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This isn't Boeing to end well: Plane maker to scrap some physical cert tests, use computer simulations instead



Simulating wing tests in a computer misses the whole point of the tests. We assume that they already used computer modelling to design the wings, so know that they won't snap in the computer. The point of a real physical test is to confirm that they actually handle the required load in real life, and that the computer model is not at fault.

Snapping real wings is obviously expensive, but considering a wings are an absolutely essential structural part of the aeroplane that it cannot fly without, and that they generate the lift that keeps the aircraft in the air, it does not seem an unreasonable precaution to insist on actually testing a real wing.

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