Friday, April 18, 2014

Miss Teen Arizona 2014 Samantha Anderson shares story to inspire others: Beechcraft 35-33 Debonair, Arizona Cloudbusters Inc., N400DJ

CHANDLER, AZ - Samantha Anderson's story isn't what you'd expect from a girl with her infectious smile. It's a smile she gets from her mom, the woman who inspired her to be where she is today.

"I have her Miss Congeniality trophy from back when she was 18 and she did her first pageant," Samantha said.

Samantha has been doing pageants for about three years. Over the weekend, she was crowned Miss Teen Arizona 2014.

And perhaps an even bigger honor, she was named Miss Congeniality.

"It's an inspiration that something that my mother has, I now have as well," she said.

Samantha's poise hides the heartache of a tragedy she admits she hasn't fully grasped.

"I'm still in shock and obviously denial, and that's kind of what's getting me through, because I haven't really realized the full extent of what's happened," she said.

Two months ago both of her parents were killed in a plane crash in Colorado . Both were accomplished, qualified pilots.

Flying was a family affair.

"My dad was my flight instructor and about seven months ago I got the first level of the pilot's license with my dad," Samantha said.

Not having her dad and mom by her side for her big win was tough.

"Because my mom and dad were behind me, every single pageant," Samantha said.

But Samantha knows they were there in spirit, and that they would be so proud of what she's doing with her platform.

"My parents were members of Pilots for Kids and they were very involved in that organization, so I chose to continue on their legacy by working with Pilots for Kids during my reign," she said.

For more information on Pilots for Kids, you can visit their website.

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NTSB Identification: CEN14FA141
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, February 16, 2014 in Telluride, CO
Aircraft: BEECH 35 33, registration: N400DJ
Injuries: 3 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On February 16, 2014, at 1126 mountain standard time, a Beech 35-33, N400DJ, impacted steep, mountainous terrain, ½ mile west of the Telluride Regional Airport (KTEX), Telluride, Colorado. The airline transport certificated pilot and two pilot-rated passengers were fatally injured. The airplane was substantially damaged and a postimpact fire ensued. The airplane was registered to and operated by Arizona Cloudbusters Inc., under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a training flight. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated on an instrument flight rules flight plan. The flight was originating at the time of the accident and was en route to Cortez, Colorado.

According to preliminary radar data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration, the airplane started its takeoff roll at 1125:15. The last location of the airplane was recorded at 1126:27, just off of the departure end of runway 27, at an altitude of 9,000 feet. The pilots never established contact with air traffic control and an Alert Notification for a missing airplane was issued. Search and Rescue volunteers located the wreckage later that evening. There were no known witnesses to the accident.

The closest official weather observation station was KTEX, Telluride, Colorado, located ½ nautical miles east of the accident site. The elevation of the weather observation station was 9,070 feet msl. The automated weather observing station (AWOS) for KTEX, issued at 1135, reported, wind 080 degrees at 4 knots, visibility 1.5 miles with light snow, sky condition clouds broken at 1,000 feet, overcast at 1,400 feet, temperature 00 degrees Celsius (C), dew point temperature minus 01 degrees C, altimeter 30.17 inches.

Why Indigenous Airlines Don’t Train, Recruit Nigerian Pilots

Chinedu Eze

The tendency of Nigerian pilots to seek greener pastures after being trained by indigenous airlines has been identified as the major reason why the local operators have restrained from deploying funds for manpower development and rely more on expatriates to operate their equipment.

There have been cases of Nigerian pilots and engineers seeking better remunerations from international carriers after they have been trained by indigenous operators without working for these airlines for specific number of years to justify the money spent on them.

Poaching has been a recurrent feature in the aviation industry due to dearth of manpower world wide, so pilots and engineers are highly sought after by airlines, especially airlines in the Middle East like Emirates, Qatar and others, so many Nigerians who were trained by indigenous airlines may not be able to resist mouth-watering pay packs when dangled before them by these mega carriers.

Therefore, indigenous airlines are seeking for a policy that will restrain pilots from seeking for other jobs until they have served the company that trained them for a specific number of years before moving to other airlines.

The airlines are also asking that government should implement the Fly Nigeria Act, whereby anybody traveling on government expense must patronize indigenous airlines, noting that with such incentive, domestic carriers could deploy huge funds for manpower development, knowing that with such Act they would be recording high patronage of passengers which would boost their operation.

A major operator told THISDAY on Wednesday that Ethiopian government has a policy which stipulates that when Ethiopia Airlines trains a pilot and he gets jobs elsewhere after his training, 10 per cent of his salary would be sent to the airline every month to recoup the funds expended on his training by the national carrier.

“We have 10 Ethiopian pilots in our employment and the Ethiopian Airlines insists that we must sign remittance agreement before we employ those pilots. The agreement is that we must pay 10 per cent of each pilot’s salary to the airline and that is what we are doing,” the operator disclosed.

He said that it saves the airline money to employ expatriates who are already trained and have experience than to train Nigerian pilots and after training them they are poached by other airlines, so the indigenous carrier incurs losses as it ceases to enjoy the services of the pilot it has trained.

“Everybody wants to use our airline as a training ground. Out of 65 pilots we trained few years ago, only 24 are still working for us. Government should have a policy that will direct the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) that if you train a pilot, the agency will not allow the person to work elsewhere until after some years.

"But now when we complain NCAA will tell you it is a free market; that it cannot stop a pilot from being engaged elsewhere; so we lose. It is wrong for NCAA to say it is a free market. It means that government is not serious about local content. That is a realistic way to create jobs,” the operator said.

However, the Deputy Managing Director and the head of Flight Operations of Arik Air, Captain Ado Sanusi said the airline has been training Nigerians despite the fact that most of them seek greener pastures after their training.

He said that although the airline has trained Nigerian on ab initio but it is now emphasizing on initial type rating whereby the airline trains Nigerians on particular aircraft so that when they finish the training they will begin to operate these aircraft, adding that this provides jobs, while the ab initio training requires that the pilot will need further training to qualify to handle aircraft.