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No Role for Boeing in Issuing Airworthiness Certificates for 737 MAX: FAA

The  Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has written to Boeing that its own staff would individually inspect about 400 new Max jets before approving the aircraft for flight. The agency had invited flak because it had shared the responsibility with Boeing employees before the twin clashes.

In the letter, FAA also said that it is yet to complete its review of all the changes in the design of the 737 along with pilot training procedures.

The FAA said in its letter that it “has determined that the public interest and safety in air commerce require that the FAA retain authority to issue airworthiness certificates and export certificates of airworthiness for all 737 MAX airplanes.” It added that it will be the sole authority to issue airworthiness certificates until such time it feels confident Boeing has “fully functional quality control and verification processes in place” and that other Boeing procedures meet all regulatory standards.

Boeing had issued a statement earlier in November saying that it believed that the FAA would lift the grounding of the 737 MAX around the middle of December. Before it receives airworthiness for the jet, Boeing has to schedule a certification test flight  and also do simulator training work with international pilots. The company also has to complete a software documentation audit.

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