How Boeing, FAA plan to restore public's faith in 737 Max

How Boeing, FAA plan to restore public's faith in 737 Max

How Boeing, FAA plan to restore public's faith in 737 Max

More than 200 airline pilots, technical leaders and regulators were invited to the session that will center on the Boeing 737 Max and a software update that is said to resolve issues associated with a faulty piece of software blamed by aviation authorities for the October crash of a Lion Air plane in Indonesia.

Southwest said two pilots on the plane noted "a performance issue with one of the engines shortly after takeoff", CNN reported.

Pilots have been told that the MCAS system - which forces the nose downwards to avoid a stall, or loss of lift - will only operate one time for each event rather than impose repeated corrections like those believed to have pushed the Lion Air jet into a dive, the two people familiar with the briefings said.

In a report by CNBC, the Southwest Flight 8701 had taken off from the airport before 3pm en route Carlifornia for storage but returned to Orlando International Airport where it landed safely.

Boeing has flown test flights of its 737 MAX to evaluate a fix for the system targeted as a potential cause of the crashes, two sources familiar with the matter said Tuesday.

It added that "as a precautionary measure" it was suspending all flight operations of all Boeing Model 737-8 MAX and 737-9 MAX planes in Europe.

As part of the upgrade, Boeing will install as a standard a warning system, which was previously an optional safety feature. Earlier this month, reports indicated that American Airlines had canceled 90 flights per day through April.

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Boeing and the FAA decided pilots did not need to be informed about the change to the flight control system when the 737 Max 8 rolled out, helping airlines avoid the cost of more extensive retraining of pilots.

In a rejoinder, KQ chairman Michael Joseph said that the publication misquoted him, saying that KQ has not ordered any planes, contrary to what Nation reported. Following the second fatal 737 Max crash in Ethiopia, regulators around the world grounded all Max jets.

Boeing is still manufacturing the plane - and maintains the aircraft is safe - but is pausing deliveries to customers for the time being. As the global fleet of Boeing 737 Max 8 is grounded, it is only allowed to fly in special circumstances, such as being transferred to a storage facility.

The FAA was "directly involved in the system safety review of the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS)", Elwell will tell lawmakers, according to prepared remarks seen by AFP.

The US Federal Aviation Administration says there are similarities between that crash and the Ethiopian accident on 10 March. The Transportation Department is now investigating how the FAA certified the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft and approved the MCAS system. Let's hope that the actual cause of these fatal crashes are found soon so that these tragedies don't repeat themselves.

"It was a huge wakeup call for both Boeing and the FAA, " said Richard Healing, a former member of the National Transportation Safety Board, who is now a safety consultant.

Muscat: Boeing is humbled and learning from an Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people more than two weeks ago, the company's CEO Dennis Muilenburg recently said in a published statement.

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