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Short Final: Be Nice! >>

A few years ago I was flying into my home field in my Columbia 400. Descending I was doing a bit over 210 knots 10 miles out, number two for landing. Ahead of me was a regional jet... More

Industry Round-up, April 19, 2019 >>

AVweb'sweekly news roundup found reports on a special award for Gulf Coast Avionics, a new training system at Pacific Sky Aviation, a drone-based aircraft inspection solution from Rizse, and a new GLIDERBOOKS Academy online ground school course. It also uncovered announcements from the UK's All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation (APPG-GA) regarding how aviation firms are handling issues surrounding Brexit, responses to new drone laws, and proposed changes to the country's VFR cloud clearance minimums in Class D airspace. More

Aviation Associations Object To FAA Drug Study >>

Nine aviation associations are objecting to a proposed FAA study that would perform toxicology tests on anonymous urine samples gathered during pilot medical exams, according to a letter sent to the FAA on April 3. The letter states that the study proposal was presented to Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) team members during a February 27, 2018, meeting by staff from the FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI). More

AOA Sensor Malfunction Prompts Vision Jet Emergency AD >>

The FAA issued an emergency airworthiness directive (AD) for the Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet on Wednesday in response to three reports of the stall warning and protection system (SWPS) or Electronic Stability & Protection (ESP) System "engaging when not appropriate." According to the AD, "Cirrus and Aerosonic (manufacturer of the technical standard order AOA [Angle of Attack] sensor) have identified the probable root cause as an AOA sensor malfunction due to a quality escape in the assembly of the AOA sensor at Aerosonic." More

Boeing Finishes Testing MAX Software Update >>

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg has announced that Boeing completed the final test flight prior to certification testing for software designed to address issues with the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) on the Boeing 737 MAX on Wednesday. MCAS activation in response to faulty angle of attack sensors has been highlighted as a likely factor in the fatal accidents of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Lion Air Flight 610. More

China’s Flight Inspection Center Orders Citation Fleet >>

The Flight Inspection Center (CFIC) of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) signed an agreement with Textron Aviation joint venture Cessna-AVIC Aircraft for eight new Cessna Citation XLS+ business jets on Tuesday. Textron says the aircraft will be outfitted with special flight inspection equipment for missions including inspection and certification for the communication, navigation, radar and flight programs of newly built airports, as well as regular flight inspection missions for airports already in operation. More

Japanese Airliner Begins Certification Testing >>

Japan's Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has begun "certification flight test activities" for its Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), according to a company announcement on March 27. Mitsubishi says flight testing is being conducted in Moses Lake, Washington, as well as at Florida's Eglin Air Force Base for extreme environment certification tests. More

NTSB Investigating American Airlines Wing Strike >>

The NTSB announced on Wednesday that it is investigating an accident involving an American Airlines A321 that hit a runway distance marker during its takeoff roll at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on April 10, 2019. One of the pilots reported experiencing an uncontrolled 45-degree bank as the aircraft rotated. More

Embraer E195-E2 Certificated >>

Embraer received type certificates for the updated version of its E195 passenger jet from the FAA, EASA and Brazilian regulatory authority ANAC on Monday. The E195-E2, which has a maximum takeoff weight of 135,585 pounds, is the largest aircraft ever manufactured by Embraer. More