Volume 27, Number 5c, January 31, 2020
Boeing: MAX Costs To Exceed $18 Billion
Boeing lost money for the first time since 1997 in the wake of the 737 MAX crisis, the company reported today. Against a profit of $10.5 billion in 2018, Boeing says that it lost $636 million in 2019 as it looked for outside funding to help it weather the storm.[…]   Read this article
Charter Company In Bryant Crash Operated VFR-Only
Island Express, the aircraft charter company that owned the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter that impacted a hillside in Calabasas, California, on Sunday killing all nine people onboard including retired NBA star Kobe Bryant, is a VFR-only operation, according to information from the NTSB and a former company employee. As previously reported[…]   Read this article
Flying To All 50
Not long after the gas crunch of the late ’70s, I became aware of the buzz regarding a new homebuilt aircraft from this fella Burt Rutan. It was supposed to be ultra fuel efficient, unique in appearance, and built in an almost revolutionary way, sort of like a surfboard. With[…] Read this article

EAA Reaches Young Eagles Milestone
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has announced that its Young Eagles youth aviation education program hit a milestone this week, logging 2.2 million young people flown since its launch in 1992. EAA Young Eagles offers introductory flights to children and teenagers ages 8 to 17. The flights are provided at[…] Read this article

Qantas Opens New Flight Training Academy
Qantas announced the official opening of its new Pilot Academy flight training school in Toowoomba, Australia, on Wednesday. The airline says the academy has the capacity to train up to 250 pilots a year with the goal of building “a long-term talent pipeline” for Qantas, Jetstar and QantasLink. The first[…] Read this article

Leonardo Acquires Kopter
Italy-based aerospace company Leonardo has signed a contract to purchase Swiss OEM Kopter, the company announced at the 2020 HAI Heli-Expo in Anaheim, California, on Tuesday. Kopter is developing the clean-sheet SH09 single-engine helicopter, which flew for the first time in October 2014. According to Leonardo, the acquisition will replace[…] Read this article

AVweb’s Aerosearcher Marketplace Search Engine Expands
Aerosearcher, the free, multi-marketplace search engine available on AVweb, can now be accessed via the Marketplace blue button located on the far right top of the homepage. Clicking on the Marketplace button takes a visitor to three expanded search pages accessing over 300,000 GA parts and products, 20,000 airplanes and 50,000[…] Read this article

Short Final: Port Tank
I am both a pilot and a sailor. Not so long ago at an FBO, when signing in, they asked for instructions. Since I’d only used fuel from one tank my instructions were “top off the port tank.” When I came back, I noticed that the tank was still half[…] Read this article