Tag Archives: Boeing 737 MAX

The Wall Street Journal: MAX’s return to flight delayed by FAA’s re-evaluation of safety procedures for older 737 models

From the Wall Street Journal.

According to the WSJ, the FAA review of The Boeing 737 MAX has expanded to older 737 models.

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Bloomberg: Boeing faces SEC investigation into its 737 MAX disclosures

From Bloomberg:

“The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether Boeing Co. properly disclosed issues tied to the grounded 737 Max jetliner, according to people familiar with the matter, as regulators intensify their scrutiny of the company following two deadly crashes.”

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ECA: Before Boeing’s MAX return to service: we need answers and transparency

ECA, representing the pilots of Europe, issued this statement:

Regulators from across the globe met on May 23 in Texas (USA), to discuss a possible return to service of the grounded Boeing 737 MAX. The FAA is currently reviewing Boeing’s proposed ‘software fix’ and is already looking ahead at taking the plane back to the sky.

For European pilots, having closely followed the developments and revelations in the past months, it is deeply disturbing that both the FAA and Boeing are considering a return to service, but failing to discuss the many challenging questions prompted by the MAX design philosophy. ln particular, how can a design and regulatory setup that originally failed by approving a flawed aeroplane’s entry into service, credibly provide the solution without significant reform? The European Aviation Safety Agency has a key role to play providing transparent, independent reassurance to pilots and Europe’s travellers.

“Boeing must bring in clarity about its design and also the philosophy that stands behind it” states Jon Horne, ECA President. “Apparently only one sensor was chosen to feed a critical system such as MCAS, rendering it highly vulnerable. No hands-on experience of this system – either working or failed – and only fitted in the first place to counteract unacceptable handling characteristics, was part of pilot training requirements. All this to enable the aircraft to be classified as a common type with previous 737s, avoiding costly ‘type-rating’ training for 737 pilots that switch to the MAX. Has the desire for a more marketable common type-rating been prioritised over a safer design of the aircraft itself? Are there any other systems where the same design logic has been applied? We don’t know. But it is us, the pilots, who do need to know if we are to fly our aircraft safely. Our list of open questions gets longer by the day. It is up to Boeing and the FAA to finally take responsibility and be transparent about this.”

Boeing statement on Federal Aviation Administration global regulators meeting

Boeing issued this statement:

We appreciate the FAA’s leadership in taking this important step in bringing global regulators together to share information and discuss the safe return to service of the 737 MAX. Our team, our airline customers, and regulators place the highest priority on the safety of the flying public. Once we have addressed the information requests from the FAA, we will be ready to schedule a certification test flight and submit final certification documentation.

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CNBC: Southwest won’t charge passengers to change planes to avoid the Boeing 737 MAX

From CNBC:

Southwest Airlines won’t charge uneasy passengers to change flights to avoid traveling on the Boeing 737 Max if and when regulators allow the jet to take to the skies again, the airline’s chief marketing officer said Thursday.

Reuters: FAA chief has no timetable for ungrounding Boeing 737 MAX

From Reuters:

The acting head of the Federal Aviation Administration said on Wednesday he does not have a specific timetable for when the agency may unground the Boeing 737 MAX that has been involved in two fatal crashes since October.

“I’m not tied to a timetable,” Dan Elwell told reporters ahead of a meeting planned for Thursday with more than 30 international air regulators including China, the European Union and Canada. He said he plans to share the FAA’s safety analysis to date on Thursday, but said the agency is still waiting Boeing’s formal software upgrade and emphasized the FAA has not decided on the revised training requirements.

Top Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. The newly-produced Boeing 737 MAX aircraft are being stacked up at all Puget Sound airports including Paine Field in Everett. Another car parking lot at Boeing Field is being converted to additional aircraft parking areas.

The Irish Times: EASA’s demands on Boeing signal rift among regulators

From the Irish Times:

“Europe’s aviation safety agency has set out strict conditions before it will allow Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft back into the skies, in a sign of the depth of the rift emerging among global regulators after two deadly crashes.

EASA said it had three “pre-requisite conditions”, including demands that design changes by Boeing are approved by the European agency, before it would lift the grounding of the Max following the crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia.”

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