Questions persist after 737 Max recertification

The grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft highlighted doubts about the effectiveness of US Federal Aviation Administration oversight. The FAA’s end of the Max flight ban on 18 November leaves families of Max crash victims unsatisfied and Congress trying to pass aircraft certification reform.

It remains to be seen if US airlines can convince the flying public that it is safe to fly on 737 Max jets.

FAA administrator Steve Dickson on 18 November lifted the agency’s order barring US airlines from operating the Max aircraft after 20 months of airlines and Boeing storing the unused aircraft. The US Senate confirmed Dickson based on his promise to be strict with Boeing while testing and recertificating Max aircraft. The administrator even flew a Max during a safety test in September.

“I am 100% comfortable with my family flying on [the Max],” Dickson stated on 18 November. “The travelling public deserves and expects nothing less.”

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