Volume 27, Number 4b, January 22, 2020
Pipistrel Ramps Up Electric Aircraft Production
Although electric airplanes haven’t gained traction in the U.S., Slovenia-based Pipistrel is doing a brisk business selling them to the rest of the world. It has recently increased production from four to about six airplanes per month and the company’s factory in Italy will soon double its manufacturing space, with[…]   Read this article
Boeing Could Fly 777X This Week
Announcing the possible first flight of the 777X this week, Boeing proves that even while it breaks in a new CEO, continues to churn through the 737 MAX issues and gets chewed out by its military customers, the show nevertheless goes on. The announcement, on Twitter, says that the date,[…]   Read this article
Boeing’s New CEO Under Pressure From USAF
The Air Force’s chief of staff warned new CEO David Calhoun that the 737 MAX isn’t the only item on Boeing’s to-do list. The U.S. Air Force is far less than happy with the KC-46, a 767-based tanker that, almost a decade in development, still isn’t mission ready. “We require[…] Read this article

FAI World Air Games Canceled
Originally scheduled for fall 2022 in Turkey, the next edition of the FAI World Air Games has been canceled and a replacement venue or date has not been reported. According to the FAI, “The Turkish Aeronautical Association (THK), which had been awarded the organisation of the event, asked the FAI[…] Read this article

PS Engineering Introduces PAC45D
PS Engineering unveiled a new dual control head for its PAC45 Special Mission Digital Audio Control System on Tuesday. The PAC45D offers features including five comm radio interfaces, configurable pilot right or left seat, plug and play with legacy audio controllers, configurable bezel labels and preprogrammed aural alerts. It also[…] Read this article

Osprey Variant Completes First Flight
The CMV-22B, a variant of the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor built by Boeing and Bell Textron, successfully completed its first flight in Amarillo, Texas, this week. The aircraft is intended to replace the U.S. Navy’s C-2A Greyhound fleet, providing personnel and cargo transport from shore bases to aircraft carriers at sea.[…] Read this article

It's Raining Kerosene? Or Why 1950s Kids Had So Much More Fun.
When I was but a tyke, we lived in the oil fields of Texas’s northern panhandle. I had a swing set made of drill pipe, monkey bars made of drill pipe, a teeter totter, slide and climbing rack, the stair rails into the storm cellar—drill pipe. A family friend named[…] Read this article

Short Final: Souls On Board
Thankfully, I have never had to respond to those foreboding words from ATC: “… say souls on board.” However, I do remember one flight, where I might have had trouble explaining myself if they had requested that information. Several years ago, my family and I went on a scenic flight[…] 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