US The Boeing 737 MAX could soon make a first

15:05  29 june  2020
15:05  29 june  2020 Source:   leparisien.fr

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No one knows when the Boeing 737 Max will return to service. But the FAA refuses to provide a specific timeframe, saying only that it will make a decision sometime this year. "We continue to work with other international aviation safety regulators to review the proposed changes to the aircraft," said

Problems with Boeing 's 737 Max killed 346 people. The plane's grounding has cost the company billions But Muilenburg said that Boeing will first have to decide whether if it makes sense to spend So Boeing must make a decision on the 797 soon , even as it focuses on trying to fix the Max .

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.

MCAS anti-stall software was involved in the two accidents. However, other technical malfunctions, including one concerning electrical wiring, were subsequently detected during work on modifications to the device, which led to further delays in the recertification process for this medium-haul, the Sales were, before this crisis, the main source of income for the American aircraft manufacturer.

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.

First , he congratulated the Boeing chief on the deal, according to the person with knowledge of the The company added, “A multiyear process could hardly be considered rushed.” At the heart of Boeing now makes a record 52 737 s a month — most of them Maxes — and aims to reach 57 by April.

Boeing , which produces its 737 Max in Renton, Wash., decided to quadruple the degree to which an automated system would push down the nose of the plane.Credit “ Boeing 737 —” “Newest arrival in the Boeing family of airliners, the 737 attracts a crowd.” Boeing ’s first 737 model took off in 1967.

A flight this Monday?

According to several sources - not confirmed by the American aviation regulator FAA and by Boeing -, the aircraft could take off, perhaps this Monday, for a first certification flight. According to the New York Times, three flights are planned from Boeing Field, not far from Seattle, the birthplace of the legendary manufacturer, in Washington State.

These flights under the control of the civil aviation authorities will make it possible to collect thousands of data to see if the modifications made by the aircraft manufacturer allow commercial operations to be resumed.

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Still according to the New York Times, it is an FAA pilot who will be in command to test machine modifications and a Boeing test pilot will also be on board. But already, according to the Seattle Times, European and Canadian aviation safety authorities have demanded "further substantial changes to the flight control system." Boeing says it is committed to "answering all questions from regulators and meeting all certification and regulatory requirements."

The fact remains that this restart of the 737 MAX comes at the height of the coronavirus epidemic with an airline sector which is experiencing the worst crisis in its history. For Boeing, it is urgent to fly his plane.

This device represents more than two thirds of its order book. It is therefore central for the medium-term survival of the aircraft manufacturer. Already, at the end of April, the group announced the reduction of 10% of its workforce, or 16,000 jobs.

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