That's the sound of furious backpedaling.
In what way?
In the usual sense of the expression. It seems I'm not the only person who sees it that way...https://leehamnews.com/2019/04/29/ponti ... wn-it-but/
It took months before Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg issued a video in which, among other things, he said, “We own it.” He was referring to safety of the MAX.
This was widely interpreted as Boeing stepping up and taking responsibility for at least some of the causes of the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes.
Last Wednesday, he took it all back.
The Leeham article quotes Muilenberg:
I can tell you with confidence that we understand our airplane, we understand how the design was accomplished, how the certification was accomplished, and we main fully confident in the product that we put in the field. But we also know there are areas that we can improve, and that is the source of the software update here. But there was no surprise or gap or unknown here or something that somehow slipped through a certification process. Quite the opposite. We know exactly how the airplane was designed. We know exactly how it was certified. We have taken the time to understand that. That has led to the software update that we’ve been implementing and testing, and we’re very confident that when the fleet comes back up, the MAX will be one of the safest airplanes ever to fly.
It's no different than earlier messaging.
All along they've been saying that the mistake was putting too much workload on to the pilots rather than some deeper systematic failing.
The Leeham article also says:
There have been press reports that US pilots, citing superior training here vs overseas, believe pilot error is the principal cause of the two accidents. I wrote a column April 15 on this very topic. I’ve talked with the flight safety director of a US airline who is adamant the pilots should have successfully flown through the incidents had training been better.
So there is some grounds for the idea that the pilot workload management was less than Boeing expected.
Of course he's not focusing on any explanation that would lead to a broader examination of the MAX and/or Boeing itself, but he never did.
He apologized for the crashes, and he said they own fixing it, and he's saying the software update is the fix.
As I wrote earlier, the company is gambling they can make this reasoning stick, and IMHO it's a damn risky gamble, for if they lose, they will have spent months pursuing what turned out to be a losing strategy, and the clock will start all over on the grounding.
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