Volume 27, Number 5b, January 29, 2020
Kobe Bryant, Eight Others Killed In Helicopter Crash (Updated)
Retired NBA star Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among nine victims of a fatal helicopter crash near Los Angeles on Sunday. Bryant and the others were aboard a Sikorsky S-76 that went down on a wooded hillside in Calabasas about 9:47 a.m. local time. Initial reports said[…]   Read this article
Except for Helicopters. With Reward, Comes Risk
Crashes are crashes, but when one involves a major celebrity, as the Kobe Bryant accident did on Sunday, the daily press launches into frenzy mode. Audiences do their part by clicking on everything published and the resultant feedback loop can yield some pretty dodgy reporting. The need-to-know-right-now impetus sometimes puts[…]   Read this article
Finavia: Electric Airliners By The End Of The Decade
Finavia, the entity responsible for maintaining public airports in Finland, has joined the Network for Electric Aviation and predicts that electric airliners will be used on domestic routes before the decade is out. This move, along with the funding of electric-aircraft research and development, is part of Finavia’s aggressive climate[…] Read this article

Arion Lightning Flight Review: A Familiar Face
This story originally appeared in AVweb sister publication KITPLANES. Every time we go to‭ ‬a major show‭, ‬we try to make sure to drop in on Nick‭ ‬Otterback to see what he’s been working on‭. ‬The designer behind the Arion‭ ‬Lightning is always forthcoming and‭ ‬never gets ahead of himself‭.[…] Read this article

Two Dead In U.S. Military E-11A Crash
A U.S. Air Force Bombardier E-11A crashed in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, on Monday, killing both service members on board. A spokesperson for the U.S. Forces-Afghanistan said that the remains of the victims were recovered on Tuesday along with the aircraft’s flight data recorder. The remnants of the aircraft were then[…] Read this article

NASA To Get Airbus H135 Helicopters
At this week’s Heli Expo in Southern California, Airbus Helicopters announced that NASA will take three of its shiny new H135 utility helicopters, making this the “first-ever partnership between the U.S. space program and Airbus Helicopters.” The ships will be used at the Kennedy Space Center to support various missions,[…] Read this article

New President At Hartzell Propeller
Hartzell Propeller announced on Monday that it has promoted JJ Frigge to the position of president. Frigge began work at Hartzell in 2011 as the company’s controller and has held positions including executive vice president and general manager. He will be replacing Joe Brown, who will become the company’s chairman.[…] Read this article

How Diamond Builds Composite Airplanes
Diamond Aircraft builds composite airplanes in two factories, one in Austria and one in London, Ontario. In this long-form video, AVweb’s Paul Bertorelli reports on how the Ontario plant turns out the DA40 single—both the Lycoming and Austro diesel versions—and the impressive DA62 twin. Read this article