A Boeing employee weighing in via e-mail on the pretense his company was creating that no additional training was necessary for pilots on the redesigned Boeing 737MAX with its Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS). MCAS was the term used inside the company. Outside the company it was called “an addition to the existing speed-trim system.” With this duplicity, as one e-mail explained, there would not be “additional work due to training impacts and maintenance manual expansions.” Think additional costs and regulatory delays.
Boeing has responded to these e-mails by explaining that “sentiments expressed in these communications are totally unacceptable,” but that it the levels of training recommended were entirely appropriate.
New CEO, same spin.