EASA, Transport Canada (TC) and the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) will independently authorize the FAA to resume flights with 737 MAX
On November 18, 2020, FAA has authorized the return of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to operational service. After 20 months and an extensive and methodical process of review and reassessment, 737 MAX aircraft are free to fly. But the FAA's example will not be followed by other aviation regulators.
Transport Canada (TC), the Canadian authority responsible for civil aviation, said there would be differences between the authorization granted by the Americans and that granted by the Canadians.
The differences will include additional pre-flight cabin procedures, as well as better pilot training. 3 Canadian companies use aircraft created by Boeing: Air Canada, Sunwing Airlines and WestJet.
Transport Canada has not set a date for the Boeing 737 MAX to be authorized to fly, but estimates that the process will end soon.
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) does not follow the FAA's example either. EASA has announced that it will launch its own procedure that will allow Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to fly into European airspace.
EASA has indicated that it will first publish a proposal for an Airworthiness Directive (AD) so that the public can comment on the proposal. The public consultation will last 28 days. The authorities will have to respond to the comments only after publishing the final directive.
EASA has joined Transport Canada (TC) and the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) to clarify that they will not follow the FAA example and will instead analyze 737 MAX aircraft individually.