FAA proposes draft B-737 Max Training only for US carriers & registered aircraft only

The FAA has released a flight standardisation boardreport relating to B-737 Max pilot training. Soon after, an addendum was issued too. While FAA has clearly stated that the training required in the FSB is mandated for US air carriers & US registered aircrafts, other aviation authorities must take their own action for the return of the B-737 Max.Question, will the Indian regulator follow a systematic process of change management and not be rushed into the re-entry process? Will the FSB report adopted in toto and will the regulators draft training requirements be put out for public comments?
The key highlights are quoted below from the FAA website as of 7th Oct 2020:While this is an important step, several key milestones remain:Final Design Documentation and Technical Advisory Board (TAB) Report – The FAA will review Boeing’s final design documentation to evaluate compliance with all FAA regulations. The multi-agency TAB will also review the final Boeing submission and issue a f…

USA removes restrictions on Air India as India designates Spice Jet to operate to USA post approvals


India USA air services agreement

 It was agreed that if, while the Agreement is in force, at any time the Government of India designate an airline or airlines, such designated airline or airlines will be granted full operating permission pursuant to Article 3 of this Agreement. 

Article 3

Air service on a specified route may be inaugurated by an airline or airlines of one contracting party at any time after that contracting the party has designated such airline or airlines for that route and the other contracting party has given the appropriate operating permission. Such other party shall, subject to Article 4, be bound to give this permission provided that the designated airline or airlines may be required to qualify before the competent aeronautical authorities of that party, under the laws and regulations normally applied by these authorities, before being permitted to engage in the operations contemplated by this Agreement.

Image SpiceJet

USA Department of Transport Foreign Air Carrier Economic Licensing

Any airline of a foreign country that wants to conduct commercial operations in foreign air transportation to/from the United States must obtain two authorizations from DOT:

  • Economic authority from the Office of the Secretary of Transportation
  • Safety authority from the Federal Aviation Administration
The letter pertains to the designation of SpiceJet as a designated scheduled Indian carrier to the USA. However, the status of the approval process as given above is not known.

DOT order

In the order dated 16th July 2020, the Department of Transport, USA has stated " The Department and other U.S. Government agencies have continued to work with the GoI towards satisfactory resolution of this matter. In that connection, recent positive developments have led the Department to determine at this time that the public interest calls for removal, until further order of the Department, of the charter prior approval requirement that we had imposed on Air India."


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