The NTSB’s wording on one key part of its probe into the crash of a Boeing 767 on approach to Houston changed. Here’s why.
While the two crashes of Boeing 737 Max 8 airliners have taken the vast majority of the world’s attention these past few weeks, for good reasons, a less followed mishap that claimed the lives of two Atlas Air pilots and a jumpseating pilot from another airline while the plane was on approach to George Bush more »
Two years after it announced construction on a new $75 million manufacturing facility, Mobile, Alabama-based Continental Motors Group Ltd. is rebranding as Continental Aerospace Technologies to reflect its focus on innovation. Continental Aerospace Technologies, which was founded in 1905 as automobile engine manufacturer Continental Motor Company, has been manufacturing, overhauling and caring for aircraft engines more »
The story by the New York Times reported details of 737 Max simulator flights with both the old and new MCAS software. The details are chilling.
The New York Times is reporting that in tests over the weekend pilots from a number of U.S.-based airlines gathered at Boeing’s simulator center in Renton, Washington, to see if they could save the day in scenarios similar to those encountered by the pilots of the doomed flight of Lion Air 610 (and very possibly more »
A major flub for an air carrier pilot would be taxiing up and parking the big ole jet airliner at the wrong gate. Oops. But the goof by a British Airways Embraer 170 crew was way better, in that it was way worse. BA Flight 3271 was supposed to go from London City, England, to more »
If you want it in your light airplane, Garmin now has it, and at prices you won’t believe.
At the Aircraft Electronics Association convention in Palm Springs, California, yesterday, Garmin International opened the event with its announcement of a slew of new products that could prove game changers for light GA. The big news was the introduction of G3X Touch for certified singles. The base product starts a just $8,000, and it’s true that more »
Why the world’s biggest plane maker faces a difficult future
The crash of Lion Air 610 in late October was a tragic mishap that from the beginning had the hallmarks of an accident that never should have happened. Almost immediately suspicions focused on a new system, Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), which Boeing introduced to give the new model flying manners the FAA would approve. more »
Former Delta executive Steve Dickson tapped amid 737 Max crisis
Some aviation officials are applauding President Trump’s pick of a Delta Air Lines executive to lead the FAA amid the ongoing Boeing Max 737 crisis. On Tuesday, the president nominated Steve Dickson for the five-year term. Dickson is an experienced Delta Air Lines captain who has served as the airline’s senior vice president of global more »
The board has issued a final report on the 2017 crash that killed two.
The NTSB has issued its final report on the May 15, 2017, crash of a Learjet 35A just south of New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport (TEB) near New York City. The accident, which killed Jeffrey Alino and William Ramsey, was preceded by several mistakes and operational missteps, including Ramsey’s decision to give his inexperienced co-pilot the more »
The order was part of an even bigger sale to training provider ATP.
Sales were up last year for Piper Aircraft and the Florida-based GA manufacturer hopes to improve on that success. And it looks like they’re on track. Earlier this month, ATP Flight School took delivery of eight of Piper’s Archer TXs. The single-engine trainers come Garmin G1000 NXi equipped and were shipped to the flight school’s more »
BlackBird is already in business, apparently. Will it avoid the same fate as now-defunct Flytenow and AirPooler operations?
Did the FAA’s successful shutting down of plane sharing apps AirPooler and Flytenow kill off plane sharing in the United States? Apparently not. Forbes reported earlier this week that BlackBird, an aircraft ride sharing company got a $10 million investment for its startup. The company is already operating its service, hooking up online customers with people more »
JetPack Aviation is working on building a flying version of a hot street bike. The drawings look really cool. But is an actual flying motorcycle even possible?
If you’ve seen photos of a new flying motorcycle called the Speeder, you might be as confused as we are about in what way it’s a motorcycle. It looks more like a flying jet ski or snowmobile, to be honest, but whatever. It’s still undeniably cool. And if the company had its way, there’d be more »
New details are emerging about Boeing’s knowledge of problems with the new flight control system that made the 737 Max possible. That system is suspected in two tragic crashes and the loss of nearly 400 lives.
What will the 737 Max debacle cost Boeing, the largest airplane maker in history and one of the biggest companies, too? If companies like General Motors and Bank of America were considered too big to fail during the economic downturn of a decade ago, Boeing, one of the nation’s most critical defense contractors, is even more »
The unprecedented executive order will immediately ground every plane in the series.
Numerous news outlets are reporting that President Trump has issued an executive order grounding all 737 Max aircraft in the United States. The grounding was to go into effect immediately. Planes in the air would be allowed to continue to their destinations. Trump’s order reverses the judgment of the FAA to allow the planes to more »
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Aviation Officials In At Least 15 Countries Ground The Planes In Wake Of Latest Tragedy. List Expected To Grow.
Boeing has announced that for months the company has been developing a flight control software enhancement for its 737 Max 8 in the wake of October’s Lion Air Crash. The news arrives amid rising calls for the aviation giant to ground the plan following the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 on Sunday. According to Boeing, more »
Space agency leaps forward in bid to bring supersonic air travel over land
New air-to-air photographic technology has moved NASA closer to developing a quieter supersonic aircraft – the futuristic sounding X-59 QueSST – after the space agency captured for the first time the interaction of shockwaves travelling faster than the speed of sound. NASA spent the past decade developing the new technology, which was recently used to more »
A non-standard aborted takeoff looked like it was a case of bad piloting and a lucky outcome. The NTSB report is out. Here’s the truth and why the pilot is a hero.
The NTSB released its final report on the 2017 runway excursion of a charter plane, Ameristar 9363, carrying the University of Michigan’s basketball team to a tournament, which it would go on to win, by the way. The plane, an MD-83 (a derivative of the DC-9) went off the runway as its pilots were attempting more »
Seeking contributions for our Lessons Learned column.
If you’re like us, then flying is one of the most important things in the world to you. And it doesn’t take long, usually soon after our first solo, if not before, that we begin to learn new things literally on the fly. We learn about flying, for sure, but we also learn about life, more »