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FAA lifts ban on Boeing 737 Max after crashes in 2018 and 2019 grounded the jet

The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban on the Boeing 737 Max on Wednesday, 20 months after the aircraft was grounded following two crashes within five months that killed 346 people. The action means the FAA is satisfied that software and other fixes, and new pilot training, make the plane safe to fly again.

The FAA said it brought unparalleled scrutiny to the Max this time. Boeing and federal regulators were faulted in several investigations of the crashes for missing fatal flaws in the aircraft. Investigators pointed to lax government oversight and problems during the certification process.

The Max was grounded worldwide on March 13, 2019, after the FAA said satellite data showed “the possibility of a shared cause” for two crashes, one on Oct. 29, 2018, in Indonesia and the other on March 10, 2019, in Ethiopia. Investigators later found that problems with an automated flight control feature led to both crashes.

Administrator Steve Dickson of the FAA signed Wednesday’s order ending the ban, and the agency said it can “assure the global community that the 737 MAX is safe to operate.”

“We have not left anything to chance here,” Dickson added. “I would put my own family on it, and we will fly on it.”

Boeing said the company had undertaken a “thorough assessment to ensure that our systems meet all regulatory standards, reflect industry best practices and also incorporate learnings from independent reviews.”

Navy personnel move portions of the Lion Air Boeing 737 Max that crashed into the Java Sea in 2018.

The ban is being lifted in a significantly changed environment, with the airline industry decimated by the coronavirus pandemic. Passenger numbers remain far below normal levels, tens of thousand of airline workers have been laid off, and carriers are losing billions of dollars.

Even with the FAA action, it will still be several weeks before the first Max jets return to the skies. Hundreds of the aircraft were grounded worldwide, including more than 70 in the United States, and others were built by Boeing and have yet to be delivered to customers. The planes, which have been parked for extended periods, must be inspected and updated, and more than 14,000 pilots need to be retrained at U.S. carriers alone.

Although some airlines are ready to fly the Max again — the more fuel-efficient planes will save them money — it is unclear whether the public will be eager to return, once travel rebounds from the pandemic, perhaps after widespread immunization with promising vaccines next year.


Press Release: Norsk Titanium Achieves Milestone with Boeing’s Materials Allowable Program

Paris, France – June 17, 2019 – Officials of Norsk Titanium (Norsk), the global leader in additive manufacturing of aerospace-grade titanium components announce the successful completion of the latest phase of Boeing’s rigorous Material Allowables Program, which characterizes the Additive Manufactured Rapid Plasma Deposition™ (RPD™) Process. This significant milestone, and the completion of all pre-production requirements, enables select structural titanium parts to begin long-term production upon completion of contractual terms.

“We have prepared all necessary production operations facilities, equipment and personnel to coincide with this Boeing milestone enabling high-rate production following qualification. Our Plattsburgh, New York facility is truly a 21st century advanced additive manufacturing center of excellence, and the work of the Norsk and Boeing teams to prepare for this moment has been outstanding,” said Norsk President and CEO Michael Canario.

Read entire press release HERE.

AmChams in Europe Transatlantic Conference in Washington, D.C. & Seattle

AmChams in Europe Transatlantic Conference in Washington, D.C. & Seattle

AmCham Norway recently participated in the annual AmChams in Europe conference held in both Washington, D.C. and Seattle.

The conference kicked off in the heart of the capitol at the US Chamber of Commerce, where participants including AmCham Norway’s Katja Dahl Murphy were briefed on the current state of transatlantic relations, trade policy, cybersecurity, global energy policy, and tax policy. The group also met with Pentagon and US Department of State officials.

The following day, participants met with Deputy Secretary Karen Dunn Kelley at the Department of Commerce, where they were briefed on USMCA, ongoing FTA negotiations, and US-EU trade negotiations. The group also visited the Atlantic Council, delving into current US-China relations and EU election consequences for the US-EU trade relationship.

Nordic – Pacific Northwest Partnerships

Managing Director Jason Turflinger then joined European counterparts in Seattle, taking part in meetings with Accenture, Amazon, Boeing, and Boston Consulting Group. Finally, at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, AmCham executives scrutinized the ethical use of artificial intelligence in various world regions and witnessed first-hand the latest technological developments within agriculture, public administration, and energy.

Together with AmCham leaders from Denmark and Finland, Turflinger also took part in the Nordic Innovation Summit, hosted by Seattle’s landmark Nordic Museum. In its second year, the expanding summit brought innovation leaders together to build upon robust Nordic – Pacific Northwest partnerships.