Boeing admits to flaw in 737 MAX flight simulators

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen aviation subcommittee chairman

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen aviation subcommittee chairman

Similarities between the two accidents prompted investigations by Boeing and the FAA, while global civil aviation authorities banned operations of the aircraft.

According to Boeing, the flight simulator software was incapable of reproducing certain flight conditions similar to those at the time of the Ethiopian Airlines crash in March or the Lion Air crash in October.

In other words, "Responsible?" The system automatically guides the plane's nose lower.

The Boeing 737 series first entered production in 1967.

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That alone bothered me, but then as further information became public, there were more worrisome details. "Safety as our clear priority, we have completed all of the engineering test flights for the software update and are preparing for the final certification flight", Boeing Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg said on Thursday. Boeing hasn't given any information about those concerns nor has mentioned if those concerns have been addressed.

An aerial photo shows Boeing 737 MAX airplanes parked on the tarmac at the Boeing Factory in Renton, Washington, U.S. March 21, 2019. Boeing wants to get safety approval for its MAX planes as soon as possible. Pilots were concerned about the anti-stall system and a lack of training, but Boeing said it believed pilots could handle it.

Although the simulators are not built by Boeing, the planemaker does provide the underlying information on which they are designed and built, the New York Times said. He added, "The worst thing that can ever happen is a tragedy like this, and the even worse thing would be another one". Found them in the system of warning pilots about a risky angle of attack (eng. angle-of-attack, AOA). The investors wait for the update as the 737 Max still stays on the ground. However, analyst Seth Seifman of J.P. Morgan remains a buyer, maintaining his Overweight rating on Boeing stock, with $430 price target, which implies almost 24% upside from current levels. In fact, as I write this, the "story of the crashes and the cause" has virtually disappeared from any media coverage. The company is still working on a software fix that keeps the jetliner grounded.

This raises serious questions abut the integrity of Boeing as well as the diligence of the FAA in certifying whatever the company told it.

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