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Tue Sep 29, 2020, 04:23 PM

FAA administrator set to pilot 737 Max on Wednesday

Source: ABC News

The head of the Federal Aviation Administration is set to pilot the 737 Max Wednesday in Seattle -- a key step in the aircraft's eventual re-certification.

"I'm not going to sign off on this airplane until I fly it myself," FAA chief Steve Dickson has repeatedly said.

Dickson, a former pilot and executive at Delta Air Lines, will undergo the new proposed training for Max pilots before entering the cockpit.

The Boeing 737 Max has been grounded for over a year and a half after it was involved in two crashes that killed a total of 346 people.


Read more: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/faa-administrator-set-pilot-737-max-wednesday/story?id=73307860

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Reply FAA administrator set to pilot 737 Max on Wednesday (Original post)
brooklynite Sep 29 OP
James48 Sep 29 #1
keithbvadu2 Sep 29 #2
genxlib Sep 29 #3
bluescribbler Sep 29 #4
mn9driver Sep 29 #5
pdxflyboy Sep 29 #6
mn9driver Sep 29 #7
whistler162 Sep 30 #12
Happy Hoosier Oct 1 #13
Bengus81 Sep 29 #8
JohnnyRingo Sep 29 #9
ret5hd Sep 29 #10
SansACause Sep 29 #11

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Sep 29, 2020, 04:26 PM

1. It sure would be a bitch if he crashed it.

Best of luck to him.

I knew an FAA flight test pilot who wrecked an airplane by flipping it over in a bad landing on a grass runway. Luckily he survived, but the plane was destroyed.

FAA has to pay for it.

Oops .

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Sep 29, 2020, 04:39 PM

2. You can safely bet that the disable switch for the auto-pilot has been thoroughly tested already.

You can safely bet that the disable switch for the auto-pilot has been thoroughly tested already.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Sep 29, 2020, 04:50 PM

3. I approve of this

Now substitute 737 Max for COVID Vaccine.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Sep 29, 2020, 04:54 PM

4. Now that's what I call a public servant.

Putting his life on the line for public safety.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Sep 29, 2020, 05:01 PM

5. Grandstanding.

Iíve worked with Mr. Dixon. He prefers flying a desk to flying airplanes. Thereís nothing wrong with that, but he is certainly not an expert in evaluating the flight characteristics of any particular airliner and throughout his career he has shown little interest in actually flying for a living.

Perhaps he feels he hasnít been getting enough attention lately.

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Response to mn9driver (Reply #5)

Tue Sep 29, 2020, 05:09 PM

6. Hey mn9driver...

Iím with ya. Iíve known a few ďdesk jockeysĒ throughout my airline career. If they showed up in my flight deck to get flying in to stay minimally current, I had to keep a close eye on them for the entire flight. U know what I mean.

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Response to pdxflyboy (Reply #6)

Tue Sep 29, 2020, 06:05 PM

7. I've never fully understood what makes a management pilot tick.

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Response to mn9driver (Reply #5)

Wed Sep 30, 2020, 08:07 PM

12. That maybe the best type of pilot

to take it for a final or near to final re-evaluation. Someone with just the training like any other pilot who will be flying the 737.

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Response to mn9driver (Reply #5)

Thu Oct 1, 2020, 11:38 AM

13. It might be attention seeking....

Or it might just represent that he is willing put his own ass on the line, expressing his confidence in the system.

I'll go on the record in saying I think this risk has been somewhat overstated and more of a training issue than anything else.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Sep 29, 2020, 06:12 PM

8. Big woop...covering THEIR ass right along with Boeing

Seeing how the FAA basically let Boeing certify their OWN aircraft and then it started killing people.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Sep 29, 2020, 07:43 PM

9. I hope he knows how to fly.

You never know with a Trump appointee.
I'm surprised Trump himself isn't going to fly it. After all, who knows more about jet planes?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Sep 29, 2020, 08:03 PM

10. Hope they remembered to disable this:

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Sep 29, 2020, 11:51 PM

11. It was nice knowing ya!

I'm not sure the life insurance would even pay out on this.

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