Volume 28, Number 47b, November 17, 2021
Icon A5 Serves Well As A Rescue Plane For Ditched Mooney In Florida
When Genesah Duffy, chief pilot and senior director of flight operations for Icon Aircraft, took off for a return-to-service shakedown flight in one of the company’s A5 amphibians, she wasn’t expecting it to turn into an air-sea-rescue mission. With the[…]   Read this article
Sun ‘N Fun CEO To Retire After 2022 Expo
John “Lites” Leenhouts, president and CEO of the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) and the Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo (SNF), has announced plans to retire after Sun ‘n Fun 2022. Leenhouts has held the position for more than a[…]   Read this article
NTSB Lays Out Its Proposal For Investigating Commercial Space Crashes
Yesterday (Nov. 16), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) addressed the prospect of future commercial space accident investigations with a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published in the Federal Register. The NPRM is meant to solicit comments on the proposal from[…] Read this article

Garmin Testing GFC 500 Autopilot On Piper's Twin Comanche
Garmin has announced it is flight testing its GFC 500 autopilot on the first light twin aircraft, the PA-30/39 Twin Comanche. Designed for light piston aircraft, the digital GFC 500 includes self-monitoring features and requires far less maintenance than “older[…] Read this article

Bell 525 Relentless Test Flights Now Running On Sustainable Fuels
Bell Textron first incorporated sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) with its training and demonstration fleet in March, and today announced it made the first SAF-powered flight of its developmental Bell 525 Relentless helicopter over the past summer. Michael Thacker, executive vice-president[…] Read this article

Atlantic/Ross Merger Creates A 90-Strong U.S.-Caribbean FBO Network
Terms like “blockbuster” are just about cliches in referring to consolidations involving the FBO industry. But the union of Atlantic Aviation with Ross Aviation qualifies. And in this case, it is also true that personal relationships play a role. Jeffrey[…] Read this article

General Aviation Accident Bulletin
AVweb’s General Aviation Accident Bulletin is taken from the pages of our sister publication, Aviation Safety magazine. All the reports listed here are preliminary and include only initial factual findings about crashes. You can learn more about the final probable[…] Read this article

Short Final: Re-Entry
On one flight, with only a crew of three (no passengers) onboard the Global Express and light on fuel, I requested a climb to FL510 (max certified altitude) as none of us had ever been that high. We usually cruise[…] Read this article