Aviation

Boeing completes 737 MAX software update, awaits FAA aproval

Christian Fleetwood

Christian Fleetwood

The Boeing Company has finished updating its anti-stall software, after it was implicated in two deadly crashes involving its 737 MAX aircraft.

In an announcement late last week, Boeing said it was one step closer to getting its 737 MAX back in the air, having completed the MCAS (anti-stall) software update.

The aircraft manufacturer continues to work with the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), and has also been asked to provide additional information on how pilots interact with “the airplane controls and displays in different flight scenarios”.

“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,” Boeing chairperson, president and CEO Dennis Muilenburg said.

“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.”

Boeing now awaits FAA approval.

The announcement comes amid the news that pilots from American Airlines had urged Boeing to press the Federal Aviation Administration for an ‘emergency airworthiness directive’ of the 737 MAX, following the Lion Air flight 610 disaster.

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