FAA will move first to approve the Boeing 737 MAX to fly again, possibly within weeks
"We will do it alone," said Acting FAA Administrator Dan Elwell
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May 24, 2019 - by Dominic Gates for seattletimes.com
FORT WORTH, TEXAS — During a break from an international gathering of air safety regulators from around the world, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) made clear Thursday that his agency will move first to lift the order grounding Boeing's 737 MAX. While he steered clear of specifying a timetable, his comments suggested such clearance could come as early as late June.
"When we get to the point where we can lift this order, we will do it alone," said Acting FAA Administrator Dan Elwell, explaining that because the U.S. certified the original design, it must be first to certify the Boeing software fix for the flight-control system that went awry on the fatal Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines flights.
Safety regulators elsewhere will make their own decisions after looking at the FAA's data, he said. Some will accept it, while "other countries have already decided they will not only review our work but look at some other things of interest to them."