Aviation in the News


2020 December 2

Ryanair close to new Boeing 737 MAX jetliner order

An order from one of Boeing’s largest customers is a pivotal moment in efforts by the company to rehabilitate the MAX, once its fastest-selling model.  Each MAX is worth about $125 million at list prices, making a deal for up to 75 jets worth as much as $9 billion.  Ryanair is expected to win discounts closer to two thirds in return for a headline-grabbing relaunch of the MAX that helps fill gaps left by cancellations.

2020 November 18

Boeing Max Cleared to Fly as FAA Lifts Long U.S. Grounding

A criminal probe by the U.S. Justice Department continues.  Frayed relations with the FAA threaten to result in fines or other penalties and the Securities and Exchange Commission also has an open investigation.  Meanwhile, the Covid-19 pandemic has crushed the airline industry, prompting airlines to cancel orders.

2020 November 11

South Carolina Aviation Association Autumn Newsletter

10 November 2020

737 Max Could Be Cleared For Flight Next Week.

27 October 2020

Socialism vs. the Business Jet

Without a business jet, profitability would be more difficult to achieve and maintain. : Business jets are signs of prosperity.

18 October 2020

American Airlines plans to return Boeing 737 Max to service at year-end

“We remain in contact with the FAA and Boeing on the certification process and we’ll continue to update our plans based on when the aircraft is certified,” the company said in a statement.

9 October 2020

The Animated Reenactment of the Last Two Minutes of Colgan Flight 3407 Bombardier DHC-8-400, N200WQ, at Clarence Center, New York, February 12, 2009

1 October 2020

'I like what I saw,' U.S. FAA chief on Boeing 737 MAX test flight

30 September 2020

Boeing to move all 787 Dreamliner production to South Carolina

With the narrow-body 737 MAX grounded for over a year since two fatal crashes, building and selling more 787s has been crucial to Boeing’s financial recovery.  The company has orders for 526 of the planes and has delivered almost 1,000.  The twin-engine plane overcame years of delays and cost overruns to become a bestseller and is expected to overtake Boeing’s 777 and the Airbus A330 as the most popular wide body jet by 2023, according to analysts at Jefferies.  Airlines are retiring older 777s and A330s in favor of the smaller 787 and Airbus A350.

2020 September 7

Aviation A Smaller Contributor To Climate Change Than Previously Thought

Nitrogen oxides emitted in aircraft exhaust increase the production of ozone, a major greenhouse gas, but they also destroy methane, a big contributor to atmospheric warming.  Also contrails heat and cool the planet at the same time by trapping atmospheric heat while reflecting sunlight.  The net result is that contrails are only about half as bad as previously thought.

Density Altitude for the Pilot

2020 August 29

Lockheed Martin – Celebrating 35 Years in Greenville, South Carolina

2020 August 19

Private flights see rise in demand amid coronavirus pandemic

Commercial air travel has been significantly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.  On average, flights to each state in the U.S. saw a 50% decline in departures between July 2019 and July 2020.

2020 August 13

Air Force helicopter hit by gunfire while flying over Virginia, forced to make emergency landing

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into the incident.

2020 July 30

SC Aviation Week is August 15–22

See the Aviation Week Schedule of Events.

2020 July 29

Palmetto Aviation Summer 2020 newsletter of the South Carolina Aviation Association

2020 July 19

Lockheed Martin wins $15B Air Force contract for Super Hercules

Work on the contract will be performed in Marietta, Georgia – and is scheduled for completion in July 2030.

2020 June 13

NTSB report:  Pilots killed in Greenville plane crash chose to fly despite brake problems

"Before the accident flight, the airplane had been in long-term storage for several years and was in the process of undergoing maintenance to bring the airplane back to a serviceable condition, which in part required the completion of several inspections, an overhaul of the landing gear, and the resolution of over 100 other unresolved discrepancies."

2020 June 12

Citation 550 Crew Experiences Double Engine Failure

The pilot-in-command declared an emergency and the crew performed a successful no-engine straight-in approach through a broken cloud deck to Runway 19 and landed safely.  Neither of the two airline transport pilots, the two medical crew, or the three passengers onboard were injured.

2020 June 8

Flight Paths Forward:  The Future Of Business And General Aviation

COVID-19 has triggered another downturn, but the industry believes the market will recover and may actually benefit in the aftermath of the pandemic.

2020 April 29

COVID-19 Restrictions by State

from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)

2020 April 16

At least 20 planes destroyed at Walterboro airport after possible tornado

2020 April 8

Palmetto Aviation Spring 2020 newsletter of the South Carolina Aviation Association

2020 April 6

America's Air Traffic Control System Is Suffering Crippling Shutdowns Due To COVID-19

2020 March 25

See wingtip-vortices with low-pass and smoke!

2020 March 18

Caution - XM weather and ADS/B weather data is at least several minutes old when you see it!

2020 January 11

A380 Program Moves Into Operational Support, Aftermarket Phase

2019 May 27

On autopilot: 'Pilots are losing their basic flying skills,' some fear after Boeing 737 Max crashes
        "We’ve been talking about this in the industry for years. Pilots are losing their basic flying skills, and there's an overreliance on automation,"

Those pilots clearly need to fly into an SCBC breakfast once in a while. Flying skills is what the Breakfast Club is all about - that, and fellowship, and seeing all the airplanes, and having an enjoyable and delicious breakfast, and getting to fly, and just plain having fun.

2018 June 23

In Memoriam - Gerald Ballard, President, South Carolina Breakfast Club, 1979-2017

Gerald Ballard was the President of the South Carolina Breakfast Club from 1979 until his final flight off into the sunset, on December 5th, 2017 - almost half of the entire time that SCBC has been in existence. He was 78 years old. The memorial service was held on December 11th, 2017. A memorial fly-in is scheduled for June 23rd, 2018, at Twin Lakes Airpark, at his hangar.

Gerald dedicated a large part of his time to making sure the Breakfast Club was always a great thing to be involved with, and each fly-in a good reason to go flying. His stories always held our interest, and they were the kind of stories that, while you hoped they were not really true, knowing Gerald, they probably were.

Don't miss the Gerald Ballard Retrospective webpage.

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