“Don’t fix what ain’t broke” is not an excuse not to try to innovate but neither is innovation an excuse to break things.That’s true for foldable phones and even truer for airplane control systems.Unfortunately, Boeing learned its lessons at the expense of lives but it is persistently clawing at those problems.Now it seems to suggest that it is close to earning its wings back once the 737 MAX clears the last hurdles that the FAA has set up for its re-certification.Hindsight is, of course, 20/20 but there are things that you need to check and test over and over again to be really sure, especially when lives are at stake.Boeing could claim it did due diligence in testing the new 737 MAX and its Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS).
Almost a month after Boeing completed test flights for the software fix to its grounded 737 Max airliner, the company now says the update is finished and ready for evaluation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).In a statement issued Thursday the company said it will now schedule a certification flight where FAA crews will analyze the updated MCAS flight control system that's being blamed as the cause of two crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that killed 346 people."We're committed to providing the FAA and global regulators all the information they need, and to getting it right," said Boeing Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg."We're making clear and steady progress and are confident that the 737 MAX with updated MCAS software will be one of the safest airplanes ever to fly."Boeing didn't announce a timeline for when the 737 Max might be able to carry passengers again, but the Wall Street Journal reported this week that the plane will not return to the skies until mid-August at least.In any case, though, the FAA will be under close scrutiny during the certification process.
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Boeing announced on Thursday that it has finished development work on the software fix for the grounded 737 Max airliner.The company is now working with the FAA to schedule certification test flights and to submit its final certification documents.All 371 Boeing 737 Max airliners in service have been grounded since March 13 following the deadly crashes of Lion Air Flight JT610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302.Boeing announced on Thursday that it finished development work on the software fix for the grounded 737 Max airliner.The Chicago-based aviation giant also said it has completed the simulator testing and engineering test flights associated with the software fix for the plane's Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS)."With 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," Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing's chairman and CEO, said in a statement.
The report suggests that potential customers have grown wary about the wisdom of buying 737 Max aircraft, and have held off on buying other Boeing models that were not involved in crashes as well:Boeing (BA) did report some orders for the other jets in late March, even in the wake of the March 10 crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jet and the grounding of the 737 Max that followed.Lufthansa ordered 20 of the 787 jets on March 15, and British Airways ordered 18 of the 777X on March 22.But the only orders reported by Boeing for April were bookkeeping entries: Four 737 Max jets that had been sold to Boeing Capital in the past were transferred to an unidentified lessor last month.Instead, it reclassified sales it had already reported in the first quarter.Standard & Poor’s transportation sector lead credit analyst Philip Baggaley told CNN he believed it was possible airlines believe the crashes – and subsequent groundings that are reportedly costing airlines hundreds of millions of dollars – have strengthened their bargaining position.
American Airlines pilots confronted a Boeing official over the state of the 737 Max just weeks after the first crash of a Lion Air plane in October.In a tense recording obtained by CBS News from American's pilots union, pilots pressed Boeing on why a flight control system under investigation as the cause of the crash was not disclosed to them when the 737 Max was originally launched."We flat out deserve to know what is on our airplanes," one pilot says on the recording.(CBS is the parent company of both CBS News and CNET.)The unidentified Boeing official responded that knowing about the system would not have changed the outcome of the crash."In a million miles, you're going to maybe fly this airplane, maybe once you're going to see this, ever," he said, while not appearing to know he was being recorded.
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The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an emergency order on March 13 grounding the all Boeing 737 Max airliners in the US in the wake of two crashes in four months.The grounding included the 24 737 Max 8 jetliners in the American Airlines fleet."Our focus right now is working with the regulators and our pilots and with Boeing to get to a point that we all feel comfortable the aircraft is safe, it won't be flying until everyone is comfortable about that," Doug Parker, American Airlines CEO told us.The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an emergency order on March 13 grounding the all Boeing 737 Max airliners in the US in the wake of two crashes in less than five months.A total of 346 passengers and crew died in the crashes of Lion Air Flight JT610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302.The Fort Worth, Texas-based airline is awaiting delivery of 76 more Max 8 airliners in the coming months and years.
Aircraft manufacturer Boeing engineers discovered as early as 2017, the failure of the accident-prone model of the 737 Max 8, says the company.the Model has been involved in two deadly accidents that cost a total of 346 people life.Only after the second accident, which occurred in march of this year was taken the model out of the traffic.the Shortcomings in the model related to a system that gives signals on the gorge location that proved to only work if the airlines bought additional equipment.None of the planes crashed in the past six months had the additional equipment.at the same time, Boeing suggested that the pilots had not followed the company's safety recommendations for the model to the letter.
So with the turn of a dial, the captain switched the primary displays to only use data from the working sensors on the right side of the airplane.At one point, the airplane pulled out of a 900-foot dive at an airspeed of almost 375 mph, which is uncomfortably close to the 737’s “redline” of 390 mph.They followed the checklist and flipped the STAB TRIM switches to CUT OUT on the center console.Following standard procedure, the captain reported the episode to the airline, and the airline’s maintenance team checked for serious equipment failures, finding none.Its stick shaker activated just after takeoff.Together, both airplanes comprise nearly half of the world’s 28,000 commercial airliners.
If it's Boeing, I'm not goingBoeing has once again been shaken by its 737 Max saga, this time after it was revealed that safety features for the controversial airliner were inactive – which was not what the airlines flying the craft had been led to believe.The American planemaker's chief exec, Dennis Muilenberg, gave a press conference yesterday in which he insisted the controversial Maneuvering Characteristic Augmentation System (MCAS) was not to blame for the two fatal crashes of Boeing 737 Max airlines within the last few months.Muilenburg told the world's media the MCAS met its "design and certification criteria" and, judging by various reports of his remarks, appeared to suggest that the pilots of the doomed aircraft may have been partly to blame, saying:"As in most accidents, there are a chain of events that occur.An accident report eventually issued by the Ethiopian authorities found the pilots of flight ET302 followed Boeing's recommended procedures and checklists, though it appeared that while the crew had cut out the electric automatic trim, the resulting manual backup situation left them physically unable to keep their 737 Max 8 from nosediving into the ground.
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As Boeing rushes to get the grounded 737 Max back in the air, CEO Dennis Muilenburg faced reporters and shareholders Monday at the company's annual shareholders meeting in Chicago.Muilenburg said Boeing is making "steady progress" on a fix to the MCAS flight control system that's at the center of crash investigations in Ethiopia and Indonesia, but he stopped short of faulting the software's basic design."We've confirmed that it was designed for our standards, certified for our standards and we're confident in that process," he said."It operated according to those design and certification standards.Preliminary reports from both crashes suggest that the MCAS system, which is designed to push the Max's nose down under certain flight conditions, was receiving erroneous data from faulty sensors.In both accidents, flight crews struggled unsuccessfully to take control as the airplanes continually dove just after takeoff.
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At least four current or former Boeing employees called a U.S. Federal Aviation Administration hotline to report issues with the company’s 737 Max line of jets on April 5, the day after Ethiopia’s minister of transportation released a preliminary report on the crash of Ethopian Airlines flight 302 in March 2019 that killed 157 people, CNN reported this weekend.According to CNN, the calls to the FAA hotline mainly involved now widely known issues with a piece of equipment called the angle of attack sensor, which measures the angle of the plane in the air, and its Manoeuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS).That system, designed to deal with potential issues that could arise from the plane’s redesigned engine placement, automatically adjusts the plane’s angle to prevent stalling.However, CNN reported that one of the complaints is a new issue: A “foreign object” that damaged wiring attached to the sensor.The FAA told CNN it may be opening a new investigation as a result:The FAA tells CNN it received the four hotline submissions on April 5, and it may be opening up an entirely new investigative angle into what went wrong in the crashes of two Boeing 737 Max commercial airliners – Lion Air flight 620 in October and Ethiopian Air flight 302 in March.
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Imagine you’re sitting on the board of a thriving global corporation in the year 1980, before anyone had ever heard of a Chief Information Officer.Companies that were quick to grasp the power of each historic advance often gained unprecedented competitive advantage, while others made farcically bad technology bets, suffered ignominious data breaches, and watched helplessly as tech-savvy competitors hijacked their markets.Your board has a clear fiduciary duty to proactively consider AI’s manifold implications for the future welfare of the company and its shareholders.Why: AI is already opening an array of previously unimagined opportunities for both the use and abuse of technology.Shareholders implicitly rely on your board to ensure that the company is taking full advantage of the former, while steadfastly safeguarding against the latter.Specific imperatives that merit sustained AI council attention include:
Nuclear power plants melting down.Facebook machine learning programmers mostly don’t hang with German VW automotive engineers or Japanese nuclear plant designers.And you have a reasonably limited API in a social platform that leaks its entire users’ data stream.He writes a dour account of the future of engineering, which may well be too cynical.But there are limits to how far the technical tools can help here given our limits of organizational behavior about complexity in these systems.Safety is a very slippery concept.
The recent Boeing 737 Max crashes happened after pilots were unable to countermand the planes' autopilot systems.But airlines may not favor increased pilot control of their planes because of "deteriorating pilot skills," especially in developing countries where "pilot skills and training may not be on par with standards in the US," according to analyst Richard Safran.Two aircraft experts told Business Insider that modern commercial airliners are indeed designed to be flown by pilots with less experience.The trend could favour sales of Airbus' A320neo, which offers more automated flight control than Boeing's planes.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.He sent a note to clients last week saying that Airbus believed the autopilot system in its A320neo planes — the direct competitors to Boeing's 737 Max — gave Airbus an advantage precisely because it gives pilots less direct control over the aircraft.
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Boeing on Wednesday offered a glimpse at how work is progressing with its 737 Max aircraft -- and at the costs the plane's problems have imposed on the company.In its earnings report for the first quarter of the year, Boeing said it's making "steady progress" toward earning certification for a software update designed to rectify issues that contributed to two deadly crashes in recent months.To date, the company has completed more than 135 test and production flights of the 737 Max with the software update in place."Across the company, we are focused on safety, returning the 737 MAX to service, and earning and re-earning the trust and confidence of customers, regulators and the flying public," Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said in a statement.The testing regimen includes working closely with both global regulators and airline partners.The 737 Max line has been grounded for commercial flights around the world since last month, and Boeing has reduced the production of new aircraft in that line.
On the one hand, AVs are not so complicated; OEMs simply bring together various hardware, software, mechanical and other technologies and make them work together.In the words of one industry executive, “It’s relatively easy to manually convert today’s automobile into tomorrow’s AV.” Indeed, universities regularly host competitions, pitting teams against each other to do just this.“The problem,” my interlocutor continues, “is how AVs behave when they are surrounded by less intelligent vehicles as well pedestrians, cyclists and so on.”The Society of Automotive Engineers lists six levels of driving automation: Level 0 through to Level 5.For Level 0 vehicles, a human must constantly supervise and control the vehicle at all times and in all conditions; any technologies present are purely supportive and only provide warnings or momentary support (e.g.German automaker Audi’s new Q7, for example, is a Level 4 AV; while in China, software companies such as WeRide.ai and Pony.ai are focused on producing AI-driven Level 4 software technologies.
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On the floor of the New York Auto Show this week, Genesis showed off its sweet little Mint concept, an electric two-seater with a very abbreviated sedan body.Also this week: Ice road truckers get some help from space, and Lyft blames bad brakes for a ebike fiasco.Injury reports force Motivate, the Lyft-owned bike-share operator, to remove its electric bicycles from service in New York, Washington, DC, and the Bay Area—a bummer for users who clamored to use the popular, faster cycles.Reps for the nascent “flying taxi” industry—building electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft—worry the FAA’s grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX might slow approvals for their new tech.At the New York Auto Show this week, the dominant trend seemed to be cute, compact SUVs.Kia displayed the scissor-doored, punny HabaNiro; Mazda presented its once-elusive diesel-powered crossover, the CX-5; Subaru showed off its updated Outback (new roof rack!
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Already under scrutiny after two deadly crashes of its 737 Max 8 aircraft, Boeing took an additional hit Saturday when a front page story in The New York Times detailed alleged negligence at a South Carolina factory that makes another of Boeing's jets.The Times report says Boeing "often valued production speed over quality" and that workers at the plant have routinely left metal shavings, tools and other potentially hazardous debris near electrical wiring in planes coming off the assembly line.The factory makes Boeing's 787 Dreamliner aircraft.Boeing has also ignored employee complaints about the issues, says the report, which relies on interviews with current and former employees, along with corporate documents, internal emails and federal records.In one instance, workers found a ladder left behind in the tail of a plane, which could have locked up the gears of the horizontal stabilizer, a former Boeing technician told the paper.Boeing didn't immediately provide CNET with a comment on the report, but a company representative told the Times that the South Carolina factory is "producing the highest levels of quality" in the company's history.
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More than a month after the second fatal crash of a Boeing 737 Max, the troubled airliner remains grounded to passenger flights around the world.But on Wednesday the company got one step closer to getting the Max back in service when it completed the last test flight for updates to the flight control system that's at the center of both crash investigations.Speaking at Boeing Field in Seattle, where Boeing makes final adjustments to new 737s prior to delivery to airlines, CEO Dennis Muilenburg said the company conducted 127 Max test flights over the last few weeks, accounting or 203 hours in the air.The aircraft are built nearby at a Boeing plant in Renton, Washington."We're making steady progress to certification," Muilenburg said."That was the final test flight prior to the certification flight ...
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The US Federal Aviation Administration has released a draft report about its initial review of the Boeing 737 Max software update, following two recent plane crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that killed 346 people and led to the grounding of more than 300 of the jets around the world.The new FAA report, issued on Tuesday, has deemed the aircraft’s software “operationally suitable.”Boeing 737 Max’s anti-stall software, known as MCAS, has been cited as a possible contributor to the tragic crashes.According to Reuters, the company has been reprogramming 737 Max software so that it won’t set off the anti-stall operation in error.Following the crashes, Boeing grounded planes in mid-March, cut production of the Max 737 by 20 per cent, and ceased deliveries of the aircraft, according to CNBC.The grounding has had extensive effects on the aviation industry.
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