[Themaintainers] Innovation Masking as Maintenance with Fatal Results

Roy, Michael D. mdroy at middlebury.edu
Mon Feb 4 18:11:23 EST 2019

In the NYTimes was a story of how innovation can be masked as
maintenance in order to save money. In this case, the results were
tragic. In "Behind the Lion Air Crash, a Trail of Decisions Kept
Pilots in the Dark"
) the reporters James Glanz, Julie Creswell, Thomas Kaplan and Zach
Wichter detail how Boeing launched a new airplane with major changes
to critical systems but convinced the FAA that this was just a minor
'upgrade' that would not require expensive re-training of pilots. It
is a well-reported story, with tons of geekery about the systems
involved in keeping our airplanes afloat. Well worth reading to
understand the interplay of commerce and regulation and national
competitiveness. .


Mike Roy
Dean of the Library
Middlebury College

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