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A Leap Forward for the Troubled 737MAX

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Though there are many opinions out there on the Boeing 737MAX, this is good news for the airline industry and Boeing overall. ( Mais...

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Maxwell Johnson 11
I drive 737s for a living and would happily fly the Max with my whole family on board. In fact, my training having included management of runaway trim incidents, I would not object to piloting the pre-fix Max. Those tragic incidents, with their inexcusable loss of lives, should never have been more than annoying inconveniences. Obviously, the MCAS system needed to be fixed as did the sweetheart relationship between FAA and Boeing. I strongly suspect that the software issues have long since been resolved and FAA is now doing damage control and reputation repair. That's OK, there's no such thing as "too safe." It will be interesting to see if FAA and EASA hold Airbus to the same strict standards.
Michael Dendo 4
Thank you for your insight Mr. Johnson. My question is will Boeing ever be the great engineering company they were before McDonald Douglas stole the company.
Paul Hurford 2
Maxwell: While not an ATP, I too would fly the MAX with my entire family as well. I remember well the tragic incidents with the L-188 Lockheed Electra in the late 50's. Different reasons for both failures, but the L-188 air frame is Super Safe today. I believe that the 737 MAX will have a similar history, and the FAA and Boeing will never forget this last year.
Maxwell Johnson 3
I'm too young to remember the heyday of the Electra but it was an experience of riding in the jumpseat of an old cargo-converted Electra as a child that convinced me to become a pilot.
James Simms 1
I also would not have any issues flying the 737 Max. The 727 had issues when it came out as a result of pilots not understanding the flap system of the plane.
Bob Hearst 1
Can we call you "Max737" v
Ike Newton 15
I suspect that when certification tests are completed and the Max returns to service, it will be the safest commercial aircraft flying. Keep at it Boeing.
Could not agree more. Very few aircraft in history have been through this much scrutiny and they are not done yet. The DC-10 had its day as well as the F-111. And maybe add the early V-22 issues but those were not to this level.
James Simms 2
Add in the 727 as it has several crashes early in it use.
selmer40 5
Why use a MAX 7, not a MAX 8, for testing? The MAX 8 was the problem airplane.
30west 11
Because the MCAS software, not a particular MAX airframe variant, was the focus of the problem attributable to Boeing.
mbrews 2
- The other answer is Boeing saves time. Doing these tests on MAX 7 allows Boeing to a)continue certification of MAX 7 variant SIMULTANEOUS with b) testing of the heavily revised control software. Software changes go much much beyond the mcas. Making it ultra complex by Boeings software developers.
Greg Bunker -1
I would agree. The Max-8 should be the airframe being tested since, I believe, engine placement among other changes were made to this iteration.
Peter Fuller 2
Engine placement on the MAX differs from the NG, but is the same for all four versions of the MAX. It doesn’t matter which version is used for these tests.
Well said,and i would have liked to be on board with you. it has been a long time, maybe u can answer this question for me: had the mcas failed as it did in both planes, would you have been able to bring me home.
Randy Brown 5
Sounds like a bunch of anti American trolls posted here. This will be the safest plane ever. The only variable will be the foreign pilots and maintenance crews that crashed before. Here let’s put a Pakistani crew in so we know their the best pilots out there. Some of these foreign crews are so good they don’t even need a license.
Robert Cowling -9
Any other nation would be a fool to accept the assurances of this government on the safety of this plane. And if, as others are saying, tis isn't event he suspect plane, it makes it even worse.

Money contributed by Boeing was well spent if they are able to get this turkey certified by not even flying the damn plane that crashed twice.

It's always better to look for something in the light, but if you lost it in the dark, I really don't think you are going to find it looking in the wrong place. But they have lost a lot of money. And after the next crash of the 737, nothing will save them, or the FAA.
Michael Dendo 4
Robert this may be a little "dark". Can you name ANY plane developed in the last 50 years that hasn't had a mechanical, software or a design flaw? Started flying when I was 5 years old and I even flew and survived a Vicount.
This plane and Boeing lost all trust. Remember the excessive penalties Volkswagen had to pay in the US which didn't hurt anybody's health to the zero penalty boeing had to pay for deliberatley killing hundreds of people. The Us justice has a double standard.
Michael Dendo 0
And you are sure that the pilots flying those planes were trained well and we're competent?

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James Bruton 6
A little sensitive about your VW's? You should be. They're junk and their motor design is ridiculous.
James Simms 1
Never mind China & India w/worse pollution issues than the US. They are untouchable sacred cows to some people.

Methinks he been associated/the Green Party too much.
Bryan Morgan 0
I guess the FAA will finally determine that shutting off the A/P it will fly like a normal aircraft

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