Volume 26, Number 26c
July 5, 2019
Bombardier Launches Learjet 75 Liberty
Bombardier unveiled its newest light business jet, the Learjet 75 Liberty, on Tuesday. According to the company, the Part 25-certified jet will offer an executive suite, flat floor throughout the cabin and Gogo ATG 4G connectivity solution. The model will be assembled at Bombardier’s facility in Wichita, Kansas, and is[…]   Read this article
How Not to Be a Hero
I’m rarely stumped for things to write about in aviation although I‘m occasionally perched on the fence pondering what I might offer as amusement worthy of getting you through at least half a cup of coffee. Occasionally, readers nudge me as Scott Kordes did this week. “I’d like to read[…]   Read this article
Gulfstream G600 Certified
Gulfstream has announced that its G600 business jet received both its type and production certificates from the FAA last week. Gulfstream highlighted that the G600 is its third model to get its type and production certificates simultaneously after the G550 in 2003 and the G500 in 2018. G600 deliveries are[…]   Read this article
Boeing Sets Up Fund For MAX Crash Victims’ Families
Boeing has announced that it will be providing $100 million in funds “to address family and community needs” of people impacted by the fatal crashes of Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, both Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. According to the company, the money will go to support[…] Read this article

Airspeeder Racing Coming in 2020
Sydney-based Alauda is positioning its Airspeeder series as an aerial equivalent of Formula 1 car racing, with 10 quad- or octo-copters among five teams competing for a single championship. A combination of single-vehicle time trails and head-to-head competition are said to ensure a thrilling spectacle. While it hasn’t said as[…] Read this article

Blue Angels Get New “Fat Albert"
The U.S. Navy has announced a $29.7 million contract with United Kingdom Ministry of Defense (U.K. MOD) for a C-130J Super Hercules to serve as the Blue Angels Naval Flight Demonstration Squadron’s next “Fat Albert” logistics cargo plane. According to the U.S. Navy, acquiring a used aircraft to fill the[…] Read this article

NASA Orion Launch Abort Test Successful
NASA completed a successful test of the launch abort system (LAS) on its Orion spacecraft at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Tuesday. The Ascent Abort-2 (AA-2) test involved launching a test version of the Orion crew module on a modified Peacekeeper missile to an altitude of approximately 31,000[…] Read this article

Accident Probe: Lack Of Peer Pressure
When I was a student pilot, I was lucky to have some grizzled mentors. There were a lot of “do this” and “don’t do that” admonitions, a lot of tips regarding shortcuts and rules of thumb, plus some sage advice about decision-making. A lot of that advice could be broken[…] Read this article