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
A Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft from the fleet that was grounded after two deadly crashes made an emergency landing in Florida on Tuesday. No passengers were aboard Southwest Airlines Flight 8701, which was being ferried from Orlando International Airport to Victorville, California, for short-term storage during the grounding, the airline said. Just before 3 p.m. Tuesday, the two pilots aboard the flight reported "a performance issue with one of the engines shortly after takeoff," the airline said. "The crew followed protocol and safely landed back at the airport." The global fleet of 737 Max jets was grounded indefinitely on March 13 after two fatal crashes involving the aircraft in March and October. It is not clear if Tuesday's emergency landing was related to suspected problems with the aircraft. An investigation into the crashes focuses on an automated anti-stall system and not engine problems. A Southwest Airlines flight made an emergency landing at Orlando International … [Read more...] about A Boeing 737 Max 8 made an emergency landing after an engine problem
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
Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft have been grounded around the world following a deadly crash in Ethiopia that killed 157 people. (AFP/JOE RAEDLE) Boeing will have to restore confidence in its product, and pay the costs of any modifications, while airlines try to find workarounds to replace the popular aircraft in their lineup of flights. The US on Wednesday grounded the 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 models while it continues the search for the cause of the crash, which happened less than five months after a Lion Air plane of the same model went down in Indonesia, killing 189. Both accidents occurred a few minutes after take-off, a similarity that led authorities around the world to pull the plane out of operation. The cost for Boeing and the airlines will depend largely on the length of time the planes are out of commission. How long any reputational damage will endure will depend on how well and how quickly Boeing deals with the a fix, analysts say. "They will have to convince people to trust them … [Read more...] about Boeing, airlines face tough path after 737 MAX grounding
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
JAKARTA: Boeing issued a special bulletin on Wednesday (Nov 7) addressing a sensor problem flagged by Indonesian safety officials investigating the crash of a Lion Air 737 that killed 189 people last week. Local aviation officials believed pilots may have been given wrong information by the plane's automated systems before the fatal crash. (Photo: AFP) The plane manufacturer said local aviation officials believed pilots may have been given wrong information by the plane's automated systems before the fatal crash. "The Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee has indicated that Lion Air flight 610 experienced erroneous input from one of its AOA (Angle of Attack) sensors," Boeing said. "Boeing issued an Operations Manual Bulletin (OMB) directing operators to existing flight crew procedures to address circumstances where there is erroneous input from an AOA sensor." The US Federal Aviation Administration issued an order to domestic carriers to follow the new … [Read more...] about Boeing issues advice over sensors after Indonesia Lion Air crash
JAKARTA — Boeing issued a special bulletin on Wednesday addressing a sensor problem flagged by Indonesian safety officials investigating the crash of a Lion Air 737 that killed 189 people last week. The plane maker said local aviation officials believed pilots might have been given wrong information by the plane’s automated systems before the fatal crash. "The Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee has indicated that Lion Air flight 610 experienced erroneous input from one of its AOA (Angle of Attack) sensors," Boeing said. "Boeing issued an Operations Manual Bulletin (OMB) directing operators to existing flight crew procedures to address circumstances where there is erroneous input from an AOA sensor." The US Federal Aviation Administration issued an order to domestic carriers to follow the new instructions on dealing with the erroneous sensor alert in 737-8 and -9 airplanes. This affects nearly 250 aircraft flown by US airlines like Southwest, American … [Read more...] about Boeing issues advice over sensors after Indonesia crash