Xwing Flies Cessna Caravan Autonomously

Company sees a future for autonomous cargo flights. After operating in stealth mode for the last four years, San Francisco-based Xwing said in a news release last week it has carried out a number of passenger-carrying flights from takeoff to landing using a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan. Xwing’s Autoflight System retrofits existing aircraft into optionally piloted vehicles, “by integrating with onboard flight control systems that allow the aircraft to navigate, take off and land autonomously, ensuring more cost-effective operations for logistic companies.” The system is designed to be supervised by remote operators who work…

A Former AirAsia Captain Commited Suicide After Losing His Job

A former AirAsia pilot committed suicide when he jumped from his condominium unit in Puchong, near Serdang, Malaysia, on Monday this week. According to the Serdang District Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner Ismadi Borhan, the Ex-AirAsia pilot as well as musician was depressed after he lost his job, which was his source of income. He also could not meet commitments. Borhan said:“Our initial investigations showed that the victim had fallen from the 12th floor of his condominium. We have also ruled out any foul play in his sudden death.” “According to…

FAA lists proposed changes for 737 MAX return to service

The FAA today released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for the Boeing 737 MAX, listing its proposed changes for the aircraft before it can return to service. Once officially published in the Federal Register, there will be a 45 day public comment period. This will be followed by additional actions by the FAA and international regulators. Finally Boeing and airlines will need to comply with the terms set forth in any final airworthiness directives before the MAX can return to service. Notice of Proposed Rulemaking The notice of proposed rulemaking is…