Published: Fri, April 19, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Revised Boeing 737 MAX training "operationally suitable"

Revised Boeing 737 MAX training

A group that advises the FAA says airline pilots won't need new training on flight simulators to master the anti-stall system on Boeing's troubled new jet.

American, the world's largest airline, chose to extend cancellations from early June through August 19, to help plan ahead for the busy summer travel season.

Brand Finance had previously estimated the damage to the value of Boeing's reputation at $7.5 billion immediately after the 10 March crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jetliner, the second fatal accident involving the same model in five months.

"The system enhancement is incorporated on all MAX series aircraft".

Xu Chaoqun, head of the airworthiness certification department at the Civil Aviation Administration of China, said China will not resume flights of the Boeing 737 Max 8 until the aircraft design meets the country's airworthiness requirements, including any alterations to its control systems.

The announcement comes as similar moves were made by both American and Southwest airlines.

Reuters reports that Boeing shares rose two per cent following the release of the FAA review.

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The cancellations represent 1.5 per cent of American's total flights each day of the summer.

Boeing said in a statement it "has a strong, actively engaged board, which brings a high level of expertise, dedication and commitment to its oversight function, including with respect to the safety of the 737 MAX and our other airplane programs".

The 737 MAX is Chicago-based Boeing's fastest-selling jet and its main source of profits and cash, having won some 5,000 orders or around seven years of production for the aircraft. A similar situation was experienced by Lion Air pilots a year ago; that crash killed 189 people when the 737 plunged into the ocean.

The causes of the crashes are still being investigated, but the focus has been on an automatic safety feature that may have forced the nose of each plane lower when it incorrectly sensed the plane was in danger of going into a stall.

He added that the update will make the plane "even safer" because it will prevent "erroneous" sensor readings.

Airline officials said they have held lengthy meetings with Boeing over the past weeks about how to regain the public's support once the grounded planes are returned to service. The board said ground training "must address system description, functionality, associated failure conditions, and flight crew alerting".

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