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US FAA invites representatives from 50 countries to discuss 737 MAX certification


The meeting will take place next week in Montreal.

Jeffrey Beall
Jeffrey Beall
Invitations were sent to members of the JATR group, which includes safety regulators from 50 countries. In particular, the US Federal Aviation Administration, according to the agency, wants to discuss software changes offered by Boeing.

An email from the FAA Head, Steve Dickson, says that the administration is working to provide regulators with “the information they need to make an individual decision on resuming liners.”

Boeing intends to fix software related to the MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System). With the help of sensors, it receives information about dangerously low speed and a nose raised too high, and begins to lower the nose of the aircraft with the help of stabilizers. The aircraft thus levels and the speed is restored. The aircraft manufacturer wants to improve radius of the sensors. However, it is not clear when the company will conduct a test flight. And without it, the FAA will not be able to certify the aircraft.

However, there are a lot of questions to the company’s management. The same aviation regulators, invited by the FAA to the meeting, are conducting their own investigation into the activities of their American colleagues. For instance, they were extremely interested in how the FAA managed to delegate the security assessment of a number of systems to the aircraft manufacturer itself. The report should be published shortly. 

In the meantime, the European Aviation Safety Agency stated that it intends to "conduct its own test flights separately, but in full coordination with the FAA." Flight dates have not yet been set: everything will depend on the Boeing.

source: reuters.com