Cub In A Tree, Pilot Safe

The pilot walked away (after being helped to the ground) but left authorities in western Idaho to figure out how to retrieve his airplane from the top of a 60-foot fir tree.

Southwest Looking At Airbus

Like peanut butter and jelly, Southwest Airlines and Boeing have been inextricably linked but maybe not so much anymore.

Drone NPRM Draws 899 Comments

The comment period on the FAAs Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on its rules for drone operations has ended and 899 comments were received on the highly detailed document.

Canada May Require MAX Sim Training

Canadas Transport Minister Marc Garneau is suggesting hell break ranks with the FAAs handling of the Boeing MAX 8 fix and require simulator training for MAX pilots flying in Canadian airspace.

Aviation Associations Object To FAA Drug Study

Nine aviation associations are objecting to a proposed FAA study that would perform toxicology tests on anonymous urine samples gathered during pilot medical exams, according to a letter sent to the FAA on April 3. The letter states that the study proposal was presented to Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) team members during a Feb. 27, 2018, meeting by staff from the FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI).

UPDATED: AOA Sensor Malfunction Prompts Vision Jet Emergency AD

The FAA issued an emergency airworthiness directive (AD) for the Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet on Wednesday in response to three reports of the stall warning and protection system (SWPS) or Electronic Stability & Protection (ESP) System engaging when not appropriate. According to the AD, Cirrus and Aerosonic (manufacturer of the technical standard order AOA [Angle of Attack] sensor) have identified the probable root cause as an AOA sensor malfunction due to a quality escape in the assembly of the AOA sensor at Aerosonic.

Boeing Finishes Testing MAX Software Update

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg has announced that Boeing completed the final test flight prior to certification testing for software designed to address issues with the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) on the Boeing 737 MAX on Wednesday. MCAS activation in response to faulty angle of attack sensors has been highlighted as a likely factor in the fatal accidents of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Lion Air Flight 610.

FAA Posts Updated MAX Training Requirements

The FAA has posted a draft report from the Boeing 737 MAX Flight Standardization Board (FSB) covering updated pilot training requirements for the aircraft. The draft adds the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) to the list of areas which must receive special emphasis during ground training, but does not require flight simulator training for the system.

International Committee To Review MAX

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the safety certification of the Boeing 737 MAX will be reviewed by an international committee, a large group of representatives from most of the major aviation regulators in the world.

Top Letters And Comments, April 12, 2019

This week's letters brought comments from readers about the Boeing 737 MAX accidents and certification nomenclature.

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Two Tragic Accidents And We’re Arguing About Sim Time?

You'd think Boeing would try belt and suspenders this time. But for the revised MAX, it wants to again try what already didn't work.

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