Volume 27, Number 8b, February 19, 2020
Kobe Bryant Crash: Risk By The Numbers
Basketball star Kobe Bryant was killed in the crash of a chartered Sikorsky S-76B helicopter on Jan. 26, 2020. This high-profile crash, which killed his daughter Gianna and seven others, is causing a re-examination of how Part 135 helicopters are operated. In this video, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli examines the risks.   Read this article
SpaceX Launches 60 Sats, Dunks Another Booster
After a day’s delay, SpaceX successfully placed another 60 of its Starlink satellites into orbit, but it was unable to […]   Read this article
Garmin Updates Pilot App
A seamless transition from tablet to cockpit is the theme of Garmin’s updates to the Pilot app announced today. In […] Read this article

Garmin Further Expands GFC 500 Autopilot Applications
Garmin has added five Piper models and three variations of the Cessna 177 Cardinal to its STC list for the […] Read this article

Secondhand Safety: Homebuilt Risks for Non-Builder Pilots
There's only one thing wrong with "homebuilt" (Experimental/Amateur-Built) aircraft: They take so gosh-darn long to build. But a lot of people have found the ultimate "quickbuild" alternative: They buy homebuilts that are already flying. Read this article

Avionics Up 10 Percent In 2019, Tops $3 Billion: AEA
Although the year-on-year growth in aircraft avionics sales slowed in 2019, with an increase of 10.2 percent over 2018, that […] Read this article

The Rime of the Ancient Aviator
Are IFR skills forever? The scan might be, but the rest of it will likely need some work. Sometimes, it's all about the app. Read this article

F-117A Nighthawk For Sale (Sort Of)
Looking for the ultimate driveway ornament or something special for your local airport’s transient parking apron? Look no further than […] Read this article

Short Final: ATC Diplomacy
Air Traffic Controllers can be very diplomatic in nudging us toward use of proper phraseology. I overheard this recently transiting […] 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 […] Read this article