The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Boeing launched Monday’s test flights of the 737 MAX, which will last three days, the regulator said in a statement.
“The FAA and Boeing are conducting a series of certification flights this week to evaluate Boeing’s proposed changes to the automated flight control system on the 737 MAX. The aircraft departed from Boeing Field in Seattle at 9:55 a.m. Pacific Time today for the first round of testing. The flight is expected to take several hours. The certification flights are expected to take approximately three days,”FAA statement.
During flights, maneuvering and emergency response procedures will be checked for their compliance with regulatory standards.
Flights 737 MAX suspended in the United States and many other countries after two such airliners crashed. In March 2019, the Boeing 737 MAX of Ethiopian Airlines, carrying 157 people, crashed near the Ethiopian city of Debre Zait, all people died. In October 2018, the same plane of the Indonesian Lion Air crashed, 189 people became victims of the crash.
In October 2019, a group of international experts JATR (Joint Authorities Technical Review) revealed significant shortcomings in the certification of the 737 MAX aircraft made by Boeing and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. In particular, according to experts, important information about the Maneuvering Correction System (MCAS) was not provided to the FAA in full, and the regulator itself provided Boeing with excessive powers in the certification process.
After the crash, about 20 countries closed their territory for the passage of aircraft of this model, many airlines suspended the operation of the Boeing 737 MAX 8. In the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration introduced a ban on the operation of this model. During the investigation of the causes of the incident, possible errors in the operation of the maneuvering correction system were identified. Boeing is addressing these shortcomings and has updated its pilot training program.