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'I Honestly Don't Trust Many People at Boeing': A Broken Culture Exposed

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This article is a must read before you take your next flight. We are losing our mojo here in the USA. The crashes of two Boeing 737 Max flights as a result of a shoddy software engineering error caused the deaths of 346 passengers. 

“We’ve all seen this movie before, in places like Enron,” Chesley B. Sullenberger III, the pilot who safely landed a plane on the Hudson River in 2009, said in an interview. “It’s not surprising that before a crisis, there are indications of real deep problems that have their roots in leadership.”

“Had they done the right thing upfront, they might have had slightly higher costs upfront, but they would have saved billions in the long term,” Mr. Sullenberger said. “But that’s hard to do in this world run by Wall Street.” 
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The shoddy software engineering was intended to compensate for the shoddy hardware engineering.


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Boeing went down the dumpster when it bought McDonnell Douglas. McDD had a garbage product and nickle and dimeing managers who made it that way. The McDD culture infested Boeing.

The 737 MAX got new giant engines that moved the plane's center of gravity forward. When that happens, the plane becomes more stable and it becomes harder to get the nose up for a low speed landing. So, without proper notification, they put in a power assist that was supposed to kick in when small wind vane indicated the plane was being pushed into stall (too slow for good airflow over the wing). Boeing then influenced the FAA into accepting the power assist but downplaying it so that the pilots did not even know about. It would have cost money to train them. To make it obvious how brain numbingly broken Boeing has become, they then used a cheap vane indicator with no redundancies to signal a programmed power assist that was programmed minimum wage in India. When the cheap vane went haywire, the power assist was misprogrammed to put the plane in a dive. If the pilots overpowered the power assist and kept the plane in the air, the wacky programming repeated the dive every 30 seconds.

They stopped production on the plane. With the new huge engines that are part of the MAX version, the plane will probably need power assist, but who would trust Boeing with it.

Boeing has its tentacles in the new launch system for getting people to the space station. There is real irony in the fact that Boeing is in on the team that is replacing the Russian made RD 180 main rocket engine that has made the Atlas V so dependable. I see disasters looming.

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Sounds like after Washington Mutual bought Great Western Bank and used Great Western management, they went down the tubes.


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