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AvTalk Episode 45: Tossing a FUD Grenade

On this episode of AvTalk, The Air Current editor-in-chief Jon Ostrower joins us to discuss the investigation into the crash of Lion Air 610 and the attention now being paid to Boeing’s Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS). We also discuss Airbus’ plans for future aircraft development and the many incidents that occurred over the last two weeks, from Air Astana’s loss of control incident to runway overruns in Halifax and Gerorgetown. (more…)

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Virgin Orbit 747 ‘Cosmic Girl’ performs first captive carry test of ‘LauncherOne’ rocket

On 18 November, Virgin Orbit completed its first captive carry test of its 21.4 meter ‘LauncherOne’ rocket using its specially modified 747-400 ‘Cosmic Girl’ (N744VG). The 1 hour 19 minute flight out of Victorville took the 747 and rocket up to a max altitude of 16,000 feet. (more…)