FAA announced Thursday it would call Boeing 737 MAX pilots from around the world to take part in simulator assessments as part of the method to recertify the plane for flight following two deadly crashes.
Earlier reports show that the agency had asked the three U.S. airlines that control the MAX to offer the names of some pilots who had only flown the 737 for around a year, along with at least one MAX flight.
In a statement, the FAA stated it had not named the number of required hours of flight experience; however, said the candidates could be a cross-section of line pilots and will need to have experience at the controls of the MAX.
Boeing’s newest 737 narrow-body models, the MAX, was restricted worldwide in March after two clashes within five months in Indonesia and Ethiopia that killed 346 individuals.
Boeing has been redeveloping software program for a stall-prevention system at the core of both accidents, which the FAA must approve before the aircraft flies back commercially.
Boeing has said it’s running toward getting the 737 MAX flying again commercially in the early fourth quarter. It had also told suppliers it planned to ramp 737 manufacturing back up in February, pushing its shares 4% higher.
The world’s largest plane manufacturer slowed its 737 production rate in April as a result of deliveries of the MAX, which makes up the majority of its single-aisle production, have been frozen under the grounding, hitting its supply chain and airline prospects.
The FAA, which is working alongside international regulators, has said frequently it doesn’t have a fixed timeline to allow the grounded jets to fly commercially again.