Volume 28, Number 20b, May 12, 2021
NASA's Ingenuity Space Copter Performing Beyond Expectations
NASA is expanding the test envelope for the Ingenuity space copter after a series of successful sorties on Mars. Last month, Ingenuity, become the first lift-supported aircraft to fly on another planet. With Ingenuity having met its early goals, NASA has expanded the experiment to an “operational demonstration,” planned to stretch[…]   Read this article
Avionics Sales Report Shows Continued Increases In Revenue
In the first three months of 2021, worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales totaled $568,810,353, according to the Aircraft Electronics Association’s first-quarter 2021 Avionics Market Report. Though that’s a 13.9 percent decrease over the bumper first quarter of last year, it also represents a 1 percent increase over the last[…]   Read this article
EAA's Young Eagle Day Event To Relaunch On June 12
After a pandemic-induced hiatus last year, the Experimental Aircraft Association’s International Young Eagles Day will pick up again on Saturday, June 12. At local airports throughout North America, EAA chapters and member volunteers will provide youngsters from ages 8-17 the chance to experience a flight in light aircraft at no[…] Read this article

Bahamas Roll Back COVID-Driven Travel, Activity Restrictions
As of May 1, international travelers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will not need to receive a RT-PCR test before entering the Bahamas. Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis also announced a rollback on domestic travel restrictions throughout the island nation for fully vaccinated individuals. Indoor dining and culture activities have also[…] Read this article

ICAO Updates Effort To Clean Up NOTAM 'Garbage'
“(NOTAMs) are just a bunch of garbage that nobody pays any attention to,” said NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt during the 2018 hearing on the infamous Air Canada incident, in which pilots missed a critical piece of information. Unnoticed on page eight of a 27-page briefing package was the fact that[…] Read this article

Short Final: CTAF Etiquette
My friend Ron has several pet peeves regarding radio etiquette on CTAF. I was inbound to our home base Charlotte‑Monroe Executive Airport when I heard him on frequency one afternoon and decided to see how many of his pet peeves I could check off in one transmission: “Monroe traffic, Skyhawk[…] 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[…] Read this article