In an announcement from boing on the 17 May, in Chicago, the company confirmed that they have now tested the new updated MCAS software on 207 flights for a combined flight time of 360 hours.
Boeing Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg, has said “With safety as our clear priority, we have completed all of the engineering test flights for the software update and are preparing for the final certification flight, we’re committed to providing the FAA and global regulators all the information they need, and to getting it right. We’re making clear and steady progress and are confident that the 737 MAX with updated MCAS software will be one of the safest airplanes ever to fly. The accidents have only intensified our commitment to our values, including safety, quality and integrity, because we know lives depend on what we do.”
‘In addition, Boeing has developed enhanced training and education materials that are now being reviewed with the FAA, global regulators, and airline customers to support return-to-service and longer-term operations.’
This comes one month after Dennis Muilenburg’s apology on behalf of the company. Although the above is a step towards resolving the issue of the MCAS software issue with the 737 MAXs and looks that Boeing are on the right path to resoling this matter, the software is not ready yet and has not been certified by the FAA. Globally 737 MAXs are grounded and at a massive cost. However, such an issue cannot be rushed, all tests need to be carried out diligently and under a microscope of the FAA.
Lives have been lost already, but it is worth grounding the aircraft at whatever cost until this matter can be resolved and both Boeing and the FAA are satisfied that such an incident will not occur again due to a fault with the MCAS system.