Aviation: Boeing issues Statement on 737 MAX Operation, as FAA insist on software upgrade

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Aircraft manufacturing giant, Boeing has released a statement on its B737-Max airplanes following the crash of two of its planes operated by Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air.

The aircraft manufacturer said safety is Boeing’s number one priority, emphasing that it has full confidence in the B737-Max.

In its press release, Boeing said: “Safety is Boeing’s number one priority and we have full confidence in the safety of the 737 MAX.

“We understand that regulatory agencies and customers have made decisions that they believe are most appropriate for their home markets.

“We’ll continue to engage with them to ensure they have the information needed to have confidence in operating their fleets. The United States Federal Aviation Administration is not mandating any further action at this time, and based on the information currently available, we do not have any basis to issue new guidance to operators.”

Meanwhile, two recent crashes of the 737-Max have raised concerns in the aviation industry prompting operators of the aircraft type to ground the operation of the B737-Max in their fleet.

Ethiopian airlines which recently had a fatal crash on March 10, was the first to ground the aircraft type. Also, China, Argentina, Indonesia, Britain, Morocco, Singapore and South Africa has stopped the operation of the Boeing 737-Max.

Furthermore, the United States aviation regulator on Monday said it would task Boeing to implement design changes by April.

According to africanews.com, The FAA said the changes will “provide reduced reliance on procedures associated with required pilot memory items.”

The FAA also said Boeing will “update training requirements and flight crew manuals to go with the design change” to an automated protection system called the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System or MCAS. The changes also include MCAS activation and angle of attack signal enhancements.

The FAA said in the notice made public that external reports are drawing similarities between the crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia. “However, this investigation has just begun and to date we have not been provided data to draw any conclusions or take any actions,” according to the Continued Airworthiness Notification to the International Community for Boeing 737 MAX 8 operators.

Boeing later confirmed the directive by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), saying it will deploy a software upgrade across the 737 MAX 8 fleet “in the coming weeks”.

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