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Tue Jan 7, 2020, 01:39 PM

Boeing Will Recommend 737 Max Flight Simulator Training for Pilots

Source: New York Times

Boeing will recommend that pilots train in flight simulators before flying its 737 Max and plans to inform airlines of its decision soon, according to two people familiar with the matter, a move it had previously resisted.

The Max has been grounded since March following two crashes that killed 346 people, and Boeing has been working for months on changes to the software that contributed to both accidents. The training requirement further complicates the company’s efforts to return the plan to service.

Boeing recently informed the administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, Stephen Dickson, of its recommendation. The final decision to require the simulator training would be made by the F.A.A., which is likely to follow the company’s advice. The regulator still has to complete testing of the plane.

The Max was designed, in part, to avoid having pilots train in simulators. The plane is the latest update to the 737, which has been flying since the 1960s. By making the plane similar to the 737 NG, the previous version of the plane, Boeing was able to persuade regulators that pilots did not need to train on simulators.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/07/business/boeing-737-max-simulator-training.html

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 7, 2020, 01:42 PM

1. Good idea.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 7, 2020, 01:44 PM

2. Can I just say...

DUH?

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 7, 2020, 01:48 PM

3. My first thought was "Duh", then I scrolled down to this!!!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 7, 2020, 01:50 PM

4. Recommend? How about REQUIRE?

Better yet, just cut their damned losses and scrap the plane. I don't ever want to fly in one.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 7, 2020, 02:07 PM

5. How about they spend more money on proper software development and pilot training...

And less money on CEO salaries and executive bonuses? That might, I don't know, save a lot of lives in the process?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 7, 2020, 02:58 PM

6. That plane is dead.

Nobody is going to buy or fly it.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 7, 2020, 04:11 PM

7. The simulators have to be updated to match the changes on the aircraft.

Then the FAA has to certify the changes to make sure they match the aircraft. All appropriate and possible malfunctions need to be programmed and tested. Training scenarios need updating. All this could take a few more months or more. There won't be any provisional certifications for these changes. As an afterthought, there may not be enough simulators available in all the world for all the crews to be trained within a reasonable time.

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