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Boeing’s 737 Max is likely to return to European service in the first-quarter, regulator says

Boeing’s grounded 737 Max airliner is likely to return to service in Europe during the first quarter of 2020, the head of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said on Monday. While the European regulator expects to give its approval in January, preparations by national authorities and airlines may delay the resumption of commercial flights by up to another two months, EASA executive director Patrick Ky indicated. ( More...

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M20ExecDriver 3
The problem is Boeing selling to entities with poorly trained, automation dependent flight crews. That is not going to change and I predict another is going to augur in and that'll be the end of the Mad Max.
lecompte2 2
Now that the engines on the 737 max are even heavier than the previous NG and others will the wing root crack problem be worse in the max ?
Edward Bardes 2
Larger doesn't always mean heavier.
Jim Ward 2
Why not go back to the stick shaker?
Greg S 2
They basically will be doing just that. The "new" MCAS will make just a little effort to correct an impending stall. It'll be mostly up to the pilots again.
No matter who says what, the Boeing 737 Max should only be allowed to fly again when the Boeing aircraft Company resolves every single problem that made two new aircraft crash.
Greg S 7
You need to read the Indonesian report on the causes of the Lion Air Max crash. It's an excellent report. Boeing certainly get it's share of the blame, but the airline also was guilty of stunning and significant failures without which the aircraft likely would not have crashed. Just to run them down: 1) First officer was useless when the pilot needed him most: his training record suggests he was simply not pilot material. 2) That MAX should not have even been in service due to the reported problems on the previous flight. 3) The previous flight's pilot reported some significant problems but failed to report the most significant problem of all. This points to a fatally defective safety culture at the airline. 4) Based on extensive analysis, the conclusion is that one AOA sensor was miscalibrated by 21 degrees by a Florida company. However, the manual for installing the sensor contains checks that should have detected this miscalibration. The mechanic that installed it provided a photo of what he said was the calibration check instrument showing an acceptable reading, but investigators discovered that the photo was for a differnt aircraft. Although not stated in the report, reading between the lines it's evident that the mechanic simply skipped the checks and tried to deceive his way out of responsibility. And many other things, it's a big report.
Jim Ward 1
To add to the previous post. It’s my understanding that 3rd world airlines could not afford a second AOA sensor which would not create a single point of failure. Giving the flight crew an agree or disagree indication between sensors. Perhaps they would of had a fair warning of an impending issue and disable the MCAS.
I would hope that all plaintiff attorneys involved in the Max suits litigate LION AIR out of existence.
There is no justification or excuse for any person, other than in an unrelated incident, to ever be victimized buy such incredible risk and negligence as seen by LION AIR, et al.
Their corporate heads, etc., IMHO, should also be tried for criminally negligent homicide, and, if guilty, put to death if legal, or, incarcerated for the remainder of their lives.
As for Boeing, ....
Samuel Bixler 4
Boeing cannot, by itself, resolve all the problems that led to the crashes. Proper training of pilots is the responsibility of the airlines, for example.
milehighou 3
Sure they can. They simply scrap the plane. The original 737 is fine, but they decided to add oversized engines to this heap, and make other changes that drastically changed its aerodynamic stability, and then they added software that flies it into the ground. Why'd they do all this? Money, of course. Same reason they're still trying to put lipstick on this pig and make it fly: money.
Greg S 1
Are you telling me that Boeing's shareholders want to make money? And here I was thinking that Boeing did all this plane building because it's fun.
I"m willing to bet secured, substantial amounts in Las Vegas (where it's legal) that the 737-MAX will not be back in the air in Quarter 1, 2020.
keith pineau 1
The training criteria is set out by Boeing, but it is the responsibility of each training department to follow through and ensure all pilots get the information and train to standard.
milehighou 0
Dumb move, but regardless, I will never set foot on one of these death traps.
Greg S 4
Excellent. More room for me.
djmobile 5
Hurry and get the Max back up! Teach the pilots how to turn the A/P off and handle a stall situation!! During my instrument training, the first thing you do under the hood is hand fly the airplane!!!
lecompte2 1
Smart move
This airplane should never have been grounded. I cannot say the same for many of the pilots who will soon be entering Max cockpits again. I pity those who claim that they will never fly on a Max. Bet they also leave a light on when they sleep.
Mario Kropf 3
Exactly. All that Boeing should have done is bend the AoA vane on one of their new aircraft out of shape,send two of their pilots up on a test flight on the aircraft without telling them and demonstrate how they dealt with the problem without significant height loss. Preferrably with 150 Boeing executives as joyride Pax. As they say : "the proof of the pudding is in the eating."
Ditebehi the next dead passenger...


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