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July 25, 2024
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The Seattle Times published a story that the FAA is bowing to the requests of international regulators regarding additional changes to the 737 MAX beyond those identified by the FAA. These include three issues identified by EASA, the European regulator, and one issue identified by Transport Canada. A compromise has apparently been reached through which the aircraft will be allowed to return to service before the additional requirements are completed, but the FAA will mandate they be finished in 2021.

The importance of the FAA mandating the changes requested by the international regulatory agencies is the system of reciprocity, in which certification in one country leads to certification in another with only paperwork and fees, rather than a re-certification of the entire airplane. Without the reciprocity system, commercial aircraft would become prohibitively expensive to certify.


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Ernest Arvai
President AirInsight Group LLC