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FAA Hopes Global Regulators Simultaneously Approve Boeing 737 MAX to Fly Again

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration hopes civil aviation authorities around the world will decide at about the same time to allow the Boeing 737 MAX to resume flying, the agency told Congress on Tuesday in a letter seen by Reuters. The FAA and other regulators grounded the plane in March after two fatal crashes in five months killed 346 people. ( More...

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Mark Gilbert 7
It isn't the FAA's job to get the 737 certified anywhere else. Their job is to make sure it's safe to fly for us Americans. They should do that and then shut up. Trying to get it certified elsewhere just contributes to the impression that they are owned by the American aviation industry.
siriusloon 12
Having the FAA's contracted-out-to-Boeing certification rubber-stamped by other regulators is unlikely to happen again. The FAA was the last to ground the MAX after other countries took action on their own. I think the return to flight process will be the reverse of the grounding, with the FAA clearing it first and other regulators taking time to make their own independent decisions. The idea of it being cleared simultaneously is completely unrealistic and the FAA is either delusional or is lying to Congress.
I agree. At least from Canada rubber stamping will not happen especially after the FAA withheld important information from Canadian authorities prior to the grounding. The whole situation reeked of covering up for Boeing, so there is no basis for trust now.

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trentenjet 14
If the max goes back to flying I will fly on any airlines that do not own a max like Delta or JetBlue etc.
Stefan Sobol 4
Flying on the MAX (even without any changes) is still way safer than the drive to the airport to get on whatever other airplane you choose.
That's my plan for at least a year after it's cleared to fly again.
John D 8
Yep, me too I fly every week and have never wished I had not gotten on to a specific airplane. My trust in Boeing and the FAA has diminished significantly Boeing apologizing for a crashed plane doesn't do me any good if I am dead
Don Quixote -3
Sorry to hear that Robert, but I can't wait to fly on the MAX. It's a great aircraft, and will be for many years to come!
Lois Lettini 3
Do you work for the FAA or Boeing?
Edward Singh 1
Everybody has their own opinion on this subject so are you, we do what we feel is in our best interest.
Edward Singh 0
I am with you on this one
dan davis -3
Same here. Not worth the risk.
lakemountain 4
The FAA can hope all they want, but given they were negligently asleep at the wheel on this entire mess and then dragged their feet on the grounding they have have a LONG way to go until they regain credibility.

The FAA has always been the cheer squad for the industry and now that we have hundreds dead over this completely avoidable situation, they're going to have to work hard to gain our trust.
Edward Singh 5
It is not a software problem,it is a design problem and until that is fixed boeing will continue to have problems with this model plane.
hornet135 1
The chief of engineering has spoken.
Uh, chief of imagineering.
hornet135 1
tony evans 3
When this plane gets re certified it will be safest bird in the air. Having flown several million miles as a passenger I have been on many planes that should not have been in service.
I would be more than happy to fly on it. I am not affiliated with the Airline business just a passenger. Just wish the airlines were as reliable as the equipment
lecompte2 2
Difficult to see that happening now that the complete story about the design flaws of this aircraft are known.
Edward Singh 2
All the world's aviation authority will allow the boeing 737 max to fly when they are satisfied that it is sate to fly.
Iain Girling 3
Not so certain that crews and passengers will be so easy to convince.
Phil Howry 2
If the American aircraft industrial complex is so inherently corrupt, tainted and suspect as some appear to believe here, how is it possible any American-made aircraft is still flying?

Believing and/or suspecting American aircraft designers, manufacturers and FAA would selectively conspire to put certain aircraft passengers/crew at risk of death is an extremely sad commentary on the state of our society.

Boeing and the FAA are people, not one person in either of those organizations go to work with the intent to kill people.

No, I'm not associated with either organization, I'm just a King Air pilot that has enjoyed flying American-made aircraft and keeping that aircraft airworthy within FAA regulations.
john kilcher 1
Ridiculous statement!!
airuphere 1
Thx for contributing to the community; however, these decisionions will be made by government bodies with information we don’t have access to, and without emotion. Great opinions, but no one can comment factually unless you work for a ‘rubber stanper’ Or the FAA - yet comments are written is if they’re official policy.
USA pilots familiar with 737 stab trim had no problems dealing with the Max......senior crew all thought BA screwed up by not doing a separate type cert for this plane though.......
As a long time commercial pilot and aero engineer, I unequivocally say I would be perfectly comfortable walking onto a U.S. operated 37Max to go from A to B. It seems to have escaped notice that all TWO of their 'accidents' were on 3rd world 'airlines'.
Compared with the initial teething of many other aircraft like the 737, Electra, Comet, DC-10, F104 & V22 Osprey, just to mention a few, this plane's troubles aren't even significant.
lecompte2 2
There were as many incidents in the western world but most were unreported to the public, you should know as a long time commercial pilot.
William Monti 0
Question - why were US carriers who owned and flew the MAX able not to have fatal failures ?
George Martin 7
Interestingly enough you didnt hear about this from U.S. carriers because the MCAS system would have been disabled moments after takeoff when the autopilot was turned on. The MCAS system only affected flying qualities during times when there were high power settings to offset the additional torque moment created from the change in geometry of the engine pylon. MCAS was only active if the aircraft was in manual flight or during initial or terminal phases of flight. If you turn on the auto pilot at 500 ft MCAS turns off and no problem. During decent and landing MCAS is active but your power setting are to low to cause the aerodynamic phenomenon that made MCAS necessary.
lecompte2 2
The simple answer is you did not hear of all the problems with US airlines
William Monti 1
Wish the public stories were more complete.

What were the US airlines problems with the MAX that were not published, why were the pilots not more vocal if the MAX was maybe not airworthy ?

Sure wish BOEING and FAA were more forthcoming !
john kilcher 1
Extensive coverage @ The Seattle Times and Leeham News sites.
Chris Habig 1
Chance. They were fortunate not to encounter the problem that brought down Lion Air and Ethiopian.
frequentflyguy -1
...except for the countries that are involved in Airbus. Infair competition by a govenment(s) subsidized company.


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