American Airlines has now said that it was unaware of the new anti-stall system on the Boeing 737 Max.
Pilots around the world and other airlines are also stepping forward to express not just that they weren’t properly trained in its application, but they were not even aware it existed.
The reason it exists according to Boeing, is that the new engines are heavier than in previous models and stalling in certain circumstances is a possibility.
With training in conversion courses sometimes as little as 2 days, 3 at best because airlines can’t afford to have pilots out of commercial use for more, both Boeing and Airbus seem to have to cut what they get across to the time available.
There is a growing worldwide reaction to the issues not just on this one system, but what else hasn’t been covered?
How much do pilots not get told? Who decides and what passes as an acceptable risk before it is advised or relegated to the ‘acceptable to not inform’ category?
Either way, airlines have as much to answer for in their demands for short transition courses, the manufacturer for not insisting that some things need more priority than they are given and regulators for not mandating how deep a course should go.