Trump shutdown part of delay in software update to 737 Max airplane

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Locutus

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CNN - excerpts:

The company's software update had initially been expected in early January, the Journal reported.

Citing people familiar with the details, the Journal reported that discussions between the FAA and Boeing about the software fix dragged on, in part because of "differences of opinion about technical and engineering issues."

Boeing and FAA officials also couldn't agree on how extensive the software enhancement should be, the newspaper reported. US officials also said the recent government shutdown, the longest in US history, delayed work on the update for five weeks, the Journal noted.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who sits on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation committee, said the shutdown "absolutely aggravated and exacerbated the failures of the FAA and insisted on a quicker time table for installing new software dealing with the sensors."

"This problem is not a technological equivalent of rocket science," the Connecticut Democrat told reporters on Capitol Hill Wednesday. "They had the new software. They knew of the problem with the sensors. The airline should be held accountable, but the FAA has a responsibility to act right away.

Full story:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/13/politics/boeing-737-max-8-software/index.html
 

SpoonJuly

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CNN - excerpts:

The company's software update had initially been expected in early January, the Journal reported.

Citing people familiar with the details, the Journal reported that discussions between the FAA and Boeing about the software fix dragged on, in part because of "differences of opinion about technical and engineering issues."

Boeing and FAA officials also couldn't agree on how extensive the software enhancement should be, the newspaper reported. US officials also said the recent government shutdown, the longest in US history, delayed work on the update for five weeks, the Journal noted.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who sits on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation committee, said the shutdown "absolutely aggravated and exacerbated the failures of the FAA and insisted on a quicker time table for installing new software dealing with the sensors."

"This problem is not a technological equivalent of rocket science," the Connecticut Democrat told reporters on Capitol Hill Wednesday. "They had the new software. They knew of the problem with the sensors. The airline should be held accountable, but the FAA has a responsibility to act right away.

Full story:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/13/politics/boeing-737-max-8-software/index.html
Well when I say the source I ignored the rest.
When was the last time CNN reported news and not opinion?
 

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Locutus

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Boeing, one of the world's largest aircraft manufacturers, also is one of the biggest players in the Washington influence game -- spending millions to lobby Congress and the executive branch each year.

Last year, Boeing's spending on lobbying topped $15.1 million, federal records show. The company ranks No. 10 in lobbying activity in Washington since 1998, according to a tally by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
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Further cementing the company's Capitol Hill ties, a former Boeing lobbyist now serves as staff director on the Senate's Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. The committee on Tuesday announced it would hold a hearing at a future date about aviation safety, following Sunday's deadly crash of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft on a flight from Ethiopia to Kenya.

John Keast, a former principal at Cornerstone Government Affairs, lobbied the House and Senate last year on Boeing's behalf, according to lobbying reports filed with the Senate. Boeing spent $200,000 last year with Cornerstone, a tiny fraction of its overall lobbying bill.

Keast has long-standing ties to the committee's chairman, GOP Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi. He previously served as Wicker's chief of staff in the US House of Representatives and managed Wicker's first successful House campaign, in 1994.

Wicker's aides indicated that Keast would work on aviation safety issues for the panel because his advocacy on behalf of Boeing focused narrowly on defense matters.

"While at Cornerstone Government Affairs, John Keast lobbied for a variety of clients including Boeing on defense issues only," Wicker spokeswoman Brianna Manzelli said in a statement to CNN.

She said Wicker "has personally been actively engaged" with the leadership of the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board on Sunday's accident.

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No collusion..