Volume 27, Number 5a, January 27, 2020
Kobe Bryant, Eight Others Killed In Helicopter Crash (Updated)
Retired NBA star Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among nine victims of a fatal helicopter crash near Los Angeles on Sunday. Bryant and the others were aboard a Sikorsky S-76 that went down on a wooded hillside in Calabasas about 9:47 a.m. local time. Initial reports said[…]   Read this article
Face Winter And Spit In Its Eye
In Peter Mayle’s 1989 memoir, A Year In Provence, a naïve British couple purchased a bargain home in France, unaware that it was cheap, because it faced north, away from the sun. That winter they learned how unwise their relationship with the Earth’s furnace 93 million miles away was. I[…]   Read this article
How Diamond Builds Composite Airplanes
Diamond Aircraft builds composite airplanes in two factories, one in Austria and one in London, Ontario. In this long-form video, AVweb’s Paul Bertorelli reports on how the Ontario plant turns out the DA40 single—both the Lycoming and Austro diesel versions—and the impressive DA62 twin. Read this article

Boeing, FAA Offer Differing MAX Timelines
Airlines got mixed messages about the return to service of the Boeing 737 MAX last week. Early in the week, Boeing said it was predicting the plane wouldn’t be ready for passengers until at least June. On Thursday, FAA Administrator Steve Dickson huddled with the CEOs of the U.S. airlines[…] Read this article

777X Flies
After waiting two days for better weather, Boeing took advantage of a brief break in the rain and high winds for the maiden flight of the 777X on Saturday. The aircraft was supposed to fly on Thursday but the test flight was rained out. Winds were too high on Friday[…] Read this article

Collings, FAA Reach Agreement On Possible Future Flights
The Collings Foundation is hopeful it will be able to resume passenger flights on its historic aircraft after the FAA finishes a review of its operations. The Collings B-17 Nine-Oh-Nine crashed at Bradley International Airport in Hartford, Connecticut, in October, killing seven and injuring another seven, including one person on[…] Read this article

Eviation Electric Aircraft Prototype Damaged In Testing Fire
Eviation Aircraft’s all-electric Alice commuter prototype caught fire during ground testing at Ernest A. Love Field (PRC) in Prescott, Arizona, on Wednesday evening. No injuries were reported in the incident, which took place at approximately 6:30 p.m. local time. According to a news release from the City of Prescott, the[…] Read this article

Laser Attack Caught On Police Video
A Florida man is facing a laundry list of charges after he allegedly pointed a laser at least four aircraft, including a police helicopter. Charlie Chapman Jr., 41, was apprehended at an industrial site near Bradenton-Sarasota Airport after several complaints from pilots. One of the pilots reported he was temporarily[…] Read this article

Twin Tigers Airshow Pilot, Passenger Killed In Crash
Airshow pilot Mark Nowosielski and his passenger Nathan Sorenson died in the crash of the Mustang II homebuilt they were flying in Coweta County, Georgia, on Saturday. Nowosielski was part of the Twin Tigers team with Mark Sorenson, who is Nathan’s father. The two had flown from Florida where it[…] Read this article

Top Letters And Comments, January 24, 2020
Pipistrel Ramps Up Electric Aircraft Production Muucho Kudos to Pipistrel. They recognized a legitimate aviation niche market, designed an airplane and power-plant combo to fill it, certified and built it, and are selling, building, and delivering those airplanes at a profit. No pie in the sky hype bolstered by virtual[…] Read this article

Industry Round-up, January 24, 2020
AVweb’s weekly news roundup found reports on a training award for a California-based FBO, the opening of a new flight school in Connecticut, development of a pilot assessment tool and a new PMA for an aircraft engine upgrade company. JATO Aviation has been named the 2019 North American Training Center[…] Read this article