Volume 28, Number 38c, September 17, 2021
All-Civilian Spaceflight Mission Launches
Called “the world’s first all-civilian human spaceflight mission to orbit,” Inspiration4 launched successfully from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at 8:02:56 p.m. EDT on Wednesday. The three-day orbital flight, which is using SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 launch vehicle, was[…]   Read this article
AOPA Weather Survey Shows Rising App Use
The number of pilots using aviation apps for getting preflight weather information continues to rise while calls to Flight Service specialists decrease, according to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s (AOPA) 2021 Weather Survey. The organization also found that less[…]   Read this article
I'd Be More Inspired If It Was Me In The Seat (Updated)
Yeah, geez, I’m trying to get inspired here by Inspiration4, SpaceX’s latest launch. Call me crazy, or jaded or just thick as a mud fence, but it’s not coming. Maybe someone can help me peel the clouded scales from my[…] Read this article

1,200 Attend First ASG Virtual Convention
More than 1,200 people signed on for Asian Sky Group’s first Virtual Exhibition & Conference (ASGVEC), which took place Sept. 14-16. Held on the GathR Virtual Studios Mytaverse platform, the virtual event space included four exhibit halls, special exhibit areas[…] Read this article

The Go/No-Go Decision
Over the years, I’ve cancelled several planned flights, answering the go/no-go question in the negative. Many other flights got rescheduled and were completed—either earlier or later than the original plan—while only a handful were attempted but never completed, at least[…] Read this article

NASA, Joby Complete eVTOL Flight Tests
The NASA Advanced Air Mobility National (AAM) Campaign team has wrapped up two weeks of flight testing on Joby Aviation’s prototype electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. The tests, which were the first to be conducted by NASA using[…] Read this article

EAA Ultralight And LSA Council Names New Chairman
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Ultralight and Light-Sport Aircraft (ULSAC) Council has named Jim Pfarr as its new chairman. A U.S. Air Force veteran with more than 1,300 hours of navigator time logged in C-130 and C-141 aircraft, Pfarr has[…] Read this article