Volume 27, Number 4a, January 20, 2020
SpaceX Eyeing Manned Launch In April After Successful Test
SpaceX says it could send astronauts to the International Space Station as early as April after achieving the last major milestone of its Dragon manned capsule program on Sunday. The company fired off a Falcon 9 rocket topped with a crew capsule and tested the emergency escape system before blowing[…]   Read this article
They Shall Not Pass
It might’ve been old flight-school technology, but the unsung weather tool, HIWAS, is no more. The NOTAM announcing its passing read like a heartless obituary: “…outlet decommissioned Jan 8, 2020-permanent.” Permanent. So cold for a reliable friend that, frankly, few of us understood. HIWAS means (meant), Hazardous In-Flight Weather…um, something,[…]   Read this article
Closing Runway Will Increase Safety: Consultant
A consultant working for Chicago Executive Airport told a meeting last week that closing the busy facility’s crosswind runway will improve safety. Craig Louden, a project manager with infrastructure consultant Crawford, Murphy and Tilly Inc., told a room full of pilots at a meeting of the airport’s board of directors[…] Read this article

First Suits Launched In Delta Fuel Dump
The legal fallout from a Delta 777’s fuel dump over parts of Los Angeles last week has begun to pile up and the FAA has promised to “thoroughly investigate” the incident. The aircraft took off from LAX for Shanghai just before noon last Tuesday and on the tower tape the[…] Read this article

Bombardier Hints At Leaving Aviation Business
Bombardier said it may end its partnership with Airbus in the A220 airliner and hinted it could even sell its business jet division to pay off debt and prop up its sagging train business. The company cut its earnings projections for 2019 for the second time prompting a stock sell-off[…] Read this article

Committee Finds Proper Process Followed In MAX Certification
A government advisory committee tasked with investigating FAA aircraft certification procedures and the certification of the grounded 737 MAX 8 has found that the proper process was followed by Boeing and the FAA when certifying the MAX. The Special Committee to Review the Federal Aviation Administration’s Aircraft Certification Process also[…] Read this article

Mexico May Raffle Off Presidential 787
The government of Mexico is considering raffling off the presidential 787 Boeing Business Jet, with tickets selling at 500 pesos ($27) each. The aircraft, purchased by the previous government of Enrique Pena Nieto for $218 million, has an 80-seat executive configuration, including a presidential suite with bedroom and bathroom. It[…] Read this article

Top Letters And Comments, January 17, 2020
Airbus Autonomous Taxi, Takeoff And Landing Project Reaches Milestone I think the nagging feeling […] is that of the standardized mediocrity that comes with any process or product that is automated (or at least rigidly controlled). One example is that fine organization, MacDonald’s. They don’t make the worst hamburger in[…] Read this article

Industry Round-up, January 17, 2020
This week, AVweb’s news roundup uncovered reports on a new flight training device based on the Piper Archer TX, the acquisition of a general aviation accessory company and a new safety registration level for a private charter jet operator. One-G Simulation has announced its new Vero 28 flight training device[…] Read this article