Volume 28, Number 47a, November 15, 2021
Jammed Elevators Cited In Houston MD-87 Overrun
The actuators that move the elevators of a privately operated MD-87 that crashed at Houston Executive Airport Oct. 19 were jammed in the trailing edge down position and that made it impossible for the aircraft to take off. The NTSB[…]   Read this article
Airplane Sales Go Haywire
One staple of 1990s aviation journalism—a dubious one, I might add—is that used airplanes were appreciating so fast that if you bought one, the gains realized when you sold it would pay for it. In other words, if we tired[…]   Read this article
DeLand Sport Showcase: Pipistrel Velis Electric Trainer Debuts
Slovenian airplane maker Pipistrel certified the first commercial-use electric airplane last year and is finding some buyers in Europe. Even as the Velis model trickles into the U.S. on a demonstration basis, it’s not clear when it will be certified[…] Read this article

Customs Boat Happens On Crashed Aircraft
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers were in the right place at the right time to potentially save a pilot’s life off the coast of Florida on Friday. The federal agents were conducting a “maritime operation” when they came upon[…] Read this article

FAA To Start Vetting, Monitoring Boeing Inspectors
The FAA will start vetting the engineers Boeing designates as safety inspectors after the agency found many didn’t have the qualifications or experience needed to be effective in the job. In a letter of complaint to Boeing obtained by the[…] Read this article

DeLand Sport Showcase: Crowds Light, Industry Sales Strong
After a two-year COVID-caused hiatus, the DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase opened this week to off-and-on rain and light clouds. As with Sun ‘n Fun and AirVenture, exhibitors were also down slightly from 2019. But one thing that isn’t down is[…] Read this article

DeLand Sport Showcase: Simulator To Go
It’s always nice to see someone trying something new to make aviation affordable. That’s exactly what Navy veteran Andres Velarde is doing with his idea of a simulator on wheels. He can take it to you for training and recurrency[…] Read this article

Airbus 'Sold Out' Of A321neos
There are seemingly shortages of everything these days and Airbus says it’s now effectively sold out of A321neo airliners. U.S. private equity fund Indigo Partners placed an order for 255 of the aircraft on the opening day of the Dubai[…] Read this article

Blue Origin Passenger, Flight Instructor Killed In C172 Crash
Medidata Solutions co-founder Glen de Vries and flight instructor Thomas Fischer were killed in the crash of a Cessna 172 on Thursday. A private pilot with an instrument rating, de Vries, 49, travelled to space alongside actor William Shatner onboard[…] Read this article

Top Letters And Comments, November 12, 2021
Veterans Day: Thinking Past Thanks For Your Service Beautifully written, thoughtful piece, Paul. As you describe, my adding years is also one of those waypoints on the chart of life that just seems to allow for more mental space to[…] Read this article