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Top execute of EASA is satisfied with the changes made to Boeing 737MAX and says the plane is safe to fly…
Mr.Patrick Ky, executive director of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency said “Our analysis is showing that this is safe, and the level of safety reached is high enough for us,”… “What we discussed with Boeing is the fact that with the third sensor, we could reach even higher safety levels.”, according to Bloomberg news.
His comments in an interview, came after series of test flights conducted by EASA in September and says “EASA is performing final document reviews ahead of a draft airworthiness directive it expects to issue next month..”
The final document “will be followed by four weeks of public comment, while the development of a so-called synthetic sensor to add redundancy will take 20 to 24 months”, he said. The software-based solution will be required on the larger Max 10 variant before its debut targeted for 2022, and retrofitted onto other versions.
“Ky said the synthetic sensor would simplify the job of pilots when one or both of the mechanical angle-of-attack sensors on the Max fails. The device, which monitors whether a plane is pointed up or down relative to the oncoming air, malfunctioned in both crashes” reported Bloomberg
The MAX was grounded in March 2019, following two deadly crashes that took 346 lives, costing Boeing billions of dollars and forced then CEO Dennis Muilenburg to resign.
Boeing plan to bring the MAX back into service by the end of this year, and the Patrick Ky’s comments further endorses Beoing’s claim that “737MAX is safe to fly…”