Flying the Boeing 737 Max 8: An American Airlines Pilot’s View from Inside the Cockpit, Explains MCAS System Connected to 2 Crashes

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Capt. Dennis Tajer of American Airlines and the Allied Pilots Association explains what it’s like to fly the Boeing 737 Max 8, and why a new flight control system was a surprise to pilots. That system could have played a role in two recent Max 8 crashes (Washington Post).

Pilots were once told that they were good-to-go with a 56-minute iPad training program if they were already trained on an earlier version of the Boeing 737.

Capt. Dennis Tajer shows the Trim Disable switches located in the cockpit of the Boeing 737 Max 8 that override the MCAS system — an automatic system designed to prevent stalls in the aircraft’s flight. He said if pilots don’t know the information about how to disable MCAS, we have seen what the outcome is — for example, the crashes of Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft and the Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft and grounding of all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.


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