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Volume 26, Number 11b
March 13, 2019
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U.S. Airlines Keep Flying Their 737 MAX 8s As Others Ground Them (Updated)
Marc Cook

Fallout from the weekend crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 continues as numerous airlines have grounded their 737 MAX 8 fleets. In the U.S., however, both Southwest and American Airlines announced say they will continue to operate them.

Ground the 737 MAX. Or Not?
Appropriate or not, the aviation world has whipped itself into a frenzy following the second foreign crash of a 737 MAX. Call me crazy, but I'd get on one tomorrow.
ACE/Able Flight Zenith CH750 To Begin at Sun ’n Fun
Marc Cook
Most homebuilt aircraft start life in a damp basement or shared garage, but the next project for Aerospace Center for Excellence will begin right in the open at Sun ’n Fun. And while students from the Central Florida Aerospace Academy and Lakeland Aero Club will begin work on the CH750 during the airshow in April, it’s not expected to be completed during the week.
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737 MAX 8 Software Update Coming, Calls For Grounding Intensify
Marc Cook
Boeing has announced that software updates for the 737 MAX 8 are being readied ahead of an expected Airworthiness Directive “no later than April.” Meanwhile, two U.S. Senators have demanded the FAA ground the airplane.
TBM 930 Sets New York-to-Paris Speed Record
Marc Cook
Dierk Reuter and Phil Bozek used their TBM 930 to beat a 34-year-old speed record on March 9, averaging 364 knots between Westchester County Airport (HPN) near New York City and Le Bourget Airport in France.
General Aviation Accident Bulletin
Recent general aviation and air carrier accidents.
Diversionary Tactics
David Jack Kenny
Getting safely back on the ground is always the first priority. But given alternatives, being able to get where you want to go, summon help if you need it, and get back in the air without involving your insurance company and a flatbed truck are also desirable outcomes.
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Flight Simulator Field Report
Larry Anglisano
ATDs (Aviation Training Devices) can serve a variety of purposes. Whether it's initial flight training for VFR, IFR currency—thanks to new FAA regs—and even for avionics training, simulator tech for the flight school and for the home has never been better, thanks in part to touchscreen and big-screen monitors. For this field report for sister publication Aviation Safety Magazine, Larry Anglisano went looking for one of the latest ATDs made by FlyThisSim, which is used extensively by a growing flight school in New England, and prepared this production.
Boeing Delays Rollout Of 777X
Marc Cook
With the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 dominating the news, Boeing announced late Sunday that it will delay the rollout of the 777X that was slated for Wednesday.
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