Boeing says its software fix for the 737 MAX is ready, awaits FAA approval
With Boeing almost finished with its software fix, the next step will depend on the FAA
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- With Boeing almost finished with its software fix, the next step will depend on the FAA.
Boeing said Thursday it has completed development of the software fix for the 737 MAX flight-control system that malfunctioned on the two flights that crashed in Indonesia and Ethiopia and has finished simulator and flight tests of the new system.
After the first crash, of a Lion Air jet, Boeing told U.S. pilots at the end of November that it could have the software fix ready in about six weeks. More than 14 weeks later, with Boeing still working on the software fix, the Ethiopian Airlines jet crashed when the same system malfunctioned.
In all, it's taken Boeing four times longer to develop the software fix than it projected back then.
Boeing now awaits approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which must fly a certification flight and also review all the manufacturer's documentation on the changes made to the flight-control system before the MAX can be recertified and cleared to reenter commercial service.
The news comes ahead of a crucial meeting next week of civil aviation authority officials from around the world, convened by the FAA in Washington, D.C., to try to arrive at an international consensus on what's needed before the MAX is allowed to fly passengers again...