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Airborne 07.31.20: FAA DPE Scandal, CAF FM2 Wildcat, Gulfstream G700 Tests

Also: XPONENTIAL Goes Virtual, Hurricane Hunters, ALPA: FedEx Hong Kong Pilots, FCC Fines Hobbyking $2.8M

The FAA has confirmed that severe issues of an unspecified nature are causing them to force as many as several hundred pilots to be retested for checkrides they may have taken over the course of some 11 years.

The FAA states, "This notice provides current guidance to FAA aviation safety inspectors (ASI) on program policies and procedures for reexamining individuals holding pilot certificates with various ratings who were tested by Michael A. Puehler of Cincinnati, Ohio. The reexamination will ensure that these individuals meet the standards of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 61 to hold their certificates and/or ratings." The Commemorative Air Force’s FM2 Wildcat is set to participate in the upcoming 75th Anniversary Commemoration of the End of World War II events, scheduled to take place in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, from August 29 to September 2, 2020. On Saturday, July 25, the aircraft and pilot Mike Polley boarded USS Essex (LHD 2) to bring the aircraft from San Diego to Pearl Harbor for the commemoration activities. Gulfstream is talking up their G700 flight-test program and the progress they are reportedly making progress with a number of accomplishments in testing and performance. The G700 was introduced in October 2019. The G700 has flown more than 100 test flights, recently completed company flutter testing and expanded the flight envelope at both high and low speeds. As part of Gulfstream’s testing efforts, the aircraft also flew beyond its maximum operating speed and cruise altitude, reaching Mach 0.99 and an altitude of 54,000 feet. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!

Airborne 07.31.20 is chock full of info in this Daily News Episode, Friday, July 31st, 2020... Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Host Sophie Hurlock. Sophie is supported by ANN Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, as well as ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell. This episode covers:

  • FAA Scandal Could Result In Hundreds Of Mandatory Pilot Retests
  • CAF FM2 Wildcat Boards USS Essex To Attend VJ Day Flyover In Hawaii
  • Gulfstream Touts G700 Flight-Test Advances 
  • AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020 Going Virtual
  • Hurricane Hunters Fly First Pacific Hurricane 
  • ALPA: FedEx Pilots Face Unacceptable Conditions in Hong Kong 
  • FCC Fines Hobbyking More Than $2.8 Million For Drones

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