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Just The Facts News Roundup for the Week Of July 6, 2020

A busy news week includes two tragic aircraft accidents, a new bush plane and a marginally impressive milestone.

American Legend Aircraft Mother Of All Cubs. Courtesy American Legend Aircraft
American Legend Aircraft Mother Of All Cubs. Courtesy American Legend Aircraft

Eight people in two aircraft (four aboard each plane), were killed then a de Havilland Beaver and a Cessna 206 collided over Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho last weekend.

It was a drone collision. The NTSB reported recently that back in December 2019, a helicopter in Los Angeles did indeed collide with a drone. The helicopter was flying at 1,100 feet over downtown L.A. Neither the drone nor its owner have been located.

Boeing quietly made the decision to stop production of its 747 jumbo jet, which made its first slight in 1968. Over the years Boeing built more than 1,500 of the jumbo jets, with hundreds of them still in service around the world.

Former MLB Pitcher, Three Others Killed In Utah Crash. Former Phillies hurler Tyson Brummett and three of his passengers were killed when the Cessna 172 he was piloting crashed in West Jordan, Utah. Brummett pitched most of his career in the minor leagues and only appeared in one major league game.

Bombardier delivered its 350th Challenger 350, which we report on as much because that’s a lot of super-midsize jets to build but also because the milestone is only a milestone because the company designated the jet the “350.” So we now wonder if the company wishes it had given it a bigger number.

Boeing 737 Max Completes FAA Flight Testing. Boeing and the FAA completed the recertification of the 737 Max, which was grounded last year after problems with its MCAS stability augmentation system, which is the suspected cause of two plane crashes that killed 346 people in two separate crashes. Despite its imminent reintroduction, Boeing is said to be facing hundreds of cancellations for the Max, which is a more fuel-efficient version of its popular 737 single-aisle airplane.

American Legend Aircraft introduced the “bad” version of its kit Cub, which it is calling the “Mother of All Cubs,” or “MOAC,” for short. The bush plane features a rugged landing gear suspension system and around a 200-ish-hp (205-for takeoff, 195 max continuous power) Continental XP-375 Titan engine for what the company claims is some pretty extraordinary performance.

Stratos Aircraft completed the first flight of its 716X single-engine kit jet. With a target speed of 400 knots and a max range of 1,500 nm, the Stratos will have unrivaled numbers for very light jets. This inaugural model will undergo testing in support of serial kit production, which the company hopes will segue into Part 23 certification down the road.

Boom announced that it plans to unveil its full-sized prototype XB-1 supersonic transport in October. The would be supersonic is designed to carry 50 passengers.


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