Volume 28, Number 19c, May 7, 2021
Dassault Unveils Falcon 10X
Dassault Aviation officially introduced its new ultra-long-range Falcon 10X twin-engine business jet on Thursday. The Falcon 10X is expected to have a range of 7500 NM, top speed of Mach 0.925 and maximum altitude of 51,000 feet. It will feature Dassault’s next-generation digital flight control system, FalconEye combined vision system[…]   Read this article
Hey, That Carb Heat's Not Right
I was thinking the other day that I’ve come to view social media as sort of like four busy Unicom frequencies continuously splattering each other until the occasional legible word breaks through. Then I realized I’ve always thought that, just more so now. But the legible word did break through[…]   Read this article
SpaceX Lands Starship Prototype
SpaceX wrapped up the fifth high-altitude flight test of its Starship prototype with a successful landing on Wednesday evening. The prototype used for Wednesday’s flight, SN15, is the first to avoid what SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has termed “rapid unscheduled disassembly” during testing. While the testing procedure was similar to[…] Read this article

Wisk, Blade To Partner On Air Taxi Ops
Air taxi developer Wisk Aero has announced plans to provide up to 30 electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for short-distance routes in Blade Urban Air Mobility’s U.S. network. Pending certification of its eVTOL design, Wisk says the aircraft will be chartered by Blade while being owned, operated and[…] Read this article

Pilot Deviations
Simply fly long enough and you’ll eventually make a boneheaded or innocent mistake that gets in ATC’s way. Those may say a Pilot Deviation (PD) is where they “screwed up” or “ATC is blaming me for…” I’ve personally heard it put in many different—often creative—ways; I should keep a list.[…] Read this article

FAA To Host Second Virtual UAS Symposium
The FAA has announced that it will be hosting a second virtual edition of its two-part unmanned aircraft systems (UAS/drone) symposium later this year. The first segment of the symposium, called Episode III, is scheduled to take place on June 9-10 followed by Episode IV on Sept. 14-15. As previously[…] Read this article

Boeing To Expand 737-800BCF Conversion Capacity
Boeing announced on Wednesday that it has partnered with Costa Rica-based maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) company Cooperativa Autogestionaria de Servicios Aeroindustriales (COOPESA) to expand conversion capacity for the 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF). As part of the agreement, Boeing and COOPESA will open two lines for converting 737-800 passenger[…] Read this article