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Boeing set for critical 737 Max flight tests

edited June 29 in Off-Topic
“ Pilots and technical experts from regulators and the company are understood to be planning three days of tests, possibly starting on Monday ... but even if they go well, months of further safety checks will be needed. Aviation regulators grounded the 737 Max about 15 months ago following two crashes ... within five months of each other.”


  • As far as the test flights go . . . I hope they take all the top execs, and the BOD along for the ride.
  • "Boeing shielded from federal regulators reviewing its 737 Max aircraft the extent and capability of the flawed computer system that ultimately brought down two jets, according to an inspector general report obtained by CNN. ... The report... includes previously undisclosed details about interactions between the agency and planemaker and conclusions about how the process failed."

    Nothing surprising here. Just makes one wonder about how much the tests (and testers) can be trusted.

    "Boeing now supports simulator training for all 737 Max pilots, including those who flew earlier versions of the 737 ... The company designed the 737 Max with the goal of avoiding simulator training, which would be expensive for airlines buying the plane.

    So the bottom line (literally) is that Boeing is at best right back where it started - with a plane that requires additional pilot training. Think of the lives and financial costs that could have been saved if the company had just been honest up front.

    "when Boeing engineers briefed the agency at an important meeting on differences between the Max and earlier versions of its 737 aircraft, "there were only 2 lines of text within those almost 500 slides—covered over a 2-day period— that referenced MCAS," according to the report. "
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