European Union and United Arab Emirates aviation regulators intend to independently review Boeing’s certification process for the Boeing 737 MAX series in light of the FAA’s airworthiness certification problems, multiple sources said. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s certification process for the Boeing 777X will be independently inspected by the European Aviation Safety Agency and the UAE Civil Aviation Administration, U.S. media reported Wednesday.
The European Space Agency and the UAE Civil Aviation Authority will not fully certify the Boeing 777X, but will instead inspect certain systems of this aircraft, such as flight control systems and unique folding wings.
In addition, the European Space Agency will examine all new systems and component designs for the Boeing 777X and all designs similar to the 737 MAX.
Reported that the European Aviation Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration respectively led the European Airbus series of passenger aircraft and the United States Boeing aircraft certification, usually do not participate in the other side of the aircraft certification process, to reduce duplication of inspection, speed up the certification speed.
However, two Boeing 737 MAX aircraft crashed in October last year and in March this year, killing a total of 346 crew members and passengers.
The Federal Aviation Administration issued a suspension order after the aircraft was extensively grounded or banned outside the United States.
Subsequent investigations revealed that the crash factor was linked to the 737 MAX flight control system, and that the FAA had long “outsourced” certification functions to aircraft manufacturers or third-party agencies.
The FAA’ position as the world’s most influential aviation regulator was not challenged, but the damage to credibility in the wake of the crash was further illustrated by moves by regulators in the European Union and the United Arab Emirates, US media reported.
The Agency said in a statement that it had “learned a lesson” from the crash and had “adjusted our participation (Boeing 777X certification) ” and was “simultaneously confirming” the FAA’s certification.
A spokesman for the FAA responded that the agency maintains a “transparent and cooperative relationship” with other aviation regulators, which have the right to decide independently whether to certify the agency’s certification under international agreements.
The Boeing 777X will be the largest new aircraft after Airbus announced earlier this year that it would stop production of the A380. It was scheduled to start delivery in 2020, but the first flight has been delayed several times due to engine design issues.
The Boeing 777X is scheduled to be operational by Emirates for the first time in 2021. If certification is blocked, its service may be further delayed.