Test flights of the Boeing 737 Max, necessary for the certification of the airliner, will begin on Monday, June 29, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources.
It is noted that the flights will be conducted by the US Federal aviation administration (FAA) together with Boeing. The head of the air regulator, Stephen Dickson, previously stressed that he would personally pilot the model to make sure it was safe.
It is expected that the training tests, during which some maneuvers will be worked out, will take three days. According to the newspaper, even if the flights are successful, the Boeing 737 Max will have to pass several additional regulatory checks, which may take months. According to sources, the company expects to return the Airliners to operation at the end of this year.
As noted by Reuters, training flights will take place mainly in the airspace over the state of Washington. According to the Agency, during the tests, special attention will be paid to the reliability of the maneuvering correction system (MCAS).
MAX 737 flights are suspended in the United States and many other countries after two such airliners crashed.
In October 2019, a group of international JART experts (Joint Authorities Technical Review) identified significant shortcomings in the certification of the 737 MAX aircraft, made by Boeing and the US Federal aviation administration. In particular, according to experts, relevant information about the maneuver correction system (MCAS) was not provided to the FAA in full, and the regulator itself granted excessive powers to Boeing in the certification process.
After the crash, about 20 countries closed their territory for the flight of this model of aircraft, and many airlines suspended the operation of Boeing 737 MAX 8. In the United States, the Federal aviation administration has imposed a ban on the process of this model. During the investigation of the causes of the accident, possible errors were identified in the operation of the maneuvering correction system. Boeing is working to address these shortcomings and has updated its pilot training program.