CaptainFluffyBunny wrote: ↑
I recall a typical TDS/jackass conversation here around Trump’s comment that pilots not computers should fly planes.
I believe the counter argument was something along the lines of “I live in Seattle and know Boeing people and Trump is clearly advocating a return to the Wright Bros. Ergo, Orange Man Bad”
FT has posted an interesting article on the main thread. By a pilot.
MCAS is implemented in the flight management computer, even at times when the autopilot is turned off, when the pilots think they are flying the plane. In a fight between the flight management computer and human pilots over who is in charge, the computer will bite humans until they give up and (literally) die.
In my Cessna, humans still win a battle of the wills every time. That used to be a design philosophy of every Boeing aircraft, as well, and one they used against their archrival Airbus, which had a different philosophy. But it seems that with the 737 Max, Boeing has changed philosophies about human/machine interaction as quietly as they’ve changed their aircraft operating manuals.
It is likely that MCAS, originally added in the spirit of increasing safety, has now killed more people than it could have ever saved. It doesn’t need to be “fixed” with more complexity, more software. It needs to be removed altogether.
Seems like sage advice. But the author probably lives on the east coast.