Volume 28, Number 40c, October 1, 2021
GE Catalyst Completes First Flight
GE Aviation announced that the new Catalyst turboprop engine successfully completed its first flight on Thursday. The flight, which took off and landed at Germany’s Berlin Airport, lasted 1 hour and 40 minutes and used a Beechcraft King Air Flying[…]   Read this article
Summer’s Over, Go Home
Many are the disadvantages of being an adult. We eat kale, pretend to like PBS Newshour and file tax returns with no idea what we’re signing. On the upside, I can now buy that ‘68 Camaro I lusted after in[…]   Read this article
Bombardier Receives 20-Aircraft Challenger 3500 Order
Bombardier announced on Thursday that it has received a firm order for 20 Challenger 3500 business jets from an undisclosed customer. The deal, which is valued at $534 million, is the company’s largest business jet transaction so far this year.[…] Read this article

NTSB Dispatches Investigative Team To Oversee Recovery Of TransAir 737
A team of National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators is on its way to Hawaii to supervise the recovery of TransAir Flight 810, a Boeing 737-200 that ditched in the ocean on July 2. Both pilots were rescued by the[…] Read this article

First Start
My next-door hangar neighbor, GlaStar builder and KITPLANES® web manager, Omar Filipovic, had already cast his steely gaze upon the Titan IO-340 hanging from my GlaStar’s nose. A few days before “the event,” I had mechanic friend Will Steenrod pop over to[…] Read this article

Boeing Lands C-17 Sustainment Program Contract
The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded a performance-based logistics (PBL) contract to Boeing for the C-17 Globemaster III sustainment program. Activities covered by the contract will include engineering, field support and material management for the 275-aircraft C-17 fleet. Boeing[…] Read this article

CAP Concludes Ida Damage Assessment Mission
The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Louisiana Wing announced on Monday that it has completed its mission to photograph land- and waterways impacted by Hurricane Ida, which made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana, on Aug. 29 as a Category 4 storm.[…] Read this article

FAA, NASA Finish Air Traffic Management Software Testing
The FAA and NASA have wrapped up research and testing on software designed to minimize taxi delays and ease ramp congestion along with saving fuel and reducing carbon emissions. The new NASA-developed software capability, which is designed to calculate gate[…] Read this article