FAA: No MAX certification until 2020; analysis forecast 15 more crashes if MCAS not fixed

Dec. 11, 2019, © Leeham News: A new round of Congressional Hearings about the Boeing 737 MAX got underway today. Before the hearing began at the House Transportation Committee, FAA Administrator Steve Dickson appeared on CNBC today. Among… Read More

FAA takes first steps for re-certification of the MAX

December 6, 2019, ©. Leeham News: The FAA issued a draft of the updated Master Minimum Equipment List (MMEL) for the Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9 on its website yesterday. It’s there to be commented on by… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Analysing the Lion Air JT610 crash, Part 5.

November 29, 2019, ©. Leeham News: We continue the series about the Lion Air JT610 crash by now analyzing the final part of the flight. We try to understand what changed when the First Officer took over the… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Analysing the Lion Air JT610 crash, Part 4.

November 22, 2019, ©. Leeham News: We continue the series on analyzing the Lion Air JT610 crash by analyzing MCAS in more depth before we go to the final part of the flight. We look at what was… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Airbus’ A321neo has a pitch-up issue (now with a second update)

July 19, 2019, ©. Leeham News: The European Aviation Safety Agency EASA has issued an Air Worthiness Directive (AD) to instruct operators of the Airbus A321neo of a Pitch instability issue. EASA writes “excessive pitch attitude can occur… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Cutting corners in aerospace costs a fortune

July 05, 2019, ©. Leeham News: It seems more and more likely the 737 MAX grounding will go well beyond six months and it can approach nine months to a year depending on developments in the next months…. Read More

This is not simple

By John Cox May 20, 2019, © Leeham News: The latest version of the Boeing 737 is the MAX. It has new engines, new flight deck screens and the latest in-flight entertainment systems for passengers. It is quite… Read More

Pontifications: Mandate sim time for MAX return to the skies

May 20, 2019, © Leeham News: “Safety is our top priority.” So says Dennis Muilenburg, CEO of The Boeing Co. As stories drip, drip, drip out in The Seattle Times, New York Times, Washington Post, The Wall Street… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: Why I wouldn’t hesitate to fly on the MAX after the fix

May 18, 2019, ©. Leeham News: We are now two months into the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX because of MCAS. Boeing announced yesterday it has finished the work on the fix and it’s now ready for… Read More

Boeing customer compensation for MAX already at $1bn and climbing, estimates aviation lawyer

May 2, 2019, © Leeham News, New York: Boeing faces huge claims from airlines with grounded 737 MAXes, the amount of which will depend on the time the airplanes are out of service, an aviation lawyer tells LNA…. Read More