Volume 28, Number 30b, July 21, 2021
Bezos And Blue Origin Team Break The Space Barrier
Billionaire Jeff Bezos, backed by the team at his company Blue Origin, achieved a life dream with today’s space flight. Accompanied by his brother Mark, teenager Oliver Daemen and early space pioneer Wally Funk (aged 82), the Amazon founder descended[…]   Read this article
Cirrus Unveils G2+ Vision Jet
The Cirrus Vision Jet is getting a 20 percent increase in takeoff performance with Tuesday’s launch of the G2+ version. In addition to the “newly optimized” thrust profile, the latest upgrade to the single-engine Vision Jet will also add Gogo[…]   Read this article
Investment Guru Questions The Economics Of Electric 19-Seaters
Virginia-based investment advisory company The Motley Fool (TMF) is recommending we don’t get too juiced up just yet on prospects for electric airliners. Citing United Airlines’ recent conditional (very conditional) commitments for Boom supersonic jets and a headline-grabbing 270-plane Boeing/Airbus[…] Read this article

AOPA Report Sings The Praises Of The BasicMed Initiative
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has released this report on the BasicMed initiative, saying it “has kept safe pilots flying and free from unnecessary red tape and delays over the past five years.” Based on NTSB data, the AOPA Air Safety[…] Read this article

Russia's Sukhoi Unveils A New Jet Fighter: President Putin Approves
Russian aircraft manufacturer Sukhoi unveiled a new jet fighter said to have comparable stealth capabilities comparable to the most advanced Western adversary aircraft. Dubbed “Checkmate,” the new aircraft was revealed Tuesday, July 20, at the MAKS-2021 International Aviation and Space[…] Read this article

General Aviation Accident Bulletin
AVweb’s General Aviation Accident Bulletin is taken from the pages of our sister publication, Aviation Safety magazine. All the reports listed here are preliminary and include only initial factual findings about crashes. You can learn more about the final probable[…] Read this article

FAA Opens Houston Space Safety Office
The FAA opened a new field office in Houston, Texas, on Monday designed to expand its oversight of commercial space operations in Texas and New Mexico. According to the agency, the Space Safety field office will allow it to more[…] Read this article

U.K. Spitfire Fanatic Builds A Replica, Mostly From Household Materials
David Price, 58, has constructed a model of a Supermarine Mark IX Spitfire. All the work was performed inside a tent in his backyard. The Carlisle, Cumbria (U.K.) resident used original wheels, a surplus canopy and some instruments from real[…] Read this article

Surf Air Mobility Signs Agreement For 150 Grand Caravans
Surf Air Mobility has signed a purchase agreement with Textron Aviation for up to 150 Cessna Grand Caravan EX single-engine turboprops. The initial order covers 100 aircraft with an option for an additional 50, all subject to Surf Air Mobility[…] Read this article

Short Final: POTUS TFR
In 2004, I was flying to Tampa Exec when George W. had a POTUS TFR centered at nearby Tampa International. The TFR had the usual no‑fly 10 NM inner ring. Depending on where you measure it from, the two airports[…] Read this article