In late April 2020, the Navy's Blue Angels and the Air Force Thunderbirds dazzled the country with a series of 12-ship flybys of major American cities. In this video, former Thunderbirds commanding officer Richard McSpadden comments on what it takes to fly those demos and formations.
You no doubt saw last week's rare combined Blue Angels and Thunderbird flyby of several U.S. cities to honor health care workers toiling against COVID-19. But you certainly didn't see it like this. In spectacular cockpit footage, see what the pilots see when flying a tight formation flyby.
In early April 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic all but idled airline traffic in the U.S. What better opportunity to tour New York's three major airports—LaGuardia, Kennedy and Newark—with a four-ship of Bonanzas, as detailed in this video graciously provided by Anil Sangwan.
On April 14th, 2020, the NTSB released the docket for the fatal crash of an Icon A5 piloted by baseball star Roy Halladay. In this video, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli comments on the docket findings. You can find the full report on the NTSB site at https://tinyurl.com/y8srdpmc
For the 2020 model year, Cirrus has built in what it calls Cirrus IQ. Using cellular communications, a smartphone app and cloud storage, it has real-time trend and data monitoring that could ultimately lead to safety monitoring systems.
Aviation has suffered its downturns, but nothing like the rapid impact of covid-19 on world airline fleets. Thousands of aircraft are parked, as detailed in this video from the Ishrion Aviation YouTube channel.
When Navy aircraft return to trap aboard a carrier in good weather, it's called a Case I operation. It's normally done entirely visually and "ziplip." No radio comms. In this video on the Wingnut172N channel, you can see the enter sequence from the break over the ship to the final arrestment.
Diamond's diesel-powered DA40 NG is proving a popular choice for flight schools. In this video, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli explains the engine's details and gives the airplane a wring out in snowy London, Ontario.
On an airliner, engines are a source of noise heard on the ground, but so is airflow over landing gear, flaps and slats. Using massive supercomputers to model airflow, NASA is seeking ways to reduce such noise. This AVweb video explains the project.
Sporty's has a new handheld radio out called the PJ2. Aviation Consumer editor Larry Anglisano has been putting the PJ2 through its paces and prepared this field report.