Volume 28, Number 27c, July 2, 2021
NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt Retires
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Robert Sumwalt retired from government service on Wednesday after nearly 15 years with the Board. NTSB Member Jennifer Homendy has been nominated to succeed him in the position. Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg will serve as the Board’s acting chairman pending Homendy’s confirmation by the[…]   Read this article
When It Comes To Equality, Words Matter
I kind of got it when I was looking for photos to accompany last Monday’s story on an FAA committee’s recommendation that the agency adopt gender-neutral terminology for its reams of printed and digital material, trading terms like airman for aviator, cockpit for flight deck and unmanned for drone. As[…]   Read this article
Air Force To Develop Digital F-16
The U.S. Air Force is moving forward with a program to create a full-scale 3D model of the F-16 Fighting Falcon. Once completed, the F-16 “digital twin” is expected to serve as a virtual test bed for “future modifications and other sustainment actions prior to physical implementation.” The project is[…] Read this article

AirCar Completes First Inter-City Flight
Slovakia-based Klein Vision successfully flew its AirCar roadable aircraft prototype from Nitra to Bratislava this week. The 35-minute flight marks the first time the vehicle has travelled between two cities. Described as a “dual-mode car-aircraft vehicle,” the AirCar is equipped with a 160-HP BMW engine and features an automated transition[…] Read this article

Stupid Pilot Tricks 2021
This maze of hallways is the archives of aviation’s greats—not the Stupid Pilot Tricks Repository. We’re awed by images of the Montgolfier brothers and their good sense to launch the world’s first flyable aircraft with a sheep, rooster and duck before stocking its basket with humans (who weren’t themselves). While[…] Read this article

Raytheon Awarded Contract To Continue STARS Support
Raytheon Intelligence & Space (RI&S) has been awarded a contract to continue systems integration, upkeep and enhancement work on the FAA’s Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS). The five-year contract, which is part of a larger 10-year indefinite delivery indefinite quantity award, is valued at $223 million. According to RI&S,[…] Read this article

Switzerland Selects F-35
The Swiss Federal Council announced on Wednesday that it has selected the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II to replace its aging F-5 Tiger and F/A-18 Hornet fleets. Other aircraft models considered for the role were the Airbus Eurofighter, Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet and Dassault Rafale. According to the Council, the[…] Read this article