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Southwest pilots say extra training is required after the 737 MAX software update



And Southwest Airlines Co. Boeing 737 MAX 8 flight maintenance taxis after landing at Midway International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, USA, March 1

3, 2019. REUTERS / Kamil Kraczynski

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Additional computer-based training will be required after a scheduled update for the software on the Boeing Co 737 MAX plane, Southwest Airlines Co-op's pilot association said Wednesday and added that it was seeking additional information for pilots.

Boeing has been working on a software update for an anti-stall system called MCAS, since a Lion Air plan collapsed in Indonesia in October and killed all 189 aboard.

This effort has become urgent after another 737 MAX 8 crashed in Ethiopia last week, where 157 people died and regulators founded the aircraft's global fleet.

Southwest Airlines Pilots & # 39; Association (SWAPA) said it had previewed the proposed Boeing training, including a required end test, which would be mandatory for southwest pilots before flying 737 MAX again.

"It is still very worrying to us that Boeing did not reveal MCAS to the operators and pilots", the association told members in a note seen by Reuters.

"This method should and can be investigated …. Questions about increased digitization of an existing aircraft should be investigated."

The fund said Southwest expects to receive its first 737 MAX simulator in July, which should be ready for use around October. The airline also needs to receive another two 737 MAX simulators in October and three more in January 2021, it said.

A Boeing spokeswoman said training on the software update would be provided by the manufacturer, but declined to disclose further details.

Last week, Boeing said the software update is expected to be exploited across the 737 MAX fleet "in the coming weeks".

Reporting by Tracy Rucinski; Further reporting and writing by Jamie Freed; Editing Clarence Fernandez

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