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Money Boeing recommends 737 MAX simulator training before return to service

12:20  08 january  2020
12:20  08 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Boeing endorsed pilot simulator training on the 737 MAX prior to its return to service , a requirement that is expected to further delay commercial flights Having insisted that simulator training was not necessary, Boeing had promised Southwest rebate of million per-plane if simulator training was

New York: Boeing said Tuesday it will urge regulators to require 737 MAX simulator training for pilots prior to clearing the jet to return to service . The aviation giant, which has been roiled by a nine-month grounding of the plane following two deadly crashes

a sign on the side of a building: Boeing endorsed pilot simulator training on the 737 MAX prior to its return to service, a requirement that is expected to further delay commercial flights© Jason Redmond Boeing endorsed pilot simulator training on the 737 MAX prior to its return to service, a requirement that is expected to further delay commercial flights

Boeing on Tuesday endorsed simulator training for pilots of the 737 MAX prior to resuming flights, a change likely to further delay the aircraft's return to the skies.

The aviation giant, which has been roiled by a nine-month crisis after the plane was grounded following two deadly crashes, described the new stance as reflective of its "unstinting commitment" to safety.

The company previously argued pilots would need only computer-based training, so the announcement was the first major shift in approach since Boeing replaced its chief executive in late December.

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Boeing 737 Max : new 'troubling communications' sent to regulators. Boeing had long held that pilots who can fly older 737 s only needed a computer course, roughly It is not clear whether a requirement for simulator training would further delay the return of the Max , which is costing Boeing billions and

Investing.com - Boeing (NYSE:BA) will recommend simulator training for its 737 Max jetliner in an effort to get the plane flying again after grounding, according to published reports. Boeing (NYSE:BA) will soon inform airlines it will recommend pilots undergo simulator training for the 737 Max , which

But requiring pilots to train on simulators is expected to delay resumption of commercial flights because of the limited number of MAX simulators available.

Focus now turns to the US Federal Aviation Administration, which previously resisted calls by Canadian and European regulators for the additional pilot training.

The MAX has been grounded since mid-March following the second of the two fatal crashes that together claimed 346 lives.

Boeing and the FAA have drawn intense criticism for their handling of the crisis as well as the process for certifying the plane to fly.

"Safety is Boeing's top priority," the company's acting Chief Executive Greg Smith said in a statement.

"Public, customer and stakeholder confidence in the 737 MAX is critically important to us and with that focus Boeing has decided to recommend MAX simulator training combined with computer-based training for all pilots prior to returning the MAX safely to service."

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“ Boeing has decided to recommend MAX simulator training combined with computer-based training for all pilots prior to returning the MAX safely to service ,” Greg Smith, Boeing ’s interim CEO, said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. The final decision on what training will be required will be made by

Boeing will recommend pilots undergo simulator training when the 737 Max returns — something that wasn't required when the plane first launched. "This recommendation takes into account our unstinting commitment to the safe return of service as well as changes to the airplane and test results.

An FAA spokesman said the agency will consider Boeing's advice during an upcoming meeting involving a board of US and foreign air carrier crews that will help inform the agency's official recommendation before it is opened for public comment.

"The FAA is following a thorough process, not a set timeline, to ensure that any design modifications to the 737 MAX are integrated with appropriate training and procedures," the FAA spokesman said.

Michel Merluzeau, aviation expert at Air Insight Research, said requiring simulator training would extend the delay before flights resume, but the step was essentially inevitable.

"It's a common sense decision," Merluzeau told AFP. "It's something that shows that they are being very careful and not taking any shortcuts to speed the MAX's return to service."

US Representative Peter DeFazio, an Oregon Democrat who is leading a congressional probe of the MAX crashes, said simulator training was the right decision but "it's remarkable that it took two deadly crashes, numerous investigations and untold public pressure before Boeing arrived at this decision."

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Boeing Co said on Tuesday it was recommending that airline pilots undergo simulator training before they resume flying the 737 MAX , a shift from its previous position The planemaker had said in March 2019 it would propose requirements for pilots that did not include costly flight simulator training .

Boeing has recommended that pilots for the 737 Max receive training in flight simulators instead of only using software, raising the prospect of fresh costs and delays before the grounded aircraft returns to service . Greg Smith, the aerospace company’s interim chief executive

- Few simulators available -

The debate over training requirements has loomed as an open question as Boeing worked on new software to address a problem with a flight handling system linked to both crashes.

The FAA also has raised additional concerns against a backdrop of intensifying public and congressional scrutiny.

Chesley Sullenberger wearing a suit and tie: Retired airline Captain Chesley © MARK WILSON Retired airline Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, last July endorsed simulator training for the 737 MAX in a congressional appearance, a requirement embraced by Boeing on Tuesday Pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger III, who famously landed a damaged plane on the Hudson River in New York in 2009, forcefully endorsed simulator training in a July congressional hearing, saying "reading about it on an iPad is not even close to sufficient."

A Boeing spokesman said Tuesday there are currently 34 MAX simulators around the world, 26 owned by airline operators and eight owned by Boeing.

That is a fraction of the 387 planes already delivered and roughly 400 additional planes that have been built and stored since the regulators worldwide grounded the MAX in March.

One option that has been discussed would be to conduct training through an updated simulator for Boeing's 737 NG, a predecessor to the MAX.

Southwest Airlines, which has the most MAX planes in service, has three simulators in "various stages of FAA certification, and we expect to receive an additional three simulators in late 2020," a spokeswoman said.

Having insisted that simulator training was not necessary, Boeing had promised Southwest rebate of $1 million per-plane if simulator training was needed, a source told AFP last year.

An American Airlines spokesman said the carrier has one simulator, while United Airlines has one MAX simulator and three on order, a spokesman said.

In December, Boeing ousted Dennis Muilenburg as chief executive and tapped long-time board member David Calhoun who takes over on January 13.

Boeing's share price gained ground on the news, and finished up 1.1 percent at $337.28.

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