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Long time airline pilot says 737 MAX fleet should have been grounded after the first Lion Air crash until every pilot had simulator training and been certified in the use of MCAS.

Remember, Boeing's position was that 737 Max pilots only needed about 45 minutes with an iPad to get up to speed with the aircraft -- no type-specific training required.

Don’t Ground the Airplanes. Ground the Pilots.
https://www.theatlantic.com/notes/2019/03/dont-ground-the-ai...

After two accidents, require a week in the simulator—for overkill to make sure it penetrates even the dimmest bulbs. But nobody flies again until they have it. In effect that grounds the fleet, but only so long as the training takes. At the same time, regulatory bodies can require Boeing to eliminate the design deficiency so that the training on the MCAS need not be so intense, a process that could take months if not years.

But if I were speaking as a non-flying member of the public, and as a politician who must answer to them, I would say: ground the fleet now. As far as the public is concerned, the industry had its chance and blew it. I would have no confidence in the plane nor the industry until an explanation is found and the design changed. Nor would I buy a ticket on such a plane.

Once the public pressure became too great, the grounding of the fleet was inevitable—but not because the plane is unsafe when flown by a properly trained crew. Boeing will pay a price for this, if the final analysis holds these accidents would not have occurred in a 737 model that had no MCAS.

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