American Airlines plans to start training its pilots on the recertified Boeing 737 MAX in November, anticipating an upcoming return to service of Boeing’s single-aisle.
« We have started the pilot training planning process, which can be canceled if the MAX is not recertified, » he confirmed a spokesman for American Airlines. Builder Boeing awaits approval from the FAA, the US civil aviation authority, on modifications to its 737 MAX and pilot training following two crashes that killed 346 people and left grounded the plane for over 18 months.
Currently, training proposals are being reviewed by civil aviation authorities in the United States, Canada, Brazil and the European Union. Although no final training program has been approved, American Airlines warned, in a memo sent to its pilots Monday, to schedule sessions to begin next November. « With the scheduled return to service of our Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in the near future, we will begin to organize special B737 MAX training for our B737 pilots, » said Ameya Kingaonkar, Director of Flight Training Planning and Planning. , in the memo.
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The training will include a distance training module that will last approximately 1 hour 40 minutes, as well as a simulator session including a 1-hour briefing and a 2-hour simulator event, the note said. American Airlines will release the distance learning module by October 28 and plans to train around 1,700 pilots between November and the end of January 2021, the memo said.