American pilot unions argue that the Federal Aviation Administration should improve its proposal to train pilots how to handle the landing of a Boeing 737 Max, which landed after two fatal crashes. people.
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The union representing Southwest Airlines pilots on Monday said the FAA should reduce the number of steps pilots must remember and take in the event of an emergency that occurs before both Maxs crash.
Unions say “error rates increase exponentially”; with a long checklist and the pilots in the simulator “find it difficult to recall the steps in order.”
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Pilots at American Airlines said Max pilots should train for such an emergency every two years, not every three years as suggested by the FAA.
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Second is the deadline to comment on the FAA training proposal. The agency could announce the final rule within weeks, addressing one of the last obstacles to airlines continuing to use the aircraft. Boeing expects FAA approval by the end of the year.
Chicago-based Boeing spent two years altering the automated flight control systems involved in the crash. The system called MCAS pushed the nose of the plane down based on faulty sensors and the pilot was unable to regain control.
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The FAA proposes a new training program on how pilots respond to sudden drops, including practicing restorative techniques in flight simulations.
However, families of the victims of the March 2019 crash in Ethiopia said the FAA’s changes were not appropriate. They called on the agency to publish a “detailed, comprehensive pilot training protocol” that included MCAS and ordered the Max jet to include a new warning to the pilots when MCAS turned on.
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Regulators around the world have lowered the prices of Max cars after the Ethiopian crash, which occurred less than five months after the previous crash in Indonesia. In total, 346 people died.