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Boeing addresses new 737 Max software issue that could keep plane grounded longer
January 17, 2020
January 17, 2020 8:45 PM EST
In this Dec. 16, 2019, file photo, an employee works near a Boeing 737 Max aircraft at Boeing's 737 Max production facility in Renton, Wash.Lindsey Wasson / REUTERS, File
WASHINGTON — Boeing Co said on Friday it is addressing a new software issue discovered in Iowa last weekend during a technical review of the proposed update to the grounded Boeing 737 Max, a development that could further delay the plane’s return to service.
“We are making necessary updates,” Boeing said in a statement. Officials at the planemaker said the issue relates to a software power-up monitoring function that verifies some system monitors are operating correctly.
One of the monitors was not being initiated correctly, officials said. The monitor check is prompted by a software command at airplane or system power up, and will set the appropriate indication if maintenance is required, company officials added.
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) did not immediately comment. ABC News reported the issue early Friday.
Boeing is halting production of the 737 Max this month following the grounding in March of its best-selling plane after two fatal crashes in five months killed 346 people.
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U.S. regulators are waiting for an update from Boeing on how they will resolve the issue. A U.S. official briefed on the matter said Friday the FAA is now unlikely to approve the plane’s return until March but it could take until April.
This week, American Airlines Group Inc and Southwest Airlines Co both said they would extend cancellations of Max flights until early June.
Also this month, the FAA and Boeing said they were reviewing a wiring issue that could potentially cause a short circuit on the grounded 737 Max. Officials said the review is looking at whether two bundles of wiring are too close together, which could lead to a short circuit and potentially result in a crash if pilots did not respond appropriately.
U.S. and European aviation safety regulators met with Boeing in an effort to complete a 737 Max software documentation audit that was begun in November. Documentation requirements are central to certification for increasingly complex aircraft software, and can become a source of delays.
Boeing May Not Restart 737 MAX Production Till Year-End After Pushing Back Plane’s Expected Return.
The thousands of workers who produce the 737 MAX put down their tools Monday as production halted at Boeing’s factory in Renton, Washington. It could well remain shut down through September, analysts say, and perhaps through the end of the year, following the company’s announcement that it doesn’t expect to receive approval from the FAA for its bestselling plane to return to service till the summer.
That promises to pile more stress on the most vulnerable of Boeing’s suppliers. For airlines, the delay in return to service means they likely will be without 737 MAX planes during the peak summer travel season.
Boeing said Tuesday in a statement that it was informing customers and suppliers that “we are currently estimating that the ungrounding of the 737 MAX will begin during mid-2020.” It said that estimate was based on the scrutiny regulators are applying to the 737 MAX's revised flight control system and the evaluation process to determine pilot training requirements following two crashes that killed 346 people.
The announcement came as a surprise to an industry that had generally expected that return to service could come in March or April.
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They look like bratwursts on the barbie in the photo.
A bit green, I admit.
Maybe that's the new name
737 Barbie!
New 737 MAX problems again.
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