Boeing's fixes to 737 MAX software delayed by government shutdown, report claims

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Despite two crashes within six months, a growing number of grounding orders worldwide for the Boeing 737 MAX, and a number of recent complaints from United States pilots over problems with the aircraft's automatic trim controls, the Federal Aviation Administration continues to allow the 737 MAX to fly.

Southwest has 34 Max 8 aircraft among its more than 750 planes.

Could some travellers be more affected than others? .

Lebanon and Kosovo barred the Boeing 737 Max 8 from their airspace, and Norwegian Air Shuttles said it would seek compensation from Boeing after grounding its fleet.

One pilot on a U.S. carrier reported an incident in November 2018, just weeks after the Lion Air crash, saying the plane "pitched nose down" two to three seconds after engaging the autopilot following takeoff, according to the report on the Aviation Safety Reporting System, maintained by NASA. But October's Lion Air crash in Indonesia sparked a debate on automation, particularly over a software system created to push the plane down to stop a stall during flight.

The same question applies in relation to disconnecting the auto throttle system. Garneau did not specify precisely what the new details revealed, but investigations into the United States federal database show that pilots had already leveled serious complaints about the aircraft.

"The FAA is ordering the temporary grounding of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft operated by USA airlines or in US territory", the FAA said in a statement. They are voluntary safety reports and do not publicly reveal the names of pilots, the airlines or the location of the incidents. And if they did, why didn't it work?

The twin crashes have spooked the airline industry and heaped pressure on Boeing, whose shares have plunged.

Boeing, which maintained that its planes were safe to fly, said in a statement that it supported the FAA's move to temporarily ground 737 MAX flights.

Since the Indonesia crash, there has been attention on an automated anti-stall system that dips the aircraft's nose down.

Asked whether other passengers should be allowed to choose another flight to avoid that aircraft, Bridenstine replied, "Absolutely". Premature implementation of ill-considered changes can have the exact opposite outcome to that intended.

Problems with the new jets could have longer term ramifications for Southwest and Boeing.

Questions have arisen over who should analyze the black box recorders from Sunday's crash: Ethiopian authorities reportedly don't want to turn the evidence over to the USA, fearful there would be a conflict of interest in the analysis since the plane is American-made. The causes of both crashes are still under investigation.

Similar "vertical fluctuations" and "oscillations" were evident in the tracing data from both flights, The New York Times reported Garneau as saying.

The Boeing 737 has been a safe and stable workhorse of global airlines for more than 50 years.

"But if I was doing my planning, I'd be looking at how else I could get there - still flying but not on a 737 Max 8", he advised.

The MCAS introduced in the new model was clearly intended by Boeing to be an enhancement to assure and improve safety. The Senate plans to conduct a hearing on airline safety.

But in this instance it is possible that some anomaly existed in the programming of the MCAS which may have led to these two crashes.

"I'm here, I'm rebooked on another flight for tomorrow...so it's all good."

The European Aviation Safety Agency took steps to keep the Boeing 737 Max 8 out of the air, joining Asian and Middle Eastern governments and carriers that also had safety concerns in the aftermath of Sunday's crash, which killed all 157 people on board.

Tracy Stewart, content editor at Airfarewatchdog.com, says that airline employees may be flexible, especially considering the sensitive circumstances.

For the record, I flew home in a Boeing 737 from Melbourne last Monday, and I'll be flying in one again very soon.

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