UAE's GCAA to participate on 737 MAX technical review panel, says FAA

GCAA is one of nine civil aviation authorities set to participate in the upcoming Joint Authorities Technical Review (JATR)
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Scheduled to start on the 29 April, the completion of the review is slated for completion 90 days from inception.
Scheduled to start on the 29 April, the completion of the review is slated for completion 90 days from inception.

Ahead of the Boeing 737 MAX Joint Authorities Technical Review (JATR) that is set to be hosted by the US’ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on 29 April, the FAA revealed a list of nine civil aviation authorities participating on the technical review panel.

The prominent list includes China’s Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), as well as the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (UAE GCAA), to name a few.

Set to be chaired by Chris Hart, former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the JATR team will complete a comprehensive review of the certification of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft’s automated flight control system.

This is expected to include an examination of the platform’s design and accessibility with pilots, to gauge whether the changes conform to global regulations, as well as identifying potential future improvements.

Joining the review panel alongside representatives from each of the participating civil aviation authorities will be a number of industry specialists from both the FAA and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Scheduled to start on the 29 April, the completion of the review is slated for completion 90 days from inception.

Following last month’s Ethiopian Flight ET 302 disaster and the grounding of the global fleet of 737 MAX Aircraft, Boeing has focused its efforts on updating the software behind the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS).

A recent draft report released from the FAA found the software upgrade to be “operationally suitable”.

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