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Aircrafts Taking Gunfire In Mississippi, Longest-Range Plane Flies; and also Blackhawks Win Big

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Aircrafts Taking Gunfire In Mississippi, Longest-Range Plane Flies; and also Blackhawks Win Big

An Airbus A330 flew right to Rome from JFK International in New York City after it made get in touch with on the ground at JFK with a taxiing cab Boeing 777. The Triple-Seven was significantly harmed. The Airbus obtained small damages. Concerns are being elevated regarding the pilots’ and also controllers’activities adhering to the occurrence, with much of the emphasis being on the ITA’s staff’s choice to proceed onto Rome in an airplane they were informed had actually been struck on the ground by one more aircraft. The sound of the air traffic control service interactions with the ITA team reveal that they were educated of the influence quickly after the airplane left.

A med-evac aircraft took a bullet in the cowling as the King Air was being pre-flighted for the day’s journeys at Jackson, Mississippi. The bullet, according to regional records, directly missed out on the pilot that was pre-flighting the aircraft. It lodged in the engine of the airplane, where it was gotten by the pilot. The shot had not been the very first in current weeks. Think it or otherwise, the occurrence is believed to be connected to a continuous area disagreement including City of Jackson garbage vehicles that are for one reason or another parked at the airport terminal, which has, according to private investigators, concentrated the evidently well-armed citizens on the landing strip. You can not make this things up.

The airline companies, still reeling after a tragic Juneteenth weekend break, with numerous terminations as well as hold-ups, is encountering what seems an also worse vacation beginning … oday. With pandemic traveling limitations appearing a distant memory and also guests excited to see liked ones, this July 4th vacation is clashing directly with an airline company market that’s dealing with staffing lacks as well as framework difficulties, consisting of FAA scarcities of assessors as well as controllers. The wild card, as is frequently the instance, will certainly be the weather condition. Serious weather condition at or around any one of the significant centers can lead to difficulty. Hang on to your hats.

Gulfstream made the inaugural trip of its G800 front runner twin-engine global service jet. The big cabin jet invested 2 hrs on its very first trip, melting just lasting aeronautics gas while doing so, an initial for an inaugural trip, to our expertise. The 800 will certainly flaunt an 8,000 nm array at Mach.85 (quickly) and also a 7,000 nm variety at Mach.90 (worthless quick), behind next-gen Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines. The 800 is the 8th brand-new jet that Gulfstream has actually introduced in the previous years. The Savannah, Georgia-based airplane producer is one of the most effective civil airplane manufacturer worldwide, and also the brand-new version, which the firm anticipates to market quickly, will certainly contribute to Gulfstream’s excellent return to.

Sikorsky, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, won an agreement with the DoD to supply a minimum of 120 Blackhawk helicopters to the Army as well as international customers/allies. The offer, valued at $2.3 to $4.4 billion, because there are alternatives for an extra 135 airplane, will certainly take a minimum of 5 years for the business to accomplish. While it’s hectic getting Blackhawks, the Army is likewise choosing its ultimate substitute, with the competitors to 2 excellent next-gen participants, one from Sikorsky and also one from Bell, both of which attribute reducing side building and construction as well as style, consisting of much better onward rate than standard layouts.


2 Utah State Aviation leaflets passed away in the accident of a school-owned Cessna 152 while they got on a training objective. Both, a young teacher, and also a CFI prospect, got on a training trip when the airplane collapsed in a rural/agricultural component of the Wasatch Front. There’s no word yet on the source of the accident. Cessna 152s are commonly made use of by trip colleges for the called for spin recommendation training for the first Certified Flight Instructor certification. The institution stood down its trip training tasks following the accident, as well as it made psychological wellness therapy readily available to all pupils and also team that were looking for the treatment. The NTSB is checking out the collision.

Video clip arised of the pilot of a Cirrus SR22 rolling the plane (an aerobatic maneuver) on 2 different events, as soon as during the night over a booming location. In both instances, there seemed 4 individuals aboard the airplane at the times the maneuvers were done. There was no recognizing info regarding the pilot or the aircraft conveniently noticeable in the video clip. FAA laws need in many circumstances that passengers of an aircraft doing aerobatic maneuvers put on parachutes. The SR22, as a Normal Category airplane, is not accepted for aerobatics, which are restricted over populated locations, also.

A document variety of pilots obtained their Reno tickets punched last month, providing the benefit of competing at the globe’s terrific air races, the STIHL National Championship Air Races, which occur September 14-18 at Reno/Stead flight terminal. The 28 novices that won qualification is believed to be the highest possible number ever before in any kind of one year for the races, which are this year commemorating their 56th wedding anniversary. Greater than 50 various other well-known Reno racers obtained their called for frequent training at the very same time at the June conference in Reno.


A Polish Very Light Jet in advancement, the Flaris, by Metal Masters (not a hefty steel band) remains to advance gradually towards accreditation. A four-seat all-composite single-engine jet powered by a Williams FJ-33 turbofan engine. With a max departure weight of around 3,8000 extra pounds, the little jet is stated to fly quickly, around 325 knots, and also have extremely brief launch and also touchdown ranges, so brief actually they resist credulity. A 2nd model is claimed to be nearing its initial trip.

The United States Air Force has actually picked LIFT Technologies to create its next-gen trip staff headgears, which, as soon as they inevitably reach their high-flying end customers, will certainly be changing 50-year-old styles. The headgears are being developed, the Air Force claimed in a launch, to much better fit pilots of various shapes and sizes. While specifics are still sporadic, the brand-new safety helmets need to be lighter– they seem constructed out of carbon fiber– and also even more comfy while likewise supplying premium security for the noggins of the Air Force’s the majority of useful possessions.

Airline companies in Chaos, China Again Bullish on GA as well as a Vintage Huey Goes Down.

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Airline companies in Chaos, China Again Bullish on GA as well as a Vintage Huey Goes Down.

Airline traveling was seriously interrupted this previous week, as numerous trips were terminated, as well as 10s of hundreds of guests were postponed or just stranded at flight terminals seeking means to obtain residence. The airline companies criticized the disorder on staff scarcities and also extreme weather condition.

A civilian-owned as well as ran Bell UH-1 collapsed in West Virginia, eliminating all 6 aboard. Records are that the vintage retired army helicopter got on its method to a Huey get-together when the accident took place.

In its most current 5-year strategy, China states that it will certainly make the innovation of civil air travel a concern. The nation’s decreased degree of assistance for basic air travel over the previous numerous years has actually made a Western financial investment by air travel companies a tricky proposal.

With the scarcity of pilots to fly aircrafts in the middle of a rise in flight need, local airline companies are raising pilot pay considerably. 3 airline companies, PSA, Envoy, as well as Piedmont, all bumped pilot pay to degrees similar to or in most cases greater than the settlement degree at the majors.

Regional airline companies are likewise checking out unique methods to stay clear of the basic 1500-hour minimum for trip crewmembers. SkyWest has actually put on the FAA for a Part 135 charter certification, which would certainly permit the airline company to run smaller sized aircrafts as traveler airplanes. If the FAA accepts the application, and also it has actually accepted various other such applications in years previous, the relocation may introduce an entire brand-new standard for short-haul flight.

There was a flurry of information on the SAF front, as non-petroleum gas were made use of on the very first helicopter trip, a local airplane while the very first set of lasting gas was making its method with a gas pipe near New York City.


Honda Aircraft got to a 25-year manage FlightSafety International for that training company to be Honda’s best sim carrier. The contract will certainly include a 2nd sim, increasing the training ability for HondaJet trip crewmembers.

A Red Air DC-9 went off the path at Miami International after its equipment fell down on touchdown, yet all 126 guests as well as team left securely, also as the airplane was melting. Fire as well as rescue action was book, potentially conserving lots of lives. The NTSB is checking out.

The FAA as well as telecommunications suppliers have actually accepted cool down jets on the releasing of 5G mobile solution near active airport terminals. The alright to turn on 5G was because of get on July 1st, 2022, however the arrangement will certainly press that back in many cases a year as the FAA collaborates with airplanes as well as various other huge airplane drivers to customize or change their existing radar altimeters.

The FAA launched brand-new support for entities that produce NOTAMs, supplying brand-new standards that the company hopes will certainly make the NOTAM system a lot more functional. The advising round shares mainly sensible recommendations for modification, consisting of removing out-of-date NOTAMS and also those pertaining to sound reduction treatments.


Aviation Pioneer Flies West, 5G Havoc And A Novel New Safety Feature

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Former Tuskegee airman Brig. Gen. Charles McGee died at the age of 102. He was a highly decorated veteran combat pilot of three wars, and a squadron commander, in addition to being part of the famous segregated World War II Red Tail squadron, which was composed almost entirely of Black men who previously could not have flown for the military.

In happier news, fighter ace Colonel Bud Anderson celebrated his 100th birthday last weekend, an event feted by many friends and fans. Happy birthday, Colonel!

One of the largest airplanes to ever fly, the Stratolaunch twin-fuselage mother ship,flew for the first time since 2019. The company’s founder, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, died in 2018, putting the company’s future in question.

The 5G rollout in the United States by Verizon and AT&T caused disruption across business and commercial aviation, with numerous reports of false radar altimeter readings causing false alerts and much confusion. The telecommunications firms separately announced they would not activate service at towers near airports, at least temporarily.

Airbus distributed a 20-item list of potential problems that pilots of its aircraft might encounter with anomalous radar altimeter readings, some but not all of which could be rectified by hand-flying the aircraft.


Enstrom Helicopters closes its doors today after announcing earlier this week that it was shutting down operations and entering bankruptcy. The Menomonee, Wisconsin,-based helicopter maker had been in continuous operation since 1959. It wrote in a press release that it was aware of a number of other businesses interested in buying the company’s assets and resuming operations. 

In the good-news-can-also-be-bad-news category, sales of used business jets smashed previous records, according to Asset Insight. The analyst’s findings included that inventory was lower by half and that sales prices were at an all-time high, with many aircraft being sold above asking price.

The NTSB recommended to the FAA that it require carbon monoxide detectors in all enclosed cabin aircraft with reciprocating engines. Accidents believed to have been caused by carbon monoxide infiltration of the airplane account for slightly less than one per year. The FAA can choose to act upon the NTSB’s recommendation in whole, in part or decline altogether to make new rules.


Pipistrel announced a new model, the Explorer, already certified by the European Union, including approvals for commercial operations, including glider towing. The Explorer has a novel feature, a haptic stall warning alert to warn pilots about an impending stall. Unlike stick shakers, which vibrate the entire control device—usually a control column—Pipistrel’s ingenious device gets the same message across cheaply and with no potential effect on the flight controls.

Kitty Hawk, Garmin Supply Chain Issues And A 200-Jet Milestone

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Photo by Mike Fizer Courtesy of AOPA

Today marks the 118th anniversary of the first controlled powered flight of a heavier-than-air aircraft by Orville Wright in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The plane that he and his brother Wilbur designed and constructed, along with engine maker Charlie Taylor, flew for 12 seconds and covered a distance of 120 feet.

A record tornado ripped through parts of four states earlier this week, leaving a swath of destruction and heavily damaging several general aviation airports, including Boyle County, where more than a dozen airplanes were destroyed. The tornado stayed on the ground for more than 200 miles, a greater distance than any other recorded tornado.

Garmin announced last month to its dealers and customers that it was experiencing delays in delivering navigators and radios, including the GTN 750Xi, one of its bestsellers. The company said in an email to its dealer network that it had suffered several supplier “decommitments,” and as a result would tentatively schedule deliveries of orders placed after September 1, 2021, to the second quarter of 2022.

Garmin told Plane & Pilot that the impact on customers was hoped to be minimal. A Garmin spokesperson wrote in an email, “Many install shops have a 3 to 6 month (or more) backlog, based on their own capacity or labor constraints, so a number of these supply chain constraints will have no impact at all to someone’s ability to get their aircraft upgrade scheduled.”

Dynon, too, announced that it was experiencing supply chain woes causing the company to stop production of its displays for Experimental Amateur-Built Aircraft until it can create workarounds for the parts subject to the global shortages.

CubCrafters announced that its NXCub had earned FAA certification. A development of the company’s popular XCub, the NXCub sports a nosewheel. Previously, the aircraft had been offered as an amateur-built model.


The pilot of an ultralight aircraft was uninjured in the crash of his small craft in South Bend, Indiana, and failed a field sobriety test, according to local news reports. He was, however, not arrested, and it is not clear what if any statutes the pilot violated in the incident, as ultralight aircraft are generally not subject to FAA regulations and there are few local, county or state ordinances against operating an ultralight under the influence of alcohol.

Congratulations to Honda Aircraft, which delivered its 200th HondaJet, a milestone it accomplished in six years—we’ll do the math; that’s around 33 jets rolling out the doors every year.

Ameriflight announced a partnership with Merlin Labs in developing automated piloting capabilities for its existing aircraft. The freight carrier said that it would explore both total and supplement automation for cargo flights. Merlin has already gotten an outline of certification requirements from the FAA, though there’s no timetable for certification.


Congrats to AOPA’s brilliant photographer Mike Fizer, who announced his retirement from the organization earlier this week. Inspired and mentored by aviation photographer extraordinaire, Fizer soon crafted his own distinctive style that included powerful in-your-face close-up covers and dreamy landscapes with airplanes. Fizer worked for AOPA for more than 30 years.

The University of North Dakota held a gathering of aviation professionals to discuss the subject of mental health in the pilot population, this following the death in an aircraft accident of UND student John Hauser, who suffered from mental health challenges, according to his family. As we previously reported, UND paused flying activities and held support sessions for its students in the wake of Hauser’s death.

SAF Heats Up (Figuratively Speaking), Backcountry Pioneer Flies West, And Flock Of Birds Vs. 737

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CubCrafters founder Jim Richmond passed away at his home in Yakima, Washington, late last month. Richmond, who started up what would become a backcountry aviation powerhouse, guided his company to the creation of seven new models of planes and numerous STCs for improving the performance and durability of existing backcountry planes. Richmond was 67.

Plane & Pilot announced that the winners of its 2021 Planes of the year are the Diamond Aircraft DA50 and the Sling HW (high-wing). Also recognized for their achievements were Garmin International for its SmartGlide safety utility and SkyDisplay for its compact, affordable head-up display.

EAA announced that it would honor the 75th Anniversary of the United States Air Force in this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Fly-In. The highest-flying branch of the United States military (no offense, Space Force!) got its flying papers in 1947. Previously it was known as the United States Army Air Forces. We’re hoping this means lots of Korea-era jets at this year’s fly-fest.

Think flight training is a hot market? You are right. The aptly named flight training dynamo ATP announced earlier this week that it had graduated its 10,000th Airline Transport Pilot since the program started in 2015,

The NTSB issued its factual report on the tragic crash of an American Champion Decathlon in Wisconsin that killed both occupants, a brother, a CFI, who was at the controls, and his sister, who had been married just weeks before. The plane crashed as the pilot was attempting a low-level loop as family members looked on.


The City of Dayton, Ohio, where the Wright Brothers did most of the development of their early aircraft, has okayed the demolition of the Brothers’ first bicycle shop, which was in disrepair with no one willing to step up and renovate the property. The Wrights didn’t do any actual aircraft development at the location.

There were more announcements about the future potential of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF, a name that has a sales pitch built into it).  A United jet flew a passenger revenue flight with one of its engines running SAF, and besides the faint aroma of fish and chips, which we’re only imagining, the engine ran flawlessly. Pratt & Whitney and Embraer also announced a study looking to gain more insights into the use of 100% SAF fuel. Currently, regulations limit SAF use to 50% when blended with regular Jet A.

Roll-Royce claimed a speed record for its Spirit of Innovation electric-powered small plane. The model, based on Jon Sharpe’s Reno racer Nemesis, hit better than 387 mph, establishing a speed record for all-electric planes that, if validated by the FAI, would better the previous mark of an Extra 300 by around 175 mph.


When an airplane hits a big bird, it’s trouble. When it hits a flock of big birds, look out. A Malta Air 737 descending into Bologna, Italy, ruined the day for an indeterminate number of gray herons, causing one engine to cut out and causing (thankfully) non-catastrophic damage to the windscreen and other components. The crew kept their wits about them and landed the jet safely despite the loss of the engine and greatly diminished forward visibility.

Daher announced that it had delivered the 300th Kodiak utility turboprop single. The French company acquired Sand Point, Idaho-based Kodiak in 2019.

Superstar Singer Dies in King Air Crash, FAA Saying Goodbye To “Airmen,” and Avionics Sales Are Boffo

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The NTSB found the elevator mechanisms were jammed before the crash of a charter operated McDonnell Douglas MD-87 at Houston Executive last month. The pilots told investigators that the elevator control was like it was “in concrete.” The crew aborted the takeoff late, and the jet overran the runway end and crashed into a field across a road. All 21 aboard escaped the plane, which soon afterward burst into flames.

The FAA conducted an Inclusive Language Summit this week as part of its plan to eliminate biased language from its publications and regulations.

Avionics sales were hot in the third quarter of the month, with manufacturers reporting sales of $1.7 billion in products.

NASA’s small but mighty Ingenuity helicopter took to the Martian skies again earlier this week, making its 15th flight. The two minutes-and-change flight was conducted after NASA scientists “tweaked” the wee helo’s flight control motors.

A North American P-51 Mustang went off the runway at Tallahassee International airport last week. The Mustang, operated by the Commemorative Air Force, travels with the organization’s “Rise Above” motivational tour. The pilot was unhurt, and the Mustang suffered a collapsed main gear leg and propeller damage.

The NTSB found that the 2018 fatal crash of a Cessna Citation was caused by a malfunction of the Tamarack active winglets installed on the plane. The Citation was being flown by a single pilot carrying two passengers. Soon after takeoff, the pilot reported he could not control the plane, which shortly thereafter crashed at high speed into the ground. Tamarack is disputing the NTSB’s findings.

Garmin took possession of the Collier Trophy, the most prestigious award in aviation and aerospace for the development and certification of its Autoland safety utility. The award gala took place last week in Washington, D.C.

The United States House of Representatives passed the Infrastructure and Investment and Jobs Act late last week. The bill, which is expected to be signed into law by President Biden shortly, earmarks $550 billion for repairing and enhancing the nation’s roads, bridges, tunnels and airports, among other critical infrastructure. The bill includes billions for aviation infrastructure, including provisions contained in a bill specifically aimed at promoting services in transportation.


A popular Brazilian singer and winner of a Latin Grammy Marília Mendonça was killed when the Beechcraft King Air she was a passenger in struck wires and crashed north of Rio de Janeiro. Four others were killed in the crash.

A Japanese E-VTOL, the Skydrive SD-05, was in the news last week as some stories reported that it had reached a milestone in its certification. It had not. Japan regulators will merely begin the process of beginning the certification process–the dating equivalent would be that girl you like beginning to think about going on a date with you.

Gravel Bar Super Cub Hits Kayaker, A-10 Lands On A Michigan Highway And Record Numbers Announced For AirVenture 2021

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A sightseeing plane, a de Havilland Beaver, crashed at Misty Fiords National Monument, killing the pilot and all five passengers aboard. The passengers were from a cruise ship that docked in Ketchikan. Visibility was low at the time of the crash. The NTSB is investigating.

EAA released the final tallies for Oshkosh AirVenture 2021, and it came close to being a record-breaking year, with 608,000 visitors, more than 10,000 fly-in airplanes and a record number of warbirds and vintage planes, as well.

Microsoft has announced the availability of Flight Simulator 2020 for the Xbox (and we totally want one). With the Xbox’s dedicated architecture and subscription model, users will likely have an easier time getting great performance from the simulator and at a better cost, say gaming experts.

A Piper Cub crashed in Hartford, Wisconsin, last week while on a training flight. Killed in the crash was the instructor, Kylie Murray, a student at Auburn University in Alabama and a CFI at the flight school that was operating the J-3. A second occupant of the plane received serious injuries. The NTSB is investigating. A friend of the family is conducting a fundraiser for starting a scholarship in Kylie’s name with Women in Aviation. You can donate here.

The Michigan Department of Transportation announced that the Michigan National Guard was landing its aircraft on a state highway (Michigan M-32, to be exact) west of Alpena, Michigan. A couple of the planes pictured were a C-146 (Dornier Do-328) and an A-10 Warthog.

Pilot Jessica Cox has teamed with Van’s Aircraft for the creation of an RV-10 that Cox, who has no arms, can fly. Cox currently flies an Ercoupe, so this one will be a good deal faster. 

The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) has launched a cross-country (not transcontinental) race for electric aircraft.  The race, from Omaha, Nebraska, to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, will cover 1,000 nautical miles. The winner, based on cumulative flying (and not charging) time will be awarded the Pulitzer Trophy, which the NAA gave out in the early days of powered flight. The race will take place from May 16, 2022, and must be completed by May 19.  No word yet on prize money, if any.

A Super Cub taking off from a gravel bar on the Willamette River in Oregon struck a kayaker, who was seriously injured. The PA-18, outfitted with big tires, was being flown by an experienced pilot who was reported to have landed on that gravel bar many dozens of times before. The pilot returned to aid the kayaker and is cooperating with the investigation, according to reports.

Tuskegee Airman Gets Terminal In His Name, New WASP Movie Inspires, And It’s Branson vs. Bezos For Space Dibs

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Photo: Representative Sam Graves (R, MO) Facebook Page.

Longtime friend of general aviation James Inhofe (R, OK) introduced a bill that would hold sat/comm company Ligado liable for the costs that aviation users would incur due to Ligado’s development of its GPS-adjacent radio spectrum, which it plans to use for communications and for the internet of things.

The Commemorative Air Force is now showing a film chronicling the contributions and achievement of the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs).  It will show the production at airshows and gatherings around the county, including in Kansas City this weekend and Oshkosh AirVenture in July.

Virgin Galactic got the FAA’s approval just last week to start flying paying passengers to space. The approval sets off a modern-day publicity arms race between Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson and Blue Origin’s Jeff Bezos, the latter of whom has been promising to be the first really rich guy to go there. An online petition asking that Bezos not be allowed to return to earth has reportedly gathered more than 70,000 signatures.

A team in Australia is claiming the world distance record for an electric airplane after it flew a Pipistrel Velis Alpha Electro 730 nm over the course of several days. Eyre to There Aviation was the organization behind the effort. The airplane can go less than 100 nm on a single charge, so there were many stops along the way.

Starting yesterday, July 1st, 2021, the fee to take an FAA knowledge exam will increase to $175. The cost to take the tests has more than doubled over the past few years.

Garmin earned approval for the installation of its GFC 600 autopilot in Pilatus PC-12s with Garmin TXi primary flight displays, a popular mod for the pressurized single. When outfitted with compatible Garmin navigators and displays, the GFC 600 in the PC-12 will boast additional autopilot features, including enhanced go-around and missed approach functionalities.

The Huffington Post’s Macy Bayern wrote an expose of the FAA’s risky and stigmatizing policies on pilots and mental health. The FAA declined to comment on the piece.

A Slovakian company, Klein Vision, made a 35-minute flight to prove that its flying car prototype, dubbed the AirCar, can do both of the things its name claims. The plane landed at Bratislava, the capital, and proceeded to drive into the city center.

Kansas City, Missouri, named its general aviation terminal at the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport after Brig. Gen. Charles McGee, who flew in World War II with the Tuskegee Airmen Squadron. McGee, who served as commander at a Kansas City Air Force Base in the 1950s, also managed Kansas City Downtown for a time in the early 1980s. McGee is 101 years old. The airport, by the way, is named after the two-term mayor of Kansas City, who was the original flight surgeon for the United States Air Force Thunderbirds. Wheeler is 94.


 The family of global basketball superstar Kobe Bryant reached a settlement with the estate of Ara Zobayan, the pilot of the helicopter in which Bryant, his daughter Gianna and six others died in January of 2020. Terms of the settlement weren’t released. At the time of his death, Bryant’s wealth was estimated at $600 million.

The“Cockpit’s” Days Might Be Numbered, “Manned Drone” Racing Coming Soon, Cool New Dual-Band ADS-B Receiver Hits the Market, and Somebody Gave A Million Bucks to Air & Space!

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The Aircraft Electronics Association concluded a successful 2021 gathering in Dallas yesterday. The event had originally been planned for earlier in the year, but AEA postponed because of the pandemic. There was no 2020 event. This year’s gathering was lively, with more than 120 companies in attendance, 30 companies presenting at the New Products roundup, and more than 100 hours of training sessions.

Australian company Airspeeder says that the oxymoronic sport of “manned drone racing” is ready to get started after it made a remotely piloted flight of one of the craft in front of Australian aviation authorities. To further confuse the phraseology, Airspeeder called it the first flight of a flying race car. The racing would be done by human pilots.

Avidyne earned FAA STC approval for and announced the immediate availability of its dual-band SkyTrax200 ADS-B-In receiver. Because it’s dual-band (1090 and 978), the new unit is ideally configured for the multimodal mélange that is U.S. airspace while also being able to blend both ADS-B and compatible active traffic system targets. The cost is $2,499.

Appareo has introduced a recording system aimed mostly at business and charter flying that will record high definition flight deck video, both pilot and ambient audio and flight data, as well.  The system doesn’t even need to be hooked up to aircraft systems to do its data gathering thing. All it needs is power and a place in the aircraft to get attached to.

Flexjet donated a million bucks to the National Air & Space Museum. The dough will be used for exhibits highlighting general aviation aircraft, including Sean Tucker’s recently donated Oracle Challenger.

The FAA’s new anonymous reporting system for FAA employees went live this week. The system was developed in reaction to the FAA’s problematic handling of the Boeing 737 Max certification during which FAA personnel had concerns and either didn’t share them until after the twin crashes of 737 Max aircraft or whose concerns were voiced but were never acted upon. The Voluntary Safety Reporting System (VSRP) is part of the agency’s existing communications network but gives employees the opportunity to share safety concerns with less fear of retribution and with system-wide transparency.

An Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) made recommendations to the FAA to reform the management of designated pilot examiners (DPEs). Among other things, the ARAC suggested that DPEs be allowed to do more practical tests in an day—DPE and flight training organization representation on the ARAC was strong. But the committee also recommended a more standardized process for the selection of applicants and for their ongoing evaluation.

The House Infrastructure and Transportation committee has put forth a bill, with bipartisan support, that would shield the FAA from the effects of a government shutdown. A budget impasse in 2018 sent the aviation agency into a protracted tailspin, and the committee members are hoping to avoid a replay if it comes to that.

Iridium announced that its Certus 200 system is operational for several non-aviation uses and will be aviation ready late this year or early next year. The L-band satellite network requires a small antenna and is being marketed to all segments of GA.


Speaking of advisory committees, which we hardly ever do, by the way, a completely separate ARAC called for the FAA to get rid of outmoded terms like “cockpit” and “unmanned” and replace them with gender-neutral terms. When it comes to “manned aviation,” the FAA is way behind the times. Just think “Airman’s Registry” and “unmanned aerial vehicles,” both still in common FAA use today.

SkyDisplay, a division of My-Go-Flight, announced that it had earned STC approval in Cirrus SR22s for its head-up display (HUD). The sub-$30,000 display does most of what the HUDs in commercial aircraft do. Expect lots more approvals in the coming months and years as plane buyers and aircraft manufacturers clamor to get this gear on their planes.

100 Years For Bessie Coleman, Single Pilot Airliners Take A Step Forward, NFL Hall Of Famer To Chair 2022 Citation Airlift And The FAA Releases Factual Report on Fatal Helo Crash

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Think single-pilot, passenger-carrying airline travel will never happen? You might want to reconsider that take, as Airbus has announced it will team with Cathay Pacific to develop a system to enable single-pilot long-haul flying in wide-body Airbus aircraft. The Airline isn’t committing to actually doing it, though it says it plans to take a serious look at cutting the number of pilots on board to just two on such flights, though not any time soon.

Tuesday marked the 100th anniversary of aviation pioneer Bessie Coleman getting her pilot’s certificate. The young but fiercely focused Black/Indigenous woman, who was living in Chicago at the time, had to go to France to do the training, as few U.S. flight schools were open to teaching women or people of color.

Garmin has added new features to its popular GI 275 electronic flight instrument, including being the control for compatible transponders, allowing remote switching between flight control modes on third-party autopilots and acting as standby attitude indicator when paired with the company’s G500 autopilot. The new features are software-based. Dealers are already performing the updates. 

Former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning will be the Honorary Chair of the 2022 Citation Special Olympics Airlift. The airlift, which Cessna, now owned by Textron Aviation, started in 1987, and over the years has transported more than 10,000 athletes from their home states to the site of the event and back again upon its conclusion. Next year’s Orlando, Florida, event will run from June 4 through June 12.

To the surprise of no one, NBAA is moving forward with its plans to hold an in-person event in Las Vegas, Nevada, in October of this year. While the United States is opening back up from restrictions on in-person events that would have precluded the event even a few months ago, other nations face increasing Covid-19 caseloads and the reinstitution of travel restrictions.

AOPA is reminding pilots who got an FAA survey in the mail to complete it and get it back as soon as they can. The survey on GA and charter flying takes less than 20 minutes to complete. The FAA uses it to make critical funding and program decisions.

The NTSB released its factual report on the May 17th crash of a Sikorsky Blackhawk modified for firefighting duties. The helicopter was performing its seventh water pickup from a nearby lake when the suction hose swung up into the main rotors, causing catastrophic structure failure. All four aboard died in the ensuing crash and fire.

A crew testing a new sonar rig in central California’s Folsom Lake discovered the wreckage of a small plane on the lakebed. It was initially believed to be a Comanche that had crashed in 1965, killing four. But based on a second sonar scan, the local sheriff’s department concluded it was instead, an aircraft that had crashed two decades later. There were no fatalities in that crash.


President Joe Biden has chosen Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger to be the ambassador to ICAO, the international aviation rulemaking body that helps to regulate international air travel.

Another Delta flight, this one from Los Angeles to Atlanta, was diverted to Oklahoma City after a passenger, an off-duty flight attendant, began to act erratically, making an announcement over the in-cabin PA system. He had to be subdued by the flight crew and passengers and was arrested when the flight landed in Oklahoma City. The man could face federal charges and steep fines for the incident.