FAA to Open Public Comment Period on 737 MAX
The FAA is planning on issuing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for an Airworthiness Directive (AD) affecting the Boeing 737 MAX “in the near future,” the agency said in a July 21 statement published on its website.
A 45-day public comment period is being planned along with the NPRM to allow for feedback on proposed design changes and crew procedures that have been established in response to the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines.
According to the FAA, a number of key steps remain to eventually return the MAX to passenger carrying service, including a final review by the the FAA’s Flight Standardization Board (FSB) and the Joint Operations Evaluation Board (JOEB). Both boards are tasked with reviewing proposed training for flight crews.
The FAA will also publish a final FSB report after the close of the public comment period, and will work with their multi-agency technical advisory board to review Boeing’s final design documentation as well. Next, the agency will issue a Continued Airworthiness Notification to the International Community (CANIC) and a final Airworthiness Directive (AD) to operators providing final corrective actions needed prior to re-entering the aircraft into service.
Finally, the FAA will rescind the grounding order and review and approve new training programs for 737 MAX operators.