Boeing to roll out Design Changes on 737 Max 8 as More Aircraft Grounded - Software Update
Deploy a software upgrade across the fleet
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March 12, 2019 - by Edward Helmore for Theguardian.com
"It's not 100% clear, but if you were at the airport and there were other flights not on a Max, a customer is likely to be accommodated asking to switch to another flight even though it's not clearly provided for in published rules," Cox said.
US air regulator says model is airworthy but will mandate alterations by April
Also UPDATE Boeing now confirms the software changes in the works for MCAS .."AOA inputs, limits stabilizer trim commands in response to an erroneous angle of attack reading, and provides a limit to the stabilizer command in order to retain elevator authority." : Source
The US air regulator said on Monday the Boeing 737 Max 8 was airworthy but, as more airlines and aviation authorities grounded their planes, said it would mandate design changes to the aircraft from Boeing by April.
The new model of aircraft has been involved in two fatal crashes since October, and airlines using the short-haul passenger jet have been inundated with questions from concerned passengers since Sunday, when an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max 8 crashed and all 157 people onboard died.
Meanwhile, temporary bans on the use of Max 8 jets spread around the world. Singapore's civil aviation authority barred their use, affecting SilkAir, an arm of Singapore Airlines that has six of the aircraft, as well as China Southern Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Shandong Airlines and Thai Lion Air. One of Brazil's biggest airlines, GOL, grounded its seven aircraft and Aeroméxico suspended the use of its six planes.
The bans echo earlier moves by China and Indonesia as well as Cayman Airways and African carrier Comair. Argentina's Association of Airline Pilots too has ordered its members not to fly the Max series. GOL said it had confidence in Boeing and that its Max 8 aircraft had made 2,933 flights, totalling more than 12,700 hours, "in total safety and efficiency".
Late on Monday, Boeing confirmed the announcement by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and would deploy a software upgrade across the fleet "in the coming weeks".
The company confirmed it had...
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