Boeing recommends pilots need simulator training for 737 Max

The company reversed its long-held position that computer-based training alone was adequate.

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In this Dec. 11, 2019, file photo workers walk near a Boeing 737 Max airplane being built for Oman Air at Renton Municipal Airport in Renton, Wash. Boeing is recommending that pilots receive training in a flight simulator.

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Boeing said Tuesday it is recommending that pilots receive training in a flight simulator before the grounded 737 Max returns to flying, a reversal of the company’s long-held position that computer-based training alone was adequate.

Boeing said the recommendation is based on changes to the plane, test results and a commitment to the safe return of the Max.

The plane has been grounded worldwide since two crashes killed 346 people.

”Boeing is recommending 737 MAX simulator training in addition to computer based training for all MAX pilots prior to return to service of the 737 MAX,” the company said in a statement.

The final decision on the nature of training will be up to regulators including the Federal Aviation Administration, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Last year, an FAA technical advisory board recommended only computer-based training. Families of victims of the two crashes have lobbied for simulator training, arguing that pilots need to experience changes to the Max in a simulator before they fly passengers.

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