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Usually the events we are waiting so long for end in the blink of an eye. Boeing has been working until the start of 737 MAX re-certification flights for over a year. Now, after three days of testing, the certification flight tests are over.
Through the 29 June – 1 July, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pilots and engineers evaluated Boeing’s proposed changes in connection with the automated flight control system on the aircraft. However, the end of flights does not mean that 737 MAX is cleared for take-off.
“The agency is following a deliberate process and will take the time it needs to thoroughly review Boeing’s work. We will lift the grounding order only after FAA safety experts are satisfied that the aircraft meets certification standards,” FAA said in a statement.
Now the team needs to process and evaluate the data gathered during these flights; evaluate minimum pilot training requirements. Also, The FAA will review Boeing’s final design documentation in order to evaluate compliance with all FAA regulations.
Moreover, the FAA will issue a Continued Airworthiness Notification to the International Community (CANIC) providing notice of pending significant safety actions and will publish an Airworthiness Directive (AD) that addresses the known issues for grounding.
The AD will advise operators of required corrective actions before aircraft may re-enter commercial service. When the FAA officially terminates the grounding and all the necessary corrective measures are implemented, Boeing 737 MAX planes will soar again.