On September 30th, FAA administrator Steve Dickson is expected to pilot the 737 Max next week. Previously the FAA stated that Dickson personally will fly the plane before the type is recertified, and is now getting ready to act on that statement.
This indicates that the 737 MAX is making some great progress towards recertification. In a senate in June, FAA Chief stated he would pilot the Boeing 737 Max personally before he signs off on it and the FAA makes an unreasonable decision.
The FAA released the Airworthiness directive for the Boeing 737 MAX last month. With the comment period for that document closing only a few days ago, the FAA is now reviewing those comments and is working on a final AD. The FAA stressed that it would not recertify the aircraft until all known issues have been adequately addressed.
Earlier Friday, Europe’s chief aviation safety regulator said the Max could receive regulatory approval to resume flying in November and enter service by the end of the year.
“For the first time in a year and a half, I can say there’s an end in sight to work on the Max,” said Patrick Ky, executive director of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
A group known as the Joint Operations Evaluation Board which is made up of representatives from the FAA, Transport Canada, the European Aviation Safety Agency and the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil, conducted multiple exercises in simulators to evaluate what training is needed for the plane.