Volume 26, Number 28a
July 15, 2019
ADS-B Preflight Requirement Issued (Clarified)
Some pilots and operators will have another series of preflight checks to conduct when the ADS-B mandate kicks in on Jan. 1. The FAA says in a new policy statement it will be up to pilots and operators to make sure the gear will actually work along their predicted flight[…]   Read this article
Return To Hondo
Hondo, Texas, is on the edge of the Texas Hill Country about 40 miles due west of San Antonio. This time of year, it bakes under a summer sun that reliably drives the highs to more than 100 degrees. It’s not a place for delicate constitutions. I was in Hondo[…]   Read this article
Best of the Web: How Apollo Made It Home To Earth
Getting to the Moon was one thing, but NASA designers had to design a way to safely brake a capsule traveling at 36,000 feet per second without frying the spacecraft or crushing the crew. This NASA film posted by AIRBOYD explains how they did it.   Read this article
MAX Return Pushed Back Again
There appears to be widespread agreement that the Boeing 737 MAX won’t return to service until at least the early part of 2020 as regulators and the company struggle to come up with solutions to a variety of problems that have been flagged in the process to make the aircraft[…] Read this article

Hoverboard Eyed By French Military
Franky Zapata’s jet-powered hoverboard has progressed from the shaky-looking platform that wobbled over water only in its first flight to serious consideration for use by the French military. The former jet-skiing champion dressed up as a futuristic soldier, complete with rifle, for a dynamic performance in front of dignitaries that[…] Read this article

Pipistrels Training Future Air Force Pilots
The first airplane some new Air Force pilots will fly might be a Pipistrel Alpha trainer. The first cohort of 20 potential pilots, all of them either about to become USAF officers or freshly commissioned, completed a course that led to 17 them soloing the light sport aircraft. The new[…] Read this article

Team Sets Global Circumnavigation Speed Record
A multinational team of pilots, astronauts and aviation professionals completed their mission to set a new record for the fastest circumnavigation of the Earth via both poles on Thursday. Called One More Orbit, the mission was led by Action Aviation Chairman Capt. Hamish Harding of the U.K., astronaut and International[…] Read this article

ELT Signal Traced To Bar 'Ornament'
The bane of search and rescue personnel is the unintentional ELT activation but officials in Portland had to admit they were intrigued with the result of a three-day search for a bogus signal earlier this year. They found their quarry in the rafters of a brew pub after the ELT[…] Read this article

Top Letters And Comments, July 12, 2019
Flying to OSH Last year was only my second time flying the Oshkosh VFR arrival, so I’ll take everyone’s word that it was the worst they’d ever seen. And I’ll believe that too, because it was the craziest thing I’d ever seen and I’m surprised there weren’t any mid-airs because[…] Read this article

Industry Round-up, July 12, 2019
AVweb’s weekly news roundup uncovered reports of a training fleet expansion at Blue Line Aviation, the 13th annual electric aircraft symposium at Oshkosh, a new passenger record at Munich Airport, Cargogate’s 45th anniversary celebration, and a discount program for the SayWeather automated airport weather reporting system. North Carolina-based flight training[…] Read this article

Short Final: Feathered Dangers
We were on a training flight to Ramona Airport. The ceiling was 3000 broken on a gorgeous winter day in San Diego. We heard the tower talking to an aircraft departing the pattern: Tower: “Caution. Birds, westbound 700 feet.” A few minutes later we heard: Tower: “Those birds are geese[…] Read this article