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Tech & Science United States: first certification flight of the Boeing 737 MAX, nailed to the ground in 14 months

01:20  30 june  2020
01:20  30 june  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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A Boeing 737 MAX took off Monday from a Seattle-area airport on the first day of certification flight testing with U . S . Federal Aviation Administration and The agency said it will take the time needed "to thoroughly review Boeing ’s work. We will lift the grounding order only after we are satisfied that the

A Boeing Co 737 MAX is set to take off on Monday around 1 p.m. EDT (10 a.m. PDT) from a Seattle airport on the first day of certification flight The plane is then scheduled to depart Moses Lake soon afterward, arriving back in Seattle at 1 :22 p.m. PDT. Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle and

Des Boeing 737 MAX stationnés dans un parking du Boeing Field sur cette photo aérienne au-dessus de Seattle, dans l'État de Washington, le 11 juin 2020. © REUTERS / Lindsey Wasson Boeing 737 MAX parked in a parking lot of the Boeing Field in this aerial photo above Seattle, in the Washington State, June 11, 2020.

The Boeing 737 MAX took off on Monday June 29 from Boeing Field at 4:55 pm GMT for a first series of tests, announced the American Aviation Regulatory Authority (FAA). A crucial step for the survival of the American aircraft giant's flagship plane, nailed to the ground for 14 months. The 737 MAX was banned from flying after two accidents that killed hundreds of people.

Before it was banned from flying, sales of the 737 MAX were Boeing's main source of income, two-thirds of its order backlog. Today, the American aircraft manufacturer had to stop manufacturing.

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The Boeing 737 MAX could carry out its first FAA recertification flight on June 29, 2020. It marks an important milestone towards the aircraft’s return to the Starting from June 29, 2020, a three-day test flight campaign is expected to mark the beginning of the recertification of the 737 MAX , sources told

This shows the importance of this certification flight which must allow the manufacturer to prove to the American aviation agency, and indirectly to the world, that the new version of its flagship aircraft is reliable.

The 737 MAX has not flown since March 2019 and the successive crashes of two aircraft, the Lion Air , then the Ethiopian Airlines , which had killed 346 people.

Airlines around the world decided to suspend the use of their 737 MAX aircraft. Following these accidents, anti-stalling software was first implicated, then other

malfunctions , for example in electrical wiring, appeared. Boeing intends today to prove the effectiveness of the modifications made since to its aircraft. As for the American aviation agency, it too will have to prove the effectiveness of its controls, which had certified the first version of the 737 MAX, which then tragically proved to be faulty.

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