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MAX 10 aircraft certification stalled

FAA's concern: approval subject to MAX 7 documentation

The US manufacturer Boeing predicts that it will not obtain certification to fly its new B-737 MAX 10 aircraft before Summer 2023. The reason is that the company must meet new safety requirements (especially on the cockpit), whose evaluation expires in December, to obtain regulatory approval for the MAX 10 and the smaller MAX 7 variant. 

"The current timeline of Boeing's project plan requires the B-737 Max 10 to receive a modified type certificate no earlier than summer 2023", reads a letter sent by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) administrator. American, Billy Nolen, to Senator Roger Wicker, active in the trade commission. In particular, there is concern that certification for the MAX 7 has not yet been obtained, which is subject to approval of the MAX 10. 

This is a situation that could significantly delay the entry into service of the aircraft, which also recently received orders from the US carrier Delta Air Lines and the Canadian group WestJet. The new cockpit warning requirements are part of the certification reform passed after the two B-737 MAX fatalities that killed 346 people, leading to a 20-month downtime for that aircraft model.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency