Canada to Review Agreement Aimed at Approving U.S.-Licensed Aircraft

Canada to Review Agreement Aimed at Approving U.S.-Licensed Aircraft

Transport Canada stated Thursday it’s revising a deal that might have reduced technical work done by the Canadian watchdog when validating Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) licensed plane like the Boeing 737 MAX. Canada approved the FAA’s March 2017 certification of the 737 MAX under an agreement the place Canada accepts such approvals by the U.S. and vice versa with some additional oversight.

Canada to Review Agreement Aimed at Approving U.S.-Licensed AircraftThe planes were grounded a year earlier following two accidents involving the model, one in Indonesia in and a second in Ethiopia.

David Turnbull, director, national plane certification for Transport Canada, told an Ottawa hearing that he didn’t agree with the agreement signed in November 2018 that may have steadily reduced the Canadian regulator’s technical workload when validating FAA-certified planes.

The FAA has faced opposition for its practice of delegating a high level of certification tasks to producers such as Boeing, and for its assessment of a security system on the 737 MAX later tied to the crashes.

Turnbull stated Transport Canada had planned to alter the deal, known as the validation enhancement roadmap, earlier than the two 737 MAX crashes, though it was signed after the Lion Air crash on Oct. 29, 2018.

The two governors can discuss the contract at the next meeting, he stated.

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