Boeing Statement on 737 MAX Certification and Return to Service
(Source: Boeing Co.; issued May 16, 2019)
CHICAGO --- Boeing has completed development of the updated software for the 737 MAX, along with associated simulator testing and the company’s engineering test flight. To date, Boeing has flown the 737 MAX with updated MCAS software for more than 360 hours on 207 flights.
Boeing is now providing additional information to address Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requests that include detail on how pilots interact with the airplane controls and displays in different flight scenarios. Once the requests are addressed, Boeing will work with the FAA to schedule its certification test flight and submit final certification documentation.
“With safety as our clear priority, we have completed all of the engineering test flights for the software update and are preparing for the final certification flight,” said Boeing Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg. “We’re committed to providing the FAA and global regulators all the information they need, and to getting it right. We’re making clear and steady progress and are confident that the 737 MAX with updated MCAS software will be one of the safest airplanes ever to fly. The accidents have only intensified our commitment to our values, including safety, quality and integrity, because we know lives depend on what we do.”
In addition, Boeing has developed enhanced training and education materials that are now being reviewed with the FAA, global regulators, and airline customers to support return-to-service and longer-term operations. This includes a series of regional customer conferences being conducted around the world.
Boeing Says Its Software Fix for the 737 MAX is Ready, Awaits FAA Approval (excerpt)
(Source: Seattle Times; published May 16, 2019)
By Dominic Gates and Mike Baker
Boeing said Thursday it has completed development of the software fix for the 737 MAX flight-control system that malfunctioned on the two flights that crashed in Indonesia and Ethiopia and has finished simulator and flight tests of the new system.
After the first crash, of a Lion Air jet, Boeing told U.S. pilots at the end of November that it could have the software fix ready in about six weeks. More than 14 weeks later, with Boeing still working on the software fix, the Ethiopian Airlines jet crashed when the same system malfunctioned.
In all, it’s taken Boeing four times longer to develop the software fix than it projected back then.
Boeing now awaits approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which must fly a certification flight and also review all the manufacturer’s documentation on the changes made to the flight-control system before the MAX can be recertified and cleared to reenter commercial service.
The news comes ahead of a crucial meeting next week of civil aviation authority officials from around the world, convened by the FAA in Washington, D.C., to try to arrive at an international consensus on what’s needed before the MAX is allowed to fly passengers again.
The manufacturer said it has flown flight tests with the updated software for more than 360 hours on 207 flights. (end of excerpt)
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