Pilot: More training necessary for 737 MAX

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Experienced pilots are echoing a message saying more training is necessary for pilots using Boeing 737 MAX jets. 

"I would like to see the FAA require a little more proficiency training," said local private pilot, Bill Lindsay. "Let's make sure the systems are operating properly before you start putting 150-200 souls on an airplane and losing life."

Lindsay is the president of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 88 in Wichita. His group organizes model rocket camps and the Young Eagles program, which gives children, 8 to 17, an opportunity to fly with volunteer pilots.

He believes pilots should get back to the basics.

"Pilots have become too dependent on the computer and I feel that if we don't do something about it now, get everybody back to the grassroots of what we learned to do is fly the airplane, that I hate to say it, but there's probably going to be more fatalities in the industry," said Lindsay.

Today, experienced pilots criticized Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration for the way they handled safety issues involving the Boeing 737 MAX jets.

Among those testifying was retired pilot, Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who safely landed a passenger plane in what has become known as the "Miracle on the Hudson." He criticized the FAA for approving procedures for the 737 Max that he said did not work.

"Our current system of aircraft certification and design has failed us. These accidents should never have happened," said Sullenberger.

He recommended that moving forward, all 737 MAX pilots should train for the aircraft in a simulator before flying with passengers.

The 737 MAX jets have been involved in two deadly plane crashes that killed 346 people in Indonesia and Ethiopia.

Those planes have been grounded since mid-March.

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