Boeing finishes test flights for 737 Max software application repair


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A Boeing 737 Max 7 lands at Boeing Field in Seattle after a test flight to examine the MCAS software application repair.

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More than a month after the 2nd deadly crash of a Boeing 737 Max, the distressed airliner stays grounded to guest flights around the globe. But on Wednesday the business got one action better to getting the Max back in service when it finished the last test flight for updates to the flight control system that’s at the center of both crash examinations.

Speaking at Boeing Field in Seattle, where Boeing makes last modifications to brand-new 737s prior to shipment to airline companies, CEO Dennis Muilenburg stated the business carried out 127 Max test flights over the last couple of weeks, accounting or 203 hours in the air. The airplane are constructed close by at a Boeing plant in Renton, Washington.

“We’re making steady progress to certification,” Muilenburg stated. “That was the final test flight prior to the certification flight … I saw the software in its final form operating as intended across a range of flight conditions.”

During the next-step accreditation flight, Federal Aviation Administration teams will sign up with Boeing pilots in the air to examine the brand-new MCAS software application and figure out whether it attends to issues around the nose of the airplane being required down throughout flight.


A Boeing 737 Max on display screen at the 2017 Paris Air Show.

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FAA accreditation is essential for the 737 Max to fly travelers once again, and there’s no informing for how long that might take. The firm itself is under examination for a cosy relationship with Boeing when the Max was initially accredited. So the FAA has additional difficulties to jump prior to it can please airline companies and federal governments outside the United States that the aircraft is safe.

Though air travel security companies in other nations have actually normally followed the FAA’s lead in accreditation matters, The Seattle Times reported Wednesday that Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau disagrees with an FAA report that Max pilots would not require extra simulator training to find out the upgraded Max software application. Air Canada is among the biggest Max clients, with 24 airplane in its fleet and an extra 77 on order.

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