Compared to earlier generations of Boeing 737 flight-test development, the certification campaign for the MAX has been comparatively drama-free, ahead of schedule and without significant interruption. In readiness for the MAX, Boeing had doubled down on pretest preparations, anxious to avoid a repeat of the 787 experience or the sort of issues that blemished the early development of the current 737 Next Generation, which was hit by structural, systems and certification delays. This ...

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