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)
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.