DALLAS — Federal safety officials are recruiting pilots from airlines around the world to test changes that Boeing is making to the flight-control software on the grounded 737 Max jet, according to two people briefed on the situation.The Federal Aviation Administration is asking that some of the pilots have relatively little experience on the Boeing 737, according to the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the testing plan hasn’t been announced.Testing will happen in flight simulators — not on actual Max jets, which remain grounded — and is designed to determine how pilots handle the software. Exact timing and details about the testing are unclear, but it will be done before the FAA recertifies the plane, according to one of the people.Boeing declined to comment.Boeing is rewriting the Max’s flight-control software after faulty sensor readings caused automated systems to push down the noses of planes that crashed in Indonesia and Ethiopia, killing 346 people.The changes will make automated nose-down movements less powerful and easier for pilots to overcome. The flight-control software, called MCAS, will also rely on two sensors instead of one. Boeing is also working to fix a separate problem that FAA test pilots discovered in June and that could also push the plane into a dive.Nearly 400 Max jets that were being flown by airlines around the world have been grounded since March, shortly after the second crash. Boeing hopes to submit all changes to the FAA in September and get the plane approved to fly in November.Chicago-based Boeing Co.’s stock rose Thursday after an analyst for financial-services firm Cowen said an FAA certification flight for the Max — a key milestone — could happen within six weeks.The shares rose $14.42, or 4.2%, to $354.41. They are up 10% this year, but that trails the 17% gain in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index. The shares are down 16% since the second crash, in March.The Max has damaged Boeing’s reputation and finances. Dozens of families of passengers killed in the accidents have sued the company.In July, Boeing reported a record loss of nearly $3 billion for the second quarter due to a $4.9 billion after-tax charge to cover the cost of compensating airlines that have been forced to cancel thousands of flights because of the grounding.___David Koenig can be reached at http://twitter.com/airlinewriterDavid Koenig, The Associated Press
canadian-money Alberta to see lowest salary increases in Canada in 2018 by Jonathan Muma Posted Aug 9, 2017 11:22 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian employers are expected to take a cautious approach to salary increases in 2018.A new report shows the average wage is expected to go up about 2.3 per cent, a bit higher than normal, but it’s a more depressing picture for Alberta.Morneau Shapell’s VP of research and integrative solutions Paula Allen said salaries in Alberta are only going to go up about 1.8 per cent on average.“The good news is that there’s any increases really at all,” she said. “It’s been a difficult time for the (oil and gas) industry, there’s been a lot of changes, there’s been the disruption and rebuilding with the natural disasters”She said wage increases easily could have been zero, or even seen an overall decrease.“Even though oil and gas, the expected increase is just .8 per cent which was the lowest of all industries, I would say that the other industries are pretty much on par with their peers across the country,” said Allen.The report also showed adaptability is one of the top priorities for companies, but they know that is a two-way street.It also showed employers are concerned employees are not prepared for retirement.