737 Re-Certification Happening soon!
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After days of being grounded, It finally is going to happen. The 737 MAX is going to be certified! Just to recap, the 737 MAX was a variant of Boeing’s successful 737 program. But, unfortunately due to two fatal accidents, Boeing had to ground it. This happened sometime in March 2019. According to the Reuters, the MAX could fly as early as November 18.
FAA Administrator Steve Dickson told the Reuters in a statement that:
“This process will be finished in the coming days, once the agency is satisfied that Boeing has addressed. “The FAA continues to engage with aviation authorities around the world as they prepare to validate our certification decision.
“The FAA continues to engage with aviation authorities around the world as they prepare to validate our certification decision.”
After it get approved, what’s next?
After it get’s approved, it will still take some time for airlines to start flying them. The process is expected to take at least 30 days or longer (depends on the airline) for it to enter active service. Numerous things need to happen before they start flying them. An example of that would be FAA-Certified pilot training and airline’s updating their software. Let’s look at what the airlines think. Southwest airlines, one of the main operators of the MAX, is expecting to start flying the MAX in Q2 of 2021. American Airlines is expecting the MAX to enter their schedules in December. Air Canada expects to get the MAX in Q1 of 2021.
If the FAA approves it, it leaves a door open for other regulators. Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary hopes that the EASA (European Aviation Safety Regulator) certifies the MAX soon. He said,
“It looks now like the MAX 8 that was grounded will be licensed by the FAA to return to service at the end of November. We hope EASA here licenses in early January to mid-January the MAX 8 to return to service.”
When the 737 MAX was grounded, it was a crucial blow to Boeing. Now that it is coming back, I am really glad. I hope that no fatal accidents happen to this birb again.