Volume 26, Number 23a
June 5, 2019
Best Of The Web: D-Day Doll In Normandy
As part of AVweb’s coverage of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, we’re sweeping the web for informative videos about the event and the participating aircraft. This video by the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force tells the story of D-Day Doll.   Read this article
AVweb Normandy Visit: Gliders Of D-Day
The combat glider was an integral part of Operation Neptune, the airborne component of Operation Overlord, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this week in Normandy. In this video shot in 2017, AVweb’s Paul Bertorelli explains the critical role gliders played in the Normandy operation.   Read this article
That’s All, Palimpsest
It’s unpronounceable so don’t even try. Palimpsest means something reused or altered but still bears traces of an earlier form.  Commonly applied to ancient manuscripts when Roman publishers were too stingy to buy new parchment and forced authors to write over Cicero’s remainders. Et mortuus est, et nos non petendam[…]   Read this article
EAA: Rutan To Be Celebrated At Oshkosh
Burt Rutan will be celebrated and heard at Oshkosh this year. And if that sounds nothing like news, consider he hasn’t been an active participant since 2015. This year, though, Burt will take part in a Theater in the Woods event on Thursday and have three daytime forums during the[…] Read this article

KLM to Fund Development of “Flying-V” Airliner
It seems likely that Boeing or Airbus will continue to dominate large-airliner design, but not if KLM has anything to do with it. The Dutch national airline announced that it is helping fund the development of the Flying-V, a lifting-body-esque flying wing aircraft designed by Delft University of Technology student[…] Read this article

Horten HX-2 Flying Wing To Make U.S. Debut At Oshkosh
You can’t leave all the unusual aircraft to Burt Rutan. So there’s the Horten HX-2 flying wing, which is slated to make its US debut at Oshkosh this summer. Powered by a Rotax 912 of 100 HP, the HX-2 is described as a “highly modern economical two-seat tailless light aircraft[…] Read this article

Zean Nielsen Is Cirrus Aircraft’s New CEO
Cirrus Aircraft has announced that Zean Nielsen  will succeed company co-founder Dale Klapmeier as CEO. Nielsen comes with an impressive resume, including “senior leadership roles” at Tesla Motors, James Hardie and Bang & Olufsen. “I am honored and humbled to join this team of experienced general aviation leaders and a[…] Read this article

Bell Jet Ranger X Cleared To 22,500 Feet
Testing in Nepal has allowed Bell Helicopter to approve the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to 22,500 feet density altitude. Certified in 2017, the five-seat 505 uses a single 504-shaft-horsepower Turbomeca Arrius 2R with FADEC to drive a two-blade, “high-inertia” rotor.  “The Bell 505 is the most advanced short light[…] Read this article

FAA Warns Bonanza Owners Of Potential Control Cable Failures
The FAA’s FAASTeam published a safety notification this week echoing concerns outlined by the American Bonanza Society in January. The intention was to ensure all Bonanza owners were aware of the potential problem.  In short, ABS reported that control cables were failing at the swaged ends where they meet with[…] Read this article