Volume 26, Number 25a
June 17, 2019
Boeing Admits To 'Mistake' In Handling MAX Issues (Corrected)
Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg told reporters on Sunday that the company made a “mistake” in not immediately telling regulators, pilots and airlines about the problems it was having with the angle of attack disagree warning on the Boeing 737 MAX. It only worked if the customer bought an AOA cockpit[…]   Read this article
The Dreaded Online CFI Renewal
I took my first FAA written test in the early 1970s. In those days, there were no on-line assets, such as the FARs, or AIM, or anything else, because there was no internet. Imagine that. The only way to read a book back then was to actually buy or borrow[…]   Read this article
Best of the Web: How To Survive A Tree Landing
How do you survive landing an airplane in a tree? Fly it as slow as it will go and carry three ways to summon help. That worked pretty well for 79-year-old John Gregory of McCall, Idaho. The flight training site flym8.com summarized the crash in this Best of the Web[…]   Read this article
757 Heavily Damaged In Newark Landing Mishap
The runway incident that briefly closed Newark Liberty Airport is now being termed a hard landing that may have written off the United Boeing 757-200 involved. The aircraft was on a flight from Denver with 166 people on board when it bounced on landing and porpoised, coming down hard on[…] Read this article

Pilot Unconscious Before Citation Crash
It would appear pilot incapacitation was behind the fatal crash of a Cessna Citation in the Atlantic 300 miles east of Fort Lauderdale on May 24. The aircraft inexplicably changed course while on a delivery flight from Alton, Illinois, to Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. The preliminary report from the NTSB[…] Read this article

Stratolaunch Price Tag $400,000,000
The asking price for Stratolaunch, the enormous aircraft intended to launch commercial rockets, has reportedly been set at $400,000,000, including all the facilities, equipment and intellectual property, according to CNBC. Stratolaunch has not commented on the report. The company, owned by the late Paul Allen’s holding company Vulcan, had intended[…] Read this article

Airbus Tests 'Flapping' Wingtips
Airbus is testing a scale model of an A321 with “flapping” wingtips it says may lead to lighter and less draggy wing designs. The AlbatrossOne remote control aircraft has been fitted with semi-aeroelastic hinges on the wingtips. The hinges allow the tips to move in response to wind gusts and[…] Read this article

Mitsubishi Rebrands MRJ
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has announced that it has given its MRJ aircraft family the “commercial” name SpaceJet. The SpaceJet M90, formerly the MRJ90, began certification flight test activities in the U.S. in March and the company opened a new U.S. headquarters in Renton, Washington, last May. Mitsubishi plans to begin[…] Read this article

Industry Round-up, June 14, 2019
AVweb’s news roundup found reports on a new addition to a pay-per-use flight simulator program, a free connectivity webinar and the opening of a pilot supply shop. Seattle-based one-G Simulation has announced that its Foundation 1000 Cessna 172 G1000-based flight simulator is now available on a pay-per-use basis through the[…] Read this article

Short Final: Say Parking
A while ago, I was flying into Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan, as a student pilot when I was cleared to land. Bishop Tower: “Cessna 1234, cleared to land 18.” Me: “Cessna 1234, cleared to land 18.” Bishop Tower: “Cessna 1234, contact ground 121.9.” Me: “Cessna 1234, contact ground[…] Read this article

Zean Nielsen Is Cirrus Aircraft’s New CEO
Cirrus Aircraft has announced that Zean Nielsen  will succeed company co-founder Dale Klapmeier as CEO. Nielsen comes with an impressive resume, including “senior leadership roles” at Tesla Motors, James Hardie and Bang & Olufsen. “I am honored and humbled to join this team of experienced general aviation leaders and a[…] Read this article

Administrative Error Costs Airline $1 Million
An apparent administrative error may have cost Brussels Air $1 million after a flight from Brussels to Washington, D.C., was turned around over the Atlantic. According to various forum sources (but not confirmed by the airline) the A330 involved was a recent acquisition and a last-minute replacement for the flight.[…] Read this article