(Bloomberg) – The leading European aviation authority is pleased with the changes to the 737 Max from Boeing Co. These would have made the aircraft safe enough to resume operations in the region in 2020, even if another upgrade requested by the agency won’t be ready for about two years.
After the September test flights, EASA is conducting final document reviews ahead of a draft fitness to fly guideline expected to be released next month, said Patrick Ky, executive director of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
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This will be followed by four weeks for public comments, while developing what is known as a synthetic sensor to increase redundancy will take 20 to 24 months, he said. The software-based solution will be required for the larger Max 10 variant before its debut planned for 2022 and will be retrofitted to other models.
“Our analysis shows that this is safe and that the level of security achieved is high enough for us,” Ky said in a Bloomberg interview. “We discussed with Boeing that we can achieve an even higher level of security with the third sensor.”
His remarks mark the strongest support yet from a major regulatory agency for Boeing’s efforts to bring the disreputable model back into operation by the end of the year after numerous delays and setbacks. The 737 Max was banned from flying in March 2019 after two accidents with 346 fatalities, sparking a crisis that cost Boeing billions of dollars and the then CEO his job.
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