Volume 28, Number 21b, May 19, 2021
NTSB Final Report Cites Incorrect Rudder Input In Addison, Texas, King Air Crash
The NTSB’s final report this week on the June 30, 2019, fatal crash of a Beech King Air 350 at Addison Airport in Texas concludes that the pilot likely depressed the wrong rudder pedal in his attempt to maintain control after loss of thrust in one engine. After noting that[…]   Read this article
Delta Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Policy For Employees
Delta Air Lines announced last week that it has established a company-wide policy on the COVID-19 vaccine for employees. Delta is the first airline to go public with its position on the controversial issue. Delta CEO Ed Bastion said during a CNN interview last Friday, “Any person joining Delta in the future,[…]   Read this article
Volocopter Introduces VoloConnect eVTOL
Urban air mobility aircraft (UAM) company Volocopter unveiled the design for its newest electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL) at EBACE Connect on Monday. The four-seat, retractable gear VoloConnect is expected to have a range of 100 km (54 NM) and a top cruise speed of 250 km/h (135[…] Read this article

Just Days After Centennial Miracle, Another Midair, And Another CAPS Pull
The aviation community—and much of the rest of the population—continues to buzz over last week’s miraculously no-injury midair collision at Centennial Airport in Denver. But meanwhile, a second midair, this one involving a pair of Navy jet trainers, took place on Monday in Texas, and on Saturday, in Wisconsin’s heavily[…] Read this article

Grumman Tiger Intercepted By F-16s with Flares Inside Presidential TFR
F-16s intercepted a Grumman Tiger that violated last weekend’s Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) involving President Biden’s visit to his home in Wilmington, Delaware. According to a Secret Service statement, “On May 16, at approximately 1:09 p.m., a small aircraft violated the restricted airspace in Wilmington, DE. Per standard protocol, U.S. military[…] Read this article

Different Accident, No Lesson
Over the weekend, a highly experienced skydiver acquaintance of mine died in an accident that was, for all intents and purposes, the equivalent of last week’s midair collision in Colorado. It was a midair canopy collision that the other skydiver survived. This news reached me on Sunday morning as I[…] 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

Short Final: Phonetic Alphabet
I was cruising along one day when I heard the following: Center: “1JT turn right heading 120.” 1JL: “120 1JL.” 1JT: “Center, I think another aircraft responded to the heading for 1JT.” Center: “OK heading is 120 for 1JT only.” Loud squealing Center: “Alright 1 uh Justin Timberlake, you fly[…] Read this article