The Boeing 737 Max could be certified to fly again before the end of the year, according to Patrick Ky, executive director of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). In an interview with Bloomberg, the regulator said the manufacturer had made the plane safe enough to return to operation.
It has been grounded since March last year after fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed 346 people. After test flights conducted in September, the EASA is performing final document reviews ahead of a draft airworthiness directive it expects to issue next month. That will be followed by four weeks of public comment.
However, a new technology upgraded demand by the regulator will not be ready for up to two years. The development of a so-called synthetic sensor will add redundancy to safety measures, but will take 20 to 24 months to develop, Ky said.
Source: Breaking Travel News