Volume 28, Number 25c, June 18, 2021
Airbus, Cathay Pacific Developing Single-Pilot Long-Haul System
Airbus and Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific are developing a system designed to allow for single-pilot, long-haul passenger flights in the A350, according to a report from Reuters. Relying on an increase in cockpit automation, it has been suggested that the system will include features such as an emergency descent[…]   Read this article
VFR Towers Part Deux: Even Controllers Don't Agree
I sometimes like to affect a look of wide-eyed, engaged curiosity to hide my usual jaded seen-it-all worldliness so as not to appear too enthusiastic. I could probably work that sentence a little more but I’m sure you get the gist. But even I will admit to some surprise at[…]   Read this article
Biden Chooses 'Sully' As His Pick For ICAO Ambassador Post
On Tuesday June 15, President Biden named Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger as his pick for the position of ambassador to the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Sullenburger, who gained fame for his 2009 “Miracle on the Hudson” water landing, was one of nine nominees Biden announced for ambassador[…] Read this article

Smokin’: Buying 200 Knots For $200,000
Insert your favorite speed cliché here. One of the main reasons we love airplanes is that they go fast—and the faster the better. We post photos on social media of the GPS when riding a screaming tailwind and we agonize over the numbers when imprisoned in a headwind. And no[…] Read this article

Garmin Adds New Features And Capabilities To Its GI 275 Display
Garmin has upgraded its GI 275 electronic instrument with a supplemental type certificate (STC) adding a number of enhancements and new capabilities via a software update. With a compatible transponder such as the GTX 345, GTX 345R and GTX 45R, pilots can now control transponder squawk code settings, function, Ident and flight ID with the touchscreen GI 275. This[…] Read this article

EAA Announces Innovation Prize Grand Championship Finalists
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has announced the top five finalists for the Founder’s Innovation Prize Grand Championship, which will take place during AirVenture 2021 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The competition will feature top-ranked Innovation Prize contestants from 2016 through 2019, concentrating on how they have developed their ideas into “real[…] Read this article

System Outages Cause Cancellations, Delays At Southwest
Southwest Airlines canceled more than 550 flights on Tuesday after experiencing unspecified system issues that affected its operations across the country. The incident follows a Monday-night data outage linked back to a third-party weather provider that delayed over 1,450 of the airline’s flights. Southwest is investigating both issues, but does[…] Read this article