The Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) informs that the permission for the return of operations of the aircraft model Boeing 737-8 MAX in Brazil still depends on the conclusion of the work carried out by the Agency regarding the process of validating project modifications. The objective is to demonstrate that the project with the proposed modifications is safe and meets the necessary airworthiness requirements.
The decision of the US Civil Aviation Authority, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which approves the necessary modifications for the return of aircraft operation in the United States, published on Wednesday (11/18), was the result of a jointly work with ANAC and other civil aviation authorities in the world, in particular the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) - and the Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA).
Based on this FAA Airworthiness Directive, ANAC will proceed with the final adjustments to conclude the validation process for returning the operation of the model Boeing 737-8 MAX in Brazil. After the end of this work, the Brazilian operator of this aircraft, which is currently GOL Linhas Aéreas, must satisfactorily incorporate and demonstrate compliance with all new guidelines, both in terms of design and pilot training.
ANAC participation in the validation process
Since April 2019, when Boeing started activities to certify the proposed changes, ANAC has been participating in a group to analyze these studies. Altogether, about twenty professionals of the Agency, among engineers of diverse specialties and pilots, including flight test, participated in this process.
“This effort is an example of cooperation between civil aviation authorities, only a few countries have the experience to certify such a complex system. However, ANAC works with independent assessments to ensure that all requirements will be met in the safe return of the operations of these aircraft in Brazil”, highlights the Deputy Director-President of ANAC, Rafael Botelho.