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FAA in final stages of Boeing 737 Max review; could approve as early as Nov. 18

first_img– Advertisement – – Advertisement – The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is in the final stages of reviewing proposed changes to Boeing‘s 737 Max and expects to complete the process in the “coming days,” the agency’s chief told Reuters on Monday.Three sources briefed on the matter told Reuters the FAA is set to approve the plane’s ungrounding as early as Nov 18. FAA Administrator Steve Dickson told Reuters in a statement that he expects “this process will be finished in the coming days, once the agency is satisfied that Boeing has addressed” safety issues involved in two fatal crashes that killed 346 people. – Advertisement – Boeing declined to comment.The ungrounding would be a vital step in a still-arduous path to recovery for Boeing, plunged into its worst-ever crisis by the crashes and the worldwide grounding of its best-selling plane in March 2019.“The FAA continues to engage with aviation authorities around the world as they prepare to validate our certification decision,” Dickson said.- Advertisement –center_img A Boeing 737 MAX jet lands near grounded 737 MAX planes following Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) test flight at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington on June 29, 2020.Jason Redmond | AFP | Getty Images “As I have said many times before, the agency will take the time that it needs to thoroughly review the remaining work. Even though we are near the finish line, I will lift the grounding order only after our safety experts are satisfied that the aircraft meets certification standards.”Following the FAA green light, airlines must complete software updates and fresh pilot training, a process that will take at least 30 days, before the planes can return to the skies.Southwest Airlines LUV.N, the world’s largest Max operator, has said it would take several months to comply with the FAA requirements and that it does not plan to schedule flights on the aircraft until the second quarter of 2021.The grounding has cost the U.S. planemaker billions, hobbled its supply chain, and triggered investigations that faulted Boeing and the FAA for a lack of transparency and weak oversight during the jet’s development, among other problems.A Justice Department criminal investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

No points penalty due over Ji

first_img Gaps in the 22-year-old Black Cats star’s paperwork were highlighted following a routine drugs test, and the Premier League and Sunderland resolved the issues as a result. The Premier League remains comfortable with the punishment handed out to Sunderland, and is not thought to believe any legal challenge can be mounted against the decision. Sunderland forward Ji was correctly registered on arrival at the club in 2011, but issues arose after a loan spell with German club Augsburg. Despite always being correctly registered with the Premier League and the Football Association, Ji’s name was missed off a list of Sunderland players sent to world governing body FIFA for doping purposes. Sunderland are thought to have reported this issue to the Premier League as soon as it was brought to their attention. Press Association Sport understands the Premier League’s investigation found that an online form had not been properly submitted to FIFA. Sunderland are thought to have told the Premier League they submitted the form, but that a technical fault caused it never to reach FIFA correctly. The Premier League board is understood to have determined that the technical nature of the oversight merited the fine meted out. Sunderland will not face a points deduction from the Premier League in the continuing row over fielding Ji Dong-won with incomplete registration. The Press Association understands no further action will be taken, despite two of Sunderland’s relegation rivals making enquiries into the Premier League’s disciplinary process. Following Norwich’s 0-0 draw at Chelsea, manager Neil Adams suggested the Canaries are assessing their options relating to Ji. Adams said: “It’s for the board. They’ll look at it, I’m sure, but I wouldn’t want to comment on that. It’s not a football matter. “But I’m well aware of what’s happened. They’re aware of it, and I’m aware that they’re aware of it. But that’s for them. My brief is football matters. That’s the legal side.” Press Association Sport understands the Premier League is confident any issues regarding Sunderland striker Ji’s incomplete registration were resolved as soon as they were uncovered. Fulham and Norwich are understood to have contacted the Premier League for clarification on the fine handed to Sunderland over fielding Ji for four games without full registration. Press Associationlast_img read more

Vettel says bring the heat, but Hamilton prays for rain

first_img“It would be nice to have a really hot race,” said the four-time world champion.“It’s fun in the car! I quite like to break sweat. But I don’t know – the forecast says it won’t be like today again.”He added: “I don’t know how much Mercedes and Red Bull had to compromise for the heat. It impacts everyone and everyone was opening up the cooling to the maximum.”Mercedes, like most of the leading teams, introduced a package of aerodynamic updates that included revisions to improve their cooling systems following the team’s only defeat this year at last month’s Austrian Grand Prix.“It was extremely hot and I can’t remember driving in these kind of conditions,” Bottas said. “But it is the same for everyone. We had lots of overheating, especially in sector three with the corner combinations.“The car slides more and becomes more sensitive. You pick up 10 degrees of extra tyre temperature and can lose two-tenths like that.”Share on: WhatsApp Sebastian Vettel . PHOTO via @F1Hockenheim, Germany | AFP | While Lewis Hamilton was left hoping for rain over the rest of the weekend, after Mercedes struggle in scorching heat in Friday’s practice at Hockenheim, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel said he would be happy to carry on perspiring.Hamilton and team-mate Valtteri Bottas blamed the record-breaking European heat wave as Mercedes finished behind Ferrari ahead of this weekend’s German Grand Prix.In blazing sunshine, with air temperatures reaching 37.5 and the track 57 degrees Celsius, Charles Leclerc topped the times ahead of team-mate Vettel. Hamilton was third and Bottas fourth.“The tyres don’t like the temperature,” said defending five-time champion Hamilton. “They are always just a little bit above the working range and always just over-heating. That’s been our main issue, but everyone is in the same boat.”Hamilton said that the forecast rain, due to arrive on Saturday, would be welcome, but would also render Friday’s efforts and outcomes useless.“If it’s going to rain over the weekend, this is kind of a waste of a day,” he said. “I don’t think we learned that much today, with it being so hot. If it’s cooler at the weekend and dry, nothing from today really applies.“The tyres will come towards us and everybody will be quicker and more comfortable on the track, but we will have to wait and see… I love the rain – so any rain is always a good thing for me!”After revelling in the conditions, Vettel disagreed.last_img read more

Poultry farmer accused of threatening La Grange neighbour

first_imgA thirty-six-year-old La Grange, West Bank Demerara (WBD) resident, Oswald Bijulisingh, was released on $15,000 bail last week on allegations that he threatened his neighbour, Shelly Patrick.Police say the incident occurred on April 30, 2018 at Independence Street, La Grange, where the two persons reside.Unrepresented, Bijulisingh, a poultry farmer, however denied the accusation when the charge was read to him by Magistrate Rochelle Liverpool at the Wales Magistrate’s Court.The farmer confirmed that he was previously charged, but was found not guilty of the offence. He will make his next court appearance when the matter continues on July 5, 2018.last_img read more