Former airline pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger testified Wednesday that pilots must obtain current simulator schooling for the Boeing 737 Max ahead of the jet returns to the air.
“We should all want pilots to encounter these demanding scenarios for the to start with time in a simulator, not in flight with passengers and crew on board,” Sullenberger stated in organized remarks at a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing.
Sullenberger, who was publicly lauded in 2009 after correctly landing a harmed jet on the Hudson River, weighed in in the course of a listening to targeted on the Boeing plane that has been grounded following two fatal crashes that killed extra than 300 passengers.
Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are functioning on computer software fixes ahead of the 737 Max returns to service. The proposed fixes would purpose to avert the nose-down dives that happened in the two crashes, therefore minimizing the will need for more training.
Nonetheless, Sullenberger mentioned the simulator teaching was continue to essential to permit pilots to experience the very same warnings as the crews in the flights that crashed.
“Pilots will have to establish the muscle memory to be in a position to rapidly and properly respond to a unexpected emergency,” he stated.
Sullenberger told the committee he himself had undergone a simulated recreation of the crashes, and “even knowing what was heading to transpire, I could see how crews could have run out of time and altitude in advance of they could have solved the issues.”
“I’m a single of the comparatively small group of people today who have seasoned this kind of a unexpected crisis — and lived to share what we figured out about it. I can inform you firsthand that the startle variable is serious and it is big — it interferes with one’s ability to immediately evaluate the disaster and take helpful action. Within seconds, these crews would have been fighting for their life in the combat of their life,” he stated.
Sullenberger also called on the FAA to update its certification technique.
“Our latest technique of aircraft style and design and certification has failed us,” he testified.