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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

Smith scores big in Northern SportMod qualifier

first_imgDoug Smith dominated the opening night qualifying feature for Northern SportMods at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 5) – Doug Smith took the lead on the first lap and stayed in front all 30 times around Boone Speedway to win the Monday night IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s qualifier for Northern SportMods.Smith had started fourth and quickly showed he had the fastest car on the track. He’ll start on theDoug Smith dominated the opening night qualifying feature for Northern SportMods at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)pole in the Saturday main event.Finishing second through eighth and earning inside row spots behind Smith were Tyler Soppe, Daniel Drury, Curtis Veber, Prelude winner Dakota Sproul, Danny Dvorak, Adam Armstrong and Brandon Williams.Dvorak will start his career sixth big dance on Saturday, Smith his fifth and Soppe his second. Armstrong, Drury, Sproul, Veber and Williams are first-time SportMod qualifiers; Armstrong made the main event twice in a Hobby Stock.Qualifying for the middle and outside rows is Tuesday.Qualifying feature results – 1. Doug Smith, Lanesboro; 2. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill; 3. Daniel Drury, Eldora; 4. Curtis Veber, Polk City; 5. Dakota Sproul, Ellis, Kan.; 6. Danny Dvorak, Vinton; 7. Adam Armstrong, Carlisle; 8. Brandon Williams, Des Moines; 9. Sam Wieben, Dysart; 10. Clinton Luellen, Minburn; 11. Jared Hansen, Audubon; 12. Zech Norgaard, Spencer; 13. Justin Addison, Norfolk, Neb.; 14. Jake Simpson, Algona; 15. Chad Shaw, Trimble, Mo.; 16. Austin Schrage, Cresco; 17. Lucas Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis.; 18. Benjamin Schultze, Algona; 19. Nate Whitehurst, Mason City; 20. Dennis Engelhaupt, Page, Neb.; 21. Danny Myrvold, Westbrook, Minn.; 22. Jesse Skalicky, Fargo, N.D.; 23. Trent Roth, Columbus, Neb.; 24. Josh Pfeifer, St. Paul, Neb.; 25. Johnathon Logue, Boone; 26. Jim Gillenwater, Keokuk; 27. Josh Sink, Red Oak; 28. Zach Schultz, North Platte, Neb.; 29. Colby Fett, Algona; 30. Austin Howes, Memphis, Mo.last_img read more