Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Probe into FAA decisions over 737 Max aircraft certification as European and Canadian regulators seek own investigations

Top management at US manufacturer are reported to be extremely angry and disappointed to learn that not only are US lawmakers seeking to investigate the FAA's decision to certify the 737 Max jets safe for operational use. But also announcements from Canadian and European aviation regulators that they will independently seek, examine and certify the aircraft.

In the US the chairman of the House of Representatives transportation committee, as well as other Democrat lawmakers, asked the Transportation Department’s inspector general on looking into the key decisions the regulator Federal Aviation Administration made in certifying the 737 MAX jets safe for commercial use. 

According to the US media, the inspector general’s office confirmed it would open an audit Tuesday regarding the airworthiness approval. They asked that the probe include a review of what "led to the FAA’s decision not to revise pilot training programs and manuals to reflect changes to flight-critical automation systems." They want the review to help improve the "certification process overall and identify improvements to oversight and safety of all new aircraft."

On Tuesday, The European Aviation Safety Agency EASA said it would take its own deep look into the aircraft, "We will not allow the aircraft to fly if we have not found acceptable answers to all our questions,” EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky told an EU parliament committee hearing.

The Canadian authorities announced in future it would independently certify the 737 MAX, rather than just accepting neighbouring FAA's certification.  

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