Volume 28, Number 37a, September 6, 2021
FAA Grounds Virgin Galactic Over Course Deviation On Branson Flight
Virgin Galactic says nobody was in any danger, including its founder and CEO Sir Richard Branson and three other passengers, aboard the landmark July 11 flight of its Unity spacecraft despite an FAA probe into the flight. The agency announced on[…]   Read this article
Go Get Lost
Today’s misapplied quote flutters over the transom on the butterfly wings of 1 Corinthians 13:11: “When I was a child, I understood as a child. However,” the author continues, “when I became a man (no mention of women; undoubtedly an[…]   Read this article
Bad For Aviation: Hand Propping Run Amuck
Hand propping an aircraft engine, at least some engines, is a routine task, but it’s woefully unforgiving of carelessness and lack of technique and caution. In this video, AVweb’s Paul Bertorelli examines what can go wrong and all too often[…] Read this article

Photos Emerge Of Secret Air Force Drone
The Air Force’s latest super stealthy drone is apparently no match for your average photo sensor. There are now two publicly available images of what The Aviationist says is likely  a massive Northrop Grumman RQ-180 or a Lockheed Martin P-175[…] Read this article

NBAA Adds Online Content For 2021 Convention
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has announced that it will be offering “more than two dozen” online education sessions for the 2021 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE). In addition, the New Product Showcase—along with other events to[…] Read this article

FAA Tests Cellphones As Safety Feature
Airplane mode could become a thing of the past if an FAA study shows that cellphones can actually support the security of avionics aboard modern aircraft. According to IEEE Spectrum the agency funded a study carried out by Mitre Corporation[…] Read this article

Red Bull Pilot Flies Two Highway Tunnels
An Italian pilot has set a world record by becoming the first to fly an aircraft through a tunnel. Dario Costa actually flew through two tunnels on a freeway in Turkey on Saturday to claim five Guinness records. Costa took[…] Read this article

Control Issues Preceded Cirrus Vision Jet Crash: NTSB
An NTSB preliminary report (search CEN21LA384 at https://data.ntsb.gov/carol-main-public/query-builder?month=8&year=2021 ) says the takeoff crash of a Cirrus Vision Jet last week resulted from a control problem and rejected takeoff. As we reported last week, the single-engine jet went through the perimeter[…] Read this article

Top Letters And Comments, September 3, 2021
Is There Room For Two Aviation Fuels? […]The market is responding to a very confused end user. Just look at the responses on this thread plus the recent unleaded avgas poll. Some pilots, aircraft owners, and many mechanics swear they[…] Read this article

Industry Round-up, September 3, 2021
This week, AVweb’s news roundup uncovered reports on a new simulator for a flight training company, additional exhibitors joining a flight sim conference and an aviation scholarship award. Commercial flight training provider Paramount Aviation Services has acquired a Boeing 757[…] Read this article