News and notes from around the interweb:
- Boeing issued a safety bulletin for Boeing 737 MAX operators. Some of the coverage of this has been more than a bit overwrought. We do not yet know the cause of the Lion Air crash.
The operations-manual bulletin was issued Tuesday..and tells crew to use existing guidelines when dealing with erroneous inputs from the so-called angle of attack sensor. That sensor is intended to maintain air flow over a plane’s wings but if it malfunctions can lead to an aerodynamic stall — which can cause aircraft to abruptly dive.
…The bulletin is based on preliminary findings from the Lion Air disaster, a person familiar with the matter earlier told Bloomberg. Under some circumstances, such as when pilots are flying manually, the Max jets will automatically try to push down the nose if they detect that an aerodynamic stall is possible, the person said. One of the critical ways a plane determines if a stall is imminent is the angle of attack measurement.
- The weird things Qantas flight attendants have seen passengers do
- Australians don’t like priority boarding for military veterans they say it’s too American.
- A legislator in Norway wants to limit how many flights each person can take for the environment, natch.
- 15 years of Etihad of course they leave out all the cuts to what had been an amazing product.
- Love when flight attendants have fun with safety announcements.