Big Relief for Boeing; 737 MAX test flights over, Could fly in September

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Boeing 737 MAX has taken another major step towards returning to commercial flight operations as The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Boeing completed the required re-certification flight tests. 

The aviation giant now expects its much-criticized 737 MAX line to be cleared to fly with passengers again earlier than the previously anticipated September timeline.

GCC Business News has earlier reported that the Boeing was preparing to conduct the much-anticipated certification tests from Monday.

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Over the period of 3 days, FAA pilots and engineers evaluated Boeing’s 737 MAX on the changes it made to the automated flight control system, Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) on the aircraft that was implicated in two fatal crash flights.

Boeing’s revamped architecture of the flight control software will now use both flight control computers on each flight instead of only one which will enable it to gather input from dual sensors on each side of the plane.

Meanwhile, UAE officials are considering to introduce Boeing’s 737 MAX aircraft into its airspace. General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA)’s Director-General, Saif Mohammad Al-Suwaidi said in an official statement that  “The GCAA is closely working with the Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, Boeing and UAE Operators on B737 Max return to service since its grounding after two tragic accidents.”