Volume 27, Number 45c, November 6, 2020
Blue Angels Hornets Make Final Flight
The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron conducted the last flight using its F/A-18 A/B/C/D Hornets on Wednesday. The aircraft, which the Blue Angels have flown for 34 years, will be replaced with F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets beginning with the team’s 2021 show season. The Hornets departed Florida’s Naval[…]   Read this article
Can A Computer Think Like A Pilot? It’s A Trivial Question
In the game of life and evolution there are three players at the table: human beings, nature and machines. I am firmly on the side of nature. But nature, I suspect, is on the side of the machines. –George Dyson, historian The other night I was watching an amusing program[…]   Read this article
Hill Helicopters Unveils New Turbine Engine
Hill Helicopters has introduced a new turbine engine design intended for use with its HX50 helicopter, which is also under development. According to the company, the GT50 engine will feature Hill’s FADEC system, a direct-drive starter-generator, redundant electrical engine ancillaries and a modular design. Weighing in at 200 pounds, it[…] Read this article

Pilatus PC-12 NGX FTD Receives FAA Approval
A new Level 6 Pilatus PC-12 NGX flight training device (FTD) built by Frasca International has been approved by the FAA, Pilatus announced on Wednesday. Earlier this summer, the first of the new FTDs was delivered to Simcom Aviation Training in Scottsdale, Arizona, where it has been undergoing evaluation by[…] Read this article

Arctic Flight
I gazed through the canopy‭ ‬at the‭ ‬dark mountains‭, ‬range upon range‭ ‬marching into the distance‭. ‬Even‭ ‬though it was August 9‭, ‬fresh snow‭ ‬dusted several ragged peaks‭. ‬Our little RV-9‭ ‬purred along beneath a layer of scattered clouds while below us steep scree and rock slopes descended sharply into[…] Read this article

FAA Issues Aircraft Interior Disinfection Safety Bulletin
The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) focusing on potential airworthiness implications of increased aircraft interior disinfection due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The bulletin emphasized that owners and operators should be aware of the potential negative impacts of disinfectants and make sure aircraft manufacturers’ disinfection guidelines[…] Read this article

Bombardier Apprenticeship Program Earns U.S. Accreditation
The Bombardier Aviation Apprenticeship Program (BAAP) has received its official U.S. Department of Labor registration, the company announced on Wednesday. The two-year program, which was launched in 2019, is conducted in partnership with Texas State Technical College. According to Bombardier, BAAP supports Global 7500 wing manufacturing work at its U.S.[…] Read this article