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With the fuselage plugs forward of the wing, would this mean the engines are closer to CG, therefore no need for MCAS?

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The fuselage length is immaterial. The problem of the Max series relates to the positions of the engines versus the wing, and their aerodynamic interference near the at high alpha. The amount of fuselage ahead of the wing or behind the wing is not a major factor here.

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The MAX 10 fuselage is also lengthened behind the wing:

In October 2016, Boeing's board of directors granted authority to offer the stretched variant with two extra fuselage sections forward and aft with a 3,100 nautical miles (3,600 mi; 5,700 km) range reduced from 3,300 nautical miles (3,800 mi; 6,100 km) of the -9.

Wikipedia: Boeing 737 MAX 10

Basically the center of gravity of MAX 7,8,9 and 10 is in the same location (range) in respect to the wing, or mean aerodynamic chord (MAC) of the wing to be more precise. As the engines are essentially the same in all MAX variants, and so is the location of them, the engine location from CoG is pretty much precisely the same.

The need for MCAS cannot be solely determined by CoG of MAX 10, as the longer fuselage may have some other effect on stability, but my personal guess is, some kind of maneuvering augmentation is necessary.

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    $\begingroup$ Wasn’t the entire point of MCAS to make the aircraft “feel” like the NG? Due to the engine configuration they had “easier stick forces” and therefore needed MCAS, so if the engines are not placed forward and up, then there’s no need for it? $\endgroup$ – Firefighter1 Jan 4 at 11:06
  • $\begingroup$ But the engines on all MAX versions are "forward and up" @Firefighter1 $\endgroup$ – Jpe61 Jan 4 at 11:29
  • $\begingroup$ i apologize, thanks for that. If the Max 10 is the Max 9 with a longer fuselage, wouldn’t that cross out the engine configuration? Doesn’t the new landing gear have a role in this as well? $\endgroup$ – Firefighter1 Jan 4 at 13:25
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    $\begingroup$ @Firefighter1 The new landing gear has no effect on engine location. It could have, but Bojong didn't want to invest in designing a new engine mount just for MAX 10. To be fair, that's understandable, saving on MCAS was not. $\endgroup$ – Jpe61 Jan 4 at 22:52

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