Volume 27, Number 6a, February 3, 2020
Kobe Bryant Crash Reignites TAWS, FDR And CVR Discussion
At its final press conference briefing in the Kobe Bryant fatal helicopter crash last week, the NTSB’s Jennifer Homendy reminded reporters that the FAA failed to act on two safety recommendations that would have required Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems (TAWs) and both flight data and cockpit voice recorders for[…]   Read this article
Common Sense vs. E- Everything
When then 15-year-old Greta Thunberg gave a face and a voice to the Fridays For Future movement in August of 2018, climate change was already a passionately discussed topic around the globe. What followed as the global movement gained momentum can be described as a historical miracle of modern times.[…]   Read this article
Video: Sensenich Prop Overhaul Shop
There’s a reason why propellers are recommended for overhaul by service hours and calendar time, but they’re often one of the most neglected systems on the aircraft. In this video, Aviation Consumer editor Larry Anglisano tours Sensenich Propeller Services in Gainesville, Georgia, to see how it’s done. Read this article

Wire Chafing Checks Recommended After EMB 175 Crew Briefly Loses Pitch Control
The NTSB has issued recommendations to the FAA and National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil to order checks for wire chafing on the pitch trim controls of Embraer E-series aircraft after an incident in Atlanta in November. The crew of a Republic Airlines EMB-175 lost pitch trim control shortly after[…] Read this article

Environmental Groups Target Aviation Emissions
Two major environmental groups have given the EPA six months to take action against pollution caused by aircraft or face a lawsuit. The Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Earth announced the potential legal action, saying the EPA issued a determination in 2016 that aircraft emissions are a[…] Read this article

FAA, EASA Argue Over MAX Wiring Issue
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the FAA and EASA are at odds over a potential wiring issue that was flagged during ongoing review of certification procedures on the Boeing 737 MAX. Boeing recently alerted the FAA that a wiring bundle for tail section controls on the MAX and[…] Read this article

Embraer Introduces Upgraded Phenom 300E
Embraer announced an upgraded version of its Phenom 300E business jet on Friday. According to the company, the Phenom 300E now offers a top speed of Mach 0.80 and increased range of 2,010 NM (3,724 km). An avionics upgrade includes a runway overrun awareness and alerting system, predictive wind shear,[…] Read this article

'Airplane Effect Snow' Dusts O'Hare, Midway
The world’s sixth busiest airport (by passenger traffic) actually created its own weather last week with a phenomenon known as “airplane effect snow” dropping a dusting of the white stuff over the airport and surrounding area last week. ABC 7 reported that meteorological conditions lined up to create the band[…] Read this article

Top Letters And Comments, January 31, 2020
Kobe Bryant, Eight Others Killed In Helicopter Crash Unfortunately, and tragically, the accident investigation in this crash will likely yield a rather mundane result – pilot disorientation and CFIT. Aeronautically there may not be much to learn. Even the motivation of choosing to launch into marginal conditions after weighing the[…] Read this article

Industry Round-up, January 31, 2020
This week, AVweb’s news roundup found reports on upcoming battery STC kits for helicopters, advanced satellite-derived radar technology from a weather solutions provider and the opening of a new office for an aviation insurance agency. True Blue Power’s main ship batteries have been selected by Airwolf Aerospace for a series[…] Read this article