Volume 28, Number 28b, July 7, 2021
Pilatus Adds Multiple Enhancements For PC-24 'Super Versatile Jet'
Pilatus announced “numerous new features” it is adding to all its PC-24 twinjets, starting with the current production run. The updates include cabin amenities, avionics updates and upgraded systems, including new lithium-ion batteries. All the improvements can be retrofitted to existing PC-24s, said Pilatus. In the cabin, new-design seats will[…]   Read this article
Gulfstream Delivers Final G550
Gulfstream announced that it delivered its final commercial G550 business jet last week to an undisclosed international customer. The model entered service in 2003 and its design team was awarded that year’s Robert J. Collier Trophy for “leading edge achievement in designing, testing and building an innovative aircraft while incorporating[…]   Read this article
Two New York Pilots Killed In Aspen-Area Bonanza Crash
An aviation entrepreneur and an oral surgeon (also a pilot), both from New York City, were killed in the crash of a Beechcraft G36 Bonanza on Saturday evening, July 3, in Colorado. David Zara, one of the founders of charter providers Zen Air and Tradewind Aviation, and Dr. Ruben Cohen[…] Read this article

EASA Approves G1000NXi Upgrade For Embraer's Phenom 100 And 300
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has approved Garmin’s G1000NXi upgrade for Embraer Phenom 100s and 300s that have the manufacturer’s Garmin-derived Prodigy Flight Deck. The upgraded suite has the same mechanical footprint and harness connections, minimizing the time and cost of the update. Available features of the upgrade[…] Read this article

Aviation Groups Protest Arizona Airport's Move To Displace Skydive Firm
Four years ago, a tandem-skydiving provider prevailed in its Part 16 protest against the city of Casa Grande, Arizona, apparently clearing the path for the company to establish a base of operation at the city-managed airport. Ruling that the city had unjustifiably refused the company’s request to set up a[…] Read this article

AOPA High School Curriculum Earns STEM.org Accreditation
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation has announced that its You Can Fly High School Aviation STEM Curriculum has received accreditation from STEM.org. The independent credentialing and education research organization evaluated the curriculum on standards including its ability to help students develop critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills[…] Read this article

ICAO Cites 2021 As Official 'Year Of Security Culture'
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has shifted its official Year of Security Culture from 2020 to 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The body notes this year is particularly significant for aviation security as it marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. ICAO cites new and[…] Read this article

Accident Probe: In A Hurry To Get Down
Fly long enough, and you’ll eventually find yourself on top of a broken or solid undercast, wanting to be beneath it. To get there, you either need to obtain an instrument clearance, find a hole, wait for one to appear or divert, perhaps far out of your way, to an[…] Read this article

Short Final: Open Mic
As Chief Flight Instructor of our flight school one of the responsibilities is to perform new engine break‑in flights. Recently, in preparation for the first flight on a newly installed remanufactured engine, I texted the tower chief with a brief explanation of what the mechanic and I wanted to do.[…] Read this article