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According to Patrick Ky, the head of Europe’s aviation regulatory body EASA, Boing 737 MAX will be cleared for flights in Europe next week.
The aircraft’s resumption will be subject to meeting mandatory requirements for changes to the aircraft flight control system and pilot training specified in the agency’s directive.
“It will be cleared to fly again from next week,” Patrick said at an online meeting hosted by Germany’s Aviation Press Club.
EASA requests changes, including recertification of the plane’s flight control system, called the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System. Both catastrophes that took the lives of 346 people and resulted in the aircraft’s almost two-year grounding happened after software activated at the wrong time, which pushed the aircraft’s nose down.
Boing 737 MAX has already been given the green light to fly by the USA’s, Brazil’s, and Mexico’s authorities. Transport Canada has reported it would be lifting the ban tomorrow, on January 20, 2021.