Actually what shocks me the most is the POH is 1,300 pages long. The whole thing probably has way more detail in it than anyone can hope to know due to all the automated systems.
It probably would be a lot safer that if anything goes wrong - just push a big red button to turn off all the automatic systems and fly manually and focus training on manual flying skills - although make sure Electric Trim is available with a wire directly to a motor that can't be acted on by any computer system wouldn't be a bad idea.
Planes are just getting too complex/automated and Pilots will have less and less involvement - they will just need to be there for when the S**t hits the fan but need to be proficient at it when it does.
Stop trying to problem solve in the air and just return to base with Stick and Rudder skills.
Please understand that the MCAS is only active while in manual flight
on a 737-8/9 MAX, as clearly written in the EAD. MCAS was added not to have less and less pilots involvement, but to keep the pilots involvement the same as in a 737-x00 NG in situation where the 737-8/9 MAX aerodynamic alone did not
comply with the safety regulation.
From a safety regulation point to view the 37-8/9 MAX aerodynamic alone
is less safe than the 737-x00 NG aerodynamic alone
in manual flight
. Given the rate Boeing is still producing it, it's unlikely that this fact will ever change. So something other than on the aerodynamic alone
must be done. Training is not an option to solve this problem:
1) EASA: "Pilot training requirements are not meant to compensate for non-acceptable design on the compliance and safety standpoint."
2) Boeing: MAX == NG, no extra training.
3) At least 1 operator: USD 1M contractual obligation per frame for Boeing in case of extra training.
So there is no other way than to have a very reliable active system, whenever you call it, to safely flight the 737-8/9 MAX in manual flight
according to the actual safety regulation. The idea of a "big red button to turn off all the automatic systems and fly manually and focus training on manual flying skills" is a dead path.
Basically, the aerodynamic of the 737-8/9 MAX can only fully comply with the actual safety regulation in manual flight
if augmented by a highly redundant and reliable FBW system.
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