American Airlines pilots find the proposed training by Boeing inadequate

Chicago - American Airlines pilots think the draft training proposed by Boeing for the 737 MAX jets is not enough to allay their concerns about the aircraft's anti-stall system known as MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System).

The statement came from the Allied Pilots Association (APA), which represents pilots at American Airlines Group.

According to the Union, the pilots' confidence in the aircraft is critical if Boeing wants to convince its customers, regulators and the public that the aircraft is safe to fly again.

After the worldwide grounding following two fatal crashes, the 737 MAXs are waiting for the regulatory approval for its update anti-stall software to return to service.

A draft report by a group of pilots, engineers and other experts appointed by the FAA concluded that pilots need specific computer-based training alongside the simulator practice to better understand the system.

APA is pointing out that inadequate training won't make pilots feel comfortable while flying the aircraft and help to relay that confidence to the public.

According to the draft report, which was seen by Reuters news agency, the computer-based training, which was originally designed as a one-hour iPad course, should also include training videos explaining how MCAS works and simulation of emergencies in case of a loss of control that caused Lion Air and Ethiopian flights to crash.

American Airlines said that it was considering additional training opportunities in coordination with the FAA and APA.