FAA Officials To Meet With Airlines And Pilots To Discuss Boeing 737 Max
Support for this podcast and the following message. Come from CFA society, Washington DC, you've worked hard to grow your wealth. Make sure you're working with a wealth manager who has grown with you work with a CF HR holder. Learn more at the right question dot org. Here in Washington today. The Federal Aviation Administration is going to meet with airlines and pilots to talk about the troubled Boeing, seven thirty seven max airplanes, the planes are still grounded worldwide after crashes in Indonesia and THEO Pia killed almost three hundred and fifty people as NPR's Russell Lewis reports these talks come as Boeing says it's close to finishing a software update. The may allow the jets to start flying again when the seven thirty seven max entered service in twenty seventeen it had a new safety feature. The plane would sense if it was close to entering an era dynamic stall enforced the jets nose down. But it would do it without any commands from the pilots. That software called 'em Cass played a part in the two accidents. Dennis tater flies, the seven thirty seven for American Airlines and his spokesman of the Allied Pilots Association. We believe it was manageable. But you had to know what was going on. But we're learning more since the the opionion crash about just how. How aggressive this system was pilots of both doomed airplanes struggled to pull up before. Crashing in a simulated flight of a different version of the seven thirty seven a crew demonstrates how difficult it is to control an aircraft when it wants to fly pitched down. Three hundred bucks. Now binding. Struggling to keep this aircraft flying. The pilots in this simulation. Wrestle the plane for several minutes before they eventually gained control. Boeing says it has reprogrammed software on the seven thirty seven max to prevent it from using eroneous dated a trigger the M S anti stall system. Here's CEO Dennis Muilenburg speaking yesterday, we're taking a comprehensive disciplined approach and taking the time to make sure that we get it right Mullen. Berg says the company's test pilots have flown ninety six flights with this. Updated software and more are scheduled in the next few weeks yet, we know we can always be better. And these recent accidents have intensified our commitment to continuous improvement as we design build and support the safest airplanes in the sky that may be a long process near Jane teaches mechanical engineering at Purdue University. She's not involved with a software redesign, but says Boeing's challenges it needs to re engineer it systems. So pilots can have confidence and trust in the plains automation. We have to do a better and better job of than figuring out how to design those systems in a new way. So that they don't just technically correct things. But that they are also for lack of better word than being transparent to the human. And that's a piece that I think this is certainly a strong signal that there's a lot more that we have to do the FAA's meeting today is with executives and pilots of the three US airlines that fly the seven thirty seven max southwest United and American the agency says it wants to hear their concerns before it decides. When to return the max to service, Russell Lewis NPR news.