Volume 26, Number 49a, December 9, 2019
Textron Laying Off Hundreds
Textron is laying off 875 people including some in its aviation division and closing some facilities just before Christmas as part of a restructuring plan outlined in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Thursday. The company announced on Thursday that it would lay off an unspecified number of salaried[…]   Read this article
City Of LAX: Hidden Views Revealed
The film accompanying this blog, WORLD WAY: The City of LAX, follows the layers of movement at a major airport through timelapse photography. The idea for this piece was born in 2013 as I sat on a rooftop in El Segundo, waiting for a shoot on another subject to begin[…]   Read this article
City Of LAX: A Marvel In Timelapse
In this stunning timelapse film, Chris Pritchard expertly reveals the hidden views and complex layers of movement of the world’s third busiest airport. It’s the culmination of three years of extensive shooting and editing. Read this article

Electric Beaver First Flight Set For Dec. 11
The prototype of what may be the world’s first fully electric airliner, a modified 60-year-old De Havilland Beaver, is tentatively scheduled for its first flight on Dec. 11. Harbour Air, which operates one of the world’s largest seaplane airlines on the west coast of British Columbia, is tentatively planning to[…] Read this article

FAA Fines Boeing For Knowingly Installing Faulty Slat Tracks
The FAA Friday proposed a $3.9 million fine against Boeing for knowingly installing non-conforming components on about 133 737s, including the troubled MAX models. In a statement, the agency said Boeing “failed to adequately oversee its suppliers to ensure they complied with the company’s quality assurance system.” The FAA said[…] Read this article

Crooked FAA Inspector Jailed Six Years
A former FAA inspector who claims he was “promoting aviation” has been sentenced to six years in jail for a string of corruption and theft charges that even involved his mother. The Miami Herald is reporting that Manuel Fernandez, a senior FAA safety inspector in South Florida, stole expensive repair[…] Read this article

Helicopter Fatality Rate Stalls
After dropping steadily for most of the past two decades, the helicopter accident and fatal accident rates have plateaued and the FAA is redoubling efforts to keep the numbers dropping. The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (USHST), an FAA-led initiative with the lofty goal of eliminating helicopter fatalities, released the latest[…] Read this article

Air Force Turns To 3D Printing For Legacy Parts
Wired is reporting that next generation 3D manufacturing processes are coming to the rescue of warplanes designed with slide rules and blueprints. The aircraft that form the backbone of the Air Force’s strategic forces, the B-52s, B-1s and KC-135s, are approaching pension age in human years and have myriad knobs,[…] Read this article

tailBeacon Approved For Rotorcraft
uAvionix has announced that its tailBeacon ADS-B Out solution has been accepted by the FAA for installation on rotorcraft. The company says it originally intended for tailBeacon installations on rotorcraft to be permitted when the product was certified, but held off due to questions regarding the need for ADS-B systems[…] Read this article

Top Letters And Comments, December 6, 2019
Trade-A-Plane Ending Print Edition I will truly miss the printed version of Trade-a-Plane. I was used to see them at pretty much every FBO I landed at and always browsed through it. When buying and then selling a plane and during my job as chief pilot (while being involved at[…] Read this article