Boeing fears missing a key deadline – thereby risking newer, tighter safety requirements

From what is known, the certification of the Boeing B737 MAX-10, the largest variant of the MAX family, might now extend well beyond 2022 as opposed to the tentative date scheduled for December 31 of this year.

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According to people in the know, the B737 MAX 10 might not get through FAA certification in time, which if missed, could mean implementing newer safety requirements, thereby translating to additional pilot training for the MAX 10, raising costs. It is to be noted that the Boeing B737 MAX family had been designed keeping the company’s main objective in mind- to slash separate pilot training, thereby increasing the overall cost of acquiring the aircraft.

What happens if Boeing misses the tentative deadline?

Apparently, missing the deadline would force the company to upgrade the MAX-10 cockpit, which would result in the crew alerting system operating differently from that of the MAX 8 and 9 models. This would mean separate pilot training on the MAX-10- additional expense airliners wouldn’t want to incur.

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Reportedly, Boeing wants to get the MAX-10 certified without the latest safety standards on the design of cockpit crew alerts based on which the previous variants were certified. According to the updated Aircraft Safety and Certification Reform Act (2020) by the US Congress, any airplane certified after December 31, 2022, would have to comply with the latest FAA crew alerting regulations.

According to reports by ch-aviation, Boeing has an overall order of 613 MAX 10 units in its order book, with  Donghai Airlines, flydubai, GOL, Lion Air and United Airlines being some of the customers.

Although Boeing hasn’t officially requested an extension of the date from the congress, it is highly that it will.

If they would like more time, this is an FAA decision. If the FAA says yes, we need another six months, give them six months. If everybody was in agreement, I would change the date.

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., who chairs the Senate committee that helped draft the FAA reform law, said
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She further added that the FAA should perform a full system safety assessment and also state whether designing a cockpit model for MAX 10 different from the other variants might increase the risk for airlines with mixed fleets.

Safety first. We’re not going to hurry. We’re not going to be rushed.I need the FAA to lead. I want to hear from them that that’s what they think is the safest way to go.

Cantwell said

Engine Indicating and Crew Alerting System (EICAS)

Every current Boeing airplane, except the B737, has EICAS that meets FAA regulations.

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EICAS is a centralized cockpit warning system that helps the pilots differentiate, prioritize and respond to aural and visual warnings, cautions and alerts that activate during flight. Additionally, it also advises pilots on suppressing erroneous warnings that can cause excessive distraction.

Technically, not only does it inform the crew of what is going wrong but also advises on what is to be done to correct it.

Reportedly, owing to the B737’s cockpit design, inherited from the vintage 1960s design, it becomes difficult to update the airplane to comply with the new regulation.

We continue to work transparently with the FAA to provide the information they need, and we are committed to meeting their expectations to achieve 737-10 certification

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Today marks the third anniversary of the MAX crash in Ethiopia-one of two fatal MAX crashes-that killed 346 passengers and crew.

The smaller version-the MAX 7 model is currently undergoing flight tests and is expected to be certified later this year.

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