Boeing 737 Max Cleared for Flight

Boeing 737 Max Cleared for Flight

December 30, 2020

On November 18, 2020, the FAA lifted the grounding order for Boeing’s 737 Max airplanes. After two fatal crashes, which were determined to be the result of flaws in a system software upgrade, the 737 Max has been grounded for about 20 months.

Southwest is the largest customer for the 737 Max (though not mentioned in the article, its entire fleet is comprised of 737 models).  34 completed aircraft are in “desert hibernation” in Victorville, CA, awaiting upgrades and FAA certification.  With the grounding order lifed, company mechanics are heading to Victorville to make the planes airworthy for travel to maintenance facilities for further work.

Although the planes were maintained in active storage, each one will require 280 hours of work and approved changes prior to this flight out of storage.

The bigger question is how customers will react.  Surveys indicate 25% are not comfortable flying the plane, so Southwest will allow penalty-free flight changes for those who choose to avoid this aircraft.

The Max is expected to enter revenue service in the second quarter of 2021.  In the meantime, 8,000 Southwest pilots will receive additional training including simulator time.


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Ready to Ration Care in Utah

Ready to Ration Care in Utah

 

After numerous warnings, Utah hospitals are preparing to ration care.

With soaring numbers of coronavirus cases, Utah hospitals have seen their ICUs reach dangerously high occupancy levels and have been forced to do the unthinkable: prepare to ration care. Under the Utah Crisis Standards of Care, protocols for deciding who gets ICU space or ventilators aim at doing the greatest good for the greatest number. In other words, some patients will have to be sacrificed to make room for others with better prospects of survival. It is hoped that the chilling guidelines will persuade Utahns to be more vigilant about limiting the spread of the virus.

 


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This post is based on The Salt Lake Tribune article, Utah’s Hospitals Prepare to Ration Care as a Record Number of Coronavirus Patients Flood Their ICUs, by E. Alberty and S.P. Means, October 25, 2020, and the YouTube video, A Utah Infectious Disease Doctor on His State’s Coronavirus Crisis , by PBS NewsHour, October 26, 2020. Image source: Pordee_Aomboon / Shutterstock.

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1. What are the factors contributing to the high occupancy rates of ICUs? Why is it difficult to Continue reading

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Creative Recipes to Help Restaurants this Winter

Creative Recipes to Help Restaurants this Winter

 

Restaurants made adjustments to reopen this summer. Now, they need to reinvent themselves.

So far, restaurants with outdoor spaces have been able to cope. With winter looming, the flexibility of their operations is being tested like never before. A myriad of solutions is being proposed to protect restaurants from financial disaster. Some involve technology or “remodels” of outdoor spaces, and others promote a completely new strategy with additional service lines. Many restaurateurs wonder how much they will need to invest to keep going and whether it is even worth it.

 


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This post is based on The Washington Post article, Outdoor Dining Has Helped Restaurants Avoid Disaster. But Winter Is Coming, by T. Carman, September 28, 2020, and the YouTube video, Winter Is Coming: Restaurant Owners Worry About Business Impact, by The Wall Street Journal, September 24, 2020. Image source: hatchapong / 123RF.

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1. What can restaurateurs do to make their indoor and outdoor spaces safe during the winter months? What is the downside of these investments?

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