According to written comments submitted to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, the pilots of American Airlines have released a warning that the draft training proposals of Boeing Co for the troubled 737 MAX do not go far enough in order to address their concerns.
The remarks were made by the Allied Pilots Association (APA), which represents the pilots at American Airlines Group Inc, the largest airline in the world and one of the largest operators of the 737 MAX in the United States.
Their support is considered important since Boeing has said that the confidence of pilots in the 737 MAX will play a crucial role in convincing the public that the aircraft is already safe to fly again.
Last March, the fast-selling 737 MAX planes of Boeing were grounded across the globe. It comes after a fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed all of the 157 passengers on-board only five months after a similar crash on a Lion Air flight that killed all of the 189 passengers and crew onboard.
Currently, it is preparing for regulatory approval a final software update and training package that will address an anti-stall system that is known as MCAS that played a role in both nose-down crashes.
A draft report that was released by a board of pilots that are appointed by the FAA. Engineers and other experts concluded that the pilots only need further computer-based training to understand MCAS, instead of simulator time. The public has until the 30th of April to make comments.
Protesters are anticipated to hold a rally outside the annual meeting of Boeing in Chicago on Monday, where the shareholders will also question the firms over its safety record.
APA is claiming that mere computer explanation “will not provide a level of confidence for pilots to feel not only comfortable flying the aircraft but also relaying that confidence to the travelling public.”
It said that the MAX computer training, which originally involved a one-hour iPad course, should include some videos of simulator sessions explaining how MCAS works along with demonstrations of other cockpit emergencies including a loss of control that occurred on both doomed flights and runaway stabilize.