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Plane & Pilot Just The Facts Roundup Of Aviation News for the Week of July 13, 2020

A week of stories that in some cases were surprisingly hopeful.

Visitors check out a Beech Staggerwing near the EAA Arch.
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EAA launched its Spirit of Aviation Week, which will include hundreds of events, from educational forums to proficiency forums and entertainment.

Garmin got a lot of new approvals over the past week for its autopilots while also announcing it had earned approval for its GI 275 flight instrument to drive its GFC 500 autopilot, a pairing Garmin has been working on since even before it introduced the revolutionary flight instrument earlier this year.

Business aviation is making a comeback of sorts. In a story earlier this week, Aviation International News said that a firm that tracks business aviation flying, Argus International, is looking for bizjet flying to be down less than 20% under traditional numbers by next month, which passes for a victory in pandemic days.

Redbird Flight Simulations launched a virtual training program called Redbird Connect. The setup pairs an instructor and a student, both of whom are using Redbird flight training devices. The technology leverages a web-based version of Redbird’s simulator system along with video conferencing to bring teacher and student together.

Bye Aerospace raised $10 million in funding toward bringing its eFlyer to production. The company has been flying pre-production prototypes of the two-seat composite training airplane but earlier this summer told FlightGlobal that the plane was still “several years out” from delivery.

The NTSB blamed the crash of Atlas Air Flight 3591 on pilot error.  The Boeing 767-200 crashed while it was on approach to George Bush Houston International Airport on an error by the first officer, who accidentally activated the go-around mode and then mistakenly tried lowered the nose of the plane to avoid what he mistakenly thought was an imminent stall.

Before you charter that Gulfstream G650 to the south of France, the Air Charter Association (ACA) warned the public of a rise in online fraud by phony websites posing as charter operators. ACA said that many of the fraudsters had obtained high search-engine positioning, giving them a greater semblance of credibility.

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