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The 737-MAX has now been grounded by the FAA

Things aren’t looking good for Boeing and specifically the 737-MAX series. They have now been grounded by the FAA.

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In related news it appears that pilots have been complaining for some time that the flight manual is insufficient for the MAX 8, and that the control systems have behaved in unexpected ways. It appears that some pilots have had problems gaining altitude after takeoff as the MAX 8 is trying to keep the nose down. There have been at least five voluntary reports to NASA regarding incidents with the MAX 8. NASA acts as a neutral third party for pilots to report incidents to. Unfortunately it appears that the FAA does not do an adequate job of collecting and analyzing the voluntary reports that NASA collects.

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