Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. 

The initial mutterances were bizarrely optimistic.

There just needed to be adjustments to the software, they said.

This after several hundred people had died in two crashes involving the Boeing 737 MAX 8

Now, however, it seems that the adjustments need more adjusting. 

In each crash -- one involving Indonesia's Lion Air and the other Ethiopian Airlines -- the suspected cause concerned a Flight Control System that automatically angled the plane's nose toward the ground in order to avoid what the software feared may be a stall.

As the history of the 737 MAX's conception was chronicled in detail, disturbing indications emerged of a plane designed in haste to satisfy Boeing's -- and airlines' -- profit urges.

Attention has been increasingly focused on whether pilots had been adequately informed and trained about the new system, and whether Boeing had sold the planes to airlines around the world by suggesting pilots didn't actually need much training at all.

I've spoken to U.S. pilots who suggested some airlines instruct their pilots to engage the autopilot immediately after takeoff, rather than maintain their own manual control. When manual intervention is needed, they may not be prepared.

Moreover, a Wall Street Journal report now intimates that there was some U.S. disdain toward pilots in other countries.

Ultimately, Boeing conceded changes needed to be made.

On Monday, however, the Federal Aviation Administration  revealed these changes aren't enough and more time is needed.

While, for example, American Airlines had shelved its 24 MAX planes until the end of April, it appears that timing was extremely optimistic.

The FAA now says it will take an undetermined number of additional weeks for the software fixes to inspire complete confidence.

While United has grounded its 14 MAX planes through June 5, Southwest has been the most vulnerable, given that it already had 34 MAX 8's in operation.

This means it and the other airlines still have some juggling to do, in order to avoid further disruption to passengers as the greater pressure of summer flying approaches.

Given its dispute with mechanics, bad weather and the MAX grounding, Southwest recently told investors it canceled 9,800 flights in the first three months of the year.

For its part, American revealed it was canceling 90 flights a day in association with the grounding.

Southwest is relying on all its customer goodwill to make sure the damage isn't greater.

Boeing and the FAA have their reputations at stake over this plane and how it was created and approved. 

Foreign aviation authorities have -- many would say understandably -- declared they want to make their own determinations as to the airworthiness of the MAX.

In an atmosphere of sudden and extreme caution, it's unsurprising that more time will be dedicated to ensuring safety.

Some, of course, will wish the current level of caution had been exercised some time ago.

Published on: Apr 2, 2019
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