Mar 22, 2019
I was wrong last week. The 737 MAX should have been promptly grounded March 11th, 2019. Was history being written in the Ethiopian desert and off the coast of Indonesia? Sometimes history is written in just a few days. Are we witnessing the opening moves of America’s slide from #1 to #2 in commercial aviation? Why would the US Justice Dept launch an almost unprecedented criminal investigation of Boeing? The crashes of Lion flight 610 and Ethiopian flight 302 tragically killed 346 people. Could subsequent events prove even more costly? Were they really accidents or were they completely avoidable consequence of corrupt collaboration between corporate interests and government. Should it worry us that America’s new Secretary of Defense worked for Boeing for 30 years. What Boeing’s stock price should tell us. Like Europe’s Airbus, China is waiting to scoop up world-wide twin engine single aisle passenger aircraft business. What if America’s FAA has irreparably lost international prestige? Why did Boeing put two huge modern engines on a fifty-year old airframe? Why decide to omit information from instruction manuals about a computer system that can override the pilot? You wouldn’t buy a car that did that. Is Western defense and American security being held hostage by “The Swamp”? My prediction about when the 737 MAX will again take to the skies. Why you will remember the first quarter of 2019 as history-making in American politics.