The reality is that it’s now very unlikely all of the worlds aviation authorities will agree to put the aircraft back into service at the same time.
EASA and the FAA are trying to work out their differences but a stumbling block appears to be the fact that the Europeans want a third angle of attack sensor installed and Boeing says that it’s modified the operation of the existing two to work better.
The FAA and Boeing were humiliated at a meeting earlier this month when Boeing failed to have any of the required technical data the EASA team had asked for, fumbling for an excuse.
That prompted the EASA side to say they expected a separate re-entry date and India and the UAE with others, quickly following said they would do their own assessment.
Indonesia is due to publish the LionAir crash results in November which apparently, flags a design flaw, lack of training provided by Boeing and other concerns as the primary cause. The FAA and Boeing have apparently already been given the report for comment.
The meeting this week between the FAA and EASA is the last chance to preserve the international status quo of mutual recognition for the others work. Even if it appears to be harmonious the fact is they’re merely papering over cracks that are now too wide to truly fix.
Globally, many aviation authorities are relishing the opportunity to sideline American influence and establish their own legitimacy.