Volume 26, Number 26a
June 24, 2019
Pilots Launch Class Action Suit Over MAX
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation is reporting that a class action suit by more than 400 pilots has been launched against Boeing because of the 737 MAX grounding. The pilots allege an “unprecedented cover-up” of “known design flaws” in the MAX, which have caused them monetary loss and mental distress. The[…]   Read this article
Two Tragic Accidents And We're Arguing About Sim Time?
When the last human pilot exits the cockpit and the cockpit no longer even has a door for a human, we’ll still be arguing about the benefits of aircraft automation. For the time being, this much is true: There is general agreement that widespread automation is eroding pilot physical skills,[…]   Read this article
How Daher Builds the TBM Turboprop
Daher’s factory in Tarbes, France, is one of the most modern aerospace facilities in the world. In this long-form video, AVweb explains how they build the TBM turboprop.   Read this article
American Pilots Ask Boeing For Sim Time
American Airlines pilots have asked a second time for access to Boeing’s 737 MAX simulators after their first request, made through the airline, was rejected by Boeing. Dan Carey, the outgoing president of the Allied Pilots Association, appealed directly to Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg earlier this week, calling the training[…] Read this article

11 Dead In Hawaii Skydive Crash (Updated)
Eleven people were killed Friday night in the crash of a King Air 65-A90 aircraft flying a skydiving operation in Hawaii. The aircraft crashed about 6:30 p.m. on Oahu’s North Shore shortly after takeoff from Dillingham Airport and burned after impact. All 11 occupants were pronounced dead at the scene,[…] Read this article

Eviation Gets First Commercial Customer
Eviation Aircraft has announced that U.S.-based Cape Air will be the first commercial customer for its all-electric Alice aircraft. The agreement was described as a “double-digit purchase option” but the exact number of aircraft Cape Air is considering was not disclosed. Eviation displayed the first “fully operational” Alice at the[…] Read this article

'Flying Sucks' New Budget Carrier's Marketing Slogan Says
A startup Canadian budget airline has decided to promote itself with a marketing slogan that might sum up the ultra low-cost carrier experience. “Flying Sucks Less When You Pay Less” is how the self-described “rebellious” Canada Jetlines will try to lure customers away from the two already-established Canadian ULCCs (Swoop[…] Read this article

Administrative Error Costs Airline $1 Million
An apparent administrative error may have cost Brussels Air $1 million after a flight from Brussels to Washington, D.C., was turned around over the Atlantic. According to various forum sources (but not confirmed by the airline) the A330 involved was a recent acquisition and a last-minute replacement for the flight.[…] Read this article

Top Letters And Comments, June 21, 2019
Pilot Union Defends Ethiopian Pilots, Questions 737 MAX Cert Seriously? First, the one of the basic rules for flying an aircraft in an emergency is: Fly the Aircraft. The power remained in climb power throughout the emergency all the way until it crashed going well over VMO. The faster the[…] Read this article

Short Final: Rainy Days
One Sunday morning my home airport was forecast to have low clouds and drizzle until around 10 a.m., when the rain would stop. I got an early start to the airport to do some approaches before the clouds lifted. I check in with my sister on Sunday mornings, so this[…] Read this article