The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has formed a team to monitor the certification activities of Boeing’s 737 Max and to provide recommendations on when the aircraft should be allowed to resume flying in the UAE.
Boeing is currently working on a number of fixes to the aircraft, which has been grounded since March last year. The GCAA said in a statement that it is working alongside the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) , Boeing and airlines to resolve the issues. The Max’s return will depend on how fast the US manufacturer can make the fixes.
“A dedicated specialist team has been formed by the GCAA to monitor the current certification activities and implementation of the corrective measures,” Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, director-general of GCAA, told the local media. “The specialist team is also working with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to benefit from their approach in safely returning the aircraft to service which is expected to happen in last quarter of this year.”
The formation of the committee is a sign that approval by the FAA alone may not be enough for the aircraft to start flying around the world. Other regulatory bodies are likely to have a say in when the 737 Max will fly again in regions under their jurisdiction.
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