Boeing employees in March 2019 build a 737 MAX in Washington State. (AFP/Jason Redmond) Daniel Elwell, acting head of the US Federal Aviation Administration, threw cold water on hopes of a speedy resolution, after revealing late on Wednesday that Boeing had held off submitting a proposed software fix for review after his agency raised additional questions. Investigators have focused on the MAX's anti-stall Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System in inquiries into the crashes in Ethiopia in March and Indonesia in October which left 346 people dead. Boeing last week said the MCAS update was ready for the certification process, and US airlines were hoping the planes could be back in the skies in time for part of the summer travel season. But Elwell on Thursday said the process could take one month, two months or longer. "It is all determined by what we find in our analysis of the application," he said on CNBC. Once Boeing has submitted all documentation, the FAA will conduct a … [Read more...] about Regulators ponder: When can Boeing”s 737 MAX fly again?
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The global fleet of Boeing 737 MAX planes has been grounded after two deadly crashes, including this group of Southwest Airlines planes photographed in California in March AFP/Mark RALSTON The US Federal Aviation Administration convened a summit of global aviation regulators on Thursday (May 23) to walk through the steps taken to address concerns with the MAX following criticism the agency dragged its feet on the decision to ground the jets. Most agencies around the world have said little or nothing about the situation since the 737 MAX was grounded following the Mar 10 Ethiopian Airlines crash, which together with a Lion Air crash in October, claimed 346 lives. So the gathering in Fort Worth, Texas is expected to provide clues as to whether the aviation safety authorities will be willing to set aside any skepticism about the FAA, which has not yet given the green light for the 737 MAX to fly again. Regulators "are going to want a lot of explanation", said Richard Aboulafia of the … [Read more...] about Will FAA”s plan for 737 MAX fly outside US?
Boeing Co said an alert for angle-of-attack (AOA) sensors on its 737 MAX jets was "not activated as intended" for some customers, responding to reports it failed to tell Southwest Airlines Co and the U.S regulator that the optional feature was deactivated before a crash in Indonesia in October. Erroneous AOA sensor readings that led to aggressive nose-down inputs by a computer have been linked to deadly 737 MAX crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia, according to preliminary reports from investigators. Boeing offered customers two optional paid features relating to AOA. The first was an AOA DISAGREE alert when the two sensors disagreed and the second was an indicator giving pilots a gauge of the actual angle. Southwest, the largest 737 MAX customer, in November told Reuters the alert was installed and it planned to add the indicator as well following the Lion Air crash in Indonesia. The Wall Street Journal on Sunday reported that unbeknown to Southwest and the U.S. Federal Aviation … [Read more...] about Boeing says optional 737 MAX alert was ‘not activated as intended’
NEW YORK — The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Thursday it would meet with American commercial airlines that use the Boeing 737 MAX, which has been grounded worldwide since mid-March following two accidents that killed 346 people. The meeting, scheduled to take place on Friday in Washington, comes as Boeing faces intense scrutiny after 157 people died in an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crash on March 10 -- the second deadly crash involving the aircraft in five months. "The purpose of this meeting is for the FAA to gather facts, information, and individual views to further understand their views as FAA decides what needs to be done before returning the aircraft to service," the agency said in a statement. Security representatives from American Airlines, Southwest and United will be at the meeting, as well as representatives from their pilot unions. American and Southwest use the 737 MAX 8, while United has 737 MAX 9 aircraft in its fleet. The FAA recently formed … [Read more...] about Boeing to meet with US airlines over 737 MAX
Boeing has flown test flights of its 737 MAX to evaluate a fix for the system targeted as a potential cause of two deadly plane crashes, two sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday (Mar 26). Boeing's fleet of 737 MAX planes has been grounded since Mar 13 following two fatal crashes. (AFP/STEPHEN BRASHEAR) The aviation giant, which has been under fire and its flagship narrow-body planes grounded since Mar 13, tested the system upgrade on Monday, two days after pilots from American Airlines did simulation flights in Renton, Washington, the sources said. Boeing needs authorisation from the Federal Aviation Administration before the MAX can return to service. But the company still has not submitted its proposed software patch to the FAA, a government source told AFP. The aircraft was grounded following two deadly accidents involving Ethiopian Airlines earlier this month and Lion Air in October which killed 346 people. Engineers have been focusing on addressing problems … [Read more...] about Boeing holds test flights for 737 MAX after crashes
Boeing in the next 10 days will roll out an upgrade to the MCAS stall prevention system for 737 MAX aircraft that have had two deadly accidents in recent months, two industry sources told AFP. Boeing 737 MAX aircraft are parked at a Boeing production facility in Renton, Washington, U.S., March 11, 2019. Source : REUTERS/David Ryder/File Photo The system was implicated in the crash of a 737 MAX 8 in Indonesia in October but the sources cautioned that the cause of the fatal Ethiopia Airlines accident last weekend has not yet been determined. The software fix, which was already underway prior to the latest incident, will only take about two hours to install, said the sources, who asked not to be identified. The MAX aircraft have been grounded worldwide in the wake of Sunday's crash near Addis Ababa that killed 157 passengers and crew, and Boeing has halted deliveries of its top-selling model. The black boxes from the Ethiopian aircraft, which was only a few months old and … [Read more...] about Boeing to upgrade stall prevention on 737 MAX
The latest bad news for Boeing arrived on Wednesday afternoon. The United States joined other countries and grounded its 737 Max planes. Planes at a Boeing assembly plant in North Charleston, South Carolina Shares of Boeing (BA) fell 3% immediately after President Donald Trump announced the move from the White House. The shares then rebounded in a sign that the grounding had been largely priced in to Boeing's stock. But even after ending Wednesday slightly higher, the stock is still down more than 10% since the crash, wiping more than $25 billion off the company's market value. The US grounding comes after two fatal crashes in the last five months involving the 737 Max 8 jet. A Lion Air flight crashed in Indonesia in October, and an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed on Sunday. Neither of the crashes left any survivors... Aviation authorities around the world have been ordering the planes to be grounded for the last three days. The United States was essentially the last … [Read more...] about 737 Max crisis wipes more than $25 billion off Boeing”s market value
At least four US pilots filed reports following the October crash of a Lion Air flight in Indonesia shortly after takeoff and all complained the aircraft suddenly pitched downward. An American Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 arrives in Miami, Florida, from Washington Ronald Reagan National Airport on Mar 12, 2019. (AFP/JOE RAEDLE) WASHINGTON: The US decision on Wednesday (Mar 13) to ground the Boeing 737 MAX came after authorities noted similarities between two recent crashes, eerily echoing reports from American pilots who complained of problems with the plane late last year. At least four US pilots filed reports following the October crash of a Lion Air flight in Indonesia shortly after takeoff and all complained the aircraft suddenly pitched downward, according to documents reviewed by AFP on a flight safety database. The Lion Air crash that killed 189 people was attributed to the flight stabilization system designed to prevent the aircraft from stalling, the "MCAS." The Federal … [Read more...] about US pilots reported problems with Boeing 737 MAX
China has grounded its 7373 Max 8 (centre) since the crash of a second Boeing jet in Ethiopia. (AFP/GREG BAKER) Following the second deadly crash of one of its aircraft, some US politicians also have called for the plane to be grounded while the investigation continues, but regulators so far have not taken that step. "Two brand new Boeing 737 Max 8 airplanes crashed in 5 months. If China has grounded all 96 of its 737 Max 8s, then Southwest, American, and United Airlines should really do something to reassure the American people that its 737 Max 8 airplanes are airworthy or ground them too," Maryland resident Eugene Gu said on Twitter. A growing number of Americans are expressing similar doubts on social media, and some are cancelling or rebooking flights on this single aisle aircraft, which accounted for one-third of Boeing's profits in 2018. Britain, Germany, France and three Asian countries have banned the plane from their airspace, and others have grounded them, and the Twitter … [Read more...] about Safety fears about Boeing 737 MAX grip US passengers
A Boeing 737 MAX 8 is pictured outside the factory in Renton, Washington. (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images/AFP) Despite the aviation giant's assurances that the plane is safe and reliable, the European Union, Britain and India joined China and other countries grounding the plane or banning it from their airspace as they await the results of the investigation into the crash. But the US has so far refused to take similar action against the American aerospace giant's best-selling workhorse aircraft. "Thus far, our review shows no systemic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft," Federal Aviation Administration chief Daniel Elwell said in a statement. A new Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX 8 went down minutes into a flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board. That followed the October crash of a new Lion Air jet of the same model in Indonesia, which killed 189 people shortly after takeoff from Jakarta. Despite Boeing's … [Read more...] about US says “no basis” to ground Boeing 737 MAX jets after crash