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The ancient computers in the Boeing 737 Max are holding up a fix

Every 737 Max has two flight control computers with the same processing power as ... the Super Nintendo. ( More...

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paul trubits 1
That is still much more powerful than the computers they used to send people to the moon and back.
yatesd 2
The difference being that NASA never tried to make those computers do something outside the limits they were designed for.
Highflyer1950 5
You mean like re-write the checklist in order to power up the command module without a voltage/amperage spike. I think maybe everyone is missing the point here, the system MCAS worked as was never tested for the (what if,) single source anomalies that could activate it. Secondly, a runaway down trim if not corrected/disconnected by memory checklist (let’s say the crew never touched the trim cut-out switches) items coild have resulted in the same outcome?
Highflyer1950 5
could. On another note for those on here who never made their living flying a commercial aircraft.......if it takes longer than 4 seconds to recognize an engine or flight control problem in the take-off or landing phase of flight........The TRI/TRE will send you back for further training until you can! An EICAS system or Comparator warning indicator may involve longer times while running a lengthy in-depth checklist but generally the “killer” items are by memory followed by challenge/response actions. I have found a higher level of understanding of the aircraft one is typed on within major flag carriers than with start ups who rely mainly on rented/leased equipment and crews who come and go? It wasn’t that long ago that startups, LCC would hire their senior, just hired contract pilots to get flying while they sent low paid local hires to get trained, sometimes twice and then they would come back and teach what they just themselves learned. To me anyway, it’s like a photocopy of a photocopy of a photocopy that no longer resembles the original? sorry for the kind of rant! couped up too long.
airuphere 2
Amen. Well said.


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