Volume 26, Number 25b
June 26, 2019
Mitsubishi Buys Bombardier’s CRJ Program
Bombardier is selling its CRJ program to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for $550 million. Mitsubishi will take over virtually all aspects of the program except manufacturing, which will remain with Bombardier until the backlog of orders, 42 of them, are fulfilled in mid-2020. Mitsubishi will take over marketing, maintenance, support and[…]   Read this article
Daher & Airbus' Hybrid Turboprop
Daher, Airbus and Safran announced they are teaming up to develop a “hybrid-propulsion” aircraft to fly in 2022. Based on a TBM airframe still fitted with a Pratt & Whitney PT6A turboprop, the video produced by Daher reveals six electric motors mounted to the leading edge of the wing. Safran[…]   Read this article
Icon A5 Flips On Water Landing
Both pilot and passenger suffered minor injuries after their Icon A5 flipped on landing at Okanagan Lake, West Kelowna, British Columbia. Police reports and post-crash video suggest that the Icon’s gear was extended for the water landing, likely to be the cause of the flip-over. According to local reports, Caeli[…]   Read this article
SpaceX Mission Launches 24 Satellites
SpaceX’s successful launch early Tuesday morning placed 24 satellites in three different orbits and marked the first time the Falcon Heavy side boosters had been reused. They had been part of the Arabsat-6A launch in April. According to SpaceX, “The Space and Missile Systems Center teamed with multiple commercial, national,[…] Read this article

Coming Back
Every so often I’ll get a casual inquiry from a “usta” pilot, someone who has a pilot’s license but hasn’t flown for a long time. Quite often, they’ll have an instrument rating and several hundreds, or even thousands, of hours of professed time. The conversation will start with “I used[…] Read this article

Dillingham Remains Closed After Skydive Crash
Dillingham Airport on Oahu’s north shore remains closed following the crash of a King Air 65-A90 that killed 11 people on Friday. NTSB investigators have arrived and have begun investigating the wreck site, the agency said Monday. “This is the deadliest accident involving a civil airplane in the United States[…] Read this article

General Aviation Accident Bulletin
AVweb’s General Aviation Accident Bulletin is taken from the pages of our sister publication,Aviation Safety magazine. All the reports listed here are preliminary and include only initial factual findings about crashes. You can learn more about the final probable cause on the NTSB’s website at www.ntsb.gov. Final reports appear about[…] 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

The National Intercollegiate Flight Association’s SAFECON competition, which normally rotates among prominent aviation colleges, is coming to Oshkosh for the first time next year. The competition, with more than 500 students from more than 30 schools participating, will take place May 18-23, 2020. “This competition brings together the nation’s top[…] 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