Boeing now recommends sim training on 737 Max

Planemaker and FAA previously recommended only computer-based training for pilots flying grounded Max
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Boeing has said that it is recommending simulator training on its 737 Max plane in addition to computer-based training for all Max pilots prior to its return to service.

The recommendation is a reversal of its previous stance, which recommended that only computer-based training was needed.

Boeing’s 737 Max has been grounded since March following two fatal crashes involving the aircraft.

A statement from Boeing said: “This recommendation takes into account our unstinting commitment to the safe return of service as well as changes to the airplane and test results.

“Final determination will be established by the regulators.”

Boeing’s interim, CEO Greg Smith, said: “Safety is Boeing’s top priority. Public, customer and stakeholder confidence in the 737 Max is critically important to us and with that focus Boeing has decided to recommend Max simulator training combined with computer-based training for all pilots prior to returning the Max safely to service.”

Last year, the FAA backed Boeing’s recommendation that computer-based training alone was adequate for Max pilots.

But families of the Max crash victims campaigned for simulator training.

It is unclear whether the new recommendation from Boeing that simulator training is required will delay the Max’s return to service further.

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