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Congress rejects including an exemption to defense bill for two new 737 MAX variants

WASHINGTON — Late on Tuesday, U.S. legislators decided against adding a delay to an annual defense bill that would impose a higher safety level for contemporary cockpit alerts on two new Boeing 737 MAX variants. ( More...

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Hal Brignole 9
I've read the article twice, and I'm still not sure whether the flying public should feel safer. Surely it's not too much to ask the writer to untangle the negatives, so we can understand who proposed the legislation, who it benifits, why it was opposed, and on what grounds.
Mike Boote 8
Greg S -3
Bad, in this context these requirements would arguably reduce safety. Now Boeing will have likely cancel the variants just because their development just happens to span an arbitrary line in time.
Chris Habig 17
As a 737 Captain my view is that bringing the 737 into the modern era will increase safety, not decrease it. The Max is just beginning its useful life. I don't know how many Boeing has delivered but thousands more are on order. I'd rather have modern EICAS in those new jets that the 1960s relic of an alerting system that we have now. In a few years, the Max will be the majority variant of the 737 and if we begin now we would have a majority EICAS fleet in no time. And for people who argue against a mixed fleet, I would go so far as to prefer this in the new jets and require it to be retrofitted to the existing Max 9s.
Calen Chrzan 10
I'm with you on this. The extra training also would not take that long to complete.
Chris B 9
Seems The European regulators might just force Boeing to retrofit the systems even if FAA doesn't....

This story isn't over yet......
phillip martin 2
It's always money in a rich man's world. The logical fix would either add seating at a huge developmental cost or reduce seating at a revenue cost. You do not have to fix everything with a new digital fix. Engineering is a safer fix in my opinion. However the digital cost will have a higher rebate return. In aircraft building the word safety seems to start with the letter $.
George Jardim 2
Extremely poor writing. I guess if you already know, you know. But you wouldn’t know from reading this article. This is the second aviation article I’ve read this morning that fails to make any sense whatever.
Mike Ellering 4
I think it about time that Boeing dumped the old 1960's approach to aircraft control and move into the 21st century with the 737. Airbus have been using fly by wire for nearly 40 years on the A320 family and build a better aircraft.
It's no good just to strap on two new engines on a 1960's era 737 and call it a new aircraft.
Roy Hunte 2
Ummmm, the Max uses fly-by-wire.
David Plummer 2
GOOD! Boeing has NOT learned its lessons. They don't want to be accountable for their total incompetence in the development of the Max. They should not get a pass.


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