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US authority approves re-certification of Boeing 737 MAX

Johanna Koyser
18.11.2020
2 minutes

Boeing can breathe a sigh of relief, because today, there was terrific news for the aircraft manufacturer. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) gives the green light for the re-certification of the Boeing 737 MAX. It took almost two years until the aircraft is now approved for take-off again. For the time being, however, this only applies to the USA and is subject to conditions.

In Washington today, the FAA announced that new control software must be installed in all Boeing 737 MAXs. In addition, all pilots must successfully complete new training sessions. So it will probably take a few weeks to months until another Boeing 737 MAX is flying on regular scheduled services. Finally, the pending maintenance work on the parked aircraft is time-consuming for the individual 737 MAX operating airlines. Even for the aircraft still in the factory, it is not yet possible to take them directly into the air. Each one is to be inspected in detail before delivery. Nevertheless, the decision of the US Administration now makes it clear exactly what needs to be changed on the aircraft to allow them to fly again.

As already mentioned, this re-certification is only valid for the USA. However, it is expected that other authorities, such as the European EASA, will follow suit. In WingMag we already reported on their test flights with the Boeing 737 MAX. Then the aircraft will finally be able to carry passengers from continent to continent again.

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by Johanna Koyser

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