Volume 27, Number 47b, November 18, 2020
French Jetman Vince Reffet Killed In Training Accident
Vince Reffet, who wowed the world early this year with spectacular jetpack flights from a pier in Dubai, was killed in a training accident on Tuesday, according to his team. “It is with unimaginable sadness that we announce the passing of Jetman pilot, Vincent Reffet, who died this morning during[…]   Read this article
DeLand Cancels January Show, Resets For Fall
COVID-19 has taken down another regional airshow, as the DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase, which had already rescheduled from December to January, has made the “tough call” to further push back the event into fall of 2021. Specific dates have yet to be determined. “It’s been heartbreaking,” DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase[…]   Read this article
Experimental Aircraft Accidents Decline (UPDATED)
Despite a difficult month of September, the number of fatal accidents involving experimental aircraft fell over the last year. From Oct. 1, 2019 to Sept. 30, 2020, there were 44 fatal accidents. Six fatals involved experimental light sport aircraft, one each in racing and R&D categories, and four in the[…] Read this article

Boeing Forecasts 2,430 More Freighters Needed By 2039
Global freight operators will need approximately 2,430 additional aircraft over the next 20 years, according to Boeing’s biennial World Air Cargo Forecast (WACF). The company projects that the demand for additional aircraft will include 930 new freighters and 1,500 converted passenger aircraft. Boeing says the forecast was designed to reflect[…] Read this article

Alaska Jet Vs. Black Bear
An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 landing at Yakutat, Alaska, on Saturday struck and killed a black bear, one of two crossing the runway. According to reports, airport crews had “cleared the runway” some 10 minutes before the jet was to arrive and had noted no wildlife. The bears were seen[…] Read this article

Pilots Object To Reporting Requirements
Pilots are pushing back against the FAA’s proposal to expand recordkeeping under the Pilot Records Database (PRD) proposal that could include some Part 91 operators. The FAA received industry response to its NPRM this summer, but now a survey from NBAA and AOPA reveals that commercial pilots are also skeptical[…] Read this article

Wisk, NASA Partner On Autonomous Aircraft Integration
Urban air mobility (UAM) company Wisk has announced that it is partnering with NASA to explore the “safe integration of autonomous aircraft systems into Urban Air Mobility applications at a national level.” According to the company, its work will initially focus on safety scenarios related to autonomous flight and contingency[…] Read this article

Virtual Trade Show: Precision Flight Controls' New Sims
Continuing our series of Virtual Trade Shows, AVweb talks to Mike Altman at Precision Flight Controls whose fixed and motion-base simulators are well known in the aviation industry. The company is out with a new series of aircraft-specific sims and is working on VR-based simulation using goggles. Read this article

Got My Flying Car So Don’t Need No Stinkin’ BFR
As a kid relegated to the wayback in a 56 Plymouth wagon, I’d hang over the tailgate to watch the New Jersey Turnpike unroll beneath my imagination.  Inside my brain, permanently fogged with tetraethyly leaded exhaust fumes, the highway was a runway, and I was a B-17 tail gunner experiencing[…] 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 cause on the NTSB’s website at www.ntsb.gov. Final reports appear[…] Read this article

Short Final: Working Angry
I just recently ran across the WORXS 2 arrival into Greenville Spartanburg International airport. It includes the fixes: BESTT CNTLR EVRRR WORXS ANGRI TDAAY. I assume there’s a backstory to that arrival, but I have no idea what it is, or what the controller might be angry about… Philip Rash[…] Read this article