Seattle - Canadian and European civil aviation authorities intend to perform their own checks for the software updates to the Flight Control Systems of the 737 MAX that Boeing is currently working on.
In the wake of growing doubts about the certification process of the Boeing 737 MAX by the FAA, Transport Canada, and the European Aviation Safety Agency plan to conduct their own reviews after software updates rather than simply taking the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s approval.
Boeing expects to finish the update to the controversial MCAS system by March 25. The FAA is expected to certify the new software by the end of April or early May.
Air Canada already excluded its Boeing 737 MAXs from its current schedule until July 1st.
According to the international civil aviation agreements, airplanes must be certified in the country where they are built. Regulators around the world have almost always accepted the approval of that country.
Last week, Seattle Times claimed that Boeing employees performed certification of some systems on behalf of the FAA. The agency and the manufacturer are both under criticism now.
The Justice Department is investigating the FAA’s omission during certification of the aircraft. The FBI has also joined the investigation on request from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Congressional committees are examining the subject as well.