Transportation department watchdog probing FAA pilot training standards

Published on Tuesday, February 11, 2020
The US department of transportation’s main watchdog will undertake a full audit of pilot training standards.

It is tied to the two Boeing 737 Max crashes. The DOT’s Inspector General office will review all training requirements in light of previous concerns of FAA oversight and complaints that pilots didn’t know about or didn’t understand the MCAS system linked to both fatal crashes. The Inspector General noted a report by Indonesia’s Lion Air about pilot training being a factor in the first crash.

As well as the FAA audit, the IG will also look closely at international regulators’ requirements for pilot training on use of flight deck automation. The FAA has welcomed the scope of the review. “Raising and harmonizing pilot training standards across the globe are among the FAA’s top aviation safety priorities.

We continue to pursue expanded conversations among the world’s aviation regulators to identify ways to enhance international aviation,” the agency said. After pushback for months, Boeing has proposed new simulator training for pilots before being allowed to fly the 737 Max again.  The Trump Administration additionally pledged an extra £30 million in its 2021 budget for ‘improving aviation oversight, following recommendations from the Boeing 737 Max investigations.’

Transportation department watchdog probing FAA pilot training standards


Transportation department watchdog probing FAA pilot training standards

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