A Boeing 737 MAX 9 test aircraft is visualized at Boeing Field on March 22, 2019 in Seattle, Washington.
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Federal Aviation Administration Chief Steve Dickson is set to perform an examination flight at the controls of a Boeing 737 Max next week, a turning point as the U.S. planemaker works to win approval to resume flights, the firm informed legislators.
The Boeing 737 Max has actually been grounded because March 2019 after 2 deadly crashes eliminated 346 individuals. Dickson, who was formerly an airline pilot, prepares to go through simulator training prior to the flight and will then share his observations with FAA technical personnel.
The FAA informed legislators that Dickson and FAA Deputy Administrator Dan Elwell “will be in Seattle next week to take the recommended training.” The flight by Dickson will meet “his promise to fly the aircraft before the FAA approves its return to service.”
Boeing shares were up 6%.
Earlier Friday, Europe’s primary air travel security regulator stated the Max might get regulative approval to resume flying in November and go into service by the end of the year.
“For the first time in a year and a half, I can say there’s an end in sight to work on the Max,” stated Patrick Ky, executive director of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
Ky stated Boeing had actually accepted set up the electronic third-sensor system on the next variation of the aircraft, the 230-seat 737 Max 10, followed by retrofits on the remainder of the fleet later on.