Volume 27, Number 47a, November 16, 2020
SpaceX Crewed Launch Flawless
Four astronauts, three Americans and one from Japan, are on their way to the International Space Station courtesy of the first operational manned launch by a private company. The four occupants of the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, named Resilience, rode a perfect launch from the Kennedy Space Center early Sunday[…]   Read this article
Got My Flying Car So Don’t Need No Stinkin’ BFR
As a kid relegated to the wayback in a 56 Plymouth wagon, I’d hang over the tailgate to watch the New Jersey Turnpike unroll beneath my imagination.  Inside my brain, permanently fogged with tetraethyly leaded exhaust fumes, the highway was a runway, and I was a B-17 tail gunner experiencing[…]   Read this article
Virtual Trade Show: Precision Flight Controls' New Sims
Continuing our series of Virtual Trade Shows, AVweb talks to Mike Altman at Precision Flight Controls whose fixed and motion-base simulators are well known in the aviation industry. The company is out with a new series of aircraft-specific sims and is working on VR-based simulation using goggles. Read this article

Study Finds Pilots' Brains Work Differently
Medical science has now confirmed what your family and friends have been telling you since the first time you strapped in and maybe before that. Your brain works differently than that of non-flying folks and contrary to what those in your immediate bubble might think, that’s actually a good thing,[…] Read this article

Mixed Messages For Would-Be Pilots
CAE, the world’s leading simulator and training provider, has released a report that says out-of-work pilots who stick it out until the industry bounces back from the pandemic will have their pick of jobs, an optimistic view that stands out from the sour mood of those now living through it.[…] Read this article

Costco Selling Wheels Up Memberships
Buying in bulk seems to be a thing these days and private aviation has become part of the inventory at the store chain that first mastered the concept. Costco and Wheels Up have teamed up to offer a one-year membership providing access to the fleet of more than 1500 jets[…] Read this article

Executive Order Bans U.S. Investment In AVIC
A Chinese company that has invested heavily in U.S. general aviation companies is on the list of “Communist Chinese military companies” affected by an executive order banning U.S. investment in them. The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), which owns Cirrus Aircraft and Continental Aerospace Technologies and whose subsidiaries are[…] Read this article

FAA Investigates Uses For Aireon Space-Based ADS-B
Aireon has entered into an agreement with the FAA to see how its space-based ADS-B can play a role in the U.S. air traffic management system. Aireon uses a constellation of satellites to track ADS-B signals from aircraft all over the world with no gaps in service. It’s not compatible[…] Read this article

AeroCruze 230 Certification List Expanded
BendixKing has announced that the number of aircraft that can be outfitted with its AeroCruze 230 autopilot has grown. According to the company, its newest autopilot is now available for more than 35 models including Baron, Bonanza, Mooney, Piper Malibu, Mirage, Seneca, Seminole and twin Cessna aircraft. The AeroCruze 230[…] Read this article

An-124 Overruns Runway After Engine Failure
An Antonov An-124-100 operated by Volga-Dnepr Airlines experienced an uncontained engine failure shortly after takeoff from Russia’s Novosibirsk Tolmachevo Airport on Friday. The aircraft was able to return to the airport, but overran the runway while conducting an emergency landing. No injuries have been reported among the fourteen people on[…] Read this article

Top Letters And Comments, November 13, 2020
Veterans Day 2020: Infinite Remembrance Thank you, Mr. Bertorelli. This is the best Veteran’s Day article I may ever read. Through tears. I was in Chu Lai during the rocket attack in which Army nurse Sharon Ann Lane was killed. After a couple thousand hours in the Huey, much of[…] Read this article

Industry Round-up, November 13, 2020
This week, AVweb’s news roundup uncovered reports on a new online flight training system, a partnership for an engineering consulting company and the release of a seal for hydraulic systems. The Finer Points has launched Ground School, a flight training system for the iPad. The app offers animations, videos, and[…] Read this article