Boeing ‘finalising’ software update & pilot training for 737 Max

Boeing on Sunday (March.17th) said it is finalising a software update and pilot training revision for its 737 Max aircraft, the plane that suffered two deadly crashes in less than five months.

The updates are designed to address how the aircraft’s flight control system – (MCAS) Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System – responds to erroneous sensor inputs, the company’s CEO, Dennis Muilenburg, said in a statement.

Last week, On Sunday (March.10th), a Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft crashed after take-off from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 passengers on board.

Flight data

Flight data from the crash showed “clear similarities” with the Lion Air crash in Indonesia last year, Ethiopia’s transport minister said.

The latest crash prompted airlines from around the world to ground the model.

Since then, many have questioned the safety of the aircraft and its anti-stalling system. As a result of the of two crashes, Boeing said it would release a software upgrade for the anti-stall system and the pilot displays on the 737 Max.
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The US-based manufacturer also said it is working on updating its pilot training as well.
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According to Reuters, American Airlines pilot union and 737 pilot Dennis Tajer said on Monday (March.18th) that one idea for revised training is an additional 10-15 minute iPad course that would explain how the new software works.

Software update for 737 Max

However, specific new pilot training is not expected to be defined until the software fix is in place, industry sources close to the matter said.

Last Friday (March.15th), two industry sources, said that the update should be ready in about 10 days, according to Reuters.

Boeing did not immediately return a request for comment from Reuters.

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