FAA Probes Potential 737 MAX Design Flaw »

FAA Probes Potential 737 MAX Design Flaw

Following the Lion Air crash in Indonesia last month, the FAA is focusing new scrutiny on the control architecture of the Boeing 737 MAX and may require the company to engineer a fix for an auto trim system installed on the airplane. The system wasn’t well documented and reporting has revealed that pilots and airlines were unaware of it.

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Chinese Flight Academy Orders 30 Tecnams »

Chinese Flight Academy Orders 30 Tecnams

Italian aircraft manufacturer Tecnam announced confirmed orders for 30 aircraft from Chinese Anhui Lantian International Flight Academy (ALIFA) at the biannual Zhuhai International Air Show last week. The ab-initio academy will acquire Tecnam P2006T twin-engine trainers, as well as P2010 models to replace its fleet of legacy training aircraft.

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NTSB Holds Hearing On Southwest 1380 Accident »

NTSB Holds Hearing On Southwest 1380 Accident

An FAA certification official said on Wednesday that Boeing 737 engine inlets might require design changes in the wake of a Southwest Airlines accident last April in which an uncontained engine failure breached the cabin and caused the death of a passenger. Testifying at an NTSB fact-finding hearing on the accident, another FAA official said it’s “not impossible” to set a life limit on engine fan blades.

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GAMA Promotes eVTOL Development »

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association will accelerate its efforts to work with European regulators to promote the development of electric VTOL aircraft, the association said this week.... More

Dornier Secures $170 Million In Funding »

Dornier Seawings reports having received approximately $170 million in funding from its Chinese shareholders to further develop the amphibious CD2 Seastar Flying Boat. The money will be used to... More

Aurora Introduces Solar-Powered Autonomous Aircraft »

Boeing’s Aurora Flight Sciences revealed a new solar-powered, autonomous high-altitude pseudo-satellite (HAPS) concept on Wednesday. The Odysseus is designed to be an ultra-long-endurance... More

NASA Receives First Of Three Hornets »

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. The Hornet made the trip from the... More

Pilot Error Cited In Fatal C-130 Crash »

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. The accident occurred... More

University To Provide Drone Disaster Response Services »

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’... More

WACO Gets New Owner »

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... More

Pilots Not Told About 737 MAX Auto Trim System (Updated) »

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... More

 

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The Pilot’s Lounge #140: Ready For Winter

The Pilot’s Lounge #140: Ready For Winter »

As he does from time to time, Dave, the proprietor of the flight school here at the virtual airport, sent out a mass email to his aircraft rental customers—students and certificated pilots—asking them to come to an evening gathering to... More

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Post-Maintenance Preflight Tips

Post-Maintenance Preflight Tips »

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... More

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CENTRAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SELECTS ONE-G SIMULATION FOR NEW AATD FLEET

Central Washington University (CWU) has awarded Seattle based one-G simulation with a contract for five Foundation Advanced Aviation Training Devices (AATD) and a Piper Archer device that is currently in development at one-G headquarters.

Financed Flight Training

US Aviation of Denton, Texas is launching a new Accelerated Career Program eligible for student loans that don't begin repayment until six months after graduation. In nine months, students will earn all their licenses and ratings for an industry-leading, all-inclusive price of $74,495.

Regulated Garbage Handling Authority Earned by Columbia Pacific Aviation, Inc.

Columbia Pacific Aviation, Inc., located in Moses Lake, WA, is authorized to handle and transport regulated garbage. The Grant County Int'l Airport (KMWH) is now able to accept international flights from all countries.