Dec. 10, 2019, © Leeham News: The first reporting from last week’s Boeing briefings for analysts, opinion-makers, influencers and consultants (but not the media) began to emerge Saturday. (Media briefings may be scheduled in January.)
The briefings are the latest in Boeing’s effort to restore confidence in the 737 MAX.
David Learmount, the former aviation safety editor for Flight International magazine, attended the briefing. He is a highly respected authority. He now has a blog and has a lengthy report from the briefings here.
Learmount reports in some detail the information shared by Boeing, much of which has been revealed by Boeing over the course of several months.
A key difference: Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg was there to face questions and respond.
Greg Feith and John Goglia were at the briefings. Feith is a former crash investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board. Goglia was a member of the Board. Both are talking heads on TV following crashes or on safety issues. The also have long podcasts on these matters.
We attended several briefing that discussed in detail the MCAS software, aircraft certification, the ODA process, 737MAX production philosophy vs. clean-sheet-of-paper design, pilot training and other “return to service” issues. In addition, we went on two factory tours and had an opportunity to fly several profiles in the Engineering simulator involving both the “old” MCAS software and the revised” software. I will say that flying the profiles reconfirmed what John and I have been saying since November 2018, and it provided us the opportunity to dispel the myths and misinformation that has been presented in both the media and the NTSC accident report.
We will also discuss the changes that Boeing has made within the company to improve processes and internal oversight, their relationship with the FAA and other certifying authorities, and the relationships with airline customers.
CBS News, which was not at the briefing, provided this report based on information from someone who was.
CBS has a couple of slides that were provided by Boeing to briefing attendees. The slides have previously been released in other Boeing briefings.
Bloomberg News, which like CBS, was not invited to this briefing, also has a report from those who were.