zeke wrote:N14AZ wrote:https://www.bizjournals.com/seattle ...
From that article:"We have to learn. We're not Airbus experts. You can fly them hard, you just have to maintain them differently," Alaska President and Chief Operating Officer Ben Minicucci said in an interview.
That is very true, any of the Airbus FBW or the newer Boeing aircraft are maintained differently to legacy aircraft like the 737. Newer aircraft are more computerised with built in test (BITE) functionality for almost everything.
The BITE will throw up a lot more messages than you will ever get on a legacy aircraft like a 737, the maintenance side of the organisation needs to move with the times and learn how to use these messages. Thing is these issues would also be happening on the 737, just that no human would be able to pick it up like a computer monitoring things does.
Well the 737 MAX has a proper BITE system now, but it took them until nearly the end of this decade to introduce something that again more or less came out in the 80s or 90s. Of course since AS only has the NG for now, I imagine they are used to maintaining something of its level of technology.