Old 11th Feb 2019, 16:40
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Originally Posted by hans brinker View Post

Because they can't certify the aircraft without MCAS. At high AOA the engines (being MUCH bigger and WAY further forward) provide too much aerodynamic lift ahead of the CG, pushing the nose up even further. MCAS adds AND trim in this scenario. Just compare the B737-100 with the B737-MAX and you see why they needed to add electronic band-aids to keep it legal.
They should put longer landing gear on the 737 so the engines can be a bit farther back. And maybe change the nose so it's a bit quieter. Maybe put some cutting-edge 1970's avionics in it. How about a more pleasing brown color for the cockpit?
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