Boeing worker says 737 MAX 'designed by clowns'

Saturday, 11 Jan, 2020

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 28, 2019 Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX aircraft are parked on the tarmac after being grounded, at the Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, California. The crash happened hours after Iran fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two bases in Iraq housing USA service members in retaliation after the US airstrike that killed Iranian Quds Force Gen. Qassem Soleimani last week.

"Public, customer and stakeholder confidence in the 737 MAX is critically important to us and with that focus Boeing has chose to recommend MAX simulator training combined with computer-based training for all pilots prior to returning the MAX safely to service", interim Boeing CEO Greg Smith said in the statement.

Boeing turned over the documents to the FAA and Congress at the end of December.

Gagnon declined to say how much time CAE will need to build the remaining 737 Max simulators it has on order. We have made significant changes as a company to enhance our safety processes, organizations, and culture.

The FAA said on Tuesday it will consider Boeing's recommendations during training evaluations of United States and worldwide flight crew alongside regulators from Canada, Europe and Brazil.

"Whilst we await to see whether it really was a technical/engine problem that led to its plane crashing shortly after take-off in Tehran (I have my doubts - the timing is very, very suspect), there are few who think that the company is out of the woods". "I save this company a sick amount of $$$$".

In one 2018 message a Boeing employee asks, "Would you put your family on a MAX simulator trained aircraft?"

"I basically lied to the regulators (unknowingly)", said one of the pilots, Mark Forkner, to his colleague Patrik Gustavsson.

"This is a joke". The Kansas Republican said he contacted President Donald Trump to let him know that "everything is not OK" in his home state or elsewhere due to the continued grounding of the 737 Max.

The messages shared by the company at times reveal the pressure on employees - and customers - to avoid the additional training.

The first crash involving a 737 Max aircraft happened on October 29, 2018.

"The tone and content of some of the language contained in the documents is disappointing". "I wouldn't", a Boeing employee wrote to a colleague in one newly-released 2017 exchange.

Boeing is now working on changes to that system demanded by the FAA. While all names were redacted, the company confirmed that some involved are the "same individuals" behind incendiary emails revealed past year.

Problems with the 737 Max resulted in two fatal accidents and 346 deaths.

Meanwhile, instant messages reflected deep concern about the simulator itself. "Granted, I suck at flying, but even this was egregious".

DeFazio called the emails "incredibly damning". There are reportedly only 34 Level D full-flight Max simulators in the world and thousands of pilots who will need time on them.

In a 2015 message, a chief technical pilot said Boeing would push back hard against requirements that pilots undergo simulator training before flying the Max.

News of the Spirit AeroSystems layoffs comes a day after Boeing released a batch of internal documents, including emails from employees mocking staff at the Federal Aviation Administration and showing disdain for architects of the jetliner.

"Having carefully reviewed the issue, we are confident that all of Boeing's MAX simulators are functioning effectively", it said. "We'll go face to face with any regulator who tries to make that a requirement", the pilot wrote. All 189 people on board Lion Air Flight JT610 were killed. Exclusively based on bottom dollar. And if a pilot certified to fly the Max misses a flight, airlines must ensure that the replacement is certified on the Max, not just on the NG.

"Slat tracks are located on the leading edge of a Boeing 737's wings and are used to guide the movement of panels known as slats".