FAA Certification Needs Tweaks, Not Overhaul, Special Committee Says
WASHINGTON—The FAA’s certification process is not fundamentally flawed and “was followed” during the Boeing 737 MAX certification, but shortcomings in key guidance, global perspective, safety assessments, and agency staffing should be addressed to improve the system.
Woodward, Hexcel To Merge In Climate-Change Technology Push
Hexcel and Woodward are suppliers on many programs, including the A350. Credit: Airbus -- S. Ramadier
Fluid and motion-control systems supplier Woodward and materials leader Hexcel have proposed a stock merger to create one of the largest independent aerospace and defense suppliers, the companies announced Jan. 12.
Personal EVTOL Startup Names New CEO, Plans Sales Tour
BlackFly personal eVTOL. Credit: Opener
U.S. startup Opener, developer of the BlackFly personal electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) aircraft, has named a new CEO as it tests an initial batch of 30 vehicles ahead of a planned North American sales tour.
Tailwind Technologies President Jim Brown III. Credit: Tailwind Technologies
Tailwind Technologies has acquired Quality Aircraft Accessories, an aftermarket stocking distributor for general aviation accessory manufacturers. It also acquired Aerospace Welding Minneapolis and Aerospace Manufacturing.
Special mission PC-12 used in search for mystery drones. Credit: Colorado Department of Public Safety
After finding no evidence of criminal activity, Colorado’s Department of Public Safety (CDPS) has “scaled back proactive operations” that sought an explanation of a rash of reported drone sightings in the state.
Terrafugia Flies EVTOL For Carmaker Geely In China
TF-2A. Credit: Terrafugia
Images of an electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) aircraft carrying the branding of Chinese automaker Geely have appeared online. The Twitter posting shows a subscale aircraft flying and concept art of the full-scale air taxi.