Federal Aviation Administration officials were downplaying the impact of the cockpit indicator not working on Boeing 737 MAX planes. This event was the main focus in the past week, however, it was ruled as not being a safety feature. Also, mentioning no importance in terms of the crash of a plane in Indonesia, killing 346 people.
The administrator, of FAA, Daniel Elwell, along with some other is criticizing the actions of the pilots. He is mentioning that the training of pilots need to improve across countries
Initial reports into the crash have indicted improper functioning of sensors. The automated flight control system called the maneuvering characteristics augmentation system (MCAS) is believed to push the noses of the planes down due to wrong readings. The readings were captured from a sensor that is likely to measure the angle of the plane in the air.
Boeing did not inform sensor issues in 737 MAX to FAA for a year. Until, Lion Air crash in Oct 2018. Wall Street Journal has been confirming this. FAA is claiming that pilots are not trained to take action under such circumstances. They can only inform. In this case, they failed to do so. This situation is compromising the training of the pilots and also the certification process.
Boeing Certification process:
Since the Air Commerce Act of 1926, Boeing is working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). U.S government has the authority to establish standards. These standards issue certificates, licenses and undertake the investigation. An FAA certification is a must for a Boeing. It is a multistep process that involves review, approval, and certification.