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Air Canada keeps its check pilots up to date with live 737 MAX flights

Montreal, Canada - While the Boeing 737 MAXs around the world are not allowed to fly yet, an Air Canada Boeing 737 MAX 8 has been spotted in the sky by flight tracking applications.

The information derived flight tracking applications revealed that an Air Canada Boeing 737 MAX 8 flew over the skies of Quebec and Ontario 11 times between August 28 and Sept. 8.

Air Canada said that the flights were conducted with special permission from Transport Canada to maintain the qualifications of its check pilots on the type.

Air Canada doesn't have the previous generation 737s in its fleet and this is the only way for the airline to prevent the licenses of its 737 MAX check pilots from expiring.

So the Canadian regulator authorized a group of the airline's check pilots to fly the grounded plane.

Last week, the aircraft was ferried to a storage site in Arizona, United States.

On Sept. 4, Air Canada's Chief Financial Officer Michael Rousseau said the 737 MAX hit the Air Canada harder than any airline in the world.

Also read: 737 MAX grounding hits Air Canada harder than other airlines

These flights highlight the desire of Air Canada to return its 24 737 MAX 8s to service as soon as possible when the aircraft is allowed to fly again by global regulators.

However, the Reuters news agency revealed that such flights wouldn't be possible in the United States, because pilot training is not included in the flight exemptions authorized by the US Federal Aviation Administration.

On the other hand, the US regulator does not hurry up to return the aircraft to the service since the Administrator is under close scrutiny by the US government and International regulators due to its practices for the certification of the 737 MAX.

Also read: Report criticizes FAA for certification process of the 737 MAXs

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has already declared that it would perform its own campaign for the certification of the aircraft.

The 737 MAX fleets around the world have been grounded after the second fatal crash of the aircraft on March 10.



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