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Boeing gives in to pilots on escape pod demands

By willywonka follow willywonka   2020 Jan 10, 11:35am 207 views   5 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   share    


In case of pilot abandonment, all drinks and food will be offered at no charge, explained a company spokesman.
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Boeing employees mocked federal rules, talked about deceiving regulators and joked about potential flaws in the 737 Max as it was being developed, according to over a hundred pages of internal messages delivered Thursday to congressional investigators.

“I still haven’t been forgiven by God for the covering up I did last year,” one of the employees said in messages from 2018, apparently in reference to interactions with the Federal Aviation Administration.

The most damaging messages included conversations among Boeing pilots and other employees about software issues and other problems with flight simulators for the Max, a plane later involved in two accidents, in late 2018 and early 2019, that killed 346 people and threw the company into chaos.

The employees appear to discuss instances in which the company concealed such problems from the F.A.A. during the regulator’s certification of the simulators, which were used in the development of the Max, as well as in training for pilots who had not previously flown a 737.

“Would you put your family on a Max simulator trained aircraft? I wouldn’t,” one employee said to a colleague in another exchange from 2018, before the first crash. “No,” the colleague responded.

In another set of messages, employees questioned the design of the Max and even denigrated their own colleagues. “This airplane is designed by clowns, who are in turn supervised by monkeys,” an employee wrote in an exchange from 2017.

The release of the communications — both emails and instant messages — is the latest embarrassing episode for Boeing in a crisis that has cost the company billions of dollars and wreaked havoc on the aviation industry across the globe. The Max has been grounded for nearly 10 months, after the two deadly crashes. A software system developed for the plane was found to have played a role in both accidents, and since then the company has been working to update the system.

There is still no indication when the Max might be cleared to fly again, as the company and regulators continue to discover new potential flaws with the plane.

The messages threaten to further complicate Boeing’s tense relationship with the F.A.A. Both the company and agency indicated Thursday that the messages raised no new safety concerns, but they echoed troubling internal communications among Boeing employees that were previously made public.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/09/business/boeing-737-messages.html?smtyp=cur&smid=tw-nytimes

1   Heraclitusstudent   ignore (2)   2020 Jan 10, 11:42am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

This is what happens when American capitalists cut "costs" "aggressively".
2   HeadSet   ignore (3)   2020 Jan 10, 12:08pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Does any one notice that the 737 Max crashes only occurred overseas with foreign 3rd world carriers? No crashes despite thousands of flight by American carriers.
3   Tenpoundbass   ignore (14)   2020 Jan 10, 12:22pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Heraclitusstudent says
This is what happens when American capitalists cut "costs" "aggressively".


This is what happens, when a chunk of our employment compensation goes into a Retirement Casino, and the company has to cut as many corners as they can. So that in 20,30,40, 50 years from now, the company will still have enough money to pay the retirees.
4   zzyzzx   ignore (2)   2020 Jan 10, 1:33pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Heraclitusstudent says
This is what happens when American capitalists cut "costs" "aggressively".


This is what happens when you have diversity initiatives as well.
5   Shaman   ignore (2)   2020 Jan 10, 2:27pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Chindian programmers did this!

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