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I found this paragraph interesting: "The briefings continue to emphasize that the MCAS, which was added to the speed-trim system to standardize handling qualities with those of the 737 Next Generation, is “not a stall-protection function and not a stall-prevention function,” says Mike Sinnett, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president of product development and future airplane development. “It is a handling-qualities function. There’s a misconception it is something other than that."
You want to know why that is a load of bull?
Boeing have turned around 2 weeks ago and said; "OK, MCAS makes things worse. We're gonna pull it off the aircraft permanently and have a new type rating for MAX."
The cost if Boeing paid for every pilot to be trained on the new type would be noise compared to how much they are going to have to pay out with the continued grounding.
Hence - its quite obvious MCAS does more than "standardize handling qualities". Furthermore, to "standardize handling qualities", it is relatively straightforward to add dampers and even servos to the main elevator controls that blend in at higher AoAs.
Hmm, can't edit this for some reason.
Line 2 should have read:
Boeing could have turned around 2 weeks ago and said; "OK, MCAS makes things worse. We're gonna pull it off the aircraft permanently and have a new type rating for MAX."