Volume 26, Number 49c, December 13, 2019
Whistleblower Testifies On Unsafe Conditions At Boeing 737 Factory
Boeing’s manufacturing facility in Renton, Washington, may have been “prioritizing production speed over quality and safety” during the time when two 737 MAX aircraft involved in fatal accidents were built at the factory, according to testimony given by former Boeing employee Edward Pierson at a U.S. House of Representatives Transportation[…]   Read this article
NTSB Issues Final Report On Southwest 1380 Accident
The NTSB has published the final report on Southwest Flight 1380, whose left-side CMF56 engine suffered a failure that led to one fatality in April 2018. While the NTSB has already called for action following the engine on this 737 Next Generation, its final report closes the investigation and emphasizes[…]   Read this article
A Pilot's Inside View Of Boeing's MAX Response
“We were a little slow to take responsibility,” said Dennis Muilenburg, President and CEO for Boeing, at a two-day meetup between Boeing’s executives and a handful of industry influencers from across the globe I attended last week in Seattle. Aircraft crashes rarely create mass panic. As rare as they have[…] Read this article

NBAA Appeals FAA Santa Monica Financial Compliance Decision
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is appealing an FAA decision regarding city handling of federal grant funds at California’s Santa Monica Airport (SMO). As previously reported by AVweb, the FAA issued a determination (PDF) in November that stated that the City of Santa Monica had failed to comply with[…] Read this article

Electric Beaver Makes First Flight
Canadian seaplane company Harbour Air announced that its modified all-electric DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver has successfully completed its first flight. The six-passenger “ePlane,” which the company is calling the world’s first all-electric commercial aircraft, took off from the Fraser River at the Harbour Air Seaplanes terminal in Richmond, British Columbia,[…] Read this article

Out Of Gliding Distance
The earth’s surface is about 71 percent water. Most of us will never pilot a personal aircraft long distances over oceans, but eventually flying over some body of water while beyond gliding distance to land is almost a certainty. When we do that in a single-engine aircraft, the adverse consequences[…] Read this article

Boeing To Compensate Southwest For MAX Damages
Southwest Airlines announced on Thursday that it has reached a compensation agreement with Boeing to cover some of the projected financial damages related to the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX. Along with the rest of the MAX fleet, Southwest’s 34 MAX aircraft have been out of service since March[…] Read this article

Delta, Wheels Up Form Private Aviation Partnership
Delta Air Lines and private aviation solutions company Wheels Up have announced their intentions to combine wholly owned Delta subsidiary Delta Private Jets—a private a charter company based at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)—with Wheels Up. Once combined, the business will continue to operate as Wheels Up with company[…] Read this article