Safety, Automation, Certification and Geopolitics - What Are The Implications From the Boeing 737MAX Grounding?
March 26, 2019 - by Tim Robinson for aerosociety.com
The global implications of the Boeing 737 MAX crisis - which are rippling across geopolitics, safety, certification, training, automation and airliner backlogs.
Some 70 years ago, a sleek, shiny metal shape took to the skies over Britain - the de Havilland Comet - an aircraft that represented the future of air travel and the first commercial jet airliner.
Yet, within two years of entering service in 1952 three Comets were lost in mysterious in-flight accidents, that resulted in the airliner being grounded.
The cause was eventually found to be metal fatigue and the aircraft was redesigned and returned to service but the damage to the Comet's reputation was done.
This grounding saw a new rival emerge from across the Atlantic, the Boeing 707, which went on to immense commercial success that might well have once been the Comet's.
The rest, as they say is history, with the Comet becoming an aeronautical cautionary tale about the dangers of pushing technology to its limits...