European Aviation Safety Agency performs Boeing 737 MAX test flights

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An aerial photo shows Boeing 737 MAX aircraft at Boeing facilities at the Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Washington, September 16, 2019. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has been working steadily, in close cooperation with the FAA and Boeing, to return the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to service as soon as possible, but only once it is convinced it is safe.

EASA has been working with the FAA and Boeing to schedule its flight tests, a process which has been hindered by COVID-19 travel restrictions between Europe and the United States.

From this week, EASA is performing flight test in Vancouver, Canada. While Boeing still has some final actions to close off, EASA judged that the overall maturity of the re-design process was sufficient to proceed to flight tests. These are a prerequisite for the European agency to approve the aircraft’s new design.

Early September, simulator tests took place in London Gatwick, United Kingdom. The Joint Operations Evaluation Board (JOEB), will also take place in Gatwick, in the week beginning September 14, 2020.

4 COMMENTS

  1. I was wondering the same thing as Filipe asked above. And if so, what did they determine. It sounds as if they didn’t and took the FAA’s word as the CAAC and others did. In this case, how much more are they going to add to it and how much longer the test trials are going to take? It’s a different world now that both EASA and the CAAC want to do their own evaluations.

  2. Usually, FAA and EASA rely on each other’s tests to certify an aircraft, but after the two fatal accidents of the 737 MAX and revelation that Boeing engineers often performed tests in lieu of FAA, EASA did no longer have confidence in FAA’s tests.

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