l have read on this forum about concerns over the B737 series rudder system. l haven't touched a B737 for about 7 or 8 months, so just to be over sure l rang a few friends to comfirm what was the current general results of the so called fault. First, myself and a couple of colleagues spent countless hours investigating the P.C.U. (power controll unit), the yaw damper system, and also the stand-by P.C.U. Also over the last two years countless tests have been done to find any of the so called sign of P.C.U spool valve failure, and after all of the investigation and test done personally by myself and my colleagues, the end result is that nothing was found, no evidence of spool failure was evident.
After that l contacted a friend of mine which is the head of the Australian pilots union for any evidence/reports at their end, and once again they have NO reports of in-flight rudder deflection, and all the pilot's in the association were happy to contiune to fly the aircraft.
This problem is very easily explain by L-188, and his post explains it perfectly. As a professional in the industry l have witnessed performed by others, and investigated it personally myself as a part of a team to the reported rudder problems, and we have all come up with nothing. At this point the towel shouldn't be thrown in, but eyes opened to what the true problem to the B737 series could be. l have my opinions to what happened to the two suspected rudder incidents reported that lead to the fatal crash, but what is sad is that as mentioned by L-188, it's a generated media problem, and l regret to say it's the media that is at fault in allowing the truth not being properly published.
So as for flying on the B737, get on board, order a drink, and enjoy. Laugh off the so call rudder problem, and feel as safe anyone could be. During the reports most professional airlines adopted investigations in the matter, and in conjuntion with other airlines most airlines being professional as they are, took good sense in addressing this issue. Maintence checks were conducted to the fullest, and speical simulator training was conducted in roll recovery, and training in indentifying possible rudder feel faults via the peddals.
So it's simple. l'd be happy to join you on your B737 flight any day.
l hope this sorts out some of the misconceptions of the B737, l'm sure some won't believe what the facts are, but these are what l have personally found on the type myself, and what l have discovered from other investigations. l'd be happy to answer any constructive and sensible questions on the matter, but my brain is alittle rusty on some of the technical details and l'll have to dig around some old reports to give you proper and full answers.
All the best...