On November 26, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it had informed Boeing that the FAA would be the only authority for all new 737MAX aircraft to issue airworthiness certificates, Reuters reported. In the past, the FAA has shared the rights with Boeing, Reuters reported.
Reported that the FAA in a letter to Boeing on the 26th, said that in the public interest and the need for commercial safety of aviation, the FAA decided to retain the right to issue airworthiness certificates and export airworthiness certificates for all 737MAX aircraft.
The FAA said it would retain the right to issue certificates until it ensures that Boeing has complete quality control and verification procedures, as well as other procedures that meet all regulatory standards.
The FAA also reiterated that a review of the 737 MAX aircraft design changes and related pilot training had not been completed.
In response, a Boeing spokesman said in an email that it would continue to comply with the FAA and global regulatory leaders and “will decide when to obtain a critical schedule, when pilot teams and training requirements are certified so that the MAX Series can safely resume service.”
The Boeing 737 MAX series has yet to resume flights after being grounded by several countries around the world in March in the event of two fatal crashes. Evidence suggests that the aircraft’s unique “motorized enhancement system (MCAS)” automatic anti-stalling software may be activated when an aircraft’s angle-facing sensor sits abnormally, which in turn causes the passenger aircraft to dive and become unmanageable.
Boeing has previously said the 737MAX is expected to return to flight by the end of the year. But the FAA said in September that there was no timetable for the 737 MAX to resume flights, and that countries could decide on their own return times. In early November, U.S. media reported that Boeing’s recent software system repair manual had not been reviewed by regulators such as the FAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency.