Following a decision by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) Aviation Regulator has today confirmed it is now in a position to lift the suspension of operations of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft into and out of Irish airspace.
Earlier today, EASA issued an Airworthiness Directive for the Boeing 737 MAX, mandating a package of software upgrades, electrical wiring rework, maintenance checks, operations-manual updates and pilot training. This package has been developed by Boeing to address the safety concerns raised by EASA.
IAA Aviation Regulator, Mr. Diarmuid Ó Conghaile, said that:
The publication of this directive sets out the requirements for the MAX to return to service and any 737 MAX aircraft now meeting these requirements will be approved to operate in Irish airspace. EASA has conducted a comprehensive review of the measures proposed by Boeing. The IAA and other national European regulators have been involved in the EASA review process. We are satisfied that EASA’s review has been comprehensive and ensures that the aircraft is safe to return to operations in Europe.
The IAA will now engage with airline operators to ensure that all the conditions for a return to service are met.
* On 12th March 2019, the Irish Aviation Authority suspended Boeing 737 MAX aircraft entering Irish airspace and such Irish registered aircraft from flying wherever located. The only exception to this was the movement of certain ferry flights of this aircraft.
* The IAA is currently undergoing a process of structural change. Air navigation service provision (including air traffic control) will be separated out as a stand-alone entity, and the Commission for Aviation Regulation will be merged with the IAA. Peter Kearney will continue as CEO of the Air Navigation Service Provider, and Diarmuid Ó Conghaile has been appointed Aviation Regulator / CEO of the reconstituted IAA, which will be the overall sectoral regulator with responsibility for safety and security, as well as the economic regulation (incl. Dublin Airport charges), consumer protection and licensing / supervision of the travel trade.
A comprehensive look at the Boeing 737 MAX can be found at: https://www.boeing.com/commercial/737max
Link to EASA Press Release: https://www.easa.europa.eu/newsroom-and-events/news/easa-declares-boeing-737-max-safe-return-service-europe
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