How Safe Is the Boeing 737?
Viewpoint 1: "The FAA Should Fix the Airplane, Not the Pilots!"
POINT AND COUNTERPOINT. The FAA issued an Airworthiness Directive mandating special crew training for Boeing 737 pilots in the event of a rudder system malfunction, and subsequently issued another A.D. requiring various modifications to the 737's rudder system.
In an article written after the crew training A.D. was issued but before the rudder system A.D. was announced, T. D. Ponder — a 10,000-hour ATP from Birmingham Alabama — wrote a guest editorial to say the plane should be fixed, not the pilots, and to solicit input from 737 pilots who have experienced rudder system anomalies.