Volume 26, Number 50a, December 16, 2019
 
 
FAA Loses Air Traffic Routing Suit
The FAA has been handed a court ruling that could affect the way it routes air traffic over populated areas all over the country. A determined group of residents of Burien, a Seattle suburb about two miles west of Sea-Tac Airport, recently won a lawsuit over an operational change that[…]   Read this article
Well It Finally Happened Zachary. I Landed Gear Up*
The shock of it all still hasn’t worn off. About things which can kill me, embarrass me or cost me a lot of money, I am obsessive in making sure they don’t happen. Yet there we were on the runway, with the gear switch in the retracted position. Oh, the[…]   Read this article
AVweb Flight Trial: Cirrus TRAC Trainer
Cirrus has had great success in retail high performance aircraft market, but now it hopes to break into the training segment with a new airplane called the TRAC. AVweb’s Paul Bertorelli recently flew with Ivy Mciver from Cirrus to wring the airplane out. Read this article




FAA Adding 'Safety Division'
The FAA says it’s establishing a new “safety division” but says it has nothing to do with the Boeing 737 MAX.  The Washington Post first revealed the new department but the agency says it’s old news, part of a reorganization that began two years ago. “The FAA is constantly evolving[…] Read this article




China Pilot Jobs Dry Up Because Of MAX Grounding
The grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX has turned a pilot shortage in China into a pilot surplus for those qualified on 737s. A year ago, Chinese airlines were scrambling for pilots to help fuel the rapid growth of the industry in Asia and most of them were pinning that[…] Read this article




Qantas Selects A350 For Project Sunrise
Qantas has selected the Airbus A350-1000 for its Project Sunrise program, which aims to open regular, nonstop commercial routes from the east coast of Australia to ultra-long-haul destinations including London and New York. The airline has not yet put in an order for the aircraft, but says it is working[…] Read this article




Aerocar To Be Auctioned
Although it seems like every second story in aviation publications is about some variant of a flying car there is actually only one flying car in the world and it will be up for auction, with no reserve, in January. The 1954 Taylor Aerocar will go on the block at[…] Read this article




Top Letters And Comments, December 13, 2019
Retired Sabreliner Lives On While I think this is a great idea, it will most certainly not prepare future A&Ps for current technology in the field. It will certainly serve as a basic tool to gain interest from people and set the hook to become technicians. I don’t mean to[…] Read this article