Volume 28, Number 39a, September 20,, 2021
 
 
Criminal Charges Coming For MAX Chief Technical Pilot
Boeing’s former chief technical pilot on the 737 MAX is expected to be indicted on criminal charges in the next few days. The Wall Street Journal first reported Thursday that Mark Forkner, who left Boeing about two years ago, is[…]   Read this article
I'd Be More Inspired If It Was Me In The Seat (Updated)
Yeah, geez, I’m trying to get inspired here by Inspiration4, SpaceX’s latest launch. Call me crazy, or jaded or just thick as a mud fence, but it’s not coming. Maybe someone can help me peel the clouded scales from my[…]   Read this article
KITPLANES' Video: SubSonex Jet Flight
The word “accessible” and “jet aircraft” don’t belong in the same sentence, but the SubSonex mini-jet probably comes closest to the idea. In this video, KITPLANES editor at large Paul Dye take us on a flight in the SubSonex jet[…] Read this article




Inspiration4 Crew Splashes Down
SpaceX’s Resilience Crew Dragon capsule splashed down safely in the Atlantic off Cape Canaveral Saturday evening, capping a three-day orbital mission carrying an all-civilian crew. The Inspiration4 mission, with space rookies Commander Jared Isaacman, pilot Sian Proctor, medical officer Hayley Arceneaux[…] Read this article




Rolls-Royce Flies Electric Prototype
Rolls-Royce has flown its all-electric Spirit of Innovation aircraft and says it will embark on an intense testing program to validate its engineering projections. The sleek prototype took off from the U.K. Ministry of Defense’s Boscombe Down test facility on[…] Read this article




Military Plane Crashes In Texas Neighborhood (Updated)
Authorities responded Sunday morning to the crash of a Navy T-45 Goshawk in a residential neighborhood of Lake Worth, Texas. The Fort Worth Fire Department said three houses were damaged but there were no injuries on the ground. The aircraft[…] Read this article




United 737 Sidelined After Football Charter
A United Airlines Boeing 737-900 apparently had to be taken out of service after a strange ramp accident at Lewiston-Nez Perce Airport in Idaho on Friday. The airport doesn’t normally see full-sized airliners and there is speculation that might have[…] Read this article




Boeing To Build New MQ-25 Manufacturing Facility
Boeing has announced plans to build a new facility in Illinois to manufacture MQ-25 Stingray unmanned aerial refuelers for the U.S. Navy. The 300,000-square-foot factory, which is scheduled for completion in 2024, will be located at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport[…] Read this article




Top Letters And Comments, September 17, 2021
AOPA Weather Survey Shows Rising App Use I often find myself wondering how we did it before Foreflight. Lots of time with the calculator, chart, rulers and red pencil. Phone calls to 1-800-BRIEF and frantic note taking, all with superimposed[…] Read this article