Volume 26, Number 50b, December 18, 2019
Boeing Suspends 737 MAX Production
Boeing will “temporarily suspend production” of the 737 MAX in January as recertification issues drag on. Around 400 of the airliners have been built but not delivered since the grounding in March. The company trimmed production by 10 units a month (to a still heady 42) early in the crisis[…]   Read this article
Bill Harrelson Breaks Conrad’s Round-the-World Record
Almost 60 years after Max Conrad’s set a westbound around-the-world record, Bill Harrelson and his Lancair IV have broken it wide open. Completing the journey in five legs, Harrelson landed back in Ontario, CA, with a trip duration almost 20 hours ahead of Conrad’s Piper Aztec-flown record. All told, Harrelson[…]   Read this article
Stall Warning And Stick Shaker Active In SD PC-12 Crash
The stall warning and stick shaker were active almost immediately after liftoff in the Pilatus PC-12 that crashed soon after departure from the Chamberlain Municipal Airport in South Dakota in late November, according to the NTSB preliminary report released today. Of the 12 on board, eight perished, including the pilot,[…] Read this article

Market Study: 400,000 Air Taxis by 2040
In just two decades, there could be some 430,000 air taxis operating worldwide, according to industry analyst Frost & Sullivan. The company further predicts the push for so-called urban air mobility will emerge not from the U.S. or Europe, but from the Middle East, commencing in just two years. “The United[…] Read this article

Embraer Flies First E175-E2
Embraer successfully completed the first flight of its E175-E2 passenger jet last week, beginning a flight test campaign that is expected to last approximately 24 months. Thursday’s test flight, which took place at Embraer’s Faria Lima complex in São Paulo, Brazil, lasted two hours and 18 minutes. The E175-E2 is[…] Read this article

AVweb Flight Trial: Cirrus TRAC Trainer
Cirrus has had great success in retail high performance aircraft market, but now it hopes to break into the training segment with a new airplane called the TRAC. AVweb’s Paul Bertorelli recently flew with Ivy Mciver from Cirrus to wring the airplane out. Read this article

Aspen Evolution MAX Receives EASA Approval
Aspen Avionics has received European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval to sell its Evolution MAX series of primary flight and multi-function displays in EASA-regulated countries, according to a company announcement on Monday. MAX display features include GPS-aided AHRS, altitude intercept based on climb rate and font and window enlargement.[…] Read this article

Well It Finally Happened Zachary. I Landed Gear Up*
The shock of it all still hasn’t worn off. About things which can kill me, embarrass me or cost me a lot of money, I am obsessive in making sure they don’t happen. Yet there we were on the runway, with the gear switch in the retracted position. Oh, the[…] 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