Volume 27, Number 2b, January 8, 2020
Boeing Recommends Sim Training for MAX
Backtracking on its previous indications, Boeing is now recommending simulator training for 737 MAX crews. In a statement, the company wants “simulator training in addition to computer-based training for all MAX pilots prior to return to service of the 737 MAX. This recommendation takes into account our unstinting commitment to[…]   Read this article
Mooney Employees Furloughed Again
Employees at Mooney’s Kerrville plant, furloughed on Nov. 11 and recalled in early December, are once again out of work. The Kerrville Daily Times is reporting that employees were told to “go home” today and that the company would not be giving them the two weeks of holiday pay they[…]   Read this article
Garmin Updates G3X Touch And G5 Features For Certified Aircraft
Garmin today rolled out features for certified versions of its G3X Touch and G5 electronic instruments that have been live in the experimental world for some time. In addition, Garmin has new approved display configurations for the large-scale G3X Touch screen for production aircraft.  The first new feature is wireless[…] Read this article

Hyundai, Uber Partner On Air Taxis
Hyundai and Uber announced a partnership aimed at developing air taxis for a “future aerial ride share network” at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Monday. As part of the announcement, the companies unveiled the Hyundai S-A1 Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) electric vertical takeoff and landing[…] Read this article

Carpe Propum! (Seize The Prop!)
Show of hands: How many know how to start an airplane’s piston engine without using an electric starter? Follow up: How many believe that starting an engine by pulling the razor-sharp propeller blade through by hand is the stupidest thing anyone can do short of wearing a Top Gun flight[…] Read this article

Podcast: Daher Sees Expansion Potential in Sandpoint, Idaho, Kodiak Factory
With growth in the single-engine turboprop market hard to come by, Daher nearly doubled its output with its acquisition of the Quest Aircraft Kodiak line in June 2019. As the two companies merge, Daher’s Nicolas Chabbert sees expansion opportunities in Kodiak’s Sandpoint factory. In this AVweb podcast recorded last month,[…] Read this article

Apprenticeship Program Earns Department Of Labor Approval
The U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration’s Office of Apprenticeship has approved an avionics technician apprenticeship program created by the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA). AEA’s program provides a competency-based occupational framework (CBOF) and covers “job titles and occupational pathways, related functions and performance criteria, as well as academic,[…] Read this article

Accident Probe: Flying The Big Engine
By the time a typical aircraft has a few years under its belt, it’s been modified from what rolled out of the factory. It might be additional or replacement avionics, a climb prop, vortex generators, auxiliary fuel tanks or a more powerful engine. It might be something relatively simple, like[…] Read this article

ADS-B: Just One More Thing...
In our last AVweb episode, we made a hash of explaining how you actually can fly under Class C airspace without ADS-B. This week’s video clarifies that using some unusual airspace east of Los Angeles. Read this article