A international group of specialists next week will begin reviewing how the Boeing 737 Max’s flight management system was accepted by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.
The FAA says specialists from nine international civil aviation authorities have supported participation in a specialized inspection guaranteed by the bureau.
Former National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Chris Hart can lead the team, which will have experts from the FAA and NASA. They will look at the automated system including how it interacts with all pilots of the plane.
The Boeing jetliner was grounded following two crashes across the planet since mid-March. Researchers are working on anti-stall applications that pushed the planes’ slowdown based on sensor readings that are erroneous.
In a statement Friday, the FAA stated airline police in Japan, the European Union, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Indonesia, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to help with the work, known as a Joint Authorities Technical Review.
The flight control layout will be evaluated by the group and determine if it complies with regulations. It also will decide if adjustments will need to be made from the acceptance procedure of the FAA.
Chicago-based Boeing is working to the airplanes’ anti-stall system. In both an October crash off the coast of Indonesia along with also a March crash in Ethiopia, MCAS was triggered by a faulty detector reading and pushed the nose of the plane down, and pilots were not able to regain.
Pilots in U.S. airlines complained that they didn’t even understand about MCAS until after the October accident. They received computer training that how to react when something goes wrong with it and clarified the system.
Muilenburg said test pilots flew 120 flights at 203 hours. The business is anticipated to conduct a crucial certification flight with an FAA test pilot on board soon, possibly next week.
“We’re making steady progress toward certificate” and coming from Max to service, Muilenburg said as he stood facing a Max jet at Boeing Field in Seattle.
Muilenburg said he went on a test flight that afternoon and saw the updated software”functioning as designed over a range of flight conditions.”
In the U.S., United Airlines has removed its 14 Max jets from the program until early July, while American, with 24, and Southwest, using 34, aren’t counting the planes until August.
It might take longer before foreign airlines may use their Max jets. Regulators outside the U.S. once depended on the FAA’s judgment in such matters but have signaled plans to conduct their own reviews this time.
Countries may impose additional needs, delaying the use of the Max with their carriers.
FAA specialists concluded in a draft report that while pilots need training about the anti-stall system, they don’t require additional time in flight simulators. Canada’s transportation ministry mentioned this week that he needs simulator training for Max pilots.