FAA Let Boeing Certified The 737 MAX Flight Control System By Itself

The majority of countries on earth follows the United States for aircraft certification, with the two fatal incidents happened within the last few months, every country on earth has now turned its back on Boeing and America.

The First B737 MAX 8 Aircraft
The First B737 MAX 8 Aircraft

Seattle Times has come out with a shocking news report about how the ‘Federal Aviation Administration managers pushed its engineers to delegate wide responsibility for assessing the safety of the 737 MAX to Boeing itself. But safety engineers familiar with the documents shared details that show the analysis included crucial flaws.’

The safety analysis:

Understated the power of the new flight control system, which was designed to swivel the horizontal tail to push the nose of the plane down to avert a stall. When the planes later entered service, MCAS was capable of moving the tail more than four times farther than was stated in the initial safety analysis document.

Failed to account for how the system could reset itself each time a pilot responded, thereby missing the potential impact of the system repeatedly pushing the airplane’s nose downward.

Assessed a failure of the system as one level below “catastrophic.” But even that “hazardous” danger level should have precluded activation of the system based on input from a single sensor — and yet that’s how it was designed.

Seattle Times

Although as appalling as it sounds, Commercial aviation administrative institutions indeed can delegate some of the certification tasks they deemed insignificant or are well within their own capabilities to aircraft manufacturers themselves.

When it comes to 737 MAX, Boeing came out with a flight control system called MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System); which is now under scrutiny after two crashes, was speedily approved as ‘The FAA, citing lack of funding and resources, has over the years delegated increasing authority to Boeing to take on more of the work of certifying the safety of its own airplanes.’

MCAS MAX 737 sensor
MCAS MAX 737 sensor

Although the System Safety Analysis for MCAS, done by Boeing on behalf of FFA, concluded that the system complied with all applicable FAA regulations, we can’t help but wonder whether the extent of delegation of power and execution was reasonable; any dereliction of duty could result in innocent lives being lost, and that’s the last thing we would need right now..

Countries like China was the first to ground those B737 MAX 8 aircraft and close the airspace for such aircraft type, while the US was the last to do so.

B737 MAX Wing Top Side & Engine View
B737 MAX Wing Top Side & Engine View
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