Pilot training, software update being finalized for Boeing 737-8

Boeing updates target the 737-8’s flight control system, which is also known as MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System).

Following two fatal crashes in the last 5 months, Boeing Co stated, it was finalizing the development of a software upgrade and a revision of pilot training for its 737 MAX.

The updates target the aircraft’s flight control system, also known as MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System).

A 737 MAX 8 operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed shortly after take-off on March 10, killing all 157 on board.

Ethiopia has said its crash had “clear similarities” with Indonesia’s Lion Air crash in October 2018 based on the initial analysis of the black boxes recovered from the wreckage.

Global concerns of the safety surrounding the 737-8 model caused aviation authorities across the globe to ground the model.

According to Dennis Tajer, who is a 737 pilot and also a spokesman for the American Airlines, an idea for revised training is an additional 10-15 minute iPad course that explains the new software. Specific new pilot training is not expected until the software fix is in place, say industry sources.

According to sources familiar with the matter at hand, Boeing plans on releasing the upgraded software for its 737 MAX in a week to 10 days.

Boeing did not immediately return a request for comment.

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