Thursday, November 05, 2020

Boeing places 737 MAX aircraft simulator in India

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing has placed a 737 MAX simulator at Noida in India, multiple people aware of the development told CNBC-TV18.

India's aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had asked Boeing to set up a simulator in India so that Indian customers of MAX aircraft do not meet logistical challenges in sending their pilots for MAX training abroad. After Jet Airways suspended operations in April 2019, SpiceJet is the only active MAX customer in India.

"The simulator has been placed at Noida. It is being managed by Canada-based civil aviation training company CAE Inc," an official said.

Some officials from DGCA are likely to oversee the pilot training at the simulator when MAX returns to service, officials added.

As preparations continue to bring Boeing 737 MAX aircraft back to service, DGCA is also involved in online deliberations with Boeing regarding the same.

On October 28, Boeing said the 737 MAX has completed around 1,400 tests, check flights, and more than 3,000 flight hours.

"Following the lead of global regulators, Boeing made steady progress toward the safe return to service of the 737 MAX, including rigorous certification and validation flights conducted by the US Federal Aviation Administration, Transport Canada and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency. The Joint Operational Evaluation Board, featuring civil aviation authorities from the United States, Canada, Brazil, and the European Union, also conducted its evaluations of updated crew training," Boeing had said on October 28.

05/11/20 Anu Sharma/CNBC TV18

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