Boeing is finally at the verge of resolving the issues blamed on its 737 Max Airliner. The company has announced that the software update to resolve the issue is ready and is now awaiting evaluation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Boeing has completed the simulator testing and the engineering flight test. It has tested Boeing 737 Max aircraft with the updated software by flying for more than 360 hours on 207 flights, according to a statement released.
With safety as our clear priority, we have completed all of the engineering test flights for the software update and are preparing for the final certification flight, said Boeing Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg.
We’re committed to providing the FAA and global regulators all the information they need, and to getting it right. We’re making clear and steady progress and are confident that the 737 MAX with updated MCAS software will be one of the safest airplanes ever to fly. The accidents have only intensified our commitment to our values, including safety, quality and integrity, because we know lives depend on what we do, he added.
Besides, Boeing has developed enhanced training and education materials that are now being reviewed with the FAA, global regulators, and airline customers to support return-to-service and longer-term operations. This includes a series of regional customer conferences being conducted around the world.
Boeing 737 Max aircraft was grounded across the world after two fatal crashes occurred in Indonesia and Ethiopia, killing a total of 346 people. In both accidents, it is said that the aircraft new anti-stall system Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MACS) pushed the planes’ noses down while pilots struggled to regain control. Federal investigations are continuing to examine the incidents and how the new aircraft received the approvals from regulators, along with the plane’s new anti-stall system, known as MCAS. Boeing is also facing lawsuits from the families of crash victims.