Re: Negligent certification
In my view the FAA acted completely negligently in certifying the B737MAX aircraft system (including the manuals).
That's the problem. My understanding (could be wrong, anyone?) is that the FAA did not certify the 737 MAX. As far as representations from Boeing to the FAA are concerned, the 737 MAX is merely an improved 737, therefore should be considered a 737, and thus use the existing 737 certification. The FAA (and other countries equivalents also, though they may have been trusting the FAA's opinion and just blindly accepted it) accepted this. So from a flying certification perspective, the 737 MAX is a 737, and did not receive an separate certification.