Oddly, there is other news than Paul Manafort’s sentencing and the college admissions scandal. In a rare move Boeing grounded its 737 Max 8 model plane. It’s not unheard of. There have been a half dozen previous groundings of entire models, including the 787 Dreamliner and the DC-10. The most important revelation is that the Federal Aviation Administration does not think its role is to protect you from faulty aircraft designs.
The Federal Aviation Administration was created in 1958, the successor to the old Civil Aeronautics Administration, at the urging of the aircraft industry, to promote safety standards and instill confidence in flying. It has clearly failed, a victim of regulatory capture, i.e. being controlled by the industry it was intended to regulate.
Time for a major overhaul in the FAA.