FAA chief Dickson Likes What He Found Piloting a (new) 737 MAX Test Flight
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October 1, 2020 - by Dominic Gates for www.seattletimes.com
After piloting a Boeing 737 MAX on a test flight Wednesday, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) boss Steve Dickson — the authority who must give the final go-ahead for the plane to be ungrounded — declared himself satisfied with the updated jet's handling in the air.
"I liked what I saw on the flight this morning," Dickson said. "I felt very comfortable and very prepared based on the training."
Dickson, a former Delta Air Lines captain, was in Seattle on Monday and Tuesday to complete the training, including time in a flight simulator, now proposed for pilots before they can fly the MAX.
On Wednesday, he took off from Boeing Field just before 9 a.m. He flew east to Moses Lake, where he landed the jet, then returned to Seattle after almost two hours in flight.
The flight included practicing high angle-of-attack patterns, activating the flight control software — the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) — that went wrong on the MAX crash...
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