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Technology Boeing and FAA start first test flights of 737 Max since deadly crashes

00:40  30 june  2020
00:40  30 june  2020 Source:   theverge.com

Insider - Boeing is aiming for key 737 MAX certification flight in late June

 Insider - Boeing is aiming for key 737 MAX certification flight in late June Washington / Seattle, Jun 11 (Reuters) - For the US aircraft manufacturer Boeing, the next step for the re-approval of its 737 MAX for passenger flight operations is imminent. An important certification test flight should take place at the end of June, said two people familiar with the matter on Wednesday.

Boeing is about to start test flights of its 737 Max planes, which have been grounded for more than a year after two fatal crashes . The Covid-19 pandemic is also expected to mean lower-than-usual travel demand for years, Boeing and airline executives have said, which could further hurt demand

The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) and the United States Federal Aviation Administration will start running test flights of the company's troubled 737 MAX aircraft on Monday, Reuters Internal security testing since then has reportedly revealed further troubles with the 737 Max engine panel and wiring.

Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began a series of test flights on Monday to determine whether the 737 Max should be allowed back in the air, after it was involved in two deadly crashes that killed 346 people in 2018 and 2019. The tests are expected to last around three days.

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“While the certification flights are an important milestone, a number of key tasks remain,” the FAA said in a statement. “The FAA is following a deliberate process and will take the time it needs to thoroughly review Boeing’s work. We will lift the grounding order only after we are satisfied that the aircraft meets certification standards.”

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.

Max , which has been grounded since March 2019 because of two deadly crashes , could begin as early as Monday, according to an Federal Aviation Gallery: Big companies begging for government bailouts (Lovemoney). Boeing said it deferred to the FAA and global regulators on the Max

for Boeing 's 737 Max , which has been grounded since March 2019 because of two deadly crashes , could begin as early The flight control system, triggered by faulty readings from sensors, pushed the planes into Boeing said it deferred to the FAA and global regulators on the Max certification process.

Part of Monday’s test flights, which happened in the Seattle area, reportedly involved taking the plane into a very steep turn that would nearly cause a stall, according to Bloomberg. By doing this, test pilots and engineers from the FAA and Boeing hope to recreate the conditions that triggered the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS — the software that doomed both fatal flights.

The 737 Max was rushed into existence shortly after Airbus surprise-announced the A320neo, a more fuel-efficient version of its popular A320 aircraft, in 2010. Instead of designing a new plane from the ground up to compete, Boeing tweaked the 46-year-old 737 by giving it new, bigger engines that had to be placed further forward on the wings. While this helped the company get an A320neo competitor to market quicker, it also made the new version of the plane more susceptible to stalling during certain types of maneuvers.

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.

FAA completes review but no decision has been made on a return to service.

US regulators may start tests this week as Boeing bids to clear a milestone for the crisis-hit aircraft. Aviation regulators grounded the 737 Max about 15 months ago following two crashes - a Lion Air The BBC understands that both the FAA , which is leading the testing , and Boeing , are hopeful that

Boeing developed MCAS to counteract this. But the company hid the software from the FAA and from pilots in order to reduce the amount of retraining that would otherwise be required to get the plane into the air.

The first crash of the 737 Max happened in October 2018. Lion Air Flight 610 took off at 6:20AM local time from Jakarta, Indonesia. It crashed into the Java Sea just a few minutes later, killing 189 passengers and crew. The second crash happened in March 2019 when Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed six minutes after taking off for Kenya, killing 157 people. The 737 Max was grounded worldwide shortly after.

Boeing has since been subjected to congressional inquiry and multiple federal investigations, and CEO Dennis Muilenburg was pushed out last December. But while the company had halted 737 Max production for months, it started building the planes again in May.

The FAA has discovered multiple new software glitches in the time since, which is partly why Boeing is still in the process of recertifying the plane.

Iran will compensate the families of the victims of the downed Boeing .
© Pixabay Iran will compensate the families of the victims of the downed Boeing Iran has agreed to compensate the families of the victims of the Ukrainian Boeing downed in January , announces Sweden. But the amount of compensation is uncertain. Tehran will go to the checkout. While Iran had downed by mistake on a Ukrainian Boeing last January, the country agreed to compensate the families of foreign victims, the Swedish Foreign Minister announced Thursday.

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