European Aviation Safety Agency Sets Strict Demands For Boeing 737 MAX Return To Flight - No Longer Trust the FAA
The first condition stipulated is, "Design changes proposed by Boeing are EASA approved (no delegation to FAA)."
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September 5, 2019 - by Dominic Gates for seattletimes.com
- The first condition stipulated is, "Design changes proposed by Boeing are EASA approved (no delegation to FAA)."
Europe's aviation safety agency, which is conducting its own independent review of Boeing's grounded 737 MAX, is not satisfied with a key detail of Boeing's fix to the jet. It wants Boeing to do more to improve the integrity of the sensors that failed on the two fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia, killing 346 people.
And it's demanding that Boeing demonstrate in flight tests the stability of the MAX during extreme maneuvers, not only with Boeing's newly updated flight-control system but also with that system switched off.
These were among the disclosures in a presentation Tuesday to the European Parliament by Patrick Ky, executive director of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Ky listed what appear to be more stringent EASA requirements than those of its U.S. counterpart, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Boeing has publicly said it hopes for FAA clearance for the MAX in October so that it can return to passenger service in the U.S. this year.
Typically, overseas regulators follow the FAA's lead. But after the MAX crashes revealed shortcomings in the FAA's certification process, that's no longer certain.
One of Ky's slides cited a letter EASA sent to the FAA on April 1, less than three weeks after the MAX was grounded, that laid out four conditions for it to allow the MAX to return to service...
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