Volume 26, Number 24c
June 14, 2019
MAX Return Expected By December
FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety Ali Bahrami has indicated that the grounded 737 MAX will likely return to service in the U.S. by December, according to Bloomberg. Bahrami, speaking in an interview on Wednesday, reportedly emphasized that no timeline has yet been committed to. His remarks echo similar comments[…]   Read this article
Uber Elevate: Pick A Fantasy
Wait. What? These things aren’t flying cars. They just aren’t. Or are they? This is the little argument I had with myself yesterday while covering the Uber Elevate Summit in Washington, D.C., via remote streaming. During his introduction, Nikhil Goel, Uber’s head of product for Elevate, referred to these new[…]   Read this article
Garmin Co-Founder Dead At 81
Garmin co-founder and chairman emeritus Gary Burrell passed away on Wednesday at the age of 81. Burrell and Min Kao founded the company in 1989 with the idea of creating products that used then-emergent GPS technology. After his retirement in 2002, Burrell served as Garmin’s co-chairman until being named Chairman[…]   Read this article
Daher Acquires Quest
French aircraft manufacturer Daher announced on Thursday that it is acquiring Quest Aircraft Company. Quest, which is based in Sandpoint, Idaho, manufactures the Kodiak 100 single-engine, 10-seat turboprop. According to Daher, the acquisition will reinforce its manufacturing capabilities and expand its position in the general and business aviation segments by[…] Read this article

Electric Aircraft: Battery Life Just As Important As Capacity
Battery limitations continue to stunt the potential of electric aircraft, but Uber is betting that current technology is good enough to make urban air mobility workable now and will only improve as the vehicles mature. At this week’s Uber Elevate Summit in Washington, D.C., the company’s Mark Moore said battery[…] Read this article

Podcast: The Lafayette Escadrille
The Humanus Documentary Films Foundation is working on a World War I documentary that follows the story of the Lafayette Escadrille, a group of young American pilots who volunteered to fly for France at the beginning of the First World War. In this podcast, filmmakers Darroch Greer and Paul Glenshaw[…] Read this article

Boeing eVTOL Prototype Crashes
Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Science’s autonomous Passenger Air Vehicle (PAV) electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) prototype crashed during its fifth test flight, company spokespeople told several news outlets at the Uber Elevate Summit this week. No one was injured in the accident—the PAV was flying unmanned—and no damage beyond[…] Read this article

NASA Opens ISS To Commercial Missions
NASA has announced that it is opening the International Space Station (ISS) to commercial businesses. To qualify for a spot on the ISS, the agency says commercial activities must show that they require the station’s unique microgravity environment, have a connection to NASA’s mission or support the development of a[…] Read this article

Plans Finalized For New CTLS Factory
CTLS and CTLSi light sport aircraft (LSA) manufacturer AeroJones Aviation Technology Company has announced that it is finalizing plans for a new manufacturing facility adjacent to Dalu General Airport in Zhenjiang, China. The company, which currently operates out of a facility in Xiamen, says the new factory will provide direct[…] Read this article