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Canadian aircraft certification process in need of an overhaul

By John Gradek      

The time is ripe for Canada to take control and ownership of the aircraft certification process as a first step in managing its sovereignty in matters of aviation safety. Canadians deserve no less.

Air Canada Boeing 737 Max 8, pictured Nov. 2, 2017. Photograph courtesy of Commons Wikipedia

In testimony last week in Washington, D.C., the acting administrator of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration disclosed the lack of understanding among high-ranking FAA staff of the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System installed on Boeing’s 737 Max series aircraft. While such an admission by the U.S. aircraft certification authority is both shocking and unnerving, what I find more disconcerting is the destruction of trust that aviation authorities around the world have had of the FAA certification process. This loss of trust will reverberate through the halls of those we hold accountable for ensuring that airlines operate safe equipment.

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