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Technology Boeing poised to start crucial 737 Max flight safety tests tomorrow

00:16  29 june  2020
00:16  29 june  2020 Source:   engadget.com

Boeing 737 MAX: a certification test flight perhaps "at the start of next week"

 Boeing 737 MAX: a certification test flight perhaps The test flight necessary for a new certification of the modified Boeing 737 MAX, an essential step before its return to service, could take place "as soon as the start of next week, "two sources familiar with the matter said on Friday. The 737 MAX has been grounded since March 13, 2019 after the accident of a copy of the Ethiopian Airlines company that left 157 dead. The accident came just months after the Lion Air MAX disaster, which killed 189 people.

Boeing 737 Max aircraft are parked at Boeing Field in Seattle this month. Boeing has received Federal Aviation Administration approval to start test flights of its 737 Max to demonstrate that it can fly safely with new flight control software.

Image caption All Boeing 737 Max planes are grounded. Boeing 's bid to see its 737 Max return to the skies faces a pivotal week with flight safety tests expected to begin. Pilots and technical experts from regulators and the company are understood to be planning three days of tests , possibly starting on

Boeing’s troubled 737 Max is reportedly close to a key round of test flights. Reuters and BBC News sources understand Boeing and the FAA are due to start a three-day set of flight safety tests for the airliner on June 29th. The aircraft crew will run a string of “methodically scripted” scenarios meant to push the (hopefully fixed) MCAS anti-stall technology to its limits, according to Reuters.

a large passenger jet sitting on top of a runway: RENTON, WA - APRIL 29: Boeing 737 MAX airplanes are pictured near the company's factory on April 29, 2020 in Renton, Washington. Boeing announced during an earnings call today that it would lay off 15 percent of its commercial-airplanes division workforce amid the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) RENTON, WA - APRIL 29: Boeing 737 MAX airplanes are pictured near the company's factory on April 29, 2020 in Renton, Washington. Boeing announced during an earnings call today that it would lay off 15 percent of its commercial-airplanes division workforce amid the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

If there are no issues, FAA Administrator (and former fighter pilot) Steve Dickson will apparently go aboard a flight weeks later to personally verify the 737 Max’s safety. The FAA might not allow the 737 Max to resume passenger flights until September.

The Boeing 737 MAX could soon make a first

 The Boeing 737 MAX could soon make a first certification flight For 14 months, the 737 MAX, the star aircraft of the aeronautical giant Boeing, has been grounded after the aviation disasters of Ethiopian Arlines and Lion Air. These accidents had shown disturbing similarities: shortly after takeoff, the pilots were unable to regain control of the aircraft. Elements that had led aviation safety authorities around the world to ban the entire fleet from flying for an indefinite period.

The tests are meant to ensure new protections Boeing added to MCAS are robust enough to prevent the scenario pilots encountered before both crashes Boeing 's preparation has included hundreds of hours inside a 737 MAX flight simulator at its Longacres facility in Renton, Washington, and hundreds

FILE PHOTO: Boeing 737 Max aircraft are parked in a parking lot at Boeing Field in this aerial photo over Seattle. By Eric M. Johnson and David The tests are meant to ensure new protections Boeing added to MCAS are robust enough to prevent the scenario pilots encountered before both crashes

There’s no guarantee the tests will go smoothly. Boeing has had to push back the 737 Max’s return for months due to software glitches, some of which come from flaws that aren’t related to the behavior that led to two fatal crashes. Even so, it’s progress for an aircraft that has been grounded for over a year.

Any return to the sky would be bittersweet, however. Air travel has been upended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving many airlines to cancel flights, ground aircraft and cut jobs. Boeing had already frozen 737 Max production at the end of 2019. The 737 Max may get the all-clear without many willing carriers, let alone passengers.

Iran to send black boxes of downed Ukraine jet to France .
Iran will send to France next month the black boxes from a Ukrainian passenger jet that Tehran's armed forces mistakenly shot down in January, killing all 176 people on board, French aviation investigators said Friday. © STR The Ukrainian passenger jet was struck by two missiles and crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran on January 8 Iran has requested help with repairing and downloading data from the Cockpit Voice Recorder and the Flight Data Recorder of the Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, the Civil Aviation Safety Investigation Authority tweeted.

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