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FAA Plans Individual Review Of All Boeing 737 Max Planes

FAA Plans Individual Review Of All Boeing 737 Max Planes
The already delayed fir certification process for Boeing’s 737 Max planes was hit another blow after the United States Federal Aviation Administration was reported to be planning to conduct individual checks and reviews of hundreds of new Boeing 737 Max planes before they are delivered to customers.
Hundreds of Boeing 737 Max planes have been grounded in March all across the world this year after two fatal crashes involving the planes within a span of just five months.   
FAA said that the “large number of new 737 MAX airplanes currently in storage presents a number of challenges for airworthiness certification, production, and delivery which significantly exceed any that the Boeing system has previously experienced”, in a letter that the regulator sent to a Boeing safety and compliance executive last Tuesday.
On multiple earlier occasions, executives of Boeing have said that the company expects that the FAA and other regulators would give the planes the safety certificate to fly again by this quarter. As recently as on November 11, executives of Boeing said that they expected to start delivering the 737 Max planes as early as this month which was well received by the company’s investors. However according to the FAA and its administrator Steve Dickson, the regulator had set no deadline for providing the fit certificate to the planes to fly again which created a tussle between Boeing and the FAA.
“The FAA has determined that the public interest and safety in air commerce require that the FAA retain authority to issue airworthiness certificates and export certificates of airworthiness for all 737 Max airplanes,” the FAA’s letter to Boeing said.
“The FAA will retain such authority until the agency is confident that, at a minimum, Boeing has fully functional quality control and verification processes in place; delivery processes are similarly functional and stable; and Boeing’s 737 MAX compliance, design, and production processes meet all regulatory standards and conditions for delegation and ensure the safety of the public,” it read.
While saying nothing about whether the company’s long-held projection that it would win regulator approval in the fourth quarter would be altered by the change in stance of the FAA, a spokesman for Boeing said: “We welcome and embrace this decision by the FAA. Safety is our number one priority.”
Similarly, no deadline for the process was set by the FAA too but its spokesman said that the regulator has “enough inspectors in place to accommodate Boeing’s delivery capacity.”
The worldwide grounding of the 737 Max planes in March has stopped deliveries of the bestselling plane of Boeing along with a cut in production of the jets. More than 300 of the new planes in Washington state and Texas has been stored by the company. .
The two deadly crashes of the 737 Max planes had killed 347 people. The first accident had occurred in October of 2018 in Indonesia while another happened in March this year in Ethiopia. A number of investigations into the cause of crash is being conducted.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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