Boeing 737 Max jets, like these parked Thursday at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, will be grounded until updated flight control software is installed, officials said. Boeing Co.'s 737 Max family of passenger jets could remain grounded in the U.S. at least through April, House lawmakers said Thursday after they were briefed by aviation regulators. Flights won't resume until the planes receive updated flight control software that Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration are racing to finalize, Pete DeFazio, the Oregon Democrat who chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Missouri Republican Sam Graves, that panel's ranking member, said after a briefing by FAA officials on Thursday. That process could last for six weeks or more depending on additional training needed for pilots, said Rep. Rick Larsen, the Democratic chairman of the panel's aviation subcommittee whose district includes Boeing's campus in Everett, Wash. "I know the software … [Read more...] about Software upgrade planned for jets
Could a timely software upgrade have prevented the death of 157 people aboard the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane that crashed on Sunday minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa en route to Nairobi? Indications are that Boeing has been working on the software changes in collaboration with the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) taking into account results of an investigation into the crash of an Indonesian Lion Air MAX 8 plane killing all 189 people aboard on October 29 last year.FAA said in a note on Monday that the software changes will be available to airlines from next month, according to media reports. The Ethiopian plane crashed six minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa in circumstances similar to that of a Lion Air aircraft that met with the accident 13 minutes into the flight after being airborne over Jakarta.Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the Indian aviation regulator, has ordered additional safety checks for MAX family aircraft that two private … [Read more...] about Could a software upgrade have prevented Ethiopia Airlines crash and saved 157 lives?
Jan 02, 5:51 AM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Technology By Corazon Victorino 01/02/19 AT 4:50 AM Google publicly released Android 9.0 Pie back in August, but to this day LG Electronics still hasn’t rolled out its version for any of its high-end devices. This is in spite of the fact that the company already has a Software Upgrade division in place. The Verge called out LG this week for its sluggish adoption of the latest Android OS. The news outlet is particularly disappointed by the idea that LG’s rollout of the Pie update is nowhere as efficient as other smartphone makers even though the South Korean brand has previously voiced its desire to concentrate on software over hardware. When LG launched its Software Upgrade division last year, the company proudly announced that its move to invest in software resources was brought about by its goal of extending the lifespan of its smartphones. As … [Read more...] about LG’s Software Upgrade Division Disappoints With Sluggish Android Pie Release
SEATTLE/PARIS - Boeing Co is weighing plans to launch a software upgrade for its 737 MAX in 6 to 8 weeks that would help address a scenario faced by the Lion Air crew during last month's deadly crash in Indonesia, two people briefed on the matter said on Thursday. Crash investigators are focusing on the possibility that a new anti-stall system that repeatedly pushed the Lion Air jetliner's nose down was being fed by erroneous data from a faulty sensor left in place after a previous hazardous flight. Boeing has said cockpit procedures that were applied on the previous flight are already in place to tackle such a problem, and that its 737 series remains safe to fly. But US regulators have said Boeing is also examining a possible software fix, after coming under fire for not outlining recent changes to the automated system in the manual for the 737 MAX, the latest version of its best-selling passenger jet. While plans for the possible fix are not final, Boeing's software upgrade could … [Read more...] about Boeing eyes Lion Air crash software upgrade in 6-8 weeks
SEATTLE/PARIS (Reuters) - Boeing Co (BA.N) is weighing plans to launch a software upgrade for its 737 MAX in six to eight weeks that would help address a scenario faced by the Lion Air crew during last month’s deadly crash in Indonesia, two people briefed on the matter said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: A Boeing 737 MAX 8 sits outside the hangar during a media tour of the Boeing 737 MAX at the Boeing plant in Renton, Washington December 8, 2015. REUTERS/Matt Mills McKnight/File Photo Crash investigators are focusing on the possibility that a new anti-stall system that repeatedly pushed the Lion Air jetliner’s nose down was being fed by erroneous data from a faulty sensor left in place after a previous hazardous flight. Boeing has said cockpit procedures that were applied on the previous flight are already in place to tackle such a problem, and that its 737 series remains safe to fly. But U.S. regulators have said Boeing is also examining a possible software fix, after … [Read more...] about Exclusive: Boeing eyes Lion Air crash software upgrade in 6-8 weeks