Volume 28, Number 29a, July 12, 2021
Branson Reaches 282,000 Feet In First Full Passenger Virgin Galactic Flight
A jubilant Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson celebrated the “experience of a lifetime” as one of six people aboard what was officially the first passenger flight to the edge of space Sunday morning. All the other people on the Unity 22 spacecraft were Virgin employees but it was the[…]   Read this article
Open Your Hangar-Mind On Windlass Days
The hangar door’s ratchet clicked with a sound attributable to Archimedes when he expounded on the titanic power of levers and pulleys while attending Syracuse University in 252 BCE, making him more relevant to aviation than upperclassman, Hercules. So why, 2200 years later, did Lockheed name its C-130 transport after[…]   Read this article
Video: The Remarkable NASA Career Of KITPLANES' Paul Dye
Paul Dye, a veteran aircraft builder and Editor at Large for our sister publication, KITPLANES, recently published a book on his long career as a NASA senior flight director. Dye was featured on the CBS This Morning: Saturday in this interview and profile. His NASA career spanned the entire Space[…] Read this article

FAA Throttles Bizjet Traffic To Idaho Billionaires' Conference
Ground stops are nothing new during busy travel periods but last week the FAA instituted holds all over North America for aircraft headed to a small airport in Idaho. There were so many business jets headed to the 38th annual Allen and Company conference in Sun Valley that the agency[…] Read this article

FAA Launches System To Cut Space Launch Airspace Disruptions
The FAA has activated a new tool to minimize disruption of atmospheric flying machines when those headed for space are passing through. The Space Data Integrator tracks all spacecraft going up and coming down and transmits the location of those vehicles directly to the air traffic control system. “This new[…] Read this article

Ditched 737 Broke Into Three Pieces
Based on underwater photos of the wreckage, the pilots of a first generation Boeing 737 that ditched off Hawaii a couple of weeks ago used up all their bad luck with the double engine failure that preceded the water landing. The 45-year-old 200-series aircraft broke into three main pieces before[…] Read this article

KittyHawk Heaviside Gets Air Force Airworthiness Approval
The Air Force has granted airworthiness approval for KittyHawk’s Heaviside eVTOL, meaning the aircraft can now be put in revenue service. The pusher-configured, forward-swept wing aircraft, which can fly 100 miles at 180 MPH, can now be used for Air Force contracts. It’s actually the fourth design approved by the Air[…] Read this article

Nine Killed In Skydiving Crash
A DHC-2 Turbo Beaver crashed shortly after takeoff from Sweden’s Örebro airport on Thursday, killing all nine people on board. The aircraft was carrying a pilot and eight skydivers, all members of a local skydiving club. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven declared a day of mourning for the victims, whose[…] Read this article

Top Letters And Comments, July 9, 2021
Yamaha Looks At Airplane Engines NOW we’re cookin’ with gas!! (Pun intended). THIS idea is long overdue … especially if it doesn’t require avgas, uses automotive technology and is upward scalable to a more reasonable power output. The Honda Fit engines produced by Viking in Florida have proven their reliability[…] Read this article