FAA And Boeing Have Begun Flight Tests Of The 737 MAX Model
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States and the Boeing company has started certification flight tests of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, according to a press release posted on the official website of the air regulator.
"The FAA and Boeing are conducting a series of certification flights this week to evaluate Boeing's proposed changes to the automated flight control system for the 737 MAX. Today, the plane took off from the Boeing airfield in Seattle at 09: 55 West Coast time for the first stage of testing. The flight is expected to take several hours," the press release said.
According to the air regulator, the total duration of the tests will be about three days. During the flight, the aircraft will perform a number of maneuvers and demonstrate the effectiveness of the emergency response system. All actions performed will be tested for compliance with FAA certification standards.
Earlier, Reuters reported with reference to sources that during the flights of the Boeing 737 MAX, the modified MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, a system for improving maneuverability characteristics) will be tested, failures in which led to disasters.
In December last year, it was announced that the production of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft was suspended. The operation of this model of aircraft was temporarily stopped after two plane crashes. On March 10 last year, an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX crashed in Ethiopia, killing 157 people. On October 29, 2018, 189 people were killed in the crash of a similar model of Lion Air in Indonesia.