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BBC article on the 737Max problems--Best Yet

Best article so far on explaining in layman's terms what's happened with the 737Max. Simple language, well written, great graphics, and produced by a non-US news agency. Keeps the bias to a minimum. ( More...

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Ric Wernicke 6
I thought the article was well done with excellent use of graphics. I am in the camp of those who feel pilot training has been on a downward slide. CBT (computer based training) cannot hold a candle to experienced instructors teaching and challenging students how to fly the airplane.

I do disagree with the statement in that shareholders pressure airlines to cut costs. It is executives who receive obscene compensation for the financial performance of the company. Their cost cutting is vicious. They take far too much that should be paid in dividends.
Cansojr 1
Hi Ric, most CEOs are paid in cash, stock and stock options so they dash it away in the Cayman Islands. You and I both know that this remuneration package and golden parachutes are absurd. They pay idiots this sum for nearly running the business into the dirt. Boeing is an excellent exercise in how to ruin your business. No due diligence was exercised when they built the MAX 8 in a rush. People get killed in lousy aircraft.
Cansojr 6
Boeing is criminally responsible for the death of 346 people and have spent a year spinning stories that are in fact lies. No more, it's time for a criminal hearing.
Shenghao Han 2
Trust me, the responsibility will been handed down to a/ a few poor engineers or middle management manager...
Kyle Beller 3
The video by "Vox" was equally good at explaining. Came out about a month ago.
sharon bias 2
Liked this video too. Not as detailed as the BBC video, but certainly explained the problems in language everyone can understand.
Leave it to the BBC to come out with a straight forward article on this.
Additionally, what kind of over educated psychotic mind comes up with MCAS (Maneuvering Augmentation Characteristics System) ? What could any normal person, including pilots, glean from those 4 words strung together much less understand the potential consequences of a malfunction in flight?
It’s a tiny bit less difficult if you put the four words in the correct sequence.
Jim Goldfuss 3
My issue isn't with "MCAS" per se, but Boeings adamance that the AOA Sensor has never been a flight critical instrument. Once the AOA can authorize an uncommanded movement of a flight surface, it becomes flight critical and needs to be communicated to the pilots. And when you make a system that relies on a single sensor - you don;t test how the system works when it is INOP?? This was a great article, well researched and clear explanations.

I still can't reconcile that at some point, the executive's had a meeting where someone said something along the lines of "we added a program that will provide uncommanded movement to a major control surface - and we don't need to tell anyone"...and the rest in the room said "that sounds good"
bbabis 1
MCAS is a fancy new name, but devices and systems that alter/enhance the flight characteristics of aircraft have been used since the beginning of flight. Slots, slats, flaps, servo tabs, balance weights, springs, and a host of other devices were used before hydraulics, electrics, and technology expanded the possibilities. Even Fly-by-Wire today is one big Maneuvering Characteristic System. They can make the plane fly/feel anyway they want to. Pilots must be ready for the malfunction or failure of any system even if not specifically addressed in a flight manual or checklist. There must be sound basic aeronautical knowledge there that gives one a fighting chance when the unexpected happens. And it will happen.
They forgot to remind us that MCAS stands for "MIGHt CAUSE A SCARE".


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