U.S. Travelers Face Inconsistent Travel Rules In Europe

By Helen Massy-Beresford Sep 24, 2021
Almost a month after the European Council recommended tightening COVID-19 travel rules for U.S. visitors to Europe, some countries in the region have implemented stricter rules while others have not, making travel from the U.S. to Europe more complicated.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Checklist: Aircraft Service Bulletins

BCA Staff Sep 24, 2021
Compliance with manufacturer's service bulletins may or may not be mandatory, but should never be ignored.
Maintenance & Training

Environmental Groups Urge Tougher U.S. Carbon Standard For Aircraft

By Graham Warwick Sep 23, 2021
Environmental groups have renewed their call for the U.S. government to set a tougher rule for aircraft greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions than the CO2 certification standard agreed by ICAO.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

SMS Unplugged: Reporting And Next Steps

Dave Huntzinger, Ph.D. Sep 23, 2021
Reporting, investigating, communicating and training—and SMS systems for small operators.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Airbus Starts Electrical Backup System Flight Tests

By Tony Osborne Sep 22, 2021
The EBS system uses a 100-kW electric motor connected to the main gearbox which could provide up to 30 sec. of additional power in the event of an engine failure, allowing the pilot to make a safe auto-rotation landing.
Emerging Technologies

SMS Unplugged

Dave Huntzinger, Ph.D. Sep 22, 2021
The simplified safety management system implementation plan.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Flight Safety Foundation Assessment Targets Downturn’s Added Risks

By Sean Broderick Sep 21, 2021
The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) is leading an effort to quantity safety risks that the downturn’s operational interruptions have introduced into parts of the aviation system so industry can adjust long-term safety programs in response to the new issues.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Bizav Industry Seeks Answers On Biden’s Vaccine Mandate

By Molly McMillin Sep 21, 2021
Business aviation manufacturers are waiting for clarification to understand the impact President Joe Biden’s sweeping mandate requiring employees of companies with more than 100 workers to be vaccinated or produce weekly negative COVID tests may have on their companies. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Loss of Pressurization During Flight, Part 2

By Patrick Veillette, Ph.D. Sep 21, 2021
Existing guidance and information on time of useful consciousness is inconsistent and misleading.
Flight Deck

U.S. Relaxes Entry Requirements For Vaccinated Travelers From Abroad

By Ben Goldstein Sep 20, 2021
The Biden administration said foreigners will be able to enter the U.S. with proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test beginning in November, marking a substantial loosening of entry restrictions put in place at the start of the pandemic.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Balked Landings, Part 2

By James Albright Sep 17, 2021
The influences of ground effect.
Flight Deck

How The First Unleaded High-Octane Avgas Was Created

By William Garvey Sep 15, 2021
It took more than a decade, but the General Aviation Modifications Inc. team found a solution.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Sliding Off The Runway In Hard Rain, Part 2

By Roger Cox Sep 15, 2021
The first part of this article series describes what led to the aircraft sliding off the runway into the river. The NTSB conducted a major accident…
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Sliding Off The Runway In Hard Rain, Part 1

By Roger Cox Sep 14, 2021
It was the night of May 3, 2019, and a hard rain was falling in Jacksonville, Florida. The rain was coming down so hard that the runway was slippery…
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Spirit Aero Wins Big With Federal Support For Aerospace Firms

By Lori Ranson Sep 13, 2021
The U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) has identified 313 aerospace businesses to be awarded $482.3 million in funding, with Spirit Aerosystems garnering the lion’s share at more than $70 million. 
Safety, Ops & Regulation

The Drugs You Don’t Fear Can Hurt You

By Roger Cox Sep 13, 2021
"The Crosscheck" column examines pilots' use of common and illicit drugs.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

RedTail Flight Academy Teams With Wheels Up, Opens N.Y. Chapter

By Molly McMillin Sep 10, 2021
The RedTail Flight Academy celebrated the opening of a flight academy at New York Stewart International Airport and a partnership with Wheels Up, a private aviation provider, on Sept. 10.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Industry Pioneer Departs From DJI

By Bill Carey Sep 10, 2021
Drone industry pioneer Brendan Schulman has left DJI for a position with Boston Dynamics.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Seven Injured In Cape Air Accident

By Bill Carey Sep 10, 2021
Seven people were injured Sept. 9 when a Cape Air Cessna 402 left the runway and crashed into nearby woods while landing at Provincetown Municipal Airport (PVC) in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Beta Technologies Keeps It Simple In Certifying Its eVTOL

By Graham Warwick Sep 09, 2021
Beta’s Alia eVTOL hews as close to a conventional fixed-wing aircraft as possible.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

In The Cockpit: Making An Innovative Aircraft Feel Familiar

By Graham Warwick Sep 09, 2021
Beta’s cockpit philosophy carefully contains the unfamiliar within the familiar.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Becker, Iris Unveil GA Collision Avoidance System

By Bill Carey Sep 08, 2021
Germany’s Becker Avionics and drone detect-and-avoid system developer Iris Automation have entered into an agreement to jointly develop a collision avoidance system for general aviation aircraft.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Helicopters in Turbulence: Part 2

By Patrick Veillette, Ph.D. Sep 08, 2021
Turbulent atmospheric conditions can exceed other structural and/or performance limitations of a rotorcraft.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

FAA Approves Certification Basis For Archer’s eVTOL

By Graham Warwick Sep 07, 2021
The startup is aiming for Part 23 type certification of its aircraft in late 2024.
Urban & Unmanned Aviation

Helicopters in Turbulence: Part 1

By Patrick Veillette, Ph.D. Sep 07, 2021
Turbulence can cause catastrophic mast bumping, main-rotor stall, loss of control and external load entanglement. 
Safety, Ops & Regulation