Boeing’s 737 Max Update Doesn’t Include Hands-On Simulator Training, CNN Says

Boeing’s (BA) training proposal for the 737 Max’s updated software includes computer lessons without mandated hands-on simulator training for pilots, CNN reported, citing sources.

The aircraft maker drew flak from pilots and aviation consultants for only providing a short, self-administered online course and no simulator time. Prior to two accidents that killed more than 300 people, training requirements for 737 Max pilots did not include hands-on simulator training.

A spokesperson for the Allied Pilots Association told CNN that some pilots have found proposed training materials related to the plane’s Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS, to be “inadequate.”

Requiring pilots to only undergo computer-based training could save airlines money and time when the Federal Aviation Administration lifts flight restrictions on the passenger jet, CNN said.