BREAKING The European Union Aviation Safety Agency to begin 737 MAX flight tests


The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said on Thursday it plans to begin flight tests of Boeing 737 MAX plane in Vancouver, Canada, in the week starting Sept. 7.

EASA has been working with the FAA and Boeing to schedule the flight tests, a process which was hindered by COVID-19 travel restrictions between Europe and the United States.

EASA judges the overall maturity of the re-design process is now sufficient to proceed to flight tests.

Once the countries complete their flights tests, the Joint Operational Evaluation Board, which includes regulators from Canada, Europe and Brazil, will run simulator exercises to evaluate proposed changes to pilot training.