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Volume 26, Number 5b
January 30, 2019
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NTSB Facing Accident Investigation Backlog (Updated)
Kate O'Connor
With its employees returning to work on Monday, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) must now address 97 aviation, marine, railroad and highway accidents for which it did not dispatch investigators due to the 35-day partial shutdown of government that ended on Friday. Fifteen aviation accidents resulting in a total of 21 fatalities fall into that category.
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The ATC Crisis That Wasn’t
Paul Bertorelli
Controllers are legally prohibited from striking. Thanks to a last minute stroke of sanity, the public wasn't exposed to how little that really means.
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First Official Flight For XP-82
Russ Niles
The rebuilt prototype XP-82 celebrated its first official flight on Monday and by all accounts it went well. The Tom Reilly XP-82 Twin Mustang Restoration Project confirmed the flight, which was a lot longer than its first hop three weeks ago.
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FBO Survey Indicates Increase In Fuel Sales
Kate O'Connor
FBO fuel sales showed mostly positive growth over the last year, according to the Aviation Business Strategies Group's (ABSG) Annual FBO Fuel Sales Survey results.
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Boeing Delivers First KC-46A Tankers
Kate O'Connor
Boeing has delivered the first two KC-46 Pegasus tanker aircraft to the U.S. Air Force.
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Real-World Takeoff Performance
David Jack Kenny
Botched takeoffs are the second most common accident cause, and while some are purely stick-and-rudder lapses (e.g., runway excursions in crosswinds), more than half—including nearly three-quarters of those that prove fatal—arise from errors of planning or procedure.
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Vertical Flight Society Sees Membership Surge
Kate O'Connor
The Vertical Flight Society (VFS), a nonprofit group whose stated goal is to advance vertical flight, has experienced strong growth in all of its membership categories, according to an announcement made by the organization on Friday.
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