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FAA Makes Inspection Mandate For Boeing’s 737 MAX Key Automated Flight System

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.

Reportedly, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a directive for Boeing Co. (BA) requiring operators of 737 MAX airplanes to conduct additional inspections for the plane’s automated flight control system. The directive makes mandatory instructions released by Boeing in December that recommend planes with more than 6,000 flight hours be included for specific electronic checks.

MCAS, an automated flight control system on the 737 MAX, was highlighted in two fatal 737 MAX crashes killing 346 people on board that led to the 20- month grounding of the aircraft. The directive impacts about 72 U.S.-registered airplanes and 389 airplanes worldwide, FAA informed.

Boeing said it “fully supports the FAA mandate “requiring functional checks at certain intervals to the digital flight control system, stabilizer trim, and the primary and secondary aisle stand stabilizer.”

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(Read Original Story: FAA mandates Boeing 737 MAX inspections for key automated flight system in Reuters)


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