Boeing has FINALLY completed its software fix for the 737 MAXBoeing says it's completed a software update for its 737 MAX jets, which have been grounded worldwide since March after they were involved in two fatal crashes across a five-month period.
The airplane manufacturer said on Thursday that it would also be providing additional information on the software to address requests from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Such details are set to include more rigorous instructions for how pilots should interact with controls and displays in different flight scenarios.
Once the requests are addressed, Boeing will then work with the FAA to schedule its certification test flight and submit final certification documentation, the company said.
The FAA is planning a meeting on May 23 in Fort Worth, Texas, with air regulators from around the world to update them on reviews of Boeing's software fix and new pilot training.
The aviation regulator said Boeing had not yet submitted its final software package to the agency for approval.
On Wednesday, acting FAA Administrator Dan Elwell said he expected Boeing to make its formal submission for its software update in the next week or so.
The 737 MAX was grounded following a fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed all 157 on board, just five months after a similar crash of a Lion Air flight that left 189 people dead in Indonesia.
Boeing hopes the software upgrade and associated pilot training will add layers of protection to prevent erroneous data from triggering an anti-stalling system called MCAS, which was activated in both crashes.
Boeing said it has completed associated simulator testing and its engineering test flight and developed training and education materials that are now being reviewed by the FAA, global regulators and airline customers so that the jets can be returned to service.
To date, Boeing has flown the 737 MAX with updated software for more than 360 hours on 207 flights, the company said.
Boeing predicts the 737 MAX will take to the skies worldwide again by August.