How Safe Is the Boeing 737?
Viewpoint 2: "The Problem Can't Be Fixed Until It Is First Understood"
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.
Vince Massimini — an ATP, retired military pilot, and aviation consultant in Washington DC — feels that T. D. Ponder's approach to this issue is counterproductive. Massimini says that until the NTSB, FAA and Boeing are able to figure out the cause of the fatal 737 crashes at Colorado Springs and Pittsburgh, cries for action and anecdotal pilot stories don't do any good.