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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - Boeing and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration recently completed the first phase of the Boeing 737 MAX  flight testing as part of the aircraft's recertification process.

The aircraft will now undergo another flight review soon, this time with international flight crews, according to a report, as regulators work to bring the troubled jet back to service.

After completing the Federal Aviation Administration's certification flight tests last week, the Boeing 737 MAX will now undergo an operational readiness review, starting as soon as this week, sources told the Wall Street Journal.

FAA pilots and crews from national and international carriers will participate in the review, which will include airborne and ground-simulator sessions and is expected to last for several weeks.

In particular, the upcoming Boeing 737 MAX review will look to see how well pilots can react to changes to the flight control system, known as the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), the report said. The system was implicated in the two deadly crashes that prompted the global grounding of the jet in March 2019.

Last week's certification flight tests saw pilots and engineers from the FAA evaluate Boeing's proposed changes to the MCAS and whether it complied with safety regulations.

The tests have been plagued by delays. Last year, the Boeing 737 MAX was expected to return to service by January. Then that was pushed back to mid-2020. Now it is unlikely to get approval to fly until this fall and U.S. airlines have taken the 737 MAX off their flight schedules through November.

The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent flight restrictions are adding to the setbacks and complicating the logistics for international participants, the Journal said. Pilots from Europe and Brazil are expected to take part. But the FAA and Canadian regulators have disagreed on which flight crews should participate.

Following the certification tests last week, the FAA said it is "following a deliberate process and will take the time it needs to thoroughly review Boeing's work."

The FAA still needs to analyze the data from those tests, conduct a Flight Standardization Board review after analyzing public comments, and perform a final design documentation review.
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