The Federal Aviation Administration held a meeting Friday at its headquarters with the three airlines behind the fall of the Boeing 737 Max – American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines, as well as their pilot unions – to better understand the safety problems of the aircraft.
The FAA's intention during the three-hour meeting was to get pilots and airlines involved in the conversation as they prepared to dig up the 737 Max over the next few months.
The three-hour meeting focused on the preliminary findings of the investigation into the accidents in Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines, the update of the pilot training and the MCAS software updates, the system flight control, of which Boeing general manager Dennis Muilenburg could be responsible. .
FAA Acting Director Daniel Elwell led the meeting and welcomed feedback from operators and pilots.
"The unique aspect of this meeting is to bring them together so that they can hear each other's questions in real time and hear our responses in real time," Elwell said. in a next video statement the meeting.
FAA experts were briefed on the investigation, pilot training and travel software updates, as well as feedback from the safety representatives and unions of the three carriers. Captain Dennis Tajer, representative of American Airlines, said he had requested a review of the checklist procedures from the runways, calling it "adding to the safety margin".
"We are all stakeholders to make sure everything is done right," Tajer told reporters after the meeting. "Our watches are off, the calendars are in the drawer, we will keep up the pace to get things right and take into account all the concerns of our drivers."
"Meeting at the table with important meetings like this and any other meeting that is part of that culture of safety is part of the culture of safety and the way forward to achieve it," said Tajer.
"As a pilot myself, a long-time member of an airline pilots union, I understand the dynamics, I understand how important it is for the base pilot to have an idea of what the FAA is doing" said Elwell.
The 737 MAX has suffered two major collisions in the past 12 months, with one Ethiopian Airlines flight in March and one from Lion Airlines in October, resulting in a total of 346 fatalities.
Tajer felt that the FAA's talk on pilot training was helpful. "The plane must go through many steps to become groundless, but one of the last, and we believe that the greatest importance is the confidence of the pilot.We must remove confidence in this aircraft," he said. .
The Boeing 737 model was grounded by the FAA since March 13, and American Airlines removed it from its schedule until June, while Southwest Airlines removed it until the 5th. August. Boeing started testing updated models on Thursday.