Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Michael John Ratty: Plane crash killed flight instructor • Beech D95A Travelair, N64GM, Carolina Barnstormers Inc., accident occurred October 21, 2014 near Lake Ridge Aero Park Airport (8NC8), Durham, North Carolina

DURHAM, N.C. -

Michael John Ratty of Chapel Hill was killed Tuesday when a small plane crashed in a wooded area in northern Durham County.

Another person was injured in the crash.

Ratty, according to the Carolina Barnstormers website, was a captain with American Airlines for 22 years and taught flying out of Lake Ridge Airport.

The Durham County Sheriff's Office told area media outlets that the aircraft went down in the town of Bahama around 12:25 p.m. Tuesday. Sheriff's deputies found the plane 50 yards into the woods from the nearest street.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Kathleen Bergen said in an email that the Beech 95 aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff from Lake Ridge Aero Park Airport in Durham, which is about 15 miles south of Bahama.

Bergen said the FAA is investigating the crash and that the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the cause. 


- Source:  http://www.wncn.com

http://www.carolinabarnstormers.com/about_mike

http://registry.faa.gov/N64GM

AIRCRAFT CRASHED INTO A WOODED AREA, THERE WERE 2 PERSONS ON BOARD, 1 WAS FATALLY INJURED, 1 SUSTAINED SERIOUS INJURIES, WRECKAGE LOCATED NEAR LAKE MICHIE, 10 MILES FROM DURHAM, NC

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Greensboro FSDO-39

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

3 regional airlines submit proposals to serve Pierre, South Dakota, under Essential Air Service program

PIERRE, South Dakota — Three regional airlines have submitted proposals to provide federally subsidized service to South Dakota's capital city.

The proposals to the Essential Air Service program to serve Pierre are from Aerodynamics Inc. of Beachwood, Ohio, Boutique Air of San Francisco, and Great Lakes Aviation of Cheyenne, Wyoming, according to KCCR radio.

Great Lakes currently provides daily flights from Pierre to both Minneapolis and Denver, but the carrier has had to cancel or delay many flights this year because of a lack of pilots. The airline cites federal regulations for the pilot shortage. Federal Aviation Administration rules that took effect in August 2013 require co-pilots to log 1,500 flight hours before they can work for commercial airlines. They previously required 250 hours.

The proposals from Aerodynamics Inc. and Great Lakes are for daily flights between Pierre and Denver. Boutique Air would offer daily flights to both Denver and Minneapolis. The amount of the subsidy requested ranges from $767,546 by Great Lakes to $4.6 million by the other two airlines.

City officials have until Nov. 17 to submit comments to the federal Transportation Department. A group of city officials and consultants will study the proposals before deciding which one to support, Mayor Laurie Gill said. The federal government could decide on a carrier as early as the end of the year.

Information from: KCCR-AM, http://www.todayskccr.com