New ocommanded dive risks
Last week, the FAA issued a statement about a new risk that Boeing must mitigate. The new risk does not involve MACS but may lead to similar results according to the Seattle Times.
The Federal Aviation Administration discovered that data processing by a flight computer on the jet line could cause the plane to dive in a way that pilots had difficulty recovering in simulator tests, according to two people familiar with the finding that asked not to be named discussed it.
While the problem did not mean that the maneuvering characteristics of the two accidents since October, killing 346 people, it could produce an indefinite dive similar to what happened in the crash, according to a person who was not authorized to speak.
David Learmount, Aviation Safety Advisor at Flight Global and a former Royal Air Force pilot, said the details of the new issue are sketchy, but it may be able to further delay MAX's returns. "The implication is that this is different software in another control computer that presents similar symptoms," he said. "When you control an airplane with computers, as we do now, you've always had the potential for trouble."
Boeing agreed with FAA's results but has not yet presented a solution for the FAA.
DoJ Probe expands to Dreamliner
Seattle Times reports DOJ probe expands beyond the Boeing 737 MAX, featuring 787 Dreamliner.
Federal Prosecutors have convicted Boeing documents regarding the production of 787 Dreamliner in South Carolina, where there have been allegations of foamy work, according to two sources familiar with the investigation.
The court of justice was issued by the Ministry of Justice (DOJ), the sources said. DOJ also conducts a criminal investigation into the certification and design of 737 MAX after two fatal crashes of that jetliner. The 788 lawsuit significantly broadens the scope of DOJ's review of security issues at Boeing.
The investigation of MAX has become subject to confidentiality, but some of the Ministry of Justice's activities have become known as prosecutors issued daily allowances for documents. Claims of 787 Dreamliner have been concentrated on shady work and cutting corners at the company's South Carolina facility.
Prosecutors are likely to see broad cultural issues running across the company, according to the third source and a person in South Carolina, who also spoke of anonymity due to the delicate nature of the case. It may include press to print on incorrect work to avoid delays when it comes to delivering aircraft to customers, says the source.
Whole [Dreamliner] fleet was grounded in January 2013 after two overheating accidents for the battery: a battery fire on site 787 parked at the port of Boston airport, then a smoldering battery on a flight in Japan that forced an emergency landing. The FAA raised the ground in April 2013 after Boeing modified jets with embedded batteries, containment boxes and ventilation pipes.
In the 737 MAX study, prosecutors seem to get information from someone with insight into the evolution of the planet based on the issues they ask, the third source says.
$ 9 hour programmer with no flight experience
Scary work and cutting corners? Uh … Yeah.
Bloomberg reports [Boeing’s 737 Max Software Outsourced to $9-an-Hour Engineers](Boeing 737 Max software equipped for $ 9 per hour engineers)
It's still the mystery in the heart of the Boeing Co.s 737 Max Crisis: how a company known for meticulous design made seemingly basic software errors leading to a couple of deadly crashes. Longtime Boeing engineers say the effort was complicated by a pressure to outsource the work to lower paid entrepreneurs.
The Max software – plagued by problems that could keep the plan grounded for months longer after US regulators this week showed a new shortage – developed at the same time and Boeing set up experienced engineers and pressured suppliers to cut costs.
Increasingly, the iconic US planner and its subcontractors have invoked temporary employees make as little as $ 9 an hour to develop and test the software, often from countries lacking a deep background in the aerospace industry – especially India.
At the offices of the Seattle-Boeing area, the latest college graduates employed by the Indian software developer HCL Technologies Ltd. were listed. several lines of desk, says Mark Rabin, a former Boeing software engineer who worked in a flight test group that supported Max.
The HCL encoders typically designed the Boeing specifications. Still, "it was controversial because it was much less effective than Boeing engineers who just wrote the code," Rabin said. He often remembers, "I doNot many rounds went back and forth because the code was not done correctly. "
Not only did Boeing benefit from cheap coders who did not know what they were doing, Bloomberg says that Boeing's Indian business farming seemed to pay other dividends.
Boeing won several orders for Indian military and commercial aircraft, for example, $ 22 billion in January 2017 to deliver SpiceJet Ltd. This order contained 100 737-Max 8 jet engines and represented Boeing's largest order ever from an Indian airline, a coup in a country dominated by Airbus.
Grounded for cause
The Wall Street Journal reports Boeing 737 MAX likely to be grounded until late this year.
Boeing Co's troubled 737 MAX fleet is expected to be grounded to the end of the year as a result of the latest flight control issue flagged by US aviation safety regulators, according to people informed of the issue.
The decrease is expected to at least lead to further disturbances in the aircraft across the US and abroad, as about 500 of the plan remains vacant for months longer than previously estimated.
During simulator tests of some emergency procedures, FAA pilots discovered a potentially hazardous situation they had not encountered before, according to people who informed about the problem. The problem is, according to the Boeing official and company announcements to airlines, that if a chip inside the flight's flight control computer fails, it may cause indefinite movement of a panel on the flyer's tail and point the nose down.
Testing of emergency procedures to cope with this so-called loss stabilization relationship, the official said, showed that it would take average pilots longer than expected to recognize and counteract the problem.
Darn the Simulators
When you use actual flight simulators instead of the iPad's problems pop up. But all the time Boeing has insisted and still insists iPads are all pilots have to train.
No new parts needed
"We think this can be updated through a software fix," a Boeing official said.
It does of course.
It may take many months if the 737 fleet needs new parts.
What could possibly go wrong?
Boeing took a bass 1964 design, overloaded it with huge engines that made the aircraft unstable, then due to poorly designed software that cannot easily be exaggerated to keep the plane from nosediving in crashes, while insistent training can be done on an iPad.
What might be wrong with the set of cost-saving decisions?
Unfortunately, we have only found.
But even after the second crash, Boeing asked the FAA to keep the plane in operation.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock