Volume 26, Number 27c
July 12, 2019
FAA Administrator Nominee Advanced For Senate Vote
Members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation voted 14-12 along party lines in favor of former Delta Air Lines executive Stephen Dickson becoming the next administrator of the FAA on Wednesday. Dickson was nominated for the position last March. As previously reported by AVweb, the nomination[…]   Read this article
Apollo Memories: Where Were You?
On a hot July night 50 years ago this month, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were poised to make the most momentous landing in the history of aviation. Yet flying at 5300 feet per second 50,000 feet above the lunar surface, neither felt nor heard a thing, so gentle was[…]   Read this article
Gatwick Flights Suspended For ATC Systems Failure (Updated)
All flights at London Gatwick Airport (LGW) were suspended after problems arose with the airport’s air traffic control systems on Wednesday. It has been reported that the issue stemmed from tower computer systems. A total of 26 flights were diverted during the two-hour outage, with an estimated 95 flights cancelled[…]   Read this article
The Pilot’s Lounge #147: Pilots Fly To OSH
I’d stepped into the pilot’s lounge at the virtual airport after finishing up with my last student of the day. I didn’t think anyone was still in the building and I wanted to make sure the coffee maker was off—it has a tendency to create enough smoke to fog the[…] Read this article

Safety Team Warns Of Rise In Fatal Helicopter Accidents
The helicopter industry has seen a surge in fatal accidents during the first six months of 2019, according to the United States Helicopter Safety Team (USHST). The organization says that 15 fatal accidents resulting in 27 fatalities have occurred between January and June, putting the industry on a trajectory for[…] Read this article

Sonex To Offer Two-Place Jet Kit
Sonex Aircraft has announced that it is developing a two-seat version of its SubSonex JSX-2 jet. According to the company, the SubSonex JSX-2T will have similar wing loading and handling to the single-seat version. The JSX-2T will offer side-by-side seating, an estimated cruise speed of greater than 200 mph (174[…] Read this article

FAA Approves Tamarack AMOC
Tamarack Aerospace announced that the FAA has approved an alternative method of compliance (AMOC) that will return Cessna CitationJets equipped with the company’s active load alleviation system (ATLAS) winglets to service once “all existing product improvements” have been incorporated. The modifications, which are described in EASA Service Bulletin SB1480, include[…] Read this article

Engine Failure Causes Delta Emergency Landing
Delta Flight 1425 was forced to make an emergency landing after experiencing and engine failure on Monday. In addition to the flight crew, 148 passengers were onboard the MD-88, which was bound for Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI). The aircraft was able to land safely at North Carolina’s Raleigh-Durham International Airport[…] Read this article