737 Max grounding threatens to unravel the aviation certification world order - The Air Current
Eschewing any divergence, the FAA plans multilateral technical review of 737 Max with NASA, nine governments.
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May 16, 2019 - by Jon Ostrower for theaircurrent.com
On October 27, 2017, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Civil Aviation Administration of China expanded its regulatory cooperation for the first time in 12 years.
It was a huge victory for China and its aviation regulator. The spirit of the agreement was geared to not only speed the approval of U.S.-made airplanes into Chinese fleets, but to open the door to the FAA offering its coveted blessing for aircraft designed and manufactured in China, like its Comac C919 and eventually its twin-aisle CR929 that it is designing with Russia.
The expanded agreement “allows each authority to leverage approvals completed by the other with respect to design, production, and airworthiness as well as continued airworthiness," according to the FAA's announcement at the time.
Historically, China has not certified western aircraft for import until just before delivery, often leaving Boeing and Airbus with a fleet of already-built aircraft sitting for a year or longer....