FAA chief Dickson to put Boeing 737 MAX to the test

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SEATTLE / WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chief Steve Dickson is scheduled to conduct a two-hour evaluation flight on Wednesday in a Boeing BA.N 737 MAX, a key milestone for the jet obtains approval to resume flight after two fatal crashes.

Dickson, a former military and commercial pilot, and other FAA and Boeing pilots are scheduled to take off around 9 a.m. PDT (4 p.m. GMT) from King County International Airport – also known as Boeing Field – in the Seattle area and land around 11 a.m. (1800 GMT).

For Boeing, the flight is another milestone in the US automaker’s long-delayed quest to persuade the FAA to lift a March 2019 grounding order triggered by 737 MAX crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia within five months. who killed 346 people.

The crashes plunged Boeing into the worst crisis in its history, strained its relationship with the FAA, called into question the US regulator’s position as a standard-bearer of global aviation safety and prompted bipartisan calls in Congress for review the way the FAA certifies new aircraft.

Dickson repeatedly said he would not sign until he stole it himself and that he was “convinced that I would put my own family there without thinking”.

Dickson will test a number of Boeing’s design and operating upgrades designed to avert similar catastrophes. In both crashes, a faulty control system called MCAS, triggered by faulty data from a single airflow sensor, repeatedly and forcefully pushed the nose of the jet as the pilots struggled to intervene.

If Dickson’s flight and broader reviews go well, the FAA is considered likely to lift its grounding order in the United States in late November, according to industry sources, putting the MAX on track for resumption of commercial service potentially before the end of the year.

This timeline dovetails with comments last week from Dickson’s counterpart in Europe, Patrick Ky. Ky said the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) expects to lift its technical ban ” shortly ”after the FAA, but the national operational clearances required for individual airlines to resume flight could take longer.

Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle and David Shepardson in Washington; edited by Jonathan Oatis

Original © Thomson Reuters

Originally posted 2020-09-30 00:56:10.

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