FAA Clears Boeing 737 MAX to Try to Fly Again

The FAA has cleared Boeing’s 737 Max to resume flights, 20 months after grounding it following two fatal crashes, and you know, about 100,000 years before anyone will agree to be strapped into one, ever.

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8 Responses to FAA Clears Boeing 737 MAX to Try to Fly Again

  1. A very long time ago, I was a SSGT 43151E crew chief on KC-135A. To get there, I had to pass a Specialty Knowledge Test (SKT). The main reason I made SSGT in the minimum time-in-grade was I ACED that SKT! One of the questions was:
    Question: Why are the engines located below and forward of the wings?
    Answer: To prevent wing flutter and STALL.
    Flash forward to today…The new engines on the 737 are too large to fit below and in front of the wings, They would conflict with the aircraft height when it’s on the ground. I’m not an engineer, but I can see the problem. The belief the new computer software will make the plane’s flight controls safe is like religious belief.

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    • Eeehh…the issue really wasn’t with the engine placement or computer systems…the Air Force has been flying aircraft that are inherently unstable and HAVE to be controlled by computer for a long time now; and pretty much all modern aircraft are fly-by-wire, which means the pilot tells the computer what he wants the aircraft to do and the computer tells the aircraft.

      The 737Max fiasco didn’t really have anything to do with the engine placement or the additional control software to account for that, but that the anti-stall system was poorly designed (It depended on a single sensor for airspeed) and they DID NOT TELL THE AIRCREWS ABOUT THIS NEW SYSTEM. The training for this was am added-cost option. The aircraft was literally fighting the aircrews until the last moment; in both of the fatal crashes crew members were frantically going through the manuals to figure out WHAT THE HELL WAS GOING ON.

      The system as designed should have never survived it’s first engineering review when it was just some paper, let alone get into production.

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  2. w3ski4me says:

    Oh, yea. I am so sure that is safe to use. They have been so forthcoming with accurate news and descriptions, and so out front of the problem to begin with that I have total confidence in what they say.
    NOT.
    w3ski

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  3. osirisopto says:

    Let’s all make it a bleeding heart liberal issue to get the 737 grounded permanently. Maybe the RWNJ’s will insist on flying it in.

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  4. julesmomcat says:

    As the old saying goes, “It’s a disaster waiting to happen.”

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  5. skinnydennis says:

    Boeing Starliner test… ’nuff said. Boeing sold their engineering soul to the beancounters when they merged with McDonnell-Douglas.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-space-exploration-boeing/boeings-botched-starliner-test-flirted-with-catastrophic-failure-nasa-panel-idUSKBN20106A

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