Boeing says finalizing software upgrade, revising pilot training for 737 Max
(Adds pilot union comment)
By Tracy Rucinski
March 17 (Reuters) - Boeing Co said on Sunday it was
finalizing the development of a software upgrade and a revision
of pilot training for its 737 MAX, the plane that has suffered
two fatal crashes in the last five months.
The updates are intended to address how the aircraft's
flight control system - MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics
Augmentation System) - responds to erroneous sensor inputs, the
planemaker said https://boeing.mediaroom.com/2019-03-17-Boeing-CEO-Muilenburg-Issues-Statement-on-Ethiopian-Airlines-Flight-302-Accident-Investigation
in a statement.
A 737 MAX 8 operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed shortly
after take-off on March 10, killing all 157 on board.
Ethiopia said on Sunday the crash had "clear similarities"
with a Lion Air crash in Indonesia in October, according to
initial analysis of the black boxes recovered from the wreckage
of the March 10 disaster.
Concern over the plane's safety caused aviation authorities
worldwide to ground the model.
Boeing has been working on a software upgrade for an
anti-stall system and pilot displays on the 737 MAX, its
fastest-selling jetliner, following the deadly Lion Air crash,
and has said it was updating pilot training as well.
One idea for revised training is an additional 10-15 minute
iPad course that would explain the new software, according to
Dennis Tajer, a spokesman for the American Airlines pilot union
and a 737 pilot.
However, specific new pilot training is not expected to be
defined until the software fix is in place, industry sources
Boeing plans to release upgraded software for its 737 MAX in
a week to 10 days, sources familiar with the matter said on
Boeing did not immediately return a request for comment.
(Reporting by Tracy Rucinski in Chicago and Ismail Shakil in
Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Cooney and Cynthia Osterman)
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