DGCA fines SpiceJet Rs 10,000,000 for training Boeing 737 MAX pilots on faulty CAE simulator

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NEW DELHI: Low-cost carrier SpiceJet has been fined Rs 10 lakh for using a faulty Boeing 737 MAX simulator to train its pilots.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) had carried out simulator surveillance at CAE Simulation Training Pvt Ltd (CSTPL), Greater Noida on 30 March 2022.
“There was a missing malfunction inoperative item for the B737 MAX for the P2 (co-pilot) side stick shaker. It had been inoperative since March 17, 2022. However, this simulator was used to conduct return to service training for SpiceJet pilots in violation (of the rules),” a DGCA official said.
The stick shaker – which vibrates the control stick and makes a loud noise when the jet is in danger of losing lift – on the co-pilot’s side of this simulator was not functional when the training was conducted.
Since this “training could have adversely affected flight safety”, the aviation regulator had canceled the same for 90 pilots and ordered that they undergo training again on a fully functional simulator.
Around mid-April, the DGCA had issued a show cause notice to the airline.
A senior DGCA official said on Monday: “The airline’s response was not found to be satisfactory. The DGCA has therefore imposed a penalty of Rs 10 lakh on SpiceJet for using a faulty simulator to train its pilots.
The training in question was provided to pilots to understand the operation of the “Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System” (MCAS) after the modification of the MAX aircraft that allowed it to return to service after a global grounding.
Boeing has made this simulator training mandatory for all pilots before they fly the B737 MAX.
A controversial flight stabilization program developed by Boeing for MAX, MCAS was ultimately found responsible for the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines B737 MAX crashes in October 2018 and March 2019, respectively, in which 346 people lost their lives. .



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