Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System



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The Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) is a flight envelope protection system developed for the Boeing 737 MAX to provide similar handling qualities to previous versions. To prevent aerodynamic stall conditions, it lowers the nose without pilot action when it determines the aircraft pitch attitude is too nose-high, based on input from airspeed, altitude and angle of attack (AoA) sensors. The MCAS came under scrutiny after the fatal crashes of Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 which resulted in the 2019 Boeing 737 MAX groundings.

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