Boeing has recently announced that it may be making history at the 2019 Paris Air Show in June. The aircraft manufacturer has taken a beating this year from a never-ending trail of controversy and implications from known 737 MAX defective aircraft design and malfunctioning MCAS software. Boeing’s brand has constantly been in the news and none of it has been for good reasons. First, there was an exposé about the defective and missing parts being installed by the untrained, non-unionized labor at their plant in South Carolina. Shortly after came the two Boeing 737 MAX crashes due to the intentionally defective crash prone design of ill-advised engine retrofitting and haphazard untested MCAS anti-crash software with purposely downgraded missing sensors onboard. This past week it has now been revealed that many defective parts were installed on many of the Boeing 737 MAX which is currently grounded until further notice worldwide.
Just when we thought the corporate greed, blatantly reckless Boeing safety actions, non-existent FAA oversight and lack of integrity could go no lower. Well, it just did once again. Boeing will now be rolling out a new horrifically irresponsible and unsafe one-man cockpit aircraft tentatively to be called the (NMA) Boeing 797. The second pilot will be a ground-based computer automated First Officer Pilot that will be in charge of several similar type aircraft should these ever be allowed FAA certification to fly in this manner. The New Midsize Airplane (NMA) Boeing 797 might be confirmed at the Paris Air Show in June 2019.
This is all about more of the never-ending dangerous “Race to the Bottom” these days in Aviation. It is also being done to address the looming Pilot shortage and for reducing the number of pilots from an airline’s payroll. It could save a company millions of dollars in salaries and training costs. A company press release stated that the technology to do this is still 10 years away but Boeing customers would find the capability “valuable. ”The NMA Boeing 797 is predicted to hold between 200 and 250 passengers but fly with the range of a larger plane. A plus-size variant could accommodate as many as 290 passengers. Boeing is now expected to choose between engines built by United Technologies unit Pratt & Whitney and CFM International, a General Electric joint venture with France’s Safran.
The million dollar question is whether the traveling public will accept even more computer automation in recent light where Boeing MCAS software automation failed and ended in the deaths of over 300 passengers. You must ask, “Would you trust your life or your loved ones to a company for even more computer automation for an aircraft including the removal of one human pilot from the flying equation?” I know my answer to that question. It would be a deafening and resounding NO! Not on your life would I ever accept a plane with only one onboard human pilot. It seems as though airlines have gone way too far and into the point of no return. There is a discussion of automated AI Robots in the lower cargo level galleys handling food service automation for future air travel. These AI Robots would be designed to replace Flight Attendants with foods being served into self serve holding compartments. Now there is a discussion of one pilot only. What is next? Self Flying Airplanes like Self Driving Cars. I will not be partaking in either of such ridiculous ill-advised scenarios should they ever come to fruition. We must band together and demand that the human element must remain onboard the aircraft. Once we hand our lives over to the machines then there is no turning back.
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