Delays in 737 MAX Certification Flight May Push Off Boeing’s Goal To Win Approval By Midsummer
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February 22, 2020 - by Dominic Gates for seattletimes.com
The critical flights on the updated Boeing 737 MAX that must be flown by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pilots before the plane can be certified again are now unlikely to happen before late April, according to two people familiar with the details.
The delay of more than a month from recent plans means that Boeing's publicly announced goal of winning FAA approval to fly the plane again by "midsummer," previously considered a very conservative schedule, now looks tight and could slip further.
One person with close knowledge of the required steps said that after the certification flight, assuming all goes well, it could take up to a further 60 days for regulators to complete the remaining steps in the process, which would push out the ungrounding of the aircraft to late June at the earliest.
A person who is familiar with Boeing's internal efforts, however, expressed...
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