But s detailed reading of that article makes it very clear there is still no certainty that the certification flights will actually take place in October. It is merely a possibility.
One promising sign from Boeing is that it is inviting 737 Max pilots from worldwide airlines to test the aircraft's new systems in flight simulators before going to the FAA for certification. Since that information was made public only last week and there are very few Max simulators anywhere in the world, that process alone is likely to take some weeks.There are still numerous tasks to be accomplished before Boeing can complete its submission to recertify the plane, said another person familiar with the process. The person wasn’t aware of a specific projection that the FAA test flight would occur in October, but said it was a possibility.
https://www.seattletimes.com/business/b ... to-flight/The FAA said Thursday it’s inviting “a cross-section of line pilots from carriers that operate the aircraft around the world” to participate in simulator testing “as part of the overall testing and validating of new procedures on the Boeing 737 MAX.”
Then there is another issue that few have been commenting on anywhere. With the current extremely bad state of trade relations between the USA and China, does anyone believe that the Chinese aviation regulator will do anything other than maintain its grounding ban until Trump changes his trade tune? And if just if one regulator withholds approval, where does that leave the grounded aircraft! Still grounded? According to Forbes, all regulators have to agree before the plane can fly passengers again.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesasqui ... 0da9313528