Re: Avionics experts and the court of public opinion....
Is it prudent to ground the entire fleet?
I agree that the "jury is still out" and the cause of the latest accident has just started (and the press isn't helping).
Is it prudent to ground the entire 737 MAX? Yes and no.
No it is not because no one knows the cause of the latest accident. The trust in the aviation industry is on shaky grounds. Remember the SARS epidemic? A lot of airline executives are still haunted by it. Airline industry spend billions (combined) in PR and they don't want to waste all that money because the press & media are fanning the flames of how "unsafe" the 737 MAX is even without knowing the cause of this latest accident.
This is not a "stunt": If individual 737 MAX operators won't ground their planes voluntarily then passengers will fly with someone who doesn't have them. Now that is a nightmare no airline executive wants.