NY Times piece on Boeing MAX fails to mention political pressures on Boeing during the Obama administration to expedite delivery of planes, particularly to budget airlines in Asia, which may have contributed to hasty FAA approvals (Boeing donated >$1 million to Obama foundation).
2. As software keeps eating the world, Boeing’s reliance on electronics to negotiate problems that previously would’ve been handled by (much more expensive) mechanical design changes is a cautionary lesson for all businesses. But the key question is why did the FAA approve?
3. NY Times also fails to mention that one of the airlines, Lion, that crashed a Boeing MAX had a notoriously poor safety record (but was a good - and politically connected - Boeing customer) - thousands of MAX flights with better-trained pilots flew okay.
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