Volume 26, Number 48c, December 6, 2019
LA News Helicopter Likely Struck By Drone
A news helicopter operated by KABC-TV in Los Angeles, California, was struck by an object believed to be a drone at approximately 7:15 p.m. local time on Wednesday. The helicopter, a Eurocopter AS350 B2, made a precautionary landing following the strike. As shown in the video below, the tail of[…]   Read this article
United Airlines CEO Stepping Down
United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz will be leaving the position in May 2020 to transition to the role of executive chairman of the board of directors of United Airlines Holdings Inc., the airline announced on Thursday. Munoz has been United’s CEO since September 2015. He will be succeeded by the[…]   Read this article
Are Accident Rates Out of Control?
Thanksgiving weekend was a bad time for air safety. Nine people were killed in a PC-12 crash in South Dakota and seven more died in a PA-32 accident in Ontario. And we didn’t even mention the three who died in the crash of a Comanche in San Antonio. What’s going[…] Read this article

Aerobatic Cruisers: All-Purpose Fun
I’m bored! Admit it. You’ve made the statement loud and clear on more than one of those flights where you are following the magenta line in good weather and waiting for your destination to appear over the horizon. Sure, every once in a while, you’ll do a steep turn or[…] Read this article

AOPA Announces 2020 Fly-Ins
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has announced locations for three fly-in events to be held next year, including a return to San Marco, Texas (KHYI) where it held the first of its annual fly-ins in 2014. In addition to San Marcos, which will take place on May 29-30,[…] Read this article

Leidos Awarded FAA Flight Services Program Contract
The FAA has awarded its Future Flight Services Program (FFSP) contract to current flight service provider Leidos. Under the new contract, Leidos will continue to supply weather data, aeronautical information and flight planning services in the contiguous United States, Puerto Rico and Hawaii via 1-800-WX-BRIEF and 1800wxbrief.com. The previous flight[…] Read this article

Bombardier Announces New Production Facility Plans
Bombardier has signed a long-term lease agreement with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) to build its new Global Manufacturing Centre at Canada’s Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) in Mississauga, Ontario. According to Bombardier, the facility will be “home to the most advanced aircraft manufacturing processes in the world” and[…] Read this article