European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said on Tuesday that it will send its own test pilots and Engineers to test Boeing’s newly modified 737 MAX before it is returned to service.
“EASA intends to conduct its own test flights separate from, but in full coordination with, the FAA,” Janet Northcote, an agency spokeswoman, said in an email.
EASA also said it favours three independent Angle of Attack sensors vanes rather than the two-sensor system in Boeing’s proposed upgrade to the MAX, but safety could be addressed “through improvement of the flight crew procedures and training, or through design enhancements, or a combination of the two,” EASA said.
The FAA is likely to conduct its certification flight for the 737 Max in October,
“The FAA is in a very difficult situation,” said Ky in the European Parliament. “When they will say, this (airplane) is good to go, it’s very likely that international authorities will want a second opinion, or a third opinion.”
…“That was not the case one year ago,” Ky added. “I think that’s going to be a very strong change in the overall worldwide hierarchy or relationship between the different authorities.”…