Volume 28, Number 22a, May 24, 2021
Cash-Short Aerion Supersonic Closes
Aerion Supersonic has closed shop because the millions it had so far raised from investors, plus the contributions of its billionaire owner, wasn’t going to be enough to bring its AS2 supersonic business jet to market. “The AS2 supersonic business jet program meets all market, technical, regulatory and sustainability requirements and[…]   Read this article
Logbook Entries: Fact, Fiction Or Fantasy?
Once again in an egregious snub, the Nobel prize for literature did not go to an aviation novel, such as Rick Durden’s “The Old Man And The Seaplane,” about an aging CFI’s lone struggle against an enormous walleye on a lake up in Michigan. Not aviation’s first rejection from the[…]   Read this article
How Ferry Pilot Margrit Waltz Completed 900 Ocean Crossings
When an airplane has to be moved across a continent or an entire ocean, ferry pilots have to be ready to fly on a moment’s notice. And ferry pilot Margrit Waltz has done a lot of that flying, recently completing her 900th over-ocean crossing in a factory-new TBM 940, one[…] Read this article

Belarus Forces Airliner Carrying Dissident To Divert
A Belarus air force MiG-29 escorted a Ryanair Boeing 737 to Minsk where one of the current president’s leading critics was arrested. Ryanair said the crew of its scheduled flight from Athens to Vilnius, Lithuania, was contacted by Belarus authorities warning of a “potential security threat on board” and ordered[…] Read this article

Virgin Galactic Hits Space From New Mexico
Virgin Galactic got back in the manned space launch business Saturday with the successful flight and recovery of its VSS Unity manned vehicle. The craft, carried by its jet aircraft mothership Eve, took off from Spaceport America in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and was released at 44,000 feet. It rocketed[…] Read this article

High Altitude Drone Encounter Prompts FBI Investigation
The FBI has joined the hunt for the operator of some kind of high-performance drone that flew “dangerously close” to a Customs and Border Protection helicopter over southern Arizona last Feb. 9. According to report from KOLD News, the Tucson CBS affiliate, the drone buzzed the CBP helicopter near Davis[…] Read this article

FAA Wants Violent Passenger Fined $52,500
The FAA is proposing the highest civil penalty it has so far recommended under its current crackdown on passenger behavior, $52,500, be levied against a man who belted a Delta flight attendant in two separate altercations on one flight. The passenger got things rolling on the flight from Honolulu to[…] Read this article

Embraer Delivers 600th Phenom 300
Embraer announced on Friday that it has delivered its 600th Phenom 300 series business jet. The aircraft went to Fayetteville, Arkansas-based Superior Capital Holdings for use supporting the company’s business operations throughout the U.S. According to Embraer, the Phenom 300 fleet has logged more than 1.2 million flight hours since[…] Read this article

Top Letters And Comments, May 21, 2021
FAA Wants To Add Cardinals To Cessna Spar AD The proposed AD covers all Cardinals ever built. Though the 177 carry-through spar is similar to the 210 spar design, the 210 is a much heavier aircraft with greater potential for stress fatigue. As far as I have been able to[…] Read this article