NEW YORK: Getting Boeing's top-selling 737 MAX back in the skies faces a critical test this week as the company and US regulators each seek to restore their reputations after two deadly crashes.The US Federal Aviation Administration convened a summit of global aviation regulators on Thursday (May 23) to walk through the steps taken to address concerns with the MAX following criticism the agency dragged its feet on the decision to ground the jets.Most agencies around the world have said little or nothing about the situation since the 737 MAX was grounded following the Mar 10 Ethiopian Airlines crash, which together with a Lion Air crash in October, claimed 346 lives.So the gathering in Fort Worth, Texas is expected to provide clues as to whether the aviation safety authorities will be willing to set aside any skepticism about the FAA, which has not yet given the green light for the 737 MAX to fly again.Regulators "are going to want a lot of explanation", said Richard Aboulafia … [Read more...] about Will FAA’s plan for 737 MAX fly outside US?
Business The Federal Aviation Administration's acting chief told lawmakers on Wednesday he expects Boeing Co to submit a software fix and training upgrade for the grounded 737 MAX, which was involved in two fatal crashes since October, for approval "in the next week or so." 15 May 2019 11:55PM Bookmark WASHINGTON: The Federal Aviation Administration's acting chief told lawmakers on Wednesday he expects Boeing Co to submit a software fix and training upgrade for the grounded 737 MAX, which was involved in two fatal crashes since October, for approval "in the next week or so."At a congressional hearing, the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee told the FAA it must "get it right" in deciding when to allow the Boeing 737 MAX to fly again. "The world is watching and the FAA and Boeing must get it right," Representative Peter DeFazio said.Acting FAA chief Dan Elwell said the agency will only allow the plane to resume flights when it is "absolutely safe … [Read more...] about FAA expects Boeing to submit 737 MAX fix soon for approval
WASHINGTON: The Federal Aviation Administration said on Tuesday (May 7) it had convened a multi-agency Technical Advisory Board to review Boeing’s proposed software fix on the grounded 737 MAX.The board consists of experts from the FAA, US Air Force, NASA and Volpe National Transportation Systems Centre that were not involved in any aspect of the Boeing 737 MAX certification. The board's recommendations will "directly inform the FAA’s decision concerning the 737 MAX fleet’s safe return to service." The plane was grounded worldwide in mid-March after two Boeing 737 MAX crashes in October and March killed 346 people. … [Read more...] about FAA convenes multi-agency board to review Boeing software fix
CHICAGO/WASHINGTON: Boeing Co did not tell U.S. regulators for more than a year that it inadvertently made an alarm alerting pilots to a mismatch of flight data optional on the 737 MAX, instead of standard as on earlier 737s, but insisted on Sunday the missing display represented no safety riskThe U.S. planemaker has been trying for weeks to dispel suggestions that it made airlines pay for safety features after it emerged that an alert designed to show discrepancies in Angle of Attack readings from two sensors was optional on the 737 MAX.Erroneous data from a sensor responsible for measuring the angle at which the wing slices through the air - known as the Angle of Attack - is suspected of triggering a flawed piece of software that pushed the plane downward in two recent crashes.In a statement, Boeing said it only discovered once deliveries of the 737 MAX had begun in 2017 that the so-called AOA Disagree alert was optional instead of standard as it had intended, but added that was not … [Read more...] about Boeing did not disclose 737 MAX alert issue to FAA for 13 months
NEW YORK: US regulators considered grounding some Boeing 737 MAX planes last year after learning belatedly of a problem with a system that is now the main suspect in two deadly crashes, a source close to the matter said.Investigators in the Lion Air crash in October and the Ethiopia Airlines disaster in March have zeroed in on the planes' anti-stall system, the Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS.Last year, before the Lion crash, inspectors with the Federal Aviation Administration discovered that the manufacturer had de-activated a signal designed to advise the cockpit crew of a malfunctioning of the MCAS system, the source said.These inspectors were in charge of monitoring Southwest Airlines, the biggest user of 737 MAX planes, with a fleet of 34 of them at the time, said the source.The inspectors came up with this hypothesis - the signal alert being switched off - as they tried to determine whether pilots flying these planes needed additional training, said … [Read more...] about FAA considered grounding some Boeing 737 Max planes last year: Source