­min­is­tra­tion of China (CAAC), Euro­pean Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), as well as the UAE’s Gen­eral Civil Aviation Author­ity (UAE GCAA), to name a few.

Set to be chaired by Chris Hart, for­mer chair­man of the Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board (NTSB), the JATR team will com­plete a com­pre­hen­sive re­view of the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of the Boe­ing 737 MAX air­craft’s au­to­mated flight con­trol sys­tem.

This is ex­pected to in­clude an ex­am­i­na­tion of the plat­form’s de­sign and ac­ces­si­bil­ity with pi­lots, to gauge whether the changes con­form to global reg­u­la­tions, as well as iden­ti­fy­ing po­ten­tial fu­ture im­prove­ments.

Join­ing the re­view panel along­side rep­re­sen­ta­tives from each of the par­tic­i­pat­ing civil aviation au­thor­i­ties will be a num­ber of in­dus­try spe­cial­ists from both the FAA and the Na­tional Aero­nau­tics and Space Ad­min­is­tra­tion (NASA).

Last month also saw the un­veil­ing a draft re­port from the FAA’s Boe­ing 737 MAX Flight Stan­dard­iza­tion Board. According the re­port, the FAA found the up­dated soft­ware for the air­craft’s anti-stall soft­ware to be ‘op­er­a­tionally suit­able’.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the draft re­port pro­posed a train­ing re­vi­sion for pi­lots sug­gest­ing that they should re­ceive ad­di­tional com­puter-based train­ing for the up­dated Ma­neu­ver­ing Char­ac­ter­is­tics Aug­men­ta­tion Sys­tem (MCAS).

A mal­func­tion with the MCAS plat­form is be­lieved to be the root cause be­hind the re­cent 737 MAX crashes that led to the air­craft fam­ily be­ing grounded across the world. The sys­tem re­port­edly low­ered the noses of both air­craft in­volved in the ac­ci­dent, de­spite re­peated ef­forts by the pi­lots to cor­rect al­ti­tude.

Fol­low­ing the re­lease of the re­port, Boe­ing suc­cess­fully com­pleted an en­gi­neer­ing test flight a 737 MAX air­craft equipped with the lat­est up­grade to the MCAS plat­form.

On 10 March 2019, Ethiopian Flight ET 302 crashed six min­utes af­ter take­off from Ad­dis Ababa in Ethiopia. Car­ry­ing 149 pas­sen­gers and eight crew mem­bers on a sched­uled one-hour flight to Nairobi, all on board were killed in the deadly in­ci­dent.

Af­ter fly­ing on board on one of the re­cent test flights, Boe­ing CEO Den­nis Muilen­burg shared on his Twit­ter ac­count: “We’re mak­ing steady progress on the path to cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for our 737 MAX soft­ware up­date thanks to the work of our Boe­ing pi­lots, en­gi­neers and tech­ni­cal ex­perts.

Launch­ing back on 29 April, the com­ple­tion of the re­view is slated for com­ple­tion 90 days from in­cep­tion.

The fi­nal re­view is slated for com­ple­tion 90 days from 29 April.

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