Volume 26, Number 25c
June 28, 2019
FAA Finds Further MAX Risk (Updated)
The FAA has recently discovered another potential risk on the grounded 737 MAX that it is requiring Boeing to mitigate before the aircraft can be returned to service, according to a statement by the agency on Wednesday. The problem reportedly involves the speed at which a computer chip is processing[…]   Read this article
What's To Be Done About Skydiving Crashes?
Robert Crandall, the long-time CEO of American Airlines, once said the industry is always in the grip of its dumbest competitor. A corollary for GA—if there is one—is that the perception of safety is always set by the latest horrific accident. And it occurred in Hawaii last Friday when a[…]   Read this article
NASA Conducts RJ Crashworthiness Test
NASA and the FAA dropped a 33,000-pound Fokker F28 regional jet from more than 150 feet in the air as part of a crashworthiness test last week. Along for the ride were 24 crash dummies, designed to mimic a range of individuals from a 3-year-old child to a 273-pound adult.[…]   Read this article
Building A Dream (Plane)
From constructing play forts to rigging her little red wagon up to a self-propelled lawn mower for a wild ride down the street, pilot, writer and A&P Lisa Turner grew up with an interest in building things. It was an interest she chose to pursue—not a common path for a[…] Read this article

FAA Reviewing DPE Regulations
The FAA has given the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) the task of reviewing all policies and regulations related to designated pilot examiners (DPEs), according to a notice (PDF) issued by the agency last week. The action comes in response to Section 319 of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018,[…] Read this article

Garmin's New Turbine Engine Monitoring For G500/G600
Owners of Cessna 208s, TBM 700/850s and Piper Malibu JetPROP conversions can now get Garmin’s integrated Engine Indication System monitoring for the Pratt & Whitney PT6A engines in their aircraft. The new EIS is networked so the engine data can be viewed on connected G500 or G600 displays as well[…] Read this article

Kitty Hawk, Boeing Partner On Urban Air Mobility
Boeing and Kitty Hawk Corporation will be working together on “future efforts to advance safe urban air mobility,” the companies announced on Tuesday. The partnership will focus on Kitty Hawk’s Cora division, which is developing a two-person, all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi. As previously reported by AVweb,[…] Read this article

DJI Introduces High-Security Drone Solution
Drone manufacturer DJI introduced a data solution for its unmanned aircraft systems (UAS/drones) designed for use by government agencies in high-security situations on Monday. The company says the DJI Government Edition “ensures that drone data—including photos and videos captured during flight—never leave the drone and therefore can never be shared[…] Read this article