Volume 28, Number 22c, May 28, 2021
FAA Establishes Pilot Records Database
The FAA has adopted a rule establishing an electronic Pilot Records Database and requiring air carriers and some other operators to report pilots’ employment history, training and qualifications to that database. Along with FAA pilot certificate information, summaries of unsatisfactory pilot applications for new certificates or ratings and records of[…]   Read this article
What To Do About UFOs? Change The Name
In my (sometimes) fevered imagination, I can conjure tense meetings in a windowless government conference room where well-meaning functionaries and assistant sub-secretaries are arguing about who’s going to do it. “Well, I’m not doing it. You do it.” “I’m not doing it. You have to do it.” “No way. Someone[…]   Read this article
HondaJet Elite S Upgrade Introduced
Honda Aircraft Company unveiled an upgraded version of its HondaJet light business jet at a virtual launch event on Wednesday. The HondaJet Elite S will feature the addition of an aircraft communications, addressing and reporting system (ACARS), FAA DataComm and Com3 radio along with the newly introduced advanced steering augmentation[…] Read this article

PT6 E-Series Reaches 100-Engine Milestone
Pratt & Whitney Canada is celebrating the production of its 100th PT6 E-Series general aviation turboprop engine this week. The latest in a long line of PT6 models, the E-Series was launched in October 2019.  According to Pratt & Whitney, it is the first turboprop engine serving the general aviation[…] Read this article

Engine Break-In
By the time you read this, my Debonair should have a freshly overhauled engine holding down its nose. The story of how all that came to be is best told with a few adult beverages, but the bottom line is I will soon have a new hole in my wallet[…] Read this article

Air Force Awards Air Taxi Research Contract To EZ Aerospace
Transportation ecosystem management platform EZ Aerospace has announced that it will be looking into using on-demand air taxis to transport personnel and cargo between U.S. Air Force bases. The research and development work will be conducted under a recently awarded Air Force Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract. EZ Aerospace[…] Read this article

Airbus Delivers 100th A400M
Airbus has delivered its 100th A400M Atlas military turboprop, handing the aircraft over to the Spanish air force this week. Currently operated by eight countries, the model flew for the first time in December 2009 and officially entered service in 2014. Airbus also announced that the global A400M fleet recently[…] Read this article