Boeing completes 737 MAX software update, works on pilot training plan

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Thu, 2019-05-16 21:28

Boeing said on Thursday it had completed a software update for
its 737 MAX jets, which have been grounded worldwide since March
after they were involved in two fatal crashes.
The planemaker said it was in the process of submitting a plan on
pilot training to the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and
would work with the regulator to schedule its certification test
flight.
The FAA is planning a meeting on May 23 in Fort Worth, Texas, with
regulators from around the world to update them on reviews of
Boeing’s software fix and on pilot training.
Aviation regulators from other countries will have to assess
Boeing’s proposed fixes and clear the aircraft to fly in other
regions independently of the FAA.
It is unclear when the 737 MAX aircraft will return to service, but
US airlines have said they hope the jets will fly this summer.
Southwest Airlines Co. and American Airlines Group Inc, the two
largest US operators of the MAX, have pulled the jets from their
schedules until Aug. 5 and Aug 19, respectively.
The airlines, which must still decide on pilot training, have said
they would use the jets as spare planes if they are approved for
flight before those dates.
The FAA said on Thursday that Boeing had not yet submitted its
final software package for approval.
On Wednesday, acting FAA Administrator Dan Elwell said he expected
Boeing to make its formal submission for its software update in the
next week or so.
The 737 MAX was grounded following a fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash
that killed all 157 on board just five months after a similar crash
of a Lion Air flight killed 189 people.
Boeing hopes the software upgrade and associated pilot training
will add layers of protection to prevent erroneous data from
triggering a system called MCAS, which was activated in both the
planes before they crashed.
The planemaker said it had completed simulator testing and
engineering test flights as well as developed training and
education materials, which were now being reviewed by the FAA,
global regulators and airline customers.
To date, Boeing has flown the 737 MAX with updated software for
more than 360 hours on 207 flights, the company said.

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Boeing completes 737 MAX software update, works on pilot training plan