Volume 26, Number 51b, December 25, 2019
Boeing CEO Resigns
Dennis Muilenburg, embattled Boeing CEO who earlier this year was stripped of his place on the company’s board of directors, has stepped down. Muilenburg has faced withering criticism for the way he and Boeing handled the 737 MAX crisis.  Boeing said today that David Calhoun, current chair of Boeing’s board,[…]   Read this article
Bombardier Global 5500 & 6500 FAA Certified
Bombardier’s high-end bizjets have received their type certificates from the FAA, three months after getting their approval from Transport Canada. The Global 5500 and 6500 have also been approved by EASA in Europe, and the first airframes entered service in Canada this September. “This latest milestone is terrific news and[…]   Read this article
First Praetor 500 Delivered
Embraer announced the delivery of its first Praetor 500 midsize business jet to launch customer Flexjet on Monday. The aircraft is part of a $1.4 billion fleet agreement announced by the companies at the 2019 NBAA convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to Praetor 500s, the 64-aircraft agreement includes[…] Read this article

SkyCourier Prototype Gets Wings
Textron Aviation announced that it has successfully attached the wings to the fuselage of its first Cessna SkyCourier prototype. According to the company, landing gear and avionics ground testing for the twin-engine utility turboprop are also underway. The first flight of SkyCourier is expected to take place in 2020. “As[…] Read this article

And While We're Here...Empty the Checkbook.
One of those clear winter dawns, and the preheated 65-HP Continental engine popped awake on the first pull of the propeller blade. Standing in the prop blast (I hand-prop from behind) provided time to marvel at how my Aeronca Champ has been so reliable in our 37 years together. Plus,[…] Read this article

uAvionix skyBeacon: ADS-B In An Hour?
By Larry Anglisano
It’s said that the uAvionix skyBeacon ADS-B Out device is the easiest way to comply with the approaching 2020 ADS-B mandate, but how easy is it to install? To find out, Aviation Consumer Editor Larry Anglisano found an airplane that needed to be upgraded, found a competent A&P to install[…] Read this article

FAA Releases New Video For ADS-B ADAPT Program
With the ADS-B Out mandate a week away, there are still scores of aircraft not yet equipped—meaning they can’t legally fly in “rule” airspace after Jan. 1 without a waiver. Turns out, the waiver, part of the FAA’s ADS-B Deviation Authorization Preflight Tool (ADAPT) program, isn’t hard to get. But[…] Read this article

Short Final: Just Married
My son and daughter‑in‑law had just married. I set in motion a plan to surprise them during their flight back home. I got the frequency for Newark inbound flights at 16,000 feet from Albany Approach. I then contacted Boston Center for permission to contact United 139 for a personal message.[…] 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 cause on the NTSB’s website at www.ntsb.gov. Final reports appear[…] Read this article