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Boeing plans to meet regulators pilots to explain 737 MAX fixes

Bloomberg Singapore | Updated on March 25, 2019 Published on March 25, 2019

We had a productive session this past Saturday and plan to reach all current and many future Max operators and their home regulators, Boeing said in the statement. File photo   -  Reuters

Boeing and the US FAA have come under scrutiny over the certification of the 737 Max aircraft after crashes of an Ethiopian Airlines flight this month

Boeing Co plans to meet this week with customers and regulators to explain plans for getting its 737 Max back into service, after the aircraft was grounded following two deadly crashes in less than five months.

The planemaker invited more than 200 pilots, technical leaders and regulators for an informational session Wednesday in Renton, Washington, Boeing said in an emailed statement Monday. The company said it met Saturday with some United States (US) and overseas customers.

Boeing and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have come under scrutiny over the certification of the 737 Max aircraft after crashes of an Ethiopian Airlines flight this month and a Lion Air flight in October raised concern about an automated safety system on the plane.

We had a productive session this past Saturday and plan to reach all current and many future Max operators and their home regulators, Boeing said in the statement.

“We continue to work closely with our customers and regulators on software and training updates for the 737 Max. American Airlines is extending flight cancellations for its 737 Max aircraft until April 24 as it waits for information from US authorities about when service can resume, according to a statement on the airlines website. This will mean the cancellation of about 90 flights each day,” it said.

Extensive changes to the planes software will make its automated stall-prevention feature less aggressive and more controllable, according media reports. Training will highlight information about when the system engages and how to shut it off, the report said.

The system, which is called the Manoeuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS, was supposed to counteract a changed centre of gravity on the Max, which has larger and more powerful engines than its predecessors.

The software intervenes automatically, without a pilots knowledge, when one of two sensors indicates the aircraft is at risk of a stall. The so-called angle-of-attack vane provided a faulty reading to pilots of the Lion Air plane that crashed in October, according to a preliminary report by Indonesian investigators.

Published on March 25, 2019
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