What happened? On October 29, 2018, Lion Air 610 – a brand-new Boeing 737 MAX – crashed with the loss of all 189 passengers and crew. In addition, a diver involved in the recovery also died. On March 10, 2019, Ethiopian Air 302 – another brand-new Boeing 737 MAX – crashed with the loss… Read More


Yesterday, FlyersRights urged the Senate Commerce Committee to back legislation repealing the aircraft certification program known as ODA (Organization Designation Authorization) that allows Boeing employees and other aircraft makers to certify planes as safe with minimal FAA oversight. “The core of aircraft certification reform must be a return to the pre-2005 system. All aircraft safety… Read More


We are moving forward! The court just issued a new scheduling order and rejected the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) proposal to “process” (but not necessarily release) the relevant 86 documents of 10,000 at 500 pages per month. Boeing and the FAA by 3/20/20 will now have to identify any documents it claims are exempt from… Read More


By Gregory Travis – a software architect, aircraft owner and writer. His first article identifying the issues with the 737 Max appeared in the May 2019 issue of IEEE Spectrum magazine. Boeing’s most recent attempt to demonstrate a fix for its troubled MCAS system is another demonstration of just how deep the problem is. Most… Read More


After months of bad 737 MAX revelations, now this. The U.S. government’s Office of the Special Counsel announced last week they are investigating the Federal Aviation Administration on how it handled the approval process to let Southwest Airlines fly between California and Hawaii, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Special Counsel’s office that found… Read More


An expert study that was never made public found that Boeing bore significant responsibility for a deadly 737 crash in 2009. The New York Times reviewed evidence that revealed strong parallels with recent 737 Max crashes. In the 2009 crash and in more recent crashes that killed 346 people, an automated command was triggered by… Read More


The mystery of the Fuel Dumping B777 continues. A week later, we’re are still wondering why the pilots of a Boeing 777 didn’t notify air-traffic control before dumping fuel over densely populated Los Angeles. If the pilots thought it was an emergency, then undoubtedly the crew will claim it was in the interest of safety.… Read More


History doesn’t repeat, but it does rhyme. Curtiss-Wright was a huge airframe, engine and propeller manufacturer. that made a PILE of money from WW II. After the war, they had about a hundred million dollars in cash in the bank that they didn’t know what to do with. The engineering management of the company was… Read More