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  • Not long after a false missile strike alarm rocked Hawaii on Saturday, pilots and controllers at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport at Honolulu had to deal with the closure of one of the main runways because there was a dead body on it.

  • The largely hypothetical hypersonic aircraft race appears to have become a lot more real at an academic forum in Florida last week. Boeing showed off a model of what it thinks a Mach 5 aircraft might look like and a Lockheed Martin official may have let it slip that his company has already built one.

  • An Aeromexico Boeing 737 lined up for the wrong runway at San Francisco International Airport last week in the third landing miscue at SFO in six months.

  • Turkish authorities say they still aren’t sure why a Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737 suddenly veered left at the end of its landing run and ended up hanging off the edge of a steep bank over the Black Sea late Saturday.

  • The pilot who landed an Air Canada A320 at San Francisco Airport in October after being ordered to go around told FAA investigators the radio was set to the wrong frequency.

  • Virgin America officially ceased to exist on Thursday. The quirky carrier was set up on a market branding agreement with Britain’s Sir Richard Branson, the billionaire founder of Virgin Atlantic and minority investor in Virgin America.

  • Indian airline Jet Airways announced that it has fired two of its flight crew members after a much-publicized incident that occurred between the two pilots on a flight from London to Mumbai on New Year’s Day.

  • Boeing reported that it delivered more commercial airplanes than any other manufacturer for the sixth consecutive year and set an industry record with 763 deliveries in 2017.

  • The Government of Malaysia has announced that it has signed a unique agreement with a U.S. oceanic research company to resume the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, which mysteriously disappeared in March of 2014.

  • The U.S. Coast Guard released an official statement announcing that it was ending its search for Dr. Bill Kinsinger of Oklahoma, who disappeared over the Gulf of Mexico in his Cirrus SR22T.

  • Volocopter, the German company that has long been working to develop a semi-autonomous VTOL, flew its aircraft for the first time in the U.S., on Monday. The aircraft flew briefly, unmanned and tethered, on a stage during the keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Volocopter also announced it had flown with a passenger for the first time last month, taking Intel CEO Brian Krzanich for a short flight inside a hangar in Germany.

  • Workers at all phases of life may be looking for a new career path for any number of reasons, and NBAA this month introduced a new mentoring program that aims to help those seekers explore opportunities in business aviation. “The great thing about the program is it’s designed for everyone,” said Brian Koester, NBAA’s manager of operations. Each participant will be matched with a mentor in the industry. The program started this month and runs through June.

  • Volocopter was not the only aviation company with a presence at the Consumer Electronics Show this week — Bell Helicopter and SureFly also made the trip to Las Vegas. SureFly had announced they would fly their manned drone at the show on opening day, but the attempt was delayed by rain. No date has been announced for a second attempt. Bell is attending the show for the first time, with exhibits that focus on the development of urban air taxis.

  • The BelugaXL, the extra-large and unique cargo aircraft built by Airbus to transport huge aircraft sections among its various production sites in Europe, has rolled out from its assembly hangar in Toulouse, France, for the first time, this month, Airbus announced on Tuesday. The airframe is now structurally complete, the company said. It’s the first of five aircraft now under construction, and is expected to fly for the first time by this summer.

  • Michael Huerta’s five-year term as FAA administrator ended on Saturday, and so far the Trump administration has not named his replacement. Daniel Elwell, who was named as the FAA’s deputy administrator last June, will serve as acting administrator until the position is filled. Elwell was previously a senior official at Airlines for America, an airline lobbying group, from 2013-2015. He also ran his own aviation consulting firm, Elwell and Associates, in Washington, and served in the U.S. Air Force and the Air Force Reserve, including combat service during Operation Desert Storm. He flew for American Airlines for 16 years.

  • Garmin’s G1000 NXi integrated flight deck is now included as standard equipment in Piper’s Meridian M500 single-engine turboprop and the Mirage M350 piston single, Piper announced on Monday. The company also plans to offer the system as a retrofit option (via STC) for both airplanes, as well as the Matrix, that are currently equipped with the G1000. The G1000 NXi system features wireless cockpit connectivity and enhanced situational awareness.

  • We flew a group of customers from North Carolina to Canada for a factory visit. This was a part 91 corporate trip, in a King Air 200. When we returned several days later, our Canadian airport had turned into the ice planet of Hoth: not just snow but ice everywhere. We got clearance to taxi from ground and I was barely moving trying to steer with just differential thrust. An airport vehicle called for clearance to move and he was told to hold for the King Air taxing out. The following exchange took place … Airport vehicle: "What King Air?” … Tower: "I don't see him. Oh wait, there he is. He is BARELY moving.” … Me, in my obviously Southern drawl: "Hey, we are doing the best we can!” … Tower: "Don't you have spikes on your tires?”… Me, in an even deeper Southern drawl: "Well we bought some chains, but nobody onboard knows how to put them on!” … Tower: "Sounds of multiple people laughing.” … Dan Moore

  • There was more misery for those trying to get through JFK Airport in New York Sunday as a water main break forced the closure of Terminal 4 and took with it 38 gates, most of them used for international flights.

  • Pilots who have an instrument ride or any other certificate or rating tested by an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) are being asked to let the Flight School Association of North America (FSANA) know how much they pay for the flight.

  • Friends of a missing pilot have paid tribute to him by finishing the Pilots N Paws animal rescue flight that he was on last Wednesday.

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