Volume 26, Number 27a
July 8, 2019
uAvionix tailBeacon Gets TSO Approval
uAvionix has received technical standard order (TSO) authorization for its tailBeacon ADS-B Out system that could offer a last-minute solution for GA operators who haven’t yet complied with the Jan. 1, 2020, mandate. The tailBeacon could replace the rear position light on dozens of light aircraft types and includes an[…]   Read this article
New And Improved OSH Arrival
Denny Cunningham is a retired FAA tower and ground controller and worked traffic at Oshkosh for nine years. He’s a former contributor to IFR and Aviation Consumer magazines. One of the highlights of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the opportunity to view restorations of vintage aircraft. The best restorations are done[…]   Read this article
Cockpit Tour: Garmin G5000 Jet Upgrades
There are plenty of aging legacy jets with maintenance-intensive avionics nearly ready for fresh avionics, and Garmin is on it. Two-plus years in the making, it recently completed the expensive STC for the G5000 integrated avionics and autopilot for Cessna Citation Excel/XLS business jets—a favorite among a wide variety of[…]   Read this article
Autopilot Issues Raised In MAX Discussions
A new issue with the Boeing 737 MAX autopilot has emerged in the European Aviation Safety Agency’s bottom-line position on returning the airliner to service. Bloomberg, citing an unnamed source, is reporting EASA listed five major issues that need resolution and four of those have been widely discussed publicly. But[…] Read this article

ICAO Meets To Discuss Pilot Training Changes
The International Civil Aviation Organization will hold meetings in Montreal next week to review pilot licensing requirements. ICAO officials said the meeting was organized to review whether current training standards are relevant for pilots of modern highly automated airliners. “Recently, with current events, people are discussing whether the minimum requirements[…] Read this article

EASA Issues First eVTOL Certification Rules
The European Aviation Safety Agency has issued a “special condition” for the certification of eVTOL aircraft up to a maximum takeoff weight of 7,000 pounds carrying up to nine passengers. The two-tiered regulation on so-called “small” eVTOLs is described by EASA as a “first building block” to integration of hybrid[…] Read this article

Boeing Engineer Says Corporate Culture Change Behind MAX Issues
A spokesman for the union that represents some of the workers who build Boeing airplanes claims the company’s shift to a “cost-cutting” corporate culture has isolated employees, alienated suppliers and customers and ultimately underlies the problems it’s having with its current airplanes, including the 737 MAX. Stan Sorscher, of the[…] Read this article

Cabin Fire Causes Virgin Atlantic Emergency Landing
Virgin Atlantic Flight 138 was forced to make an emergency landing at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) due to a fire in the cabin on Thursday night. The flight crew was able to extinguish the fire, which started at a passenger’s seat. No injuries were reported among the flight crew[…] Read this article

Top Letters And Comments, July 5, 2019
Accident Probe: Lack Of Peer Pressure I worked at Flight Service for 20+ years at many locations including Utah and Alaska. Aside from aircraft handling accidents (moose stalls, density altitude issues, running out of gas, flying up a canyon where terrain elevation increases faster than your climb rate, etc.), I’ve[…] Read this article

Industry Round-up, July 5, 2019
This week, AVweb’s news roundup found reports on a new weather forecasting model at Baron, flight schools joining one-G’s pay-per-use simulator program and the opening of a new office for Alton Aviation Consultancy. Aviation weather data provider Baron has announced the availability of a new weather forecasting model in the[…] Read this article

Short Final: Birthday Balloons
While holding short of 11L at Tucson International Airport recently I heard the following: Tower: “American 1234 cleared to land 11L.” American 1234: “Cleared to land 11L. By the way we passed some balloons out here at 3400. American 1234.” Tower: “What color and what direction of movement?” American 1234:[…] Read this article

Boeing Admits To 'Mistake' In Handling MAX Issues (Corrected)
Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg told reporters on Sunday that the company made a “mistake” in not immediately telling regulators, pilots and airlines about the problems it was having with the angle of attack disagree warning on the Boeing 737 MAX. It only worked if the customer bought an AOA cockpit[…] Read this article

Boeing Apologizes At Paris Air Show
Boeing followed its admission that it made mistakes in the way it handled the 737 MAX crisis with an apology to start the Paris Air Show. Kevin McAllister, president and CEO of Boeing’s commercial aircraft division, said, “We are very sorry for the loss of lives … It is a[…] Read this article