The British Airline Pilot's Association does not like Boeing's proposed fix to the MCAS system, and I don't blame them:
The NPRM, published here, proposes various fixes to the 737 Max design, its software and procedures for pilots to follow in the event of a problem. One of those procedures includes disabling the airliner's automatic trim system, operated by MCAS when the software kicks in, and having the two pilots use a manual backup trim wheel instead of the aircraft's powerful electric motors.
BALPA said: "Requiring both crew members to turn the trim wheel simultaneously in a non-normal scenario is extremely undesirable and goes against all philosophies of having one pilot fly and one run the QRH[quick reference handbook: reading out the emergency checklist]. No flight control system should require both pilots to operate it at any stage, let alone in an emergency."
Holy cow, Boeing looks like they're trying to get an automated system as confusing and likely-to-kill-everybody-on-board as Airbus. Making both pilots do an emergency synchronized swim to keep from crashing sure seems suboptimal to me. And if you click through and read the whole article, it looks like the pilots tried something a lot like that in one of the crashes that did kill everyone.
Damn, I'm starting to think that I never want to fly on one of the damn things.