Re: ... the FAA's statutory mandate to "promote" the aviation industry
> Complex engineering systems don't work like that, FFS!
As an engineer, I'll say they absolutely can and do. There's thousands of different makes and models of vehicle on the road. They are, for the most part, complex and well-engineered. With a little effort someone who's driven one can drive another, because while they may be significantly different in terms of performance and features, operation is fairly standard.
This was not a failure of engineering per-se, but rather an attempt to engineer a way around regulations -- and instead of stopping it dead in its tracks as the industry authority on such matters should have, they allowed it and a bunch of aluminum pancakes resulted.