Volume 28, Number 24b, June 9, 2021
Icon Stockholders Sue To Block Alleged Illegal Technology Transfer to China
A consortium of some 35 minority Icon Aircraft shareholders has filed suit to block what it says is illegal transfer of technology to China by majority shareholder Pudong Science and Technology Investment Inc. (PDSTI). The minority group includes former Icon board member and former Boeing CEO Phil Condit, as well[…]   Read this article
Boeing CEO Addresses Decision To Drop Support For Aerion
As the sun sets on Aerion’s hopes for a new generation of supersonic business jets, Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun answered questions about the company’s investment in the AS2, and why it had decided to withdraw support for the supersonic aircraft developer. Speaking at the June 3 Alliance Bernstein 37th Annual[…]   Read this article
Boeing, Navy Complete First Aerial Refueling With Drone Tanker
Boeing and the U.S. Navy successfully refueled an airborne F/A-18 Super Hornet with an MQ-25 Stingray unmanned aircraft system (UAS/drone) last Friday. The demonstration is the first-ever air-to-air refueling to be conducted using a UAS tanker to supply a crewed aircraft. According to Boeing, the test aircraft flew 25 flights[…] Read this article

New Air Force/Space Force Program Explores Using Rockets For Cargo
While most of the attention thrown on SpaceX’s reusable rockets is directed at the moon and planets, an Earthier role could turn out to be pivotal in further developing the technology. The Air Force Rocket Cargo Initiative, a new partnership between the U.S. Air Force and the Space Force, will[…] Read this article

Garmin Updates Its FltPlan SMS With Simplified Reporting Structure
Garmin has announced updates to the FltPlan safety management system (SMS), now including enhanced reports that make it easier for flight crews and ground personnel to report items that add risks or hazards. A simplified user interface provides a step-by-step process for collecting essential information and gives safety managers a[…] Read this article

Airline Hiring Expected To Surge As Leisure Travel Leads the Recovery
With a focus on pilots and flight attendants, the three largest U.S. airlines have opened their purse strings and started recruiting. According to Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants, more than 20,000 new jobs will open up in the next two years, bringing the total employment up[…] Read this article

Great Niece To Celebrate Centenary Of Bessie Coleman's Pilot License
On June 15, Gigi Coleman, great niece of legendary aviator Bessie Coleman, will be at the EAA Aviation Museum dressed in vintage aviation attire to celebrate the 100-year anniversary, to the day, of Bessie earning her pilot’s license. Bessie Coleman was both the first African-American woman and first Native American—man[…] Read this article

Accident Probe: Mountain Madness
Most of my mountain-flying experience comes from frequent trips across or parallel with the Appalachian range in the eastern U.S. I’ve flown my share of trips to Las Vegas and California, though, and at least since an episode over North Carolina in a 160-hp Skyhawk, I’ve always tried to plan[…] Read this article

Short Final: Please Stay On The Line
We are based at Witham Field, Stuart, Florida. Stuart is a fairly busy airport, located in southeast Florida between Palm Beach and Vero Beach. It is also a port of entry, and there is a large flight school located here. On this particular day, the weather was picture perfect for[…] Read this article