So where do we go from here?
What are the next steps to get the 737MAX ungrounded?
Best case – flying again in 3-4 months?
• The FAA plus all the worldwide aviation authorities give the 737MAX the green light, dependant on MCAS 2.1 being approved and other simple software / hardware fixes.
• The pilot unions agree that the 737MAX is good to go.
• Pilots to have additional upset training in 737MAX Simulators and the checklists are updated.
• The 737MAX’s in storage are reactivated and positioned to appropriate hubs.
• The Route planners put the 737MAX back in the schedules.
• PR campaign by airlines and Boeing to persuade the public that the 737MAX (insert new name) is safe for you and your loved ones.
Worst case – 2-3 years?? If ever
• The FAA dig their heels in… mandate new software, new flight control hardware, aerodynamic changes, new type rating, more test flying.
• More issues discovered, more whistleblowing by disgruntled ex-Boeing employees.
• The Chinese, the Europeans no longer trust the FAA and make their own demands.
• Airlines want their money back and cancel orders.
• Pilot Unions not happy, make their own demands for better pay and conditions to fly the 737MAX.
• Shortage of 737MAX Simulators and doubts they accurately reproduce the flying characteristics.
• Consumer advocates like Ralph Nader mount campaigns to get the 737MAX permanently grounded.
• The leasing companies see the value of the 737MAX plummet.
• Boeing compensation payments to airlines and leasing companies’ balloon, Boeing embroiled in lawsuits and class actions.
What are your best guesses? Should Boeing give up on the 737MAX?
Meanwhile the onslaught of bad publicity continues, didn’t know they outsourced to Russia too .. https://www.chicagobusiness.com/manufac ... -engineers