Head of the U.S. Federal Civil Aviation Authority (FAA) Stephen Dixon personally lifted into the sky Boeing 737 MAX, which, in theory, should already be eliminated all the shortcomings. And on the whole, he was satisfied.
“Shortly after I headed the FAA, I promised to fly the 737 MAX. And I will not sign up for his return to work until I feel that I will be comfortable to put my family in it,” – said in a statement Dixon after the flight, published on the site management.
“The FAA continues to carefully and thoughtfully approach our review of Boeing’s proposed changes to the 737 MAX. We are on the finish line. But that doesn’t mean we’re going to shorten the path to allow operation by a certain date,” added the department head.
He added that the FAA will not approve the return of the aircraft to passenger service until it is satisfied that all known safety issues that led to the fall of Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air have been properly addressed.
It is worth noting that Dixon has previously worked for Delta Air Lines, an American airline, and is able to fly several types of aircraft, including 737. Before conducting the test, the Head of FAU went through a refresher course to become familiar with the changes made to the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), among others.