Boeing has not completed work needed for 737 MAX 7 approval: FAA

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) told Boeing it has not completed safety tasks needed in order to certify the 737 MAX 7 by December 2022.

According to a letter from the FAA dated September 19, 2022, the FAA shared concerns “about realistic timeframes for receiving the remaining documents” required to certify the aircraft.

The regulator had urged Boeing to submit the necessary system safety assessments (SSAs) by mid-September in order for the aircraft to be in certified by December. However, the manufacturer has failed to meet the submission deadline.

Boeing, which is based in Arlington, Virginia, said that it was working to give FAA the information it needs.

If Boeing wants to complete certification work and receive FAA permission for this jet by December, it must submit all outstanding System Safety Assessments (SSAs) by mid-September, according to the FAA.

If the Federal Aviation Administration does not certify the planes by year end, Boeing would be required under a 2020 law to add a new type of system to alert pilots when there is a potential safety problem with the flight.

Boeing wants to avoid adding the crew-alerting system, which would further delay approval of the new Max 7 and Max 10 jets. The company argues that the system doesn’t exist on older 737s, and putting it on future Max jets would add complexity for pilots.

Boeing said it is focused on meeting all regulatory requirements to certify the 737-7 and 737-10″, and argues it is safer to have one common 737 cockpit alerting system.

Boeing 737-7 certification work still in progress.

The requirements were adopted as part of a certification reform bill passed after two fatal 737 MAX crashes killed 346 people and led to the bestselling plane’s 20-month grounding.

Congress added the alerting-system requirement on planes certified after Dec. 31, 2022 following two deadly crashes involving Max 8 planes in Indonesia and Ethiopia. The requirement was among several changes designed to improve FAA oversight of aircraft manufacturers.