Volume 27, Number 3b, January 15, 2020
Boeing Gets New CEO
David Calhoun officially took over as president and chief executive officer of The Boeing Company on Monday. Calhoun follows Dennis Muilenburg, who stepped down from the CEO position at the end of December amidst ongoing criticism for his handling of the problems surrounding the company’s grounded 737 MAX model. Upon[…]   Read this article
Delta 777 Dumps Fuel Over School (Updated)
A Delta Air Lines Boeing 777 dumped fuel that fell on a Los Angeles-area school as it returned to LAX after an “engine issue” today. The flight, headed for Shanghai, had an undisclosed engine issue after departure and had to dump fuel to achieve landing weight. Los Angeles County Fire[…]   Read this article
Buying Used: The GlaStar Homebuilt
This article originally appeared in our sister brand KITPLANES. It’s part of an ongoing series of articles written for pilots new to the Experimental/Amateur-Built world. Its purpose is to provide a good stepping off point for, shall we say, the homebuilt-curious. Designs to be covered in future installments include the[…] Read this article

BelugaXL Enters Service
The first of six A330-based BelugaXL mega freighters entered service today—enabling Airbus to carry ever larger aircraft parts for production and make children giggle the world over. Began in November 2014, the BelugaXL first flew in the summer of 2018 and received its EASA type certificate last November. Airbus says[…] Read this article

OPENER Names New Leadership
California-based OPENER has announced that Ben Diachun will be stepping into the role of Chief Executive Officer as the company moves toward bringing its BlackFly fixed-wing, all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) ultralight to market. The position of CEO was previously held by OPENER founder Marcus Leng, who will move[…] Read this article

Hybrid Airlander Moves Toward Production
After a challenging prototyping period, Hybrid Air Vehicles says it’s redesigned its inflatable airfoil called the Airlander 1 and has 10 prospective buyers as it moves toward certification and production. The prototype, a resurrection of a canceled U.S. military project, crashed on one of its early test flights and was[…] Read this article

The Pilot’s Lounge #150: Words To Fly By
It’s been unusually quiet in the pilot’s lounge at the virtual airport. We lost Old Hack last week. No, he wasn’t missing. I’m getting the words all wrong. We knew right where he was—in the long-term care facility where he’d been the last year or so—the place that he rudely[…] Read this article

Cirrus Vision Jet G2 Flight Trial
The $2.75 million Cirrus Vision Jet G2, for second-generation, remains in a class by itself because it’s the only certified single-engine turbofan-powered personal airplane, and it has the Cirrus CAPS whole-airplane parachute. For 2020, the Vision Jet has a few sizable changes including RVSM compliance for a 31,000-foot operating ceiling,[…] Read this article

Have We Reached Min MAX? Or Is It Max MAX?
The other week, my colleague, the stalwart Kate O’Connor, sent along a wry email: “I’m going to be writing about this for the rest of my life, aren’t I?” It was in reference to yet another development in the Boeing MAX story. You can hardly open a web browser without[…] Read this article