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06 January 2020

Regulators consider use of simulators before 737 MAX can fly

The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) formal decision is not expected until at least February 2020 and the situation remains fluid.

The planes have been grounded since March 2019 after two crashes within six months/Bloomberg

Federal aviation regulators are considering requiring pilots to complete simulator training before they can operate Boeing’s 737 MAX jets again, reported Bloomberg.

The FAA originally rejected the idea, causing extra costs and delays for airlines, but in recent weeks officials said there has been increased interest among agency and industry safety experts in requiring such training.

Boing spokesman said that the company is evaluating all aspects of a safe return to service including pilot training, procedures and checklists.

The planes have been grounded since March 2019 after two crashes within months of each other killed hundreds of people. The New York Times reported that Boeing was experiencing new problems with the plane that go beyond the initial software malfunctions that played a role in those crashes.

One of those issues is whether two bundles of wires are too close to each other, raising the risk of a short-circuit that could affect control of the plane’s tail.


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