Europe’s air safety regulator expects to publish a final airworthiness directive on modification of the Boeing 737 Max in mid-January, which will mark the formal revocation of the grounding order imposed on the twinjet.
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency has published, on 24 November, a proposed directive on the modifications which will remain open for consultation for 28 days.
Once the consultation period expires, EASA says it will examine any comments prior to finalising the directive, publication of which will amount to a “formal ungrounding” of the aircraft.
“After the return to service, EASA has committed to monitor the [737 Max] closely in service, to allow for early detection of any problems that may arise,” it adds.
The modifications will be backed up by a new mandatory training programme for pilots – including simulator time – to ensure that crews are familiar with the aircraft’s flight-control system and possible failure scenarios.
EASA says it intends, as a result of the publication, to clear the 737 Max to return to operation with European carriers – and those operating under third-country authorisations – within “a matter of weeks”.
Some 20 personnel from the authority have been working to support efforts by Boeing and the US FAA to change the aircraft’s flight-control design, particularly the controversial MCAS software, which was designed to counter pitch-up tendencies but which which was linked to two fatal accidents in Indonesia and Ethiopia.
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