FAA expects Boeing to submit 737 MAX fix soon for approval

The 737 Max consists of four versions all of which have the MCAS system. The 737 Max 8 was involved both crashes.                  Boeing

The 737 Max consists of four versions all of which have the MCAS system. The 737 Max 8 was involved both crashes. Boeing

Family members of the Ethiopian Airlines crash victims expressed disappointment over the projected recertification of Boeing's 737 Max jets sometime August.

"The use of this outside third party review on un-grounding the airplanes in the future, and their establishment of a blue ribbon commission, using authorities that we put into the FAA law past year to look at the broader certification of airplanes is an important step as well", Congressman Larsen said.

The FAA investigated the issues after the union filed the report, it said in a statement.

A Boeing 737 MAX 8 sits outside the hangar during a media tour of the Boeing 737 MAX at the Boeing plant in Renton, Washington December 8, 2015.

"I$3 thought that the MCAS should have been more adequately explained in the ops manual and the flight manual", Mr Elwell said.

"We believe at this point that the execution of the search warrants was wholly appropriate for the furtherance of the investigation at this point", Geron said.

A combined 346 people died in the crashes. In the recordings, pilots from American Airlines can be heard grilling a Boeing official over the safety of the planes and the fact that they weren't made aware of the stall-prevention feature that has now been linked to both deadly crashes. Only after those things are established will the FAA allow the 737 MAX to fly again.

"The long-standing collaborative engagement between the FAA, Boeing, its customers and industry partners has created the safest transportation system in the world", the company said.

As many as 196 orders of the 737 models have been dropped from Boeing's order book in 2019 alone, and there have been 25 sales of single-aisle planes.

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Asked by Rep. Sharice Davids, a Democrat from Kansas, whether the FAA moved too quickly to certify the plane for flight, Elwell outlined the five-year process that ended in 2017, including almost 300 test flights, and said it wasn't out of the ordinary.

"These guys didn't even know the damn system was on the airplane, nor did anybody else", said Mike Michaelis, head of safety for the pilot's union.

The company is now in the process of updating its planes' anti-stall system, known as MCAS.

House Aviation subcommittee Chairman Rick Larsen said he expects answers about the FAA's certification of the Max, the role of Boeing employees in assessing key features on the plane, and FAA's role in developing pilot training for the plane.

The system activated in the Ethiopian Airlines crash in March and also during a separate Lion Air crash in Indonesia in October.

The US Allied Pilots Association said this month computer explanation would "not provide a level of confidence for pilots to feel not only comfortable flying the aircraft but also relaying that confidence to the travelling public".

Representatives from China Eastern, Air China, China Southern and Boeing declined to comment. Boeing also delivered 12 of its 787 Dreamliners in the month.

Cruz, whose state hosts the headquarters of Southwest Airlines and American Airlines, has been particularly tough on the FAA regarding its handling of the safety certification of the 737 Max.

Across Capitol Hill, the Senate Commerce Committee held a relatively placid hearing for Dickson, the nominee to replace Elwell, FAA's acting administrator since January 2018.

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