FAA allows 72 US registered Boeing 737 MAX to be in air again but within USA. Fate of another 322 registered in 32 other countries remains to be seen.
After an ordeal of 20 months the largest aircraft manufacturer can have a little relief but not before an accumulative loss of more than 25 billion US dollars.
After an ordeal of 20 months the largest aircraft manufacturer can have a little relief but not before an accumulative loss of more than 25 billion US dollars. This will be known as one of the biggest corporate level mistakes and Boeing will remain associated with it. But hold on, is it Boeing alone? No sir, the culprits include the FAA and the 32 other regulatory authorities of the world who blindly follow FAA as most of states for certification of aircraft are dependent on the state of manufacturer or their initial approval or certification. Not to blame too many but here FAA erred and they became complacent with the Boeing. After all a Swiss cheese affect prevailed in the biggest manufacturer’s systems and the FAA itself.
Many useful articles can be found on what happened and most of us know about it like it was discovered that a safety feature meant to stop the aircraft from making its nose up more than the required, climbing fast and stalling had improperly forced the nose of the aircraft down, causing both the crashes.
What happens next with 737 MAX?
More than 387 produced and many yet to be delivered plus a lot of order cancellations but despite all this it still is the best seller of Boeing.
More than 387 produced and many yet to be delivered plus a lot of order cancellations but despite all this it still is the best seller of Boeing. FAA re-certified it with whatever fixes and tests and Steve Dickson, Administrator, FAA did a wonderful job by carrying out some of the test flights himself.
FAA re-certified it with whatever fixes and tests and Steve Dickson, Administrator, FAA did a wonderful job by carrying out some of the test flights himself. In a video message he said “Based on all the activities we have undertaken during the past 20 months and my personal experience flying the aircraft, I can tell you now I am 100% comfortable with my family flying on it”.
You could be 100% right Mr. Steve but will you be able to offer some explanation on the previous FAA failure for the same aircraft?
Well I am not a critique but I am playing the role of the advocate of the 346 perished in the two 737 MAX air crashes.
Daughter of Michael Sumo died in Ehtiopian Airlines crash in March 2019. The family held a press conference on re-certification of 737 MAX. They have all the good reason to say “The plane is inherently unstable and it is un-airworthy without its software” though the software malfunction fix was announced the next day while the re-certification was issued but earlier the family rhetoric was that “They haven’t fixed it so far. The flying public should avoid the Max in the future. Change your flight.”
Mr. Sumo continued “We as family members want to avoid a third crash”.
Coming to the fixes and re-certification, we have all the reason to believe that the aircraft is safe to fly and we will see a cautious approach by another 32 countries which have 737 MAX on their register while they re-certify the aircraft as FAA may not be a final authority for them any more.
Another interesting question is, as to when we expect to see this aircraft up in air from now on? To be honest we will not be able to see it up in air soon other than for American Airlines which has scheduled some flights from Los Angeles to New York in December 2020. Even other US airlines are not yet prepared to put it back to service due a couple of other reasons also like Covid-19 and the recession created by it.
About 1900 single aisle seat aircraft including MAX are grounded due to the mentioned reasons. Airlines want the newer and 15 % fuel efficient 737 MAX to be up in air soon but we are not likely to see most of them in air within the next six months or more.
About 1900 single aisle seat aircraft including MAX are grounded due to the mentioned reasons.
Steve Dickson may fly with his family in a 737 MAX but many people that I have spoken to, seems to be reluctant. “Although I will but not with the family, Steve.”
After all a shattered confidence will need some time to re-build.
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