Volume 27, Number 46b, November 11, 2020
Veterans Day 2020: Infinite Remembrance
America, America may God thy gold refine‘Til all success be noblenessAnd every gain divined –Katherine Lee Bates All flying machines have their own unique sound signatures. If you were blindfolded, you probably couldn’t tell the difference between a 737 and an A320. But unique in the world of aviation is[…]   Read this article
737 MAX Could Return Soon, Boosting Boeing Stock Price
Boeing’s 737 MAX could return to service as early as next week, according to reports, which, along with the general stock-market boost in the wake of the 2020 presidential election, carried Boeing’s share prices to levels not seen since early June. FAA Administrator Steve Dickson told Reuters that “this process[…]   Read this article
AVweb VODCAST: Why Electric Airplane Designers Are Turning To Hybrid Drives
Although some are in denial about it, the love affair with batteries for electric airplanes is, for the short term, on hold. To meet minimum performance, designers are increasingly looking at hybrid drives that may incorporate battery systems. In this AVweb VODCAST, Embry-Riddle’s Dr. Pat Anderson explains why this is[…] Read this article

EAA To Hold Homebuilders Week In January
Pilots already building their own airplanes or giving it serious thought won’t have to wait for AirVenture 2021 to do their research. The Experimental Aircraft Association has announced a week of online events called the Homebuilders Week, starting Jan. 26. “EAA members and the homebuilt aircraft community have always been[…] Read this article

New Cessna AD May Surprise 182 Owners
The FAA last week published an Airworthiness Directive “prompted by a report of cracks found in the tailcone and horizontal stabilizer attachment structure” of many Cessna 180 and 185 models as well as early 182s, from the original straight 182 to the 182D. It was assumed that the 180 and[…] Read this article

Piper, UND Launch Brand Ambassador Program
Piper Aircraft and the University of North Dakota (UND) have announced the launch of a joint brand ambassador program. The initiative is designed to increase awareness of programs offered by UND Aerospace and promote Piper’s training product line. According to Piper, the new ambassadors will be speaking about their UND[…] Read this article

AEA: Avionics Sales Remain Down In 2020
Avionics sales in 2020 continue to reflect the impact of COVID-19 on the aviation industry, according to the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA), with overall sales down 27 percent in the first three quarters compared to 2019. And while “forward-fit” (or original-equipment) sales were flat in the third quarter of 2020,[…] Read this article

Avidyne App Goes Multi Task
When Apple made multitasking part of its recent iOS updates for phones and tablets, it didn’t take long for the industry to adapt to the capabilities of working in two apps simultaneously. Now Avidyne joins the club. Its IFD100, a free app that works with panel-mounted IFD-series navigators, had been[…] Read this article

Levil Launches Digital Instrument Panel App
Levil Aviation has announced that it will be releasing a new customizable digital instrument panel app for iOS devices this week. The Levil app will be capable of displaying information from wireless devices such as the iLevil3 series, Levil BOM and other GDL 90 equipment alongside navigation apps including ForeFlight,[…] 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: Outer Limits
Returning to San Carlos airport late one day, I clicked the mic five times on tower frequency to see if it would do anything. I don’t fly at night so the last time I tried this would have been more than a decade ago. Controller (slightly irritated): “We have control.”[…] Read this article