Transport Canada sees ‘greater involvement’ in aircraft validation after 737 MAX crash

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MONTREAL (Reuters) – Transport Canada on Thursday announced plans to take a closer look at the relationship between regulators and the manufacturers they oversee, with a goal of changing the way it validates planes after the return of the 737 MAX from Boeing in the sky.

We “need to look at the interaction that different authorities have with their manufacturers,” said Nicholas Robinson, director of civil aviation for the regulator, during a Canadian hearing on aircraft certification and the MAX.

Canada is set to validate the plane the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) cleared to fly earlier this month after it was redesigned following two fatal crashes that killed 346 people.

There will be differences between what the FAA has approved for the MAX and what Canada will require for its airlines, such as training.

In the past, regulators have been quick to follow FAA guidelines on Boeing planes, but many are now concerned that they appear to be following the FAA line after the US agency was accused of lax oversight.

“It is common knowledge that information has not been released regarding particular aspects of this aircraft,” Robinson said. “That will have to change.”

The ability of regulators to cooperate is crucial in an industry spanning dozens of jurisdictions. Having a regulator like the FAA do the heavy lifting to certify a U.S. aircraft cuts costs and time, as overseas agencies can validate the results without having to duplicate them.

Transport Canada, which spent about 15,000 hours validating the MAX jet, expects to play a bigger role in aircraft surveillance in the future, but would not replace the existing system, Robinson said.

“We will see more involvement in validation, but we have to stick to the system where the design state certifies the aircraft and other prominent authorities go ahead and independently validate the aircraft.

Reporting by Allison Lampert in Montreal; Editing by Aurora Ellis

Original © Thomson Reuters

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