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What Really Brought Down the Boeing 737 Max?Malfunctions caused two deadly crashes. But an industry that puts unprepared pilots in the cockpit is just as guilty. (www.nytimes.com) More...
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The author of the article, William Langewiesche is a well-respected aviation journalist, pilot and author, and son of Wolfgang Langewiesche (who wrote "Stick and Rudder" in 1944 and still in print -- a bible to those of us who learnt to fly in the 60's and 70's.) A very credible article, written, as expected from the perspective of a stick-and-rudder pilot. IMHO, a very credible article written from the perspective, as expected, of a "stick and rudder" pilot.
On top of being a well-respected journalist, he's a very good author, and I particularly enjoyed Inside the Sky and Fly by Wire, both excellent reads!
So here we are what, 6 months into the grounding? As we maybe are nearing the end, after Boeing has been beaten like a rented mule (not necessarily undeserved), NOW it's time to address the elephant in the room regarding the pilots' lack of experience and training? Really?! This underscores everything that's wrong with media, esp American media, these days. Run with a narrative for months that only presents one side of a story, then when things have died down and people have already made up their minds quietly present the "other side". Welcome to modern "journalism" eh.
Last week, a couple who lost a loved one in one of the MAX crashes was featured on NPR. A secondary problem to the sensationalized, lacking journalism is the well-meaning but ill-informed family members pushing Congress (and other bodies) to act in ways that are not going to be productive in stopping more crashes. Tugging at the heart-strings of a legislative body eager to appear to be doing something is a great way to make bad legislation.
I suggest you find a better crop of news sources, Bob. The complex story has been well covered in many outlets.
I am not sure the number of news sources is quite as relevant as the reach of the most broadly-cast ones. I also do not think either of us -- who are higher-knowledge consumers of aviation news -- can generalize our media consumption habits to the larger populace of news consumers. I'm with Silent Bob here: most of the media coverage I have seen has been sensationalized and dubious in its accuracy. The reason William Langewiesche's article is so welcome and refreshing is that he cuts through a lot of the myths that have arisen about the plane, and replaces it with a far better representation of what probably happened.
Silent Bob, is not the New York Times part of the American media? They published this story, which raised pilot training as a major contributing factor to these accidents (just as you've suggested), and yet you complain about America media.