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Technology The 737 Max performs a first test flight crucial for its survival, and that of Boeing

04:40  30 june  2020
04:40  30 june  2020 Source:   20minutes.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 company test pilots, a crucial moment in the planemaker's worst-ever crisis. © Jason Redmond / Reuters A Boeing 737 MAX 8 at Boeing Field.

Boeing 's 737 MAX plane could take its first test flight from today, a crucial step for the survival of the Civil aviation authorities cannot approve the modified model until they have examined how it performs in flight . They will also look at the thousands of data points collected during the flights .

Grounded since March 2019, the aircraft must prove to the authorities that the modifications made to the anti-stall system after two fatal accidents are sufficient

Le Boeing 737 Max a effectué son premier vol de certification le 29 juin 2020 près de Seattle. © Elaine Thompson / AP / SIPA The Boeing 737 Max made its first certification flight on June 29, 2020 near Seattle. AVIATION - Grounded since March 2019, the aircraft must prove to the authorities that the modifications made to the anti-stall system after two fatal accidents are sufficient

It flew for four hours. The Boeing 737 MAX carried out the first of a series of certification flights on Monday, a crucial step for the survival of the star aircraft of the American aeronautical giant nailed to the ground since March 2019 after two accidents that cost the life of 346 people . But a blow to the manufacturer, the low-cost company Norwegian Air Shuttle announced the same day that it was canceling an order for 92 copies of the aircraft, as well as five Dreamliner.

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Boeing 's 737 MAX plane could take its first test flight from Monday, a crucial step for the survival of the company's star model that has been grounded - Boeing Field -. Civil aviation authorities cannot approve the modified model until they have examined how it performs in flight . They will also look at

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The plane, which took off at 9:55 a.m. from Boeing Field near Seattle, the manufacturer’s cradle, landed safely at 2:16 p.m., noted an AFP photographer. The MAX flew for several hours in the surrounding area, also landing and taking off at Moses Lake Ground County airport, east of the big city of Washington state, according to the tracking application Flightradar24 flights.

Screened data

The purpose of this flight - and of those to follow during a three-day campaign - is to "assess the changes made to the 737 MAX's automated control systems," explained earlier. Federal Aviation Regulation Authority (FAA), in charge of certification and flights in a press release. Test data from the three days will be analyzed by the FAA, but also by authorities in other countries.

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Boeing is set for a crucial flight test Monday (June 29) to see if its 737 Max jet can take to the skies again. That's according to sources who say the They said Monday's test flights would evaluate the 737 MAX automated flight control system. The FAA also said in an email that pilots will intentionally

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

The 737 MAX has been grounded since March 13, 2019 after an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft accident that left 157 people dead. The tragedy came just months after a MAX Air Lion disaster that killed 189 people.

The disturbing similarities between the two fatal accidents, shortly after takeoff, with an inability of the pilots to regain control of the plane, had led aviation safety authorities around the world to ban the entire fleet from flying, for a period indeterminate. For months, Boeing has struggled to return to service its medium-haul, whose sales were before this crisis its main source of income.

Modifications to the anti-stall system

The MCAS anti-stall software was implicated in in the two accidents . However, other technical malfunctions, including one concerning electrical wiring, were subsequently detected during work to modify the device, slowing down the recertification process.

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Boeing was expecting MAX to return to service a few months ago, but the Covid-19 pandemic, which resulted in travel restrictions and the confinement of workers, thwarted its schedule. According to the Seattle Times, European and Canadian aviation safety authorities have also demanded "further substantial changes to the flight control system". For Boeing, it’s urgent to fly his plane to extricate himself from a historic crisis. This aircraft accounted for 85% of its order book last year, and still more than two-thirds today.

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Flight testing for Boeing's 737 Max begins .
Fifteen months after the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max, one of the aircraft departed from Boeing Field in Seattle on Monday for the first round of testing with the FAA. The certification flights, which are expected to take approximately three days, represent a key step in the eventual ungrounding of the plane that was involved in two fatal crashes that killed a total of 346 people.

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