Boeing 737 Max to be cleared to fly in Europe

Clay Curtis
January 21, 2021

Additionally, Transport Canada has issued an Interim Order Respecting Certain Training Requirements (B-737-8 and Other Aircraft), requiring Canadian operators of the 737 MAX to incorporate new training requirements into their Transport Canada-approved training programs.

Transport Canada said Monday the planes will be permitted to fly as long as they meet conditions specified by Transport Canada in December, including allowing pilots to disable a faulty warning system that was found to be central to two deadly crashes in 2018 and 2019.

It has also been allowed by Brazil to resume flights, and Transport Canada said earlier this week that it had been cleared to start flying again Wednesday.

In those disasters, along with the flights of Indonesian Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines, 346 people were killed.

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In a press release, recently installed Transport Minister Omar Alghabra, said, "Canadians and the airline industry can rest assured that Transport Canada has diligently addressed all safety issues prior to permitting [737 Max] aircraft to return to service in Canadian airspace".

Changes mandated by EASA include a recertification of the plane's flight control system, called the Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System, which was not a part of previous 737 models. Despite placing its first order for a 737 MAX in 2014, the airline is yet to take delivery of its first aircraft of the type.

Grounded Boeing 737 MAX aircraft are seen parked in an aerial photo at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington, US July 1, 2019.

When EASA published its proposed air worthiness directive for the Max in November, Ky said the agency's review of the aircraft "began with the MCAS but went far beyond".

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