Volume 26, Number 52a, December 30, 2019
Seven Dead In Tour Helicopter Crash (Updated)
All seven people people on board died in the crash of a Safari Helicopter Eurocopter AS350 B2 tour helicopter during sightseeing trip along Kauai’s Nā Pali Coast in Hawaii on Thursday. The search for the seventh person onboard the aircraft was suspended on Friday due to weather, but is expected[…]   Read this article
Boeing's Christmas Gift
I can’t pretend to know that Boeing’s firing of CEO Dennis Muilenburg should have occurred months ago and that this should have been intuitively obvious around the boardroom. From the inside looking out, it may have appeared that booting him sooner would have made a bad situation worse. But evidently,[…]   Read this article
So You Blew Off ADS-B? Now What?
Beginning next week, pilots will need ADS-B if they want to fly in certain U.S. airspace. In case you didn’t get it done, Avweb’s Paul Bertorelli covers the options in this video. For many pilots, not having ADS-B won’t impact their flying much, if at all. Read this article

Podcast: Diamond Finds Demand For Remanufactured Airplanes
With sales of new airplanes holding their own, if at high prices, the used market is booming and Diamond Aircraft has found a niche for refurbishing all of its popular models. The program has proven a good opportunity to see how composite airframes are bearing up over time and so[…] Read this article

172 Lands Safely Missing Much Of A Wing
The NTSB has released its factual report on a 2018 incident that ended with the pilot of a Cessna 172 coaxing the aircraft ten miles to a safe landing missing four feet of the left wing and most of the trailing edge. The pilot was uninjured. The aircraft was on[…] Read this article

Cheyenne Crash Kills Five, Injures Four (Corrected)
Five people were killed and four injured in the crash of a Cheyenne II in Lafayette, Louisiana, Saturday morning. The deceased and one of the injured were on the plane, which came down shortly after takeoff from the Lafayette Regional Airport. One of the injured was a woman driving a[…] Read this article

Kazahkstan F100 Crash Kills 12
The president of Kazakhstan has promised those who end up being blamed for the Friday crash of Bek Air Fokker 100 in a village near the city of Alamaty “will be severely punished in accordance with the law.” Kassym-Jomart Tokayev also said the survivors will get about $9,000 each in[…] Read this article

Explosion Occurs At Textron Plant (Updated)
An explosion has been reported at Textron Aviation’s manufacturing facility in Wichita, Kansas. The plant was officially closed for the holidays at the time of the explosion, but was staffed by a small crew. At least 14 people were hospitalized and four treated at the scene, but the exact number[…] Read this article

P(r)ayload Of Holy Water Blesses Whole Town
Flying on a wing and a prayer had some extra meaning for the parishioners of St. Anne Parish in Cow Island, Louisiana, just before Christmas as a cropduster delivered a blessing from above. The aircraft sprayed about 100 gallons of holy water over the church, a school and much of[…] Read this article

Pro Pilot Founder Murray Smith Dies
Murray Smith, the founder and publisher of Professional Pilot Magazine, died Christmas Day at the age of 89. Smith launched the magazine in 1966 and focused on issues that mattered to pilots, managers and dispatchers. It regularly surveyed its readership on issues affecting the broad range of commercial aviation. Smith[…] Read this article

Top Letters And Comments, December 27, 2019
Boeing CEO Resigns Very predictable…Muilenburg did his assigned task…handle the MAX debacle fallout, take the brunt of the criticism, go through the congressional grilling, and be the one who publicly sheds the emotional tears for the loss of life. Once that portion of PR campaign is done, he is history.[…] Read this article

Air Force Welcoming Too-Short, Too-Tall Pilot Candidates
The Air Force is encouraging prospective pilots who don’t meet its height requirements to apply anyway because they might just qualify. It’s also considering broadening those requirements to capture more of the population beyond the 13-inch range (five-foot-four to six-foot-five) it now lists as its essential height range. It turns[…] Read this article