U.S. FAA says it will invite global Boeing 737 MAX pilots to simulator tests

By Tracy Rucinski and David Shepardson CHICAGO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Thursday it would invite Boeing 737 MAX pilots from across the world to participate in simulator tests as part of the process to recertify the aircraft for flight following two fatal crashes

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U.S. FAA says it will invite global Boeing 737 MAX pilots to simulator tests

US FAA says it will invite global Boeing 737 MAX pilots to simulator tests

By Tracy Rucinski and David Shepardson

CHICAGO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Thursday it would invite Boeing 737 MAX pilots from across the world to participate in simulator tests as part of the process to recertify the aircraft for flight following two fatal crashes.

Earlier, Reuters reported that the agency had asked the three U.S. airlines that operate the MAX to provide the names of some pilots who had only flown the 737 for around a year, including at least one MAX flight.

In a statement, the FAA said it had not specified the number of required hours of flight experience, but said the candidates would be a cross-section of line pilots and must have experience at the controls of the MAX.

Boeing Co's latest 737 narrow-body model, the MAX, was grounded worldwide in March after two crashes within five months in Indonesia and Ethiopia that killed 346 people.

Boeing has been reprogramming software for a stall-prevention system at the centre of both crashes, which the FAA must approve before the plane flies again commercially.

The FAA said it has not yet specified a firm schedule for the tests.

(Reporting by Tracy Rucinski in Chicago and David Shepardson in Washington; Additional reporting by and Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Editing by Matthew Lewis and Peter Cooney)

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