Transport Canada has “successfully” completed a series of flight tests on a modified Boeing 737 MAX 8 as part of a validation process that could potentially put the aircraft back in service.
However, Transport Canada does not intend to lift the flight restrictions on this aircraft immediately.
"Transport Canada will not lift flight restrictions on the Boeing 737 MAX 8 until it is fully satisfied that the manufacturer and the United States Federal Aviation Administration ( FAA ) have addressed all safety concerns and that the training and improved procedures to be followed by flight crews are in place," said Transport Minister Marc Garneau .
From August 23 to 25, 2020, Transport Canada’s flight test crew were flown to Seattle, Washington, to conduct evaluations on the engineering simulator at the Boeing facility. The flight test evaluations took place on August 26 and 27 in U.S. airspace using the Boeing test aircraft.
Transport Canada is now analyzing the results of these tests and will decide, after an independent evaluation, on whether to approve the proposed modifications.
Minister Garneau noted that collaboration continues between Transport Canada, the FAA, and civil aviation authorities in Europe and Brazil. He said Canada is the first regulator in the world to complete its testing activities for validation on the aircraft.
This fall, after completing its analysis, Transport Canada will participate in a joint operational assessment committee made up of representatives from global certification authorities.
The committee's findings will be used to establish the minimum training requirements necessary to return the Boeing 737 MAX 8 to service.
“The Government of Canada remains committed to preserving the safety and security of Canadians, travellers and the transportation system,” said Garneau.