MD80Ttail wrote:What is the definition of “flaw”? I stated there were some implementation issues with MCAS and some questionable design decisions. I cannot go so far as to say a flaw. I cut my teeth flying checks all night in MU2s. Would you argue that’s a “flawed”design? What about the MD11. I’ve personally never piloted one but spent a ton of time jumpseating for my “regular drive to work” on MD11s when my company used to operate them. I don’t consider these flaws or flawed aircraft. I consider both advanced aircraft requiring solid and maybe in today’s world above average piloting skills.
I said this before and I am going to repeat it: don't try to defend boeing so hard, it may make life miserable for them. 737MAX "requiring above average piloting skills" literally means that, if we consider piloting skills to be distributed according to Gaussian, that HALF OF THE 737 PILOTS ON THE WORLD ARE NOT QUALIFIED TO FLY IT!
Are you even aware what are you implying? That Boeing built an airplane only american pilots can fly safely? Do you really think that? In that case Boeing is really on the path towards bankruptcy, because no sane Asian or African (and Eastern European) airline will consider 737 MAX purchase!
And other of your claims are ridiculous as well. What about the following scenario:
Lion Air pilots followed ALL the procedures they had and they crashed.
Lion Air on previous flight did not crash only bc it had 3rd pilot in the cockpit, who had the liberty to brainstorm and read manuals because in 2 man cockpit he literary had no other task. Talk about insane workload to prevent MCAS crashing the plane.
Ethiopian pilots did all the things according to checklist. The overspeed had been a consequence of IAS warning checklist. They were flying 1000ft above terrain so no action that includes "release the column to pitch down briefly" was feasible. And, in addition to that, manual trim was impossible, so they finished the MCAS checklist and did not achieve anything.
At that moment they decided to improvise. Just as the 3rd pilot improvised on the non-fatal Lion Air crash. But they did not make it.