What this means is that the United States will ensure that all Boeing 737 Max systems meet the required safety standards. No timeline, however, has been fixed for the certification even though Boeing is expecting a quick return to service, latest December.
Meanwhile, the Airline has been undergoing background checks to ascertain what made its plane to crash unexpectedly. The problem was revealed to have emanated from the MCAS system that caused the two fatal crashes which resulted in the deaths of various foreign nationals in the world as well as the renowned Nigerian professor, Pius Adesanmi.
Tough times for Boeing: Though the American Manufacturer did not stop producing aeroplanes, the tragic incident stalled deliveries which included 5,000 Boeing 737 Max aircraft ordered by 79 companies. Nevertheless, Boeing engineers have been undergoing serious questioning and attending to various queries brought up by the FAA and other regulatory bodies around the world.
The task to unravel the truth has led FAA employees to spend 110 thousand hours on the Max alone.
“The FAA’s certification of the Boeing 737 Max is the subject of several independent reviews and investigations that will examine all aspects of the five-year effort. While the agency’s certification processes are well established and have consistently produced safe aircraft designs, we welcome the scrutiny from these experts and look forward to their findings,” the agency said.
Boeing has been very cooperative with the FAA and has made giant strides to keep customers abreast of the latest planes to make sure all grounded aircraft return to the airwaves
“We continue to support the FAA and global regulators on the safe return of the Max to service,” Boeing said in a statement.
Requirements: Before Boeing can return to the airwaves, these are the requirements that must be fulfilled:
- The company must have a certification flight with FAA test pilots that must be completed before it can submit any paperwork.
- The FAA will engage test pilots who have had little or no experience flying the Boeing 737 family of aircraft.
- The training will initially be conducted on simulators to see how the test pilots respond to abnormal conditions.
- The outcome will then be combined with all the other test results to become a part of the recertification package.
Backstory: In March 2019, a Boeing 737-800 Max, Ethiopia Airline ET302 scheduled to fly from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport in Ethiopia to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya crashed after six minutes, killing all 157 passengers on board.
This was the second crash involving Boeing after Lion Air 610, another Boeing aircraft crashed five months earlier. The Boeing 737-800 Max, Ethiopia Airline ET302 killed 35 different nationals on board including Nigerian Professor, Pius Adesanmi. Several Airlines, including Cayman Airlines reviewed their business agreements with the Boeing 737-8 aircraft.
The Boeing 737 MAX 8 model first flew on 29 January 2016 and entered service in 2017, making it one of the newest aircraft in Boeing’s commercial airliner offerings, and the newest generation of Boeing 737 planes.