New and notes from around the interweb:
- Avoiding scam artists at home and abroad (HT: Marginal Revolution) And these 8 simple tips will keep you from falling for the most common scams around the world.
- Former Boeing official subpoenaed in 737 MAX probe won’t turn over documents, citing Fifth Amendment protection. The former Chief Technical Pilot on the MAX project is now a first officer at Southwest Airlines.
During the certification process, Forkner suggested to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that MCAS not be included in the pilot manual, according to previous Seattle Times reporting.
The FAA, after internal deliberations, agreed to keep MCAS out of the manual, reasoning that MCAS was software that operates in the background as part of the flight-control system, according to an official familiar with the discussions.
This seems weird to me, as a non-technical outside observer, since my understanding is that there are plenty of things in Airbus manuals about “software that operates in the background as part of the flight control system.”
- Arne Sorenson, who says our passport data was stolen in one of the world’s biggest data breaches because they were trying to make it easier for customers to book reservations, who says the loyalty integration debacle that became Marriott Bonvoy was just ‘noise around the edges’, and that resort fees are good for you has been named the 9th most innovative leader ahead of Sergey Brin and Larry Page who brought us Google.
- Door blows off of a Boeing 777X during stress tests (HT: Ken R.)
- Things aren’t great between EVA Air and flight attendants two months after their strike. The airline is suing union leaders seeking $1 million per day of the strike which they argue was illegal. They’re demanding concessions on scheduling in exchange for restoring flight benefits to cabin crew that walked out. EVA Air and cabin crew are back at the bargaining table September 11.
There really aren’t clean hands here on either side, the union held flight attendant passports to keep them from working during the strike.
- Heidi Klum on Nicole Richie’s inflight germaphobia