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Boeing completes 737 Max software upgrade, asks regulatory to review

Boeing announced on Thursday that it had completed fixing it’s software troubles for the 737 Max. The manufacturer said in a statement that it had flown the aircraft with the updated software on 207 flights for more than 360 hours.

The software will now head to the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and its counterparts in other countries that want to review it.

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg in a statement 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 company submitted the software for review just in time before a conference in Dallas next week to discuss the reviews of the Max.

The 737 Max 8 and 9 were grounded worldwide after an Ethiopian Airlines crash two months ago that investigators have described as appearing similar to a Lion Air crash last year. 346 people died in the two crashes.

In both incidents the automated Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS, pushed the planes’ noses down while the pilots struggled to regain control.

The company later said that it would fix the data with inclusion of two more sensors to prevent the steep dives seen in the two crashes, and provide additional training materials.

The review of the upgraded software needs to be cleared by Technical Advisory Board organized by the FAA, the panel includes experts from the Air Force, NASA, Transportation Department and FAA.

Source : Various 

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