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Old 6th May 2019, 01:31
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When Boeing explained to pilots in one meeting how systems on the Max worked, the company said that the disagree alert would function on the ground. In the late November meeting, Boeing told pilots for American Airlines (which had bought the add-on) that their disagree alert would have notified them of problems before takeoff.

“We were told that if the A.O.A. vane, like on Lion Air, was in a massive difference, we would receive an alert on the ground and therefore not even take off,” said Dennis Tajer, a spokesman for the union representing American Airlines pilots. “That gave us additional confidence in continuing to fly that aircraft.”

But in the last several weeks, Boeing has been saying something different. Mr. Tajer said the company recently told American pilots that the system would not alert pilots about any sensor disagreement until the aircraft is 400 feet above the ground.
It just keeps getting worse. The NYT story cited above buried the lede. Even those who paid for and had an AoA disagree that worked had one that didn’t work during takeoff.

As an engineer SLF I feel this is becoming almost unbelievable. I predict Boeing will be making VERY LARGE political campaign contributions over the next few years.


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