The Federal office of civil aviation USA (FAA) has allowed Boeing to begin flight tests of the 737 MAX.
As reported by Bloomberg on 28 June, of the relevant decision by the FAA informed the Congress in the email. Officially , the office has not issued a release about it.
The tests will involve pilots FAA.
In a letter to Congress said that the trials are one of the final stages before certification of the aircraft. While in the FAA stressed that had not yet taken a decision on its return to operation.
According to the Agency Reuters, test flights will resume on June 29 and will continue for three days. They are mainly held in Washington state. During flights, in particular check the system improve the performance of maneuvering MCAS, which is believed to have caused the crashes of aircraft of this model.
Boeing declined to comment. But in a statement published on its website, said that over the past few months the company has made significant progress in returning aircraft model 737 MAX to the market.
“The company continues to work with FAA and other regulators on the certification process of the software 737 MAX,” – said in a statement.
Bloomberg noted that the issuance of permits for the commercial flight, the FAA will need months. At best, it might happen in September.
At the hearings in the U.S. Congress in December of 2019, the head of the FAA Stephen Dixon said he intends to personally take the helm during one of the test flights the 737 MAX. He said he will not sign the conclusion on the certification until then, until you have completed all of the technical check by the FAA and he is not poupravlyat plane (statement Dixon published on the website of the FAA).
The operation of aircraft model 737 max, began in 2017. In March 2019, the flights and the delivery of these aircraft has suspended worldwide after two plane crashes (in Indonesia and Ethiopia), which killed 346 people. The cause of the crash aircraft was a false activation system MCAS.
In January 2020, Boeing announced the suspension Assembly aircraft model 737 max, their release she resumed in may.
Before stop production in January, the company issued approximately 400 aircraft model 737 max, which was unable to supply customers. Because of the situation with the Boeing 737 MAX, the Corporation is suffering millions in losses.