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The Trump Administration's FAA still doesn't have a permanent leader (since the president's pick is facing opposition in Congress), and in the absence of a coordinated strategy for returning the Boeing 737 MAX 8 to service regulators in other parts of the world have started taking a more active role in setting standards that Boeing must meet before the company's 'workhorse' passenger plane receives permission to once again fly the friendly skies.
According to the FT, the European Aviation Safety Agency has set out a detailed list of topics in a letter addressed to Boeing senior management, as well as its US counterpart.
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EASA has been working with the FAA to review changes to the software proposed by Boeing. But additional issues have surfaced in recent weeks that will likely extend the timeline needed for Boeing to implement proposed changes to its MCAS anti-stall software. Malfunctioning MCAS systems are believed to have contributed to deadly crashes in Jakarta and Ethiopia that caused the deaths of all 346 people on board.
While the FAA's standards for lifting the flight ban are still murky, the letter sent by the EASA makes its criteria for lifting the ban abundantly clear.
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"These are things that need to be resolved before EASA lifts the ban on the Max. Some of them are being worked on but not yet all to its satisfaction," one person familiar with the situation said.
Here's a rundown of the five issues outlined by...
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