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Trump's National Shutdown Delayed 737 Max Update Fix

Updated on March 14, 2019

Many news outlets including the Wall Street Journal have now reported that President Trump's tantrum over the funding of his wall that shutdown the U.S. government in January, 2019, contributed to the two 737 Max airline crashes. This was unforeseen consequences, yet, some will blame Trump for the delay.

Boeing has been working on a software fix and enhancement since late October, after the first deadly 737 crash, but the FAA and Boeing had different goals and opinions as to the extent of the issue and fix. Then, Trump forced the shutdown of the U.S. government for five weeks because he did not get money for his wall, a placebo fix for immigration issues. Work on the critical fix stalled during January and one of the agencies shutdown was the FAA, which recalled all their inspectors and made consultation with Boeing about the fix, non-existent. This was fine with FAA because the agency did not think anything was seriously wrong with the aircraft.

Boeing continued to work on the update and knew of the problem with both sensors and the software, Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) flight control law, which will be rolled out in April. It was found that in the Lion Air Flight crash in October, 2018, pilots sought to override the MCAS that was providing faulty sensor readings about the angle of the nose of the plane. In that crash, the pilot tried to pull the nose downward some 24 times. The computer would not allow human intervention.

The second deadly crash still did not convince the FAA or Boeing anything was wrong, even though, we now know they knew of the faulty software. Even though several countries including China, grounded all of them, the FAA did not. Was this a political decision because Boeing has a large influence on the appropriations committee? Was this a business decision knowing how their bottom line might be impacted? Was Boeing and the FAA just trying to cover-up a serious flaw in software?

Finally, Trump did force all American 737's grounded. In a way, he saved face for his silly shutdown but it did make him look good, like a hero. Who knows, maybe he even called Boeing and found out the truth and launched into one of his tirades. Good for Trump, in this case. Still, had their been no shutdown, the updates would have not been delayed five weeks and maybe the second deadly crash would not have occurred.

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    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad 

      12 months ago

      PerryA

      Why did that happen? Shouldn't that FAA function have been deemed essential in the wording of what workers stay home and others that continue on with their essential work?

      And second, it was a government shutdown, and that requires both the democrats and the republicans to keep it going. You think that the democrats were on high ground to shutdown the government over $5 billion on a $4.4 trillion budget. The only way that makes sense is they put politics over the welfare of the country. Tell me why I am wrong? These shutdowns existed long before Trump became president, and the congressional gridlocks of the past were caused by both parties having a diametrically opposed ideology of how to run the country. This is the cause of gridlocks, and especially on budgets. The democrats have made it clear since Trump won the presidency that they would resist any and all things he tried to accomplish. And they have kept their word.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      12 months ago

      The FAA did stop inspecting and discussions with Boeing about the fix that they were in disagreement on. The Trump shutdown caused a delay so Trump contributed to it in a very unexpectant way, which he finally corrected.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad 

      12 months ago

      Perry A

      Why should a shutdown adversely affect the fix. The FAA doesn't shutdown do they? The government agencies have been running lone wolf for too long. The FAA procedures, regulations and rules need to work before a crash, and apparently as you stated they didn't work after the crash. With more and more transportation relying on computers, artificial intelligence, doesn't it seem like now is the time to redo the system to keep up with technology?

      911 showed us that the federal agencies we rely on failed, totally failed.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad 

      12 months ago

      perryA

      Look at it from the other side, they were so happy to shutdown the government for DACA which wasn't even a budget item. And they were willing to do another shutdown over a $5 billion national defense wall, on a $4.4 billion budget. They did it purely to resist giving what Trump wanted for the country.

      It has been blame Trump since he won the election.

      What would be the harm for the congress to totally fund the wall? It is a one time expenditure, with a minimal maintenance and use cost. It wouldn't cost as much as the democrats subway tunnel of $70 billion. What is the worst thing that could happen by building a wall?

      I don't really care what president Trumps say's, I care about what he does. What have the democrats done? For that matter what have the republicans done without Trump?

      Thanks for your reply.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      12 months ago

      I guess you just ignore the fact that Trump did say he was happy to cause the shutdown to get what he wants. So typical of those Trump followers who just ignore the things their idol states. But, again, had Trump not caused it, perhaps, the second crash would not have happened because the delay would not have happened. But, Trump did act correctly by grounding them.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad 

      12 months ago

      "Many news outlets including the Wall Street Journal have now reported that President Trump's tantrum over the funding of his wall that shutdown the U.S. government in January, 2019, contributed to the two 737 Max airline crashes. This was unforeseen consequences, yet, some will blame Trump for the delay"

      When you have a $4.4 trillion budget, and the democrats shutdown the government because of $5 billion dollars for his wall, and how much have they given total in total years for the wall. The democrats could have ended the shutdown, why didn't they do it. Was it as simple as an anti Trump tantrum?

      The last budget the democrats got $70 billion for a subway tunnel between NJ and NY, yet they couldn't give president Trump money for a wall that protects the entire country.

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