Billions of dollars are spent in the aviation industry, as new aircraft are built and older aircrafts are repaired and maintained. Airline pilots must be trained extensively to ensure they know how to operate the model of aircraft they are piloting. Working on massive air carriers and training pilots can be costly and time consuming. However, if something should go wrong with an airplane while taking off, in flight or landing, the lives of everyone on board is at stake.
Former engineers for Boeing have revealed a cost-cutting shortcut the company took to save money on training procedures.Traditionally, pilots who are trained to operate an aircraft are required to use a simulator designed to give them the real experience of flying in the cockpit. Aircraft simulators cost millions of dollars and companies pay massive amounts for pilots to use them. When Boeing designed the new 737 Max, however, they decided that pilots who have previously operated the 737 could complete a two-hour course online rather than sit in the highly developed simulator. Several aircraft accidents have occurred involving the 737 Max and pilot training may be one of the issues leading up to the catastrophes. In one case, pilots were not property trained on a new safety software system that was installed and could not figure out how to use it while in flight. The push to save money could lead to more deaths in the future.
People who have been affected by an airline, pilot or aircraft company negligence may need an attorney to help them explore their legal rights and options.