When the 737 Max hopefully resume flying again in Nov/Dec and after all its modifications and FAA and EASA approvals, it will be one of the safest plane as it would have gone through very thorough and exhautsive tests and scrutiny by the regulators.
The only way to make it safe is to convert it to full fly-by-wire
Thats the way to fly aircraft with abnormal atidudes since decades
Can we please try and keep this discussion based in some sort of reality. Your statement is not true. After the fixes and all of the scrutiny by regulators the MAX will certainly be as safe as the 737NG.
There is nothing unsafe about MCAS when it has functioning sensors to rely on. If the MAX was FBW and enough sensors failed, it wouldn't be safe either. The reason MCAS caused emergency situations is because it relied on a single sensor, not because it isn't FBW. I guess, technically, MCAS is FBW since a computer algorithm drives an electric motor with electric signals.
Some here are trying to focus the discussion on MCAS, but MCAS is not the problem at all.
the problem is that a plane with poor aerodynamic behavior can never be as safe as a plane with properly calculated aerodynamic behavior, if that plane is not controlled by a computer that has access to all the attitude controls and the drive elements (fly-by-wire).
this is not rocket science, that has been the technology of flying for decades.
Boeing never redesigned the 737 series to fly-by-wire because that was not absolutely necessary up to the NG.
the 737 were outstanding flying aircraft up to NG model. even an average pilot can easily solve all the special cases and situations with a 737 up to the NG.
but boeing had to use the big engines for the MAX in order to keep up with the NEOs in terms of fuel consumption
These engines are too big in diameter to fit under the low 737 wings.
The landing gear has already been made longer for the NG and can not be extended any further
At this point, boeing would have had to accept that it will not go without a complete redesign
instead, boeing - like no other manufacturer before - continued to put forward the engines with modified pylons. so they could be mounted higher.
The flight behavior has changed significantly. according to official information only "on the edge of the flight-envelopes" ....
even if that is so .....
Flight incidents that brought a 737 (up to the NG) to the edge of the flight enevelope in the past were at best uncomfortable for the crew and the passengers because the pilots were able to competently control the good-natured and clean-responding 737.
The MAX is obviously completely different here. With control interventions in the flight control system (MCAS), the pilot will be fooled into an aircraft that is reacting the same way.
The natural reactions of an average pilot become largely worthless because they are distorted in flight control by automatic change interventions.
the MAX can never be as safe as a properly designed and aerodynamically neutral aircraft. no matter how MCAS 2.0 will work - or not.