FAA recommends better pilot training in wake of Boeing 737 MAX crashes
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September 24, 2019 - by Alan Levin Bloomberg for seattletimes.com
American aviation regulators are urging their counterparts around the world to do more to ensure that airline pilots are trained in manual emergency procedures that could have prevented two deadly crashes of Boeing 737 MAX airliners.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is presenting a paper this week it wrote in conjunction with Canada and other nations urging the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), an arm of the United Nations, to study training needs and how to improve minimum standards.Blame the pilot? Read this below... (and from 10000 feet unlike the MAX that crashed right after takeoff)
With all the discussion around “airmanship" and the 737 Max crashes, this item from Three Points from May offers an important context on what it takes to recover from a significant mistrim. This was a deeply experienced U.S. airline captain.https://t.co/uqXVriLNvX pic.twitter.com/DZFlb5BJj8
— Jon Ostrower (@jonostrower) September 23, 2019
The paper, which is being considered at the ICAO's 40th Assembly this week in Montreal, doesn't mention the crashes that led to the grounding of the 737 MAX in March. But newly installed FAA Administrator Steve Dickson has made the connection.
While the agency is examining design issues on the plane that helped contribute to the crashes, "we also need to take a look at how the pilots interacted with the machine," Dickson said in a Sept. 19 interview.
"We think it's in everyone's interest, including the manufacturers and the operators, to make sure that the bar is as high as it can be," he said. "We've got a lot of growth going on around the world, a lot of new people coming into aviation. We need to make sure that they have the skills and expertise to be able to operate successfully in the 21st century aviation environment."...
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