News https://rotate.aero/blog/categories/eb-news Sun, 18 Aug 2019 02:45:13 +0000 MYOB en-gb Latest 737 Max Fault... Rooted In Software https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/latest-737-max-fault-rooted-in-software https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/latest-737-max-fault-rooted-in-software

From Bloomberg

Latest 737 Max Fault That Alarmed Test Pilots Rooted in Software

By Alan Levin

As U.S. government test pilots ran through dozens of flight scenarios on the Boeing Co. 737 Max in recent weeks, a potential failure got their attention.

The plane’s flight computer tried to push the aircraft’s nose down repeatedly during a simulator run, prompted by a stream of erroneous flight data. The Federal Aviation Administration pilot concluded commercial pilots might not have time to react and avoid a tragedy in a real plane.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Sat, 10 Aug 2019 18:40:34 +0000
Southwest Ends Flights Out Of Newark Airport https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/southwest-ends-flights-out-of-newark-airport https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/southwest-ends-flights-out-of-newark-airport

From Zero Hedge

Southwest Ends Flights Out Of Newark Airport As 737 MAX Grounding Takes Its Toll

By Tyler Durden

When Southwest reported its earnings Thursday morning, it also made a stunning announcement that shows just how badly the 737 MAX 8's best customer has been hurt by the grounding.

Just as Boeing warns that it could halt production of the troublesome 737 MAX 8 if the plane's return to the skies is delayed any longer, Southwest Airlines, the 737 MAX 8's best customer, is reportedly planning to cease operations at Newark Airport. The decision is a direct result of the 737 MAX 8's grounding.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Thu, 25 Jul 2019 13:12:20 +0000
Boeing Thinks A Human Life Is Worth Just $150,000 https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/boeing-thinks-a-human-life-is-worth-just-150-000 https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/boeing-thinks-a-human-life-is-worth-just-150-000

From Zero Hedge

By Tyler Durden

Two weeks ago, we noted how, after ignoring them for months (presumably at the behest of its legal department), Boeing had decided to dedicate $100 million (roughly 1% of its 2018 revenue) to the families of the victims from the Lion Air and Ethiopian Air crashes. However, that number came with a catch: Some of the money would be used for 'community development' and 'education efforts'.

Split among the families of the 346 victims, at $100 million, each family would receive just under $300,000 - a pittance when one considers that this is compensation meant to offset the taking of a human life.

But as it turns out, the families won't even get that much, because as CNBC reported on Wednesday, Boeing is planning to distribute only $50 million to the families of victims, and will retain Ken Feinberg (famous for being the special master of the US government's Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund) as co-administrator of victims' fund. The rest will presumably go to these unspecified initiatives that the company has mentioned.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Wed, 17 Jul 2019 17:52:43 +0000
Boeing Loses $5.9 Billion 737 MAX Order To Airbus As Saudi Airline Loses Patience https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/boeing-loses-5-9-billion-737-max-order-to-airbus-as-saudi-airline-loses-patience https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/boeing-loses-5-9-billion-737-max-order-to-airbus-as-saudi-airline-loses-patience

From Zero Hedge

By Tyler Durden

The Saudi budget airline Flyadeal has lost patience with the ongoing grounding of Boeing's flagship 737 MAX airplane, and on Sunday announced it would not proceed with a $5.9 billion order for 30 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, instead opting for a fleet of Airbus A320 jets, with options for a further 20 of the jets.

According to Reuters, Flyadeal has been reconsidering a commitment to order the Boeing jets after two MAX aircraft crashed in Ethiopia in March and Indonesia last October, and which killed a total of 346 people, triggering the global grounding of the aircraft and wiped billions off Boeing’s market value. On Sunday, it finally pulled the plug when it announced it would take delivery of 30 A320 neos ordered by its parent, state-owned Saudi Arabian Airlines, at the Paris Air Show in June.

“This order will result in flyadeal operating an all-Airbus A320 fleet in the future,” it said.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Mon, 08 Jul 2019 22:23:13 +0000
Why Boeing May Never Recover From 737 Debacle https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/why-boeing-may-never-recover-from-737-debacle https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/why-boeing-may-never-recover-from-737-debacle
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Via Zero Hedge

Authored by Marshall Auerback, this article was produced by Economy for All, a project of the Independent Media Institute,

Many of us are familiar with the acronym “FUBAR.” A recent New York Times article on the Boeing 737 fiasco provides a perfect illustration of the concept. We’re now learning that the company “built deadly assumptions” into its newly designed 737 Max aircraft and, specifically, its Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS).

Even worse, the Times account concludes that the recent air crashes that have resulted in a worldwide grounding of the Boeing Max plane “might have been avoided, if employees and regulators had a better understanding of MCAS” and if the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) itself was not operating with outdated data on the software changes (which Boeing failed to provide).

The analysis is excellent as far as it goes. But the most damning fact only briefly hinted at in the article is that the problems were evident as early as 2012, some five years before the newest 737 version was marketed and sold across the globe.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Sat, 22 Jun 2019 14:48:27 +0000
It's Airbus 13,000,000,000 - Boeing 0, On The First Day Of The Paris Air Show https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/it-s-airbus-13-000-000-000-boeing-0-on-the-first-day-of-the-paris-air-show https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/it-s-airbus-13-000-000-000-boeing-0-on-the-first-day-of-the-paris-air-show

From Zero Hedge

By Tyler Durden

As the jarring truth about Boeing's "cost-cutting above all" philosophy involving the company's deadly, ill-fated 737 MAX (or whatever the company's ill-fated plane may be called soon) receives an ever-wider public appreciation, the company is finding it increasingly difficult to do business as usual.

Take the Paris Air Show, traditionally the venue where the world's largest aircraft makers lock in deals worth tens of billions of dollars. Well, the first day of the 2019 edition of this boondoggle couldn't have gone any worse for Boeing, and alternatively it couldn't have been better for Airbus, which locked in $13 billion in orders for new jets.

Boeing's tally? $0.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Wed, 19 Jun 2019 10:49:18 +0000
Is the Second Antonov AN-225 Close to Completion? https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/is-the-second-antonov-an-225-close-to-completion https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/is-the-second-antonov-an-225-close-to-completion
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From Aviation Tribune

By Aviation Tribune

The Antonov AN-225 is known to be the largest cargo aircraft in the world. Developed in the 1980’s, so far just one model has been introduced onto the market. However, a second Antonov AN-225 which has been in development since the cold war, is now speculated to be near to completion.

So, just how close to completion is the second Antonov AN-225 and why has the aircraft generated such a huge reputation?

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Tue, 11 Jun 2019 12:22:12 +0000
FAA Says No Timetable For MAX Return https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/faa-says-no-timetable-for-max-return https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/faa-says-no-timetable-for-max-return

From Airline Ratings

By Steve Creedy

There is no timetable to return the Boeing 737 MAX back to flight and the decision will depend solely on whether or not the jet is deemed to be safe, a senior US Federal Aviation Administration official has said.

The comments came as the FAA and representatives of other global regulators met in an attempt to get a co-ordinated response to the grounding of the 737 MAX fleet after two fatal accidents.

Elwell was asked whether airlines that had taken the MAX out of their schedules would need to revise their plans to take into account a longer wait.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Fri, 31 May 2019 12:46:50 +0000
Did The FAA Drop The Ball While Certifying Boeing Anti-Stall Software Suspected In 2 Deadly Crashes? https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/did-the-faa-drop-the-ball-while-certifying-boeing-anti-stall-software-suspected-in-2-deadly-crashes https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/did-the-faa-drop-the-ball-while-certifying-boeing-anti-stall-software-suspected-in-2-deadly-crashes

From Zero Hedge

By Tyler Durden

It seems like barely a day goes by without the Wall Street Journal or some other news organization publishing some alarming scoop about oversights or unexplained lapses at Boeing or the FAA during the certification process of the 737 MAX 8.

We've already learned that Boeing didn't realize until after the Lion Air crash back in October that a warning system meant to alert pilots when MCAS - the anti-stall software suspected in contributing to two deadly crashes - was malfunctioning had been made an optional feature on all of the 737 8s it sold to Southwest, its largest customer. And neither did the FAA.

Now, ahead of a hearing before a House Transportation subcommittee on Wednesday, WSJ is reporting that senior FAA officials weren't involved in the agency's review of MCAS, despite the unprecedented power delegated to the system in the new generation of 737s, because the agency viewed the system as a "non-critical safety risk."

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Wed, 15 May 2019 13:18:53 +0000
Why Boeing’s emergency directions may have failed to save 737 MAX https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/why-boeing-s-emergency-directions-may-have-failed-to-save-737-max https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/why-boeing-s-emergency-directions-may-have-failed-to-save-737-max
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From The Seattle Times

By Dominic Gates

The pilots of the Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX that crashed last month appear to have followed the emergency procedure laid out by both Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration — cutting off the suspect flight-control system — but could not regain control and avert the plunge that killed all 157 on board.

Press reports citing people briefed on the crash investigation’s preliminary findings said the pilots hit the system-cutoff switches as Boeing had instructed after October’s Lion Air MAX crash, but couldn’t get the plane’s nose back up. They then turned the system back on before the plane nose-dived into the ground.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Sat, 11 May 2019 20:15:27 +0000
Boeing Suppliers Headed For Pain Amid Max Crisis https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/boeing-suppliers-headed-for-pain-amid-max-crisis https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/boeing-suppliers-headed-for-pain-amid-max-crisis
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From Zero Hedge

Last month, we reported that Boeing slashed production of the troubled 737 Max from 52 to 42 airplanes per month. Now, a new report from the Financial Times shows how production cuts are set to drive some of the company's suppliers into financial hardship.

Spirit AeroSystems, a 737 Max supplier that produces 70% of the plane's aerostructure, pulled its 2019 financial guidance, warning that past guidance is no longer valid because of the production cuts and no visible timeframe of when the planes will be back in the air.

Financial Times notes that Spirit AeroSystems is for right now, insulated from the cuts because it worked out a deal with Boeing to continue producing at the old rate (52 planes). The supplier is quickly building inventory at its facilities. They're only a few of the suppliers that are producing at the old rate, while others have transitioned to 42 per month, a 20% decline from the old rate.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Tue, 07 May 2019 15:40:30 +0000
Boeing Admits 'Mistakes Were Made' During Development Of 737 MAX 8 https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/boeing-admits-mistakes-were-made-during-development-of-737-max-8 https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/boeing-admits-mistakes-were-made-during-development-of-737-max-8
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From Zero Hedge

By Tyler Durden

Following a series of conflicting reports claiming that Boeing didn't inform the FAA or Southwest, the largest buyer of its 737 MAX 8 planes, that a safety alert warning pilots that an 'angle-of-attack' sensor on the planes might be feeding the system erroneous data, risking a misfire of the plane's anti-stall software, had been made an 'optional' safety feature, Boeing has admitted that it wasn't aware that the alerts had been disabled when it initially delivered the planes, and that it waited more than 13 months, until after the Oct. 29 crash of a 737 MAX 8 owned by Indonesia's Lion Air, to inform its regulator that it had inadvertently disabled the alerts.

A series of reports by the Wall Street Journal over the past two weeks uncovered the fact that Boeing had made the alerts - which it insists were not a critically important safety feature - optional. Shortly after that initial report, WSJ published a follow up suggesting that Boeing's decision to disable the alerts was inadvertent, though a spokesman declined to elaborate about how this happened.

Finally, on Sunday, Reuters and WSJ confirmed that the decision was, in fact, unintentional, but Boeing still waited to inform its regulator and its customers that the alerts had been disabled on planes that didn't include an 'optional' package of additional safety figures.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Mon, 06 May 2019 23:00:48 +0000
Boeing Didn't Tell Southwest Or FAA That It Had Disabled Critical Safety Alerts On 737 MAX https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/boeing-didn-t-tell-southwest-or-faa-that-it-had-disabled-critical-safety-alerts-on-737-max https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/boeing-didn-t-tell-southwest-or-faa-that-it-had-disabled-critical-safety-alerts-on-737-max

From Zero Hedge

By Tyler Durden

It was a bad enough look for Boeing when reporters uncovered the company's decision to make some safety features optional on its 737 MAX 8s. Worse still that this decision was only made public after the deadly crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 just minutes after takeoff on March 10 - the second deadly crash involving the plane in six months, which spurred regulators around the world to ground the planes, erasing billions of dollars of Boeing market cap.

But a report in the Wall Street Journal published on Sunday that neither Southwest Airlines nor the FAA (Boeing's primary federal regulator) were aware that a safety feature intended to alert pilots to a potentially malfunctioning 'angle of attack' sensor - in other words, a feature that might have prevented both the crash of ET302 and the Oct. 29 crash of a 737 owned by Lion Air - had been disabled on the new 737s is simply staggering.

Not only did Boeing disable the alerts, which would notify pilots when the two sensors on the new 737 MAX 8s were reporting dramatically different data, and make them part of a new 'premium' package of safety features, but the manufacturer somehow neglected to tell the airline and its regulator that the alerts had been disabled. The result was that Southwest never updated its safety manuals for pilots to reflect the fact that the alerts had been disabled.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Sun, 28 Apr 2019 16:32:54 +0000
Boeing Hits Back at New York Times’ “Inaccurate” Reporting https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/boeing-hits-back-at-new-york-times-inaccurate-reporting https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/boeing-hits-back-at-new-york-times-inaccurate-reporting
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From Airline Ratings

By Geoffrey Thomas and Steve Creedy April 22, 2019

Boeing has hit back at a New York Times’ article about the production quality of the 787s being built at the company’s South Carolina plant.

The NYT’s article, which has been distributed widely, claimed that Boeing’s factory in Charleston, South Carolina, has been plagued by shoddy construction and weak oversight.

Citing internal emails, corporate documents, federal records as well as interviews with former and current employees, the story claimed Boeing pushed its workforce to quickly turn out Dreamliners while ignoring issues raised by some employees.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:42:13 +0000
Boeing's Nightmare Continues https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/boeing-s-nightmare-continues https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/boeing-s-nightmare-continues
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From Zero Hedge

Boeing's Nightmare Continues: Dreamliner Workers Warn Of Defective Manufacturing, Dangerous Quality Lapses

By Tyler Durden

Just as it looked like the fallout from the Boeing 737 MAX crashes was finally fading into the background, the New York Times is raising new questions about an entirely different Boeing plane, the Dreamliner 787. Workers at a Boeing plant in South Carolina are complaining about "defective manufacturing, debris left on planes and pressure to not report violations".

An investigation that incorporated reviewing hundreds of emails and documents, as well as interviews with more than a dozen current and former employees, has arrived at the conclusion that Boeing pushed speed over quality when it came to its Dreamliners - a story similar to the 737 MAX, which we reported faced similar critiques. This has lead to the question whether the issues at Boeing are limited to the 737, or if they are systemic.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Mon, 22 Apr 2019 20:56:56 +0000
Nine regulators join Boeing 737 MAX review https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/nine-regulators-join-boeing-737-max-review https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/nine-regulators-join-boeing-737-max-review

From Airline Ratings

By Steve Creedy

Regulators from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and Europe are among the nine authorities that have confirmed they will participate in the Boeing 737 MAX Joint Authorities Technical Review due to begin at the end of the month.

The US Federal Aviation Administration announced the list Friday US time and said the first meeting is due to take place on April 29.

The review is expected to take 90 days and is being chaired former national transportation safety Board chairman Chris Hart.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Sun, 21 Apr 2019 11:43:22 +0000
More Boeing Backlash: China Suspends $6 Billion Order For 100 737s https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/more-boeing-backlash-china-suspends-6-billion-order-for-100-737s https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/more-boeing-backlash-china-suspends-6-billion-order-for-100-737s

From Zero Hedge

Dealing another blow to public confidence in Boeing's ability to swiftly reassure regulators that its 737 MAX 8 can be made safe for passenger travel, the South China Post on Monday reported that China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings has put an order for 100 new 737s on hold, until it can be assured of the aircraft's safety.

This follows a decision by Indonesia's national carrier to cancel a $6 billion 737 MAX order. The airline had been planning to order 49 planes. Boeing last week said it would cut its pace of production by 20% to just 42 a month.

China was the first country to ground the 737s after Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 crashed just minutes after takeoff - the second deadly incident involving the planes in just 5 months. A preliminary report from investigators found that the pilots followed Boeing's safety procedures, but were still unable to right the plane.

Boeing is working on an update of its MCAS anti-stall software, which is believed to have contributed to both the crash of ET302 and a deadly Lion Air crash that occurred just five months earlier, but the fix is taking longer than anticipated.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Mon, 08 Apr 2019 12:13:32 +0000
Whistleblowers Claim FAA Inspectors Not Properly Trained On Boeing 737 Max 8 https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/whistleblowers-claim-faa-inspectors-not-properly-trained-on-boeing-737-max-8 https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/whistleblowers-claim-faa-inspectors-not-properly-trained-on-boeing-737-max-8
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From Zero Hedge

Multiple whistleblowers have come forward claiming that Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety inspectors were not properly trained and did not hold valid certifications on the Boeing 737 Max aircraft, according to a letter to FAA Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell from Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS).

"Allegations from these whistleblowers include information that numerous FAA employees, including those involved in the Aircraft Evaluation Group (AEG) for the Boeing 737 Max, had not received proper training and valid certifications," the letter reads.

"Some of these FAA employees were possibly involved as participants on the Flight Standardization Board (FSB)," a group formed to evaluate the 737 Max 8 to determine requirements to rate pilots, develop minimum training recommendations, and to ensure "initial flightcrew member competency."

Two Boeing 737 Max 8s were involved in similar crashes within a five month period, while investigators are pointing to sensor failures connected to an anti-stall system known as the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS).

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Tue, 02 Apr 2019 20:26:11 +0000
Investigators Believe MCAS Involved In Both Boeing Crashes https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/investigators-believe-mcas-involved-in-both-boeing-crashes https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/investigators-believe-mcas-involved-in-both-boeing-crashes

From Airline Ratings

By Steve Creedy

Investigators believe the controversial software update implicated in the crash of a Lion Air Boeing 737MAX was also involved in the March 10 destruction of an Ethiopian Airlines jet.

Quoting sources familiar with a high-level briefing to the US Federal Aviation Administration, The Wall Street Journal reported that an emerging consensus among investigators was that the Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS, was involved in both crashes.

The two crashes claimed a total of 346 lives and plunged manufacturer Boeing into crisis.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Mon, 01 Apr 2019 11:04:08 +0000
Broken Dreams: The Boeing 787 https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/broken-dreams-the-boeing-787 https://rotate.aero/blog/entry/broken-dreams-the-boeing-787

From aljazeera.com

This is a major project by the Al Jazeera Investigative Unit focusing on the 787 “Dreamliner”, the flagship passenger jet of the Boeing Company.

Our journalism reveals the deeply-held safety concerns of current and former Boeing engineers, who in some cases fear to fly on the 787, the plane they build.

We uncover allegations of on-the-job drug use, quality control problems and poor workmanship.

We explore the roots of the battery problems that led to the plane’s grounding due to safety concerns for three months from January 2013.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Mon, 18 Mar 2019 01:54:59 +0000