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Volume 25, Number 46b
November 14, 2018
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Pilots Not Told About 737 MAX Auto Trim System (Updated)
Paul Bertorelli
Boeing kept airlines and pilots in the dark about an automated background trim system on the 737 MAX that may be implicated in the first crash of the new model in Indonesia last month. The trim system, which is meant to improve pitch characteristics and stall protection, wasn’t even described in any of the documentation provided to pilots on the new aircraft.
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Lion Air: A Media Muddle
Paul Bertorelli
For the working press, reporting on air crashes is a technical challenge. The recent Lion Air accident in Indonesia ramped up the challenge even more.
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WACO Gets New Owner
Kate O'Connor
WACO Aircraft Corporation has been acquired by Florida-based Dimor Group Inc. The acquisition also includes WACO’s FBO and Part 145 maintenance facility, Centennial Aircraft Services, which is located at Michigan’s W. K. Kellogg Regional Airport (KBTL).
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Post-Maintenance Preflight Tips
Mike Berry
Aircraft just out of maintenance are more likely to have safety-of-flight issues than an aircraft in good condition flown on a daily basis. The extent to which an airplane coming out of maintenance will have an issue is proportional to the complexity of the work performed.
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Pilot Error Cited In Fatal C-130 Crash
Kate O'Connor
A report released by the U.S. Air Force points to pilot error as the primary cause of an Air National Guard WC-130 Hercules crash that killed all nine servicemembers onboard.
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NASA Receives First of Three Hornets
Kate O'Connor
The first of three F/A-18B Hornets scheduled to join NASA’s research fleet arrived at the administration’s Armstrong Flight Research Center last week.
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University To Provide Drone Disaster Response Services
Kate O'Connor
The Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence and Innovation (LSUASC) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC) announced that it has signed an agreement with Texas’ Nueces County to provide drone support in the event of natural disasters.
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JP International 'Primary Upgrade EDM
Aviation Dream Jobs: Owning A Specialty Flight Training School
Kate O'Connor
When Charles Welden went looking for someone to teach him to fly his new seaplane, he had a very rushed and unpleasant training experience – not exactly what he had been hoping for. Being a flight instructor himself and believing that there was a market for real-world seaplane instruction done right, he opened WaterWings Seaplane School in 2001.
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Picture of the Week, November 8, 2018
My Aeronca Champ and a Super Cub await their next bombing run at the annual Pumpkin Drop and Fly-In Picnic in Danville, KY on a beautiful November day. Photo by Jake Bell.
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General Aviation Accident Bulletin
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