Volume 26, Number 26a
July 1, 2019
10 Dead In Texas King Air Crash (Updated)
Local officials in Addison, Texas, have confirmed that all 10 people aboard died in the crash of a King Air 350 Sunday morning. The aircraft was taking off from the airport near Dallas when it struck a hangar and caught fire. There were no people in the hangar but at[…]   Read this article
Rudders? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Rudders
As the only U.S. citizen in Iowa who’s over 35 and not running for president, I have the freedom and civic responsibility to bring up delicate topics and speak, perhaps too frankly, about their effects on all our lives. One aviation topic was not even alluded to in this year’s[…]   Read this article
Best Of The Web: How A Radial Engine Goes Together
Ever wonder how a radial engine goes together, especially how those seven or nine connecting rods all merge at the crankshaft? Grab some coffee and sit through this master class video by Dan Cabral and you’ll find out. Carbral is a product design engineer and used Keyshot to render this[…]   Read this article
Textron Service Letter Affects Cardinals, Centurions
Some Cessna 177 and 210 owners will need an immediate inspection of the spar that holds their wings on after Textron reported potential corrosion and subsequent cracking problems on some aircraft. The company issued a mandatory service letter requiring inspection and repair of the carry-thru spar on the aircraft. The[…] Read this article

Boeing Outsourced Coding For $9 An Hour
Bloomberg is reporting that Boeing outsourced coding of software on the Boeing 737 MAX to engineers who were paid as little as $9 an hour. The company and some of its suppliers laid off their own engineers in favor of subcontracting coding work to offshore companies in a cost-saving move[…] Read this article

Wheels Ground Off On United A319
A United A319 crew had their hands full on Saturday after the brakes on the left main gear apparently locked up either as they were taking off from La Guardia or shortly after. According to the Aviation Herals, they diverted immediately to Newark instead of taking the 128 passengers and[…] Read this article

NASA Restores Apollo Mission Control Center
NASA officially reopened the newly restored Apollo Mission Control Center at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, on Friday. In time to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, the historic center has been restored to appear as it did during that time[…] Read this article

Video: Fighter Jettisons Bombs, Tanks After Bird Strike
A massive explosion rocked an Indian air force base on Friday and it was Indian ordnance that triggered the blast. An IAF Jaguar fighter took off from Ambala AFS (Haryana) and a few hundred feet off the runway it went through a flock of birds. One of the two engines[…] Read this article

Top Letters And Comments, June 28, 2019
Automation And The Boeing 737 MAX It is clear to me, there is a basic disconnect by designers/engineering/manufacturing, with the art of flying. Automation is supposed to augment or replace hand-flying. To accomplish that, the design team has to clearly understand flying. Not only from the basic lift/thrust/drag/gravity, but how[…] Read this article

Short Final: How To Get To HEVVN
Just off the shore of northwest Florida, in the Gulf of Mexico, is HEVVN, an oft‑used fix for pilots crossing the Gulf from the southern U.S. over to Florida. I was recently in Alabama and heard this exchange with Atlanta Center: Center: “Citation 456, Atlanta. To what fix are you[…] Read this article

Garmin's New Turbine Engine Monitoring For G500/G600
Owners of Cessna 208s, TBM 700/850s and Piper Malibu JetPROP conversions can now get Garmin’s integrated Engine Indication System monitoring for the Pratt & Whitney PT6A engines in their aircraft. The new EIS is networked so the engine data can be viewed on connected G500 or G600 displays as well[…] Read this article