Volume 26, Number 48b, December 4, 2019
Mooney Reopens Kerrville Factory
After a two-week surprise shutdown, Mooney has reopened its Kerrville, Texas, factory, but it’s unclear if the entire workforce is back on the job or just production workers. Fred Ahles of Fort Lauderdale-based Premier Aircraft Sales, a Mooney regional dealer, told AVweb Monday evening that officials at Mooney confirmed that[…]   Read this article
Florida Mayor Wants No Such MAX
Boeing’s challenges returning the beleaguered 737 MAX now include Mark Bogen, mayor of Broward County, home to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport, who wants to prevent the 737 MAX from using the airport in his county.  “Based on the two crashes of the 737 Max 8, Boeing needs to assure the[…]   Read this article
Airbus Produces 100th A220
Airbus announced that it has produced its 100th A220 aircraft, celebrating the achievement with a ceremony at its A220 program headquarters in Mirabel, Canada, last Friday. The aircraft, an A220-300, is slated to go to Latvia-based airline airBaltic. AirBaltic took delivery of its first A220-300 in November 2016 and currently[…] Read this article

Accident Probe: Behind The Curve
The only time I’ve performed what I consider to have been a for-real high-altitude takeoff, it went fine. I was at Albuquerque, N.M.’s Double Eagle II airport, elevation some 5800 feet. It wasn’t the middle of summer, but it was a warm, sunny fall afternoon. I don’t recall which runway[…] Read this article

Boeing, Kitty Hawk Rebrand Joint eVTOL Project
A joint venture between Boeing and electric transportation solutions company Kitty Hawk Corporation aimed at developing Kitty Hawk’s autonomous, all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxi, Cora, got a new name on Monday. Now called Wisk Aero, the Mountain View, California-based venture will be led by Gary Gysin, who[…] Read this article

EAA Expanding Memorial Wall
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has announced that it has begun expansion of the Memorial Wall at Oshkosh, Wisconsin’s Pioneer Airport. Since 1989, EAA has held an annual dedication ceremony at the monument and bronze plaques have been placed to commemorate the deceased. The ceremony typically takes place on the[…] Read this article

Short Final: Flight Following
While flying as co-pilot (actually, the radio operator) on a VFR Angel Flight blood delivery mission to San Bernardino Airport (KSBD) near Ontario, we were handed off to the tower by SoCal approach. Unbeknownst to us, the KSBD tower doesn’t have radar even though it has a FedEx depot, a[…] Read this article