Tuesday, July 26, 2011

EAA chairman Tom Poberezny to retire. Rod Hightower to take over Aug. 1

EAA Chairman Tom Poberezny

OSHKOSH - The longtime leader of the Experimental Aircraft Association is stepping down.

Tom Poberezny is retiring as chairman of EAA and AirVenture Oshkosh, the organization announced Tuesday. Poberezny has led EAA since 1989, when he succeeded his father, Paul, who founded EAA in 1953.

Poberezny will become chairman emeritus when his retirement takes effect on Monday.

Rod Hightower, who is currently EAA’s president and CEO, will take over as chairman.

EAA's Eyes in the Field

Coordinating the thousands of airplanes flying in and out of Oshkosh this week can be daunting, but every pilot knows the town of Fisk.

That's because nearly every plane flying into AirVenture has to fly over Fisk to be directed to Wittman Field.

Where you'd see one plane in the area, the professionals in the pink shirts see four.

They radio their descriptions, "Looks like we've got a couple planes coming up on Fisk. We've got a high wing and a low wing. Just want to let you know you're doing a great job. First one looks like it's going to be a blue wing. Rock your wings for me."

From a small trailer on a small hill in the small town of Fisk, four FAA air traffic controllers are the first set of eyes and voices for incoming traffic.

"Approach control is usually radar, but we don't have radar here at Oshkosh so we do it visually," air traffic manager Wanda Adelman explained.

Every plane is supposed to follow the railroad tracks through Fisk.

The plane is then recognized by the spotters and told how high and how fast to approach Oshkosh.

"When it gets real busy, we don't have time to talk so we will ask them to wiggle their wings in acknowledgement," Adelman said.

With a wiggle or a flash, each plane is cleared to enter the front door of EAA AirVenture.

There are 64 air traffic controllers at AirVenture and they take turns manning the Fisk location.

Second World War plane found in Ontario lake

BRACEBRIDGE, Ont. — More than 70 years after it went down, a Second World War aircraft has been discovered in the depths of Lake Muskoka, it was announced Tuesday.

The Ontario Provincial Police, Department of National Defence, the provincial Heritage Ministry and the Lost Airmen of Muskoka Project confirmed that the A-17 Nomad that crashed following a mid-air collision in 1940 was discovered in the lake.

Although the announcement was made this week, the wreckage was first discovered a year ago, in July 2010, by an OPP underwater search crew using sonar.

A remotely operated vessel was later used to explore the site, some 150 kilometres north of Toronto, and the two-seater aircraft was identified as one that went down on Dec. 13, 1940. It was searching for another plane when the collision took place.

The personal belongings of the plane's occupants — 24-year-old Royal Canadian Air Force Lt. Peter Campbell and 27-year-old observer Theodore Bates — were removed from site by police dive teams.

The OPP and the coroner's office ruled the missing persons case closed and say the remains of the men are not recoverable.

An investigation by the Department of National Defence is continuing and all personal belongings — which are being treated for preservation — will be given to the men's families once the process is completed.

The exact location of the site is being kept secret to protect the wreckage.

Delta Air Lines, Boeing 737-800, N385DN: Incident occurred October 14, 2017 at Salt Lake City International Airport (KSLC), Utah -and- Delta Airlines Boeing 737-800, N385DN, performing flight DL-1002: Smoky Odor Forces New York Plane to Divert to Nebraska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office;  Salt Lake City, Utah

Flight DAL527: Aircraft on departure struck a bird on the radome, continued and landed without incident. No injuries. Damage to radome.

Delta Air Lines Inc:  http://registry.faa.gov/N385DN

Date: 14-OCT-17
Time: 17:15:00Z
Regis#: N385DL
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: B737
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: DELTA AIRLINES
Flight Number: DAL527
State: UTAH

OMAHA, Neb. -- A flight from Salt Lake City, Utah, to New York City was diverted to Nebraska overnight because of a "smoky odor" coming from the rear of the cabin, a Delta spokeswoman said Tuesday morning.

The flight landed safely in Omaha, Nebraska, and arrangements were being made to get all passengers on a new flight, said spokeswoman Leslie Parker.

There were 159 passengers and five crew members on the plane. Maintenance officials were trying to determine what caused the issue, Parker said.

Perfect Storm' survivor at New England Air Museum

In October of 1991, a storm stronger than any in recorded history hit the East Coast, calling for the dangerous rescue of a private sailor on a 40-foot boat. The harrowing situation and all that ensued were part of the inspiration for the movie "The Perfect Storm."

Lt. Col. Graham Buschor, a survivor of that "Perfect Storm," will appear Saturday, July 30, at the New England Air Museum.

He was among the helicopter pilots who ditched in the Atlantic Ocean, surviving five hours in the 50-degree water, where they were bombarded by 60-foot waves. He was picked up by a freighter.

"One thing that went through my mind was the next day was Halloween," he said in a recent interview. "Who was going to take (my children) trick-or-treating?"

Buschor, a father of two, will tell his tale of survival at an evening presentation at the museum in Windsor Locks. He will also be at the museum during the day.

Ever since he was a young boy, Buschor knew he would be joining the armed forces.

"I was from a military family, I was always interested. I have eight brothers and four sisters. Six of my brothers joined the military, so it was just kind of natural," he said.

Right out of high school Buschor got started. "I went to the United States Merchant Marine Academy and I was in the Naval Reserve briefly, and then transitioned over to the Air National Guard."

He has had many positions since then, including chief of flying safety, and squadron commander of the 101st Helicopter Squadron. He has more than 2,000 hours of experience as an instructor, but stopped flying in 2006.

Buschor now works in Syracuse, N.Y., in the "air operations world," meaning he helps manage U.S. aircraft involved in wars and combat missions.

"We manage the air war from an air operations center," he said. "There are a lot of planes flying; you have to decide all the missions. It's basically managing the entire air war."

Discussing more details of the rescue attempt during that huge storm in 1991, Buschor said his team had to fly out to an area about 250 miles off the coast of Long Island. They had to ditch the helicopter, he said, because they ran out of fuel after some 40 attempts to refuel (from an airplane) midair.

Four of the five crew members were rescued after floating five hours in the rough waters. It was thinking about his family and friends that got him through it, Buschor said.

"At the time, I was 29. It was a little bit of an eye-opener to realize you're not indestructible," he said. "It made me appreciate my family and friends more, but there were no (other) radical changes."

Interestingly, it wasn't fear that Buschor felt in those waves. "I was actually quite angry in the water that I had gotten myself into a situation I couldn't get out of," he said. "My big concern was what my family was going to think of this."

The New England Air Museum, 36 Perimeter Road, Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks. Saturday, July 30, 6:30 p.m. $10, free for members. Museum admission $11, $6 ages 4-11, seniors $10. 860-623-3305, www.neam.org.

Lady Who Bumped Her Head Can Sue Icelandair

(CN) - A woman who hit her head on a plane's overhead monitor does not have to show that Icelandair violated federal standards to establish that an accident occurred for a lawsuit, the 9th Circuit ruled Tuesday.

After boarding Icelandair Flight 656 and trying to stow her bags, Elin Phifer struck her head on an overhead television and collapsed in the aisle. She filed a federal complaint against the airline in Los Angeles, claiming it was liable for her injuries under Article 17 of the Convention of the Unification of Certain Rules Relating to International Transportation by Air, commonly called the Montreal Convention, which holds carriers responsible when passengers suffer accidents while boarding, aboard or disembarking aircraft.

U.S. District Judge Otis Wright dismissed the complaint, finding that Phifer had failed to show that Icelandair had violated Federal Aviation Administration requirements.

The federal appeals court in Pasadena reversed in a unanimous decision.
"Although FAA requirements may be relevant to the District Court's 'accident' analysis, they are not dispositive of it," Judge Jay Bybee wrote for the three-judge panel. "We have never held that violation of FAA requirements is a prerequisite to suit under Article 17."

On remand, Wright must "determine under the proper standard whether an Article 17 'accident' has occurred."