“I am not going to sign off on the plane (737MAX) until I am personally satisfied,” said the Federal Aviation Administration chief Steve Dickson to Reuters.
According to Dickson, “Boeing still has a series of steps to complete before the 737 MAX can return to service, including submitting a pre-production version of a software update”
Dickson met with Boeing executives in Renton, Washington on Thursday and tested revised software in a simulator. Next week, he will meet with around 50 aviation safety regulators in Montreal to discuss the status of the plane.
The FAA plans to get input from international regulators before certifying the plane,
In the meantime, Australia’s air safety regulator CASA said it may refuse permission for Boeing 737 Max planes to fly even if its US counterpart revokes an order grounding the aircraft.
A Civil Aviation Safety Authority spokesman said that the decision of the US Federal Aviation Administration would be an important factor in deciding whether to allow the Max to fly, but Casa would also take into account other information before making its decision.
Boeing hopes to resume flights early in the fourth quarter, but the airlines executives expect the plane to return service in the first Quarter of 2020.