CLEVELAND, Ohio — President Trump’s initial response to the second crash of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 was to complain on twitter that airplanes have become too complex.
“Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly. Pilots are no longer needed, but rather computer scientists from MIT. I see it all the time in many products. Always seeking to go one unnecessary step further, when often old and simpler is far better.”
“”Split second decisions are needed, and the complexity creates danger. All of this for great cost yet very little gain. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want Albert Einstein to be my pilot, I want great flying professionals that are allowed to easily and quickly take control over a plane,” Trump tweeted Tuesday.
Trump’s first response should have been to order the grounding of the aircrafts, not tweet about them. Instead of taking the lead , Trump and the FAA followed the lead of other nations that have stopped trusting the judgement of Trump and the FAA on such matters.
In general, records show that as aircraft tech has advanced and improved, so has flight safety.
Trump’s comments on airplane tech fits with his reputation for be a long standing proud luddite. The President is such a luddite, he likely doesn’t even know what the word means. If he did, he would produce red “Make Being a Luddite Great Again” ball caps, topped with a toy propeller.
Just imagine what anti-tech Trump will have his Space Force flying.
Coming up Sunday, my take on Beto O’Rourke’s entry into the 2020 presidential race.