Volume 28, Number 27b, June 30, 2021
United CEO Messages 'Travel Is Back' With 270-Plane Boeing/Airbus Order
Delivering the signal that airline travel is storming back (at least domestic leisure travel), United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby sent an email message to customers announcing “the largest aircraft purchase that our industry has seen in a decade.” United placed orders (terms not disclosed) for 270 single-aisle jets—200 Boeing 737[…]   Read this article
GAMA Announces 2021 Design Challenge Winners
A team from Tukwila, Washington’s Raisbeck Aviation High School has been named the winner of the 2021 General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) Aviation Design Challenge. Around 50 schools from 26 states participated in the competition, which is held annually with the goal of promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)[…]   Read this article
ZeroAvia Announces Progress On Hydrogen-Electric Aircraft Programs
U.K.-government-backed ZeroAvia has acquired a pair of Dornier 228 twin turboprops to use as test beds for its Hyflyer II development phase involving 600-kW hydrogen-electric powerplants. One of the 19-seat former regional airliners will be based at Kemble, U.K., and the second at ZeroAvia’s U.S. location in Hollister, California. The[…] Read this article

Kansas City Airport Honors Tuskegee Airman McGee
In a ceremony today, Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport in Kansas City, Missouri, renamed its general aviation terminal to pay tribute to Brig. Gen. Charles McGee, one of only nine living Tuskegee Airmen who served in World War II. McGee, 101, attended the celebration. In 1940 while enrolled in an[…] Read this article

Senate Takes Up Legislation To Hold 5G Network Builder Accountable
Last week, three senators introduced the RETAIN GPS and Satellite Communications Act on Capitol Hill. If signed into law, the legislation would hold communications company Ligado, which won FCC approval to go ahead with its 5G cellular network, financially accountable for private and public sector costs caused by GPS interference[…] Read this article

'Follow Me' ... If You Can
If your flying itinerary finds you visiting Bologna Airport in Italy, there’s a good chance you’ll be shepherded from the runway to the ramp by a ground-hugging Lamborghini Huracán Evo. For the seventh time, the supercar maker has provided one of its top models to the airport for “follow me” escort[…] 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: Heading Home
Controllers at New York TRACON are known for being all business and taking no prisoners. Likewise, “unable, remain on the airway,” is the typical reply to a request for a shortcut. I was about 80 miles from my destination, on the preferred routing, which involves a couple of victor routes[…] Read this article