Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Cessna T210N, N829MB: Accident occurred August 05, 2011 in Amarillo, Texas

NTSB Identification: CEN11LA552 
 14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, August 05, 2011 in Amarillo, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/26/2012
Aircraft: CESSNA T210N, registration: N829MB
Injuries: 2 Serious,3 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot noticed a loss of engine power while descending to land, and he made several unsuccessful attempts to restart the engine. The pilot was unable to maintain altitude and made a forced landing to rugged, uneven terrain north of the runway. During the landing roll, the airplane struck a gully and flipped over. The pilot said he did not observe any fuel leaking from the airplane after the accident, and a postaccident inspection of the grassy area around and under the airplane revealed no discoloration from fuel exposure. Examination of the fuel system revealed no mechanical anomalies or blockages, and the fuel selector was set to the right fuel tank. A review of fuel receipts and data downloaded from the engine analyzer revealed there should have been about 58 gallons of fuel on board at the time of the accident. However, only 20 gallons of fuel (15 gallons from the right tank and 5 gallons from the left tank) were drained from the airplane. The missing 38 gallons could not be accounted for.

Data from the engine analyzer was downloaded and confirmed a loss of engine power, but it did not identify the cause of the loss of engine power. About 1 minute later, both values dropped to zero. When the engine was test run, it started immediately and ran through its full power band without interruption. No mechanical anomalies were noted that would have precluded the engine from operating normally. Even with a discrepancy of 38 gallons, there was still adequate fuel available for the engine to continue operating. It could not be determined what caused the loss of engine power.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
A loss of engine power for reasons that could not be determined because postaccident examination of the engine did not reveal any anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.

HISTORY OF FLIGHT

On August 5, 2011, at 1742 central daylight time, a Cessna T210N, N829MB, sustained substantial damage after it made a forced landing to a field after a total loss of engine power about 15 miles northeast of the Rick Husband/Amarillo International Airport, near Amarillo, Texas. The airline transport pilot and two passengers sustained minor injuries and two passengers were seriously injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by Muy Flying, LLC, San Antonio, Texas. An instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight that departed Moore County Airport (DUX), Dumas, Texas, at 1712. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the business flight conducted under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The purpose of the flight was to fly company executives to conduct site visits in Texas and New Mexico. The flight originated earlier that day in San Antonio, Texas, with its first stop in Amarillo, Texas. From Amarillo they flew to Clovis, New Mexico, and then to Dumas, Texas. From Dumas, they flew to Amarillo, which was the accident flight.
According to the pilot, when the airplane was 20 miles from Amarillo, air traffic control cleared him for a visual approach to runway 22, and he initiated a descent from 6,000 feet to 5,000 feet mean sea level (msl). To enter the descent, the pilot reduced manifold pressure from 29 inches to 23 inches, and left the RPM at 2,500. As the airplane began to descend, the pilot noted the descent rate was exceeding 1,000 feet per minute, so he added throttle and adjusted his pitch attitude, but the airspeed continued to decrease and he added more throttle. At that time, he noted the tachometer indicated 2,300 RPM, the manifold pressure was less than 20 inches, and the cylinder head temperature light on the engine analyzer was blinking the "cold" warning.

As the airplane descended through 4,800 feet msl (approximately 1,200 feet above ground level), the pilot applied full throttle. The manifold pressure rose to 25 inches of manifold pressure with no noticeable change in thrust. He then applied full rich mixture and checked the fuel gauges. Both tanks indicated approximately 3/4 full. The pilot then turned the fuel pump on with no effect. He confirmed the ignition was on "both" and attempted to re-start the engine, but to no avail.
The pilot said that he then switched the fuel selector from the right tank to the left tank and repeated the process, but he still could not get the engine to re-start. The pilot contacted the tower and told him that he would be making a forced landing to a field about 15 miles north east of the airport due to an engine failure. The pilot landed with full flaps and the gear extended on rugged and uneven terrain between a set of power lines and an irrigation system. The airplane touched down on the main gear at 75 knots, ballooned, then settled back onto the ground. The pilot said he applied maximum breaking to avoid losing control, but the vegetation and down slope of the terrain did not aid in slowing the airplane down. The airplane approached a gully and he applied full back pressure on the control column in an attempt to raise the nose high enough to prevent the airplane from tipping over. The nose gear impacted the other side of the gully and broke off, before the airplane dug into the bank and flipped directly over onto its back.

All five people were able to egress the airplane and there was no fire. The pilot reported that he did not observe any fuel leaking from the airplane after the accident.

PILOT INFORMATION

The pilot held an airline transport pilot rating for airplane single and multi-engine airplane. He also held a certified flight instructor certificate for airplane single and multi-engine airplane, and instrument airplane. His last FAA Second Class medical was issued on July 22, 2011. The pilot reported a total of 4,200 flight hours; of which 25 hours were in the Cessna T210N airplane.

WRECKAGE INFORMATION

An on-scene examination of the airplane was conducted by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector and a representative of Cessna Aircraft Company. The on-scene exam revealed that the airplane sustained substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer, rudder, and the firewall. The fuel selector was set to the right tank and could not be moved as a result of impact damage. The aircraft salvage crew drained approximately 15 gallons from the right wing fuel tank and 5 gallons from the left wing fuel tank. There was no evidence of any fuel spill at the accident site. The green vegetation under both secured wing caps and also the engine was not discolored from exposure to fuel.

The airplane was moved to a secure facility and an additional examination of the airplane was performed under the supervision of the Investigator-in-Charge (IIC). The entire fuel system of the airplane was examined for any blockages or leaks. None were found. The fuel selector was removed and no mechanical anomalies were noted.

TESTS AND RESEARCH

The engine was test-run at Continental Motors, Incorporated, on October 18, 2011, under the supervision of the Investigator-in-Charge (IIC). The engine started immediately and ran through its full power band without interruption. No mechanical anomalies were noted that would have precluded the engine from operating normally.

A JPI EDM-930 engine monitor was removed from the airplane and sent to the NTSB Research and Engineering Laboratory for download and analysis. The EDM recording contained approximately 34 hours of data over 33 power cycles. The last four flights, including the accident flight, were downloaded from the unit. The four flights were automatically assigned a flight number by the EDM (1609, 1610, 1611, and 1612 respectively). Approximately 15 minutes after the unit began recording data for the first flight (1609), the Engine-1 (Eng1) Fuel-Used indication was reset. After the unit was powered for flight 1610, another reset of the Eng1 Fuel-Used indication was accomplished. No further resets of the fuel used indications were performed for the remainder of the recorded flights.

The Eng1 Fuel-Used parameter information is received from a fuel flow transducer. The purpose of the engine fuel flow transducer is to measure fuel flow into the engine. The EDM does not receive any information from the fuel quantity system on the airplane. The JPI EDM-930 Pilot’s Guide provides the following guidance with regards to fuel management:

"For fuel calculations to be accurate, it is imperative that you inform the EDM-930 of the correct amount of fuel aboard the aircraft. Do not rely on fuel flow instruments to determine the fuel level in tanks."

The pilot reported that he departed San Antonio with full tanks, for a total of 90 gallons (87 gallons usable). The airplane burned approximately 52 gallons of fuel en route to Amarillo, which was consistent with the fuel burn rate registered on the EDM. In Amarillo, the pilot purchased 30 gallons of fuel, but he could not recall if he visually checked the fuel tanks prior to departure. At the time the airplane departed for Clovis, there shoud have been approximately 68 gallons of fuel on board. The flight to Clovis burned a total of 15 gallons (also consistent with the EDM) and when they departed for Dumas there should have been approximately 53 gallons on board. The flight to Dumas burned approximately 16 gallons of fuel (again, consistent with the EDM), for a total of 37 gallons at the time they landed. The pilot purchased 30 gallons of fuel on Dumas, for what should have been an approximate total of 67 gallons on board when they departed for Amarillo. The pilot said he watched the fueler fuel the airplane at Dumas, but he did not visually check the fuel level prior to departure. According to the EDM, the 29 minute flight to Amarillo burned approximately 9 gallons of fuel, which meant that there should have been approximately 58 gallons of fuel on board at the time of the accident. However, only 20 gallons of fuel was drained from the airplane postaccident. The missing 38 gallons could not be accounted for.

The EDM data for the accident flight was plotted into several graphs. The data revealed that the engine exhaust gas temperature (EGT) temperature on all six cylinders dropped abruptly from approximately 1,500 degrees F to approximately 300 degrees in three minutes. During this time, the fuel pressure and the fuel flow levels fluctuated for one minute before the fuel flow returned to the previous cruise level. The fuel pressure only returned to 14 psi versus the previous cruise value of 15 psi. About a minute later both values dropped to zero.



A pilot attempted to restart his plane’s engine after a frightening loss of power that caused the single-engine aircraft to crash-land outside Amarillo earlier this month, a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board said. All five people on board suffered injuries that authorities said were not life-threatening.

Air traffic control cleared 39-year-old Robert John Corcoran of Downsville, La., the pilot of the Cessna T210N, to land on Runway 22 at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport about 5:40 p.m. Aug. 5, the report said. Corcoran began to descend from 6,000 feet to 5,000, but the plane descended faster than it should have, the report said.

Corcoran throttled-up and tried to lift the nose, but the plane continued its dangerous descent. A warning light told him the engine was cold. Corcoran tried applying more throttle, but there was no response from the plane. Both fuel gauges indicated three-fourths of a tank of fuel.

Corcoran switched the fuel leading to the engine from his right tank to his left tank and back, but still could not restart the engine, the report said.

He then contacted the tower and told air-traffic controllers he was going to try to ditch the plane in a field because of an engine failure.

The airplane was traveling about 86 miles per hour when it touched down between power lines and an irrigation system, bounced back into the air and then came back down to the ground, the report said. Corcoran told investigators he applied maximum braking, but the downslope prevented him from stopping. When the plane crossed through a gully, the nose struck the ground on the far side and broke off, investigators said.

The plane then dug into the bank and flipped upside-down.

All five people aboard were able to get out of the plane, but two had serious injuries, the report said.

British Columbia pilot returns home after air-show crash. Steen Skybolt Biplane, C-FIPS.

NANAIMO, B.C. — The Wings and Wheels air show crowd hushed instantly on June 4 when a plane lost altitude and crashed during a performance east of a runway at the Nanaimo Airport.

After the spectacular crash, the stunned crowd watched a B.C. Ambulance chopper lift off, carrying amateur pilot Dr. Bill Phipps, 71, to Victoria General Hospital, not knowing if Phipps would live or die.

Phipps, a general practitioner in Campbell River, B.C., arrived home from hospital on the weekend. He has no recollection of the crash of his homemade Steen Skybolt biplane at the airshow, sponsored by the Nanaimo Flying Club. The incident brought the first Nanaimo air show in 40 years to an early end.

Speaking from his home in Campbell River on Monday, Phipps said he's doing well but still has "a way to go."

The crash fractured one of his vertebrae and he received multiple other injuries both internal and external.

John DeVries, who witnessed the crash, told the Nanaimo Daily News that Phipps had been attempting a quarter barrel roll before he had to correct his path and try to regain control.

"His right wing clipped the ground and he did a cartwheel. There was just dust and no explosion, smoke or fire," DeVries said following the crash.

"It was pretty traumatic," Nanaimo RCMP media spokesman Const. Gary O'Brien said at the time.

Fellow air show pilot Sigmund Sort of Qualicum Beach, B.C., said he was surprised Phipps was involved in the crash.

Sort acknowledged Phipps' skill in the cockpit, saying he is highly experienced and had built the plane that bore his name in the call sign, C-FIPS.

"He affectionately called his plane Rag Bags," Sort said. "It's a kit plane made of white fabric and a wooden frame."

For much of his time in hospital in Victoria, Phipps' jaw was wired shut as he had numerous facial fractures due to the crash. Phipps said he's been performing at air shows for 17 years in the biplane he built with a friend.

"Frankly, I'm still unaware as to what actually happened. I don't know if it was my mistake or if something was wrong with the airplane," he said Monday.

"I can't even recall flying at the air show. I remember arriving in Nanaimo and looking at a number of the other planes and vehicles there."

He's been in contact with officials with the Transportation Safety Board, who visited him while he was in hospital, but has heard nothing from them regarding the cause of the crash.

Phipps is adamant that age was not a contributing factor to the crash.

"I've got a private pilot licence and I have to pass a complete medical exam every year. I passed my last one in March. On top of that, if I want to perform in air shows, I have to pass an air show competency exam, which I did last April," he said.

Because of the fracture of his vertebrae, his mobility is limited. He also has to undergo future surgeries on his elbow and perhaps his back.

"Right now, my elbow looks like a TV antenna because of all the metal surrounding it and holding it together," Phipps said.

He tires easily and can't climb the stairs in his own home but says he's lucky to be alive.

Phipps has resigned himself to remain earthbound once he has recovered, at least as far as air shows are concerned.

"I don't think this accident should in any way stop the Nanaimo Flying Club from holding future shows, but I have to admit, it's not the way I wanted to finish my career as an airshow pilot," he said.

The flying club has said it plans future air shows in Nanaimo, the next scheduled for 2013.

'Here We Go Again. Student Pilot Crashes Into a Home at 21st and Navy Streets.' The inside scoop on Santa Monica Airport. Crash of Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N5155Q. Near KSMO Santa Monica Municipal Airport, California.


By Martin Rubin

My day started out fairly typical.

I was tending to complaints regarding a very noisy 6:30 AM jet landing (there is NO enforceable curfew on SMO landings). The complaints came from three Santa Monica residents, only one of whom is a member of Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution (CRAAP). I emailed the other two to sign up to be on the CRAAP contact list.

At the same time, I was putting the finishing touches on a letter of support for Senator Ted Lieu’s request for a formal investigation of the Santa Monica Airport’s toxic impacts on the adjacent neighborhoods. The letter will be sent to Debbie Raphael, Director California Environmental Protection Agency’s Department of Toxic Substance Control.

The pace of my day took a fairly rapid change at 3:05 PM when I received the following email-message from former Santa Monica Airport Commissioner Susan Hartley, “PLANE CRASH AT 21 AND NAVY!!!!” Well, that explained the drone of helicopter noise off in the distance that my wife Joan and I were hearing.

Motorcade carries chopper accident victims. Eurocopter AS 350B2 Ecureuil, N352LN. Mosby, Missouri.



Kansas City (KSHB/CNN) - Three flight medics and a patient who died in a helicopter crash Friday in Missouri are being remembered.

Under a falling sun, I-29 lit up Saturday night with the lights of first responder vehicles. The motorcade carried the bodies of the medics from Kansas City to St. Joseph.

Cars stopped, people got out, and for a moment, time seemed to stand still.

"Our condolences to the family," said Craig Yale.

Yale is the vice president of Air-Methods, the group that runs the medic service. He said some of the crew members had been working in northern Missouri more than ten years, other just started last year.

"These were very dedicated passionate people who were passionate about doing what they were doing," said Yale.

Randy Bever helped start the flight net operation in 1998. Paramedic Chris Frakes had been flying with the company for five years, and pilot James Freudenberg just started with the company, but he was a military pilot until 2010. His last mission was in Afghanistan.

The crew was taking 58-year-old Terry Tacoronte from her family's home in Bethany to Liberty Hospital.

Neighbors said she and her husband were visiting from Colorado.

It's not apparent why the helicopter went down, but Yale said they stopped in Mosby to get more fuel.

Some local pilots suggest the aircraft ran out of gas.

"Obviously that was not a planned stop. I would say that was an emergency stop," said pilot Robert Haas.

The company's vice president said it's too soon to tell why the chopper went down.

"I don't know we won't know for awhile, but I would suggest that it is probably important not to jump to conclusion, because frequently in these accident investigations other things come to light," said Yale.

The company is organizing a remembrance ceremony for all of the victims.

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Flight forced to land at Gatwick after "fume" complaints


A flight was forced to land at Gatwick after reports of “fumes” coming from the plane.

The Ryanair flight from Barcelona to Stansted originally landed in France after passengers complained of an “unusual odour”, described as like burning plastic.

After it took off, other passengers began to complain, and the flight landed at Gatwick shortly after 5pm today.

A spokeswoman for Gatwick confirmed the plane had landed “safely” and all the passengers had disembarked.

A Ryanair spokeswoman said the company’s engineers will “inspect the aircraft”, adding that the plane had been temporarily removed from service. 

Source:  http://www.theargus.co.uk

Nigerian airlines face troubled times

In recent time, the nation’s aviation industry, which consists mainly of the airlines, has been in dire financial straits as the airlines are groping in the dark.

Any moment from now, more airlines may go down due to high operational costs threatening their operations, an analyst said during the week.

At the moment, the airlines are surviving on extra charges levied on passengers’ tickets as a result the skyrocketing price of aviation fuel, popularly known as Jet-A1, and other charges and problems arising from sundry issues in the industry.

Between September 2010 and June 2011, aviation fuel marketers increased the price of the commodity by over 100 percent, as a litre jumped from N80 per litre to over N180.

“Unfortunately, some marketers even deny us fuel. They can’t even supply us what we want and we have to adjust our flights. For instance, we need 500,000 litres a-day but the marketers can’t supply that because it is scarce, we need about 3.5 million litres in a week.

“Therefore, we can’t operate normally, we lose money. Although, we have a fuel dump but that is just for a few litres, it does not serve the purpose of all our flights,” Joseph Arumemi-Johnson Ikhide, Arik Air chairman, said when General Electric officials visited his company recently.

Already, the airlines have adjusted their fares to suit the increase, as one hour flight now attracts between N25, 000 to N30, 000, depending on the route, seat availability and other factors, this is a departure from the N19, 000 it used to be in November 2010.

“In fact, airlines don’t increase fares incessantly like the marketers do because they are dealing with passengers directly, they need to consider the pockets of the travellers otherwise, there will be no airline industry again,” said Muhammed Tukur, assistant secretary general, Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), at a briefing when the marketers increased for the third time in four months last year.

To compound the problems of the airlines and passengers alike, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) suddenly increased Passenger Service Charge (PSC) from N350.00 to N1, 000 per ticket, at all the 21 airports, a situation stakeholders described as arbitrary because there was no notice of increase and the charges were even higher at older airports than the newly and privately built Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal 2 (MMA2).

It cause a lot of confusion and embarrassment at the airports as many airlines refused to build the N1,000 charges into their tickets.

FAAN staff had to stop passengers at the boarding area to demand for N1, 000 PSC until the tickets were specially printed aside the normal passenger tickets. This act had led to brouhaha at the MMA2, after the operator, Bi-Courtney Aviation Services increased theirs from N1, 000 to N2, 500, claiming heavy cost of operations at the private terminal.

Of course, the airlines have to add this to their ticket charges as the fares kept increasing.

“We consulted all the airlines informed them of our new chares in order for them to adjust their systems, only Aero refused to add it to its tickets cost, their passengers were always accosted with the demand for N2, 000 at the ate. The passengers were not happy but there is nothing we could do because their airport is privately maintained”, an official of Bi-Courtney said.

Unfortunately, Stella Oduah, Aviation Minister halted it after two weeks of complaints and controversies.

Currently airlines have to carry out maintenance on their aircraft abroad in foreign currencies due to lack of functional maintenance hangar in Nigeria. For a long time, government had planned to build a national hangar to no avail as individuals like Aero and Bristow have thrive to have theirs but with limited maintenance status.

A to D checks (maintenance) are carried out on both Helicopters and aircraft. While on A and B checks can only be done in Nigeria, others (C and D) which are very expensive are done outside the country.

The C and D stages are the overhaul stages where the every part of the aircraft is removed for comprehensive checks one after the other, it is like getting a brand new aircraft all over again.

Experts are piqued that Nigeria, which boasts of the largest and most modern commercial aircraft fleet in West and Central Africa, has no Maintenance Repair and Overhaul ( MRO) facility. Usually, even the least of repairs are done abroad or by bringing in foreign experts. Harold Demuren, Director General of the NCAA thumbed down this situation and advocated that airlines facilitate joint minor repairs locally, rather than losing hard-earned dollars cheaply.

“Maintenance is a major aspect of flight operations that gulp a lot of money. You know that the high grades maintenance are not done in Nigeria, they are mandatory checks that have to be done in foreign currencies abroad and that is really impacting on the airlines”, an analyst says.

Arik Air, which has been toying with the idea of establishing one for some years, remains at the planning stage. Demuren pointed out recentlt at an Arik Air workshop that high cost of aircraft maintenance must be looked into for airlines to survive.

“For now, government needs to provide Arik Air with land to enable it build a hangar where aircraft maintenance could be done locally to reduce capital flight out of the country,” he said.

An aviation expert suggested that domestic airlines partner with foreign investors and MRO industry partners to build a world-class hangar that will be patronised by both domestic and foreign operators.

Apart from these albatross, they pay sundry charges like landing and parking charges to FAAN; pay ticket sales charges to NCAA and en-route and navigational charges to the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA).

Source:  http://www.businessdayonline.com

No takers for Air India top job?

New Delhi: The Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Prime Minister’s Office have started looking for a replacement for Arvind Jadhav, the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Air India, sources have said. Sources say 5 officers including Petro-chemicals secretary K. Jose Cyriac, Cochin Airport CEO Kurien and a high ranking official in the Aviation Ministry were short listed. However, all of them have declined to accept the offer.

Air India’s 40,000 employees have not received their salary for June and July and performance linked incentives (PLI) from April to July. Currently, the airline is laden with a cumulative debt of Rs. 40,000 crore it incurred over aircraft acquisition and as short-term loans to maintain its operations and posted losses around Rs. 7,000 crore for the last fiscal.

Source:  http://www.indiatribune.com

Great Barrier Airlines Piper Chieftain: Emergency landing as engine fails. Whangarei Airport, New Zealand

Passengers disembark from the Great Barrier Airlines plane after it landed in Whangarei using only one of its two engines. 



Three fire trucks, an ambulance and several police officers raced to Whangarei Airport when an aircraft carrying a pilot and eight passengers touched down with one of its twin engines out of action yesterday.

The Great Barrier Airlines 10-seater Piper Chieftain left Whangarei about 8am on a charter flight to Kaitaia with Northland District Health Board staff heading for a day's work in outpatient clinics at Kaitaia Hospital.

Whangarei Airport manager Mike Chubb said the pilot had missed his approach to land at Kaitaia and when he applied full power to bring the aircraft around for another approach he noticed the right engine was "playing up" so he shut it down.

Poor weather conditions ruled out a one-engine landing at Kaitaia and because the weather at Kerikeri was also poor the pilot decided to return to Whangarei, where the plane landed about 9.45am without problems despite one of its twin engines not functioning.

Mr Chubb said the aircraft was quite safe flying on one engine and with the propeller on the other engine feathered.

But he did not expect the Piper to fly out of Whangarei before its right engine had been checked, either by engineers based at the airport or by a maintenance crew sent north from the Great Barrier Airlines base at Dairy Flat near Auckland.

Great Barrier Airlines administration manager Anna Davidson later told the Northern Advocate the Piper had no engine problems and had been diverted because of the weather. Asked why it had been using only one engine, she said: "I wouldn't have the faintest idea." A request to speak to the airline's chief executive officer, Gerard Rea, was refused.

Northland District health Board acting chief executive Dr Nick Chamberlain yesterday apologised to Kaitaia Hospital patients who were going to be seen by the Whangarei staff.

"But I am sure upon learning about the emergency landing they will understand our reasoning."

Source:  http://www.northernadvocate.co.nz

China Low-Fuel Landing Row Reflects Growing Pains

Aviation authorities have ordered stiff punishment for a local airline whose pilot refused to yield to a Qatar Airways jet requesting to land because it was short of fuel, highlighting growing concerns over safety in China's overcrowded skies.

The case was the latest to raise concern about China's increasingly busy airports, as traffic controllers struggle to keep up and airlines scramble for pilots, many of whom lack experience, analysts said Tuesday.

The China Civil Aviation Administration, or CAAC, deemed the Aug. 13 incident, a "serious violation of regulations."

In a notice Tuesday, it said it had revoked the license of the pilot of a Juneyao Airlines flight on Aug. 13, who refused six requests from Shanghai air traffic control to give way after the Qatar Airlines jet from Doha issued a "mayday" call seeking priority in landing because it was running short of fuel.

Reports at the time said the aircraft came dangerously close to collision before both landed safely.

The Qatar jet, among 20 circling over Shanghai's Pudong International Airport due to bad weather, made an urgent request to land at the city's other main airport, Hongqiao International.

But the Juneyao Airlines pilot argued that his aircraft was also low on fuel.

The CAAC said results of its investigation found that the Juneyao jet had enough fuel to stay airborne for 42 more minutes, while the Qatar jet had only enough fuel for 18 more minutes of flight, it said.

Chinese state media reports said both pilots had exaggerated the urgency of their situations, but the question of whether the Qatar aircraft had violated any regulations would be directed to Qatar's air authority, it said.

The problem partly stems from airlines' efforts to minimize the fuel they carry, said Wang Xiaoyan, a transportation analyst at China Minzu Securities, based in Beijing.

"I would say the punishment from CAAC is quite fair, Juneyao should be responsible as it almost caused an accident," Wang said.

But congestion in China's skies also is adding to air traffic control problems, forcing detours, delays and raising the risks of collision, the International Air Traffic Association has warned.

According to statistics reported by the financial magazine Caixin, the number of civil aircraft is forecast to reach 2,600 by 2015, up from about 1,500 last year, and to jump to 4,360 by 2020.

Airports have proliferated as have smaller regional airlines as passenger numbers have soared. A year ago, 42 people died in the crash of a Henan Airlines flight making a night landing in a remote town in northeastern China.

Adding to the confusion is China's own difficulties with pilots and pilot training. Experts say the country will need tens of thousands of new pilots in coming years to man its growing fleets of aircraft and also to replace the current generation of pilots as they retire.

Underscoring the frustrations of flight crews stretched to the limit by manpower shortages, in 2008, China Eastern Airline saw disruptions to more than 20 flights in southwestern China's Yunnan province by pilots who either turned back midway through their flights or landed them and then took off again without letting passengers disembark.

The CAAC permanently barred Juneyao's pilot, a Korean citizen, from flying within China and said it would notify the South Korean government of the case. The copilot's flight permit was suspended for six months, it said.

CAAC ordered Juneyao to reduce its flight capacity by 10 percent and said the carrier would be temporarily barred from carrying out plans for expansion or hiring any foreign flight staff.

All foreign flight crews of the airline also will be required to participate in at least 40 hours of training on Chinese aviation regulations, it said.

Shanghai-based Juneyao, one of several private carriers in an aviation market dominated by state-run airlines, said it would fire the pilot responsible for the dispute and ground the co-pilot for six months.

It said that regardless of the circumstances surrounding the incident, it recognized it was at fault and apologized.

Originally founded in 1991 as a charter service, Juneyao began operating commercial flights out of Shanghai in 2006.

Taking apart jets more than meets the eye.

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Some are concerned it's nothing more than a future junkyard for retired jets, but an operation in Tupelo is actually recycling and shipping out everything aboard.

If you've driven by the Tupelo Regional Airport lately it's hard to miss those three large jets near the runway.

Just five months ago the first jet landed at the airport, but soon it will be gone.

Going from a large mass into thousands of pieces. Pieces like the engine, tires, black box among everything else holding the plane together.

"We recycle the part, the airframe, the engine. everything on the jet is actually recyclable," said Dana Soper, General Manager for Universal Asset Management.

When these jets land they weigh nearly 400,000 pounds. However, by the time they've been disassembled its shed nearly 300,000 pounds in parts.

"Most of the time when the aircrafts land, the first thing we take off the aircraft are the engines," Soper added.

"They are a high demand low density asset. Airlines and suppliers all over the world are always looking for serviceable engines."

UAM is the company taking apart the jets, and Soper is hearing local fuss about the area becoming a place where jets go to die, but he wants everyone to know what kind of operation this really is.

"I get a few questions, or concerns about this turning into a junkyard. That's not the operation that we're going to run here," he said.

"You're disassembling an aircraft so parts are going to come off, but there's a professional way to do that is aesthetically pleasing to the community."

From there Soper says parts are cleaned, inspected, coded and then ready to be shipped out for service on an operating flight. This saves on costs for airlines which could save you on airfare prices.

"Like today we're pulling wheels and tires for a special order. They come off the aircraft, my aircraft and power plant mechanics will make sure that those parts are good.

Then, they go through a DAR who certifies that they are airworthy. They go into our system and we ship them out all over the United States and the world."

As of now only three jets sit near the hangar, but anyway 10 more are set to join their ranks of being recycled and put toward future use.

Currently the company is working on about a seven person staff at the hangar, but it expects to hire about 20 to 30 more people for disassembling and in their warehouse, in the upcoming months.

Source:  http://www.wtva.com

Airport receives new fire engine. Vernal Regional Airport (KVEL), Vernal, Utah.

It is touted as the least used emergency vehicle in the county. But for good reason. When you are talking about this area’s fire trucks — the less they are used the better.

Uintah County Fire Suppression Special Service District Director Jeremy Raymond announced last week that a new fire truck was purchased for the Vernal Regional Airport to replace an older model that was purchased in 1980.

As long as anyone can remember, the old engine was only used on two occasions at the airport and neither one of them for fighting anything with flames.

Raymond explained that one call for the fire truck was for an aircraft that landed just short of the runway. The second was for a gas spill, but once again there were no flames and the truck was used to foam the fuel leakage.

For that reason the Uintah County fire district officials were able to get a trade in of $50,000 for the old, outdated fire truck that ended its career in Vernal with fewer than 5,000 miles.

Federal aviation guidelines demanded that a newer, more up-to-date fire truck be purchased for the airport and fire officials decided on a 2008 U1 Titan fire truck that cost $300,000.

The new engine is equipped with a 1500 gallon water tank plus room for 500 pounds of dried chemicals. There are two front mounted turrets that will dispense the water from one mounted on top of the cab as well as another at bumper level. Both are controlled from hand controls inside the cab.

On the plus side, the new engine doubles the water and chemical capacity over the old engine. On the down side, with all dispensers wide open the new engine will pump about 750 gallons of water a minute, in other words there will be less than two minutes of first response fire suppression capabilities in the new truck if it is run wide open.

“All this truck does is act as a first responder to the accident while other fire trucks are dispatched from Vernal,” Raymond said. “And it will do this very well.”

Because the truck was purchased by the county without federal dollars, the county will be able to use the truck away from the airport when needed in an emergency. Raymond stated that the truck has to be at the airport when large aircraft are coming and going which happens now twice a day.

“This is a big addition to the airport,” Raymond said. “It will respond to any size aircraft accident well into the future.”

Presently there are five certified firemen for the new truck. They include Kelly Harvey, Jared Spencer, Shawn Cole, Chad McMullin and Jeff Merrell.

Plane Spotting Allowed at Logan

There are thousands of plane spotters in the United States and overseas that like to film aircraft at airports across the country, Logan being one of them.

Each year, Logan gets its share of plane spotters and the airport has always attempted to accommodate them, unless a security issue presents itself.

Due to security issues, Logan requires spotters to call the airport in advance of filming.

The Authority requires the following information, name, date of birth, driver’s license number, and date and time(s) Spotters should carry a photo ID and Massport’s email approving access to the central and or the Terminal B garage for filming.

Massport asks spotters no to climb on any walls or structures for safety reasons.

In addition, spotters are asked to report any suspicious activities they may notice to the State Police immediately. The same is asked in case of injuries.

Once filming is approved, an email will be sent to the State Police, TSA, Massport staff, including the parking garage, so everyone is aware of the filming.

Sometimes, not everyone gets the message and will approach a plane spotter and ask questions. That’s when they should present Massport’s memo of approval and a photo ID.

Massport has a proven record and a positive system in place to take care of plane spotters. As a matter of fact, ten of them were at Logan about three weeks ago, all at the same time and there were no problems.

It’s important to note, if Homeland Security raises the level of security from its current status, plane spotting at Logan will be temporarily shut down.

Expressjet Embraer ERJ-145: Passengers discuss plane landing. Aircraft on landing, went off the side of the runway, no injuries reported. Quad City International Airport (KMLI) Moline, Illinois.

Pictures taken by Tammy Hermanson captured the terrifying moments after United Flight 5821 skidded off the runway.



MOLINE, IL (WQAD/CNN) – Federal investigators are trying to figure out why a United Express Plane skidded off a runway.

The flight from Denver, CO, had just landed at Illinois Quad City International Airport when it veered off its path.

"Wasn't quite the landing people anticipated," said passenger Tammy Hermanson.

Pictures taken by Hermanson captured the terrifying moments after United Flight 5821 skidded off the runway.

"They took us off using a fireman's carry and we just waited out in the field," Hermanson said. "Then they did a head count to make sure everyone was accounted for and we waited in the field."

Hermanson was among the nearly 50 passengers aboard the non-stop flight from Denver Monday.

"It was probably the smoothest ever experienced, and then all of a sudden we took a sharp left, it felt like it was about to tip over," said passenger Kristen Koch.

After traveling 3,000 feet off the runway, the plane finally came to a rest in a nearby field.

"I was sitting on the window side over the wing, you could see grass flying up and the crew keeping it straight," said Mike Laplante.

Gathering what luggage they could after their alarming landing, passengers gave credit to their pilot for keeping everyone calm.

"The pilot called over loud speaker a few seconds after it stopped that he lost control of steering mechanism," said Aubrey Remmers. "Everyone was so calm, nobody screamed, nobody yelled. It was amazing."

The plane is now grounded as NTSB and FAA investigate the accident. Passengers are thankful no one was hurt.

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VIDEO: Red Arrows tribute at Wings & Wheels

A MINUTE'S silence was held at Wings & Wheels over the bank holiday weekend, in memory of Red Arrows pilot Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging, who died when his Hawk T1 aircraft crashed at a display in Dorset on August 20.

A moving poem, 'High Flight' - penned by a pilot who was killed in a mid-air collision in the Second Word War - was also read and visitors on both days of the aviation and motoring show at Dunsfold Park paid their personal respects by signing books of condolence that will be passed on to Flt Lt Egging's widow.

The Red Arrows had been due to open the first day of the event on Sunday and a large group of friends of former Cranleigh School pupil and Red Arrow pilot, Zane Sennett, were at the show.


"The tragic thing is that Zane used to instruct the pilot who died," said his former history teacher, Mike Payne.

"It was his first year flying with the Red Arrows and a third year pilot is always selected as a mentor. Zane was chosen to be his [Flt Lt Egging's] mentor and so had had a particularly close bond with him."

The Red Arrows were sadly missed at Wings & Wheels but a thrilling solo display in a Hawk T1 was provided by the RAF Hawk Display Team's first female pilot, Flt Lt Juliette 'Jules' Fleming.

Fittingly, Bank Holiday Monday was 'Women in the Air' day, held to mark the 100th anniversary of the first British woman to get a pilot's licence - it was Hilda Hewlitt, who made history just down the road at Brooklands on August 29 in 1911.

The aircraft has a special link with Dunsfold as the first Hawk flew in 1974 and its maiden flight took place at the airfield.

Wings & Wheels is now established as one of the best airshows in the UK and vistors were treated to a host of RAF legends in an action-packed, five-hour flying display on both days.

This year has marked the 60th anniversary of the Hawker Hunter fighter jet, which is still in active service, and it made history at Dunsfold in 1953 when Neville Duke achieved 727.6mph in the modified first prototype and broke the world air speed record.

Dunsfold showgoers enjoyed another 'first' with a unique display by a Royal Navy Hawker Sea Fury and the psychedelic 'Miss Demeanour' Hunter, plus some epic close-formation aerobatics by the only Hawker Hunter display group - Team Viper.

The most famous RAF aircraft of all, the Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster, provided a fabulous flypast for the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and a Second World War P-51 Mustang also performed an aerial duet with a Spitfire IX.

Sadly, the Avro Vulcan Bomber was a last-minute no-show. The only delta-wing giant still flying, which was relaunched in 2007 following the most complex restoration ever undertaken, developed a hydraulics fault en route to Dunsfold on Sunday and also missed Monday's show.

Striking a blow for the Army, The Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment Parachute Team - better known as The Tigers - made a dramatic grand entrance, dropping in at 70mph from a Royal Navy Sea Lynx, shortly after the helicopter had given an incredible display of its versatility by looping the loop and executing a 180-degree wingover.

Visitors were treated to a swift succession of mind-boggling aerial displays that all seemed to defy the laws of gravity, in which show commentator Brendan O'Brien led the way by taking time off to land his Piper J-3 Cub repeatedly on the back of a moving truck.

Women in the Air day was also memorably celebrated by the world's only formation wingwalking team - the Breitling Wingwalkers - whose two fearless 'babes in lycra' performed high kicks at speeds of up to 150mph and 'G' forces of up to 4G.

On Sunday they also had to combat a sudden shower which, the crowd was informed, would have felt like being "slashed with razors".

Help for Heroes, Brooklands Museum, Cranleigh Village Hospital Trsut and Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance will all benefit from the success of this year's show.

Dunsfold Park chief executive Jim McAllister said: "Over the last seven years, Wings & Wheels has helped Dunsfold Aerodrome raise more than £250,000 for charitable causes.

"Each year a small team of staff and a dedicated group of volunteers work tirelessly to ensure the airshow happens and is a huge success.

"I would like to thank all these individuals and all those who have supported the show through sponsorship, donations and by purchasing tickets."

Source:  http://www.getsurrey.co.uk

Mooney M20C, N5501Q: Near Lula in southeastern Oklahoma.



Investigators look over the scene where a Mooney single-engine aircraft crash-landed in a pasture near the community of Lula in southeastern Oklahoma Tuesday morning, Aug. 30, 2011. The pilot reportedly received minor injuries.



Former U.S. Airways pilot hits back at automation report

A retired U.S. Airways pilot is questioning an Associated Press story that suggests pilots are losing their hands-on instincts because of more reliance on computers.

The pilot in the Associated Press story, Rory Kay, called pilot's dependency on electronics "automation addiction" and said the reliance could cause a new breed of airline accidents. But former U.S. Airways pilot Ron Nielsen said the automation is here to stay, though he would like to see more training for computer-reliant pilots.

"Automation, we never want to get rid of it, because it was designed to reduce workload. The trouble is, what we've got to do now is make sure we don't get so relaxed that we don't stay engaged," Nielsen said.

It would take the "perfect storm" of events to cause an airliner to have an accident, Nielsen said, citing the heavy regulations, extensive training and attention to safety.

Pilots use automated systems for every aspect of the flight other than take-off and landing.

Deadly airline crashes have decreased drastically in the U.S. for the past decade.

Source:  http://ktar.com

Almost 1,000 RAF personnel will be sacked on Thursday, even as the Air Force continues to fly missions over Libya.

Ministers have heaped praise on the RAF for the Libyan campaign but are pressing ahead with this week’s redundancy programme. Nearly 1,000 soldiers will also be told tomorrow that they are being sacked.

Last night the Ministry of Defence was unable to rule out redundancies among RAF ground crew and technicians supporting the daily flights over Libya, although pilots were safe from redundancy.

Tomorrow’s announcement marks the beginning of a wave of redundancies in the Armed Forces following last year’s Strategic Defence and Security Review.

In all, around 22,000 military posts will be eliminated by 2015, more than half of them through redundancies. The RAF has been flying daily sorties over Libya since March and continues to mount attacks on military forces loyal to Col Gaddafi. Yesterday, the MoD said that RAF Tornado and Typhoon aircraft had destroyed an ammunition lorry and three command posts.

Tomorrow, a total of 964 RAF and 938 Army personnel will be informed that they are being made redundant.

As The Daily Telegraph disclosed earlier this year, they include 170 trainee pilots. Also being dismissed are around 200 weapons technicians and operators, 529 ground tradesmen and 121 senior officers.

The RAF has been seeking applications for voluntary departures, but it is thought that up to half of the redundancies will still be compulsory. Dr Liam Fox, the Defence Secretary, has repeatedly praised the aerial campaign, which has seen British warplanes flying to Libya from Gioia del Colle in southern Italy and RAF Marham in Norfolk.

Last month he flew to Gioia del Colle and praised the “immense contribution” of the RAF personnel working there.

The Air Force’s work was “key to the successes we have seen so far in this campaign and is helping protect innocent Libyans from persecution,” he said.

Ministers have said that any Armed Forces personnel engaged in or preparing for front-line operations would be exempt from redundancy under the defence cuts. But officials confirmed yesterday that the assurance only covered RAF personnel flying over Libya.

Ground crews working on the operation in Italy or at British bases were eligible for sacking, the MoD said.

An MoD source said that any personnel “putting their lives at risk” on the Libyan operation would be safe from redundancy, but confirmed that ground crew at airbases did not qualify for such protection.

The source said: “Those who are operating in the danger zone and placing themselves at risk operating over or in Libya have been protected from the axe, though some who are on Libyan operations may volunteer to go.”

Around 1,600 Royal Navy staff will also be laid off on Sept 30 as part of the first tranche of military redundancies. A much larger round of sackings is being prepared for early 2013, with redundancies expected across all three Services.

Helicopter maker accused of hiding report on crash that killed Pensacola man.

NEW ORLEANS — The owner of a helicopter that crashed in Louisiana in 2009, killing a Pensacola man and seven others, is asking a federal court to sanction the aircraft’s manufacturer for allegedly hiding a damning internal report to conceal its liability.

In a court filing last Friday, PHI Inc. claims Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. withheld a report by one of its lead engineers because his analysis concluded Sikorsky’s faulty design caused its helicopter to crash.

PHI is seeking court-ordered monetary sanctions against Sikorsky, which faces a federal trial in November for a batch of consolidated lawsuits filed by relatives of crash victims.

Charles W. Nelson of Pensacola, a 2002 Escambia High School graduate, who worked as an electrician, was among workers being carried to a Shell Oil Co. platform in the Gulf of Mexico when it crashed near Morgan City, about 100 miles southwest of New Orleans.

The crash killed both pilots and six passengers and critically injured a lone survivor, Steve Yelton of Floresville, Texas. The helicopter was owned by PHI Inc.

The PHI pilots killed in the crash were: Thomas Ballenger, 63, of Eufaula, Ala.; and Vyarl Martin, 46, of Hurst, Texas. The passengers were: Nelson; Andrew Moricio and Ezequiel Cantu of Morgan City, La.; Randy Tarpley of Jonesville, La.; Allen Boudreaux Jr. of Amelia, La.; and Jorey A. Rivero of Bridge City, La.

PHI says it wouldn’t have paid as much last year to settle plaintiffs’ claims if it had seen Wonsub Kim’s report beforehand.

“Sikorsky hid the existence of Dr. Kim’s analysis because it was not helpful to Sikorsky. In fact, Dr. Kim’s analysis undermines Sikorsky’s entire defense,” PHI attorneys wrote.

Sikorsky spokesman Paul Jackson said in an email that the company “strongly” denies PHI’s allegation and is prepared to “defend against it strenuously.” Jackson wouldn’t comment beyond that statement.

Investigators concluded a bird struck the Sikorsky S-76 before it crashed on Jan. 4, 2009.

Investigators found the remains of a Red-tailed hawk on the remnants of the pilot’s side windshield. They also found bird feathers under a windscreen seal and in an engine.

PHI says Sikorsky has claimed PHI was responsible for the crash because it replaced the helicopter’s original glass windshield with a plastic one that allowed the bird to penetrate the windshield and disable its throttle controls.

PHI, however, says Kim’s November 2009 report shows Sikorsky’s faulty design of the helicopter’s canopy and throttle quadrant caused the crash. Kim concluded the windshield doesn’t fail when a bird strikes a Sikorsky S-76 exactly where it did in this case, PHI says.

“Instead, the bird strikes causes the canopy to fail ‘substantially,’ which causes the throttles to disengage, turning off the engines, and leading to the crash just seventeen seconds later,” PHI lawyers wrote.

PHI claims Sikorsky intentionally kept Kim and his analysis hidden before it turned over his report on March 14, 2011. Yelton’s attorney, Paul Sterbcow, said they learned of the report’s existence while questioning a witness in February 2011.

Source:  http://www.pnj.com

Regulator revokes pilot's license: Korean pilot of Juneyao Airlines who refused to yield runway has license revoked.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China has revoked the license of the South Korean pilot of Juneyao Airlines flight HO1112, handing him a lifetime flying ban within China. His co-pilot will be suspended for six months. The Korean pilot disobeyed orders from air traffic controllers to yield the runway at Shanghai's Hongqiao International Airport on August 13th for Qatar Airways flight QR888. The Qatari crew sent a Mayday signal requesting to land first, telling Hongqiao traffic controllers that their plane had 'five minutes of fuel left'. The Juneyao pilots refused six orders to yield in a span of seven minutes. The pilot has jeopardized Juneyao Airlines' expansion plans, with recent requests from the airline to set up branch offices and rent or purchase new aircraft being denied by the CAAC. Investigators determined that the Juneyao Airbus A320 had enough fuel for another hour's worth of flight, while the Qatari Boeing 777-300 had enough fuel for another 48 minutes in the air.

Regulator revokes Juneyao pilot's license

China's civil aviation regulator has revoked the license of the South Korean pilot of Juneyao Airlines who refused to give way to a Qatar Airways plane that was running out of fuel as both planes waited to land at Shanghai's Hongqiao International Airport.

The Korean pilot is banned from flying an airplane as a crewmember in China for life. The license of the co-pilot will be suspended for six months, according to the penalty handed down by the East China Regional Administration under the Civil Aviation Administration of China, Xinhua news agency reported today.

The CAAC said the crew of Juneyao flight HO1112 seriously violated regulations and ethics codes. Juneyao Airlines' request to expand its business, set up branch offices and rent or purchase aircraft temporarily will be denied by the administration. It will cut its capacity by 10 percent for three months.

The pilot of Qatari flight QR888 sent a Mayday signal and asked to land first as its fuel would soon be used up on August 13. Air traffic control asked Juneyao plane to give way six times in 7 minutes, but the pilot refused, saying he had little fuel left too. The air traffic control had to rearrange landing orders to secure a safe landing of the Qatari plane.

Investigation found Juneyao's smaller Airbus A320 plane had 2.9 tons of fuel left, meaning it could have stayed in the air for another hour. The Qatari Boeing 777-300 jet had 5.2 tons of fuel, enough for 48 minutes of flight, the CAAC said.

Source:  http://www.shanghaidaily.com

Air disaster narrowly averted in China: report
Shanghai, August 25, 2011

A Chinese pilot's refusal to give up his landing slot to a passenger plane that issued a distress call to say it was running out of fuel almost caused a disaster, state media reported on Thursday. China's privately-owned Juneyao Airlines confirmed that one of its pilots refused to give way when a Qatar Airways plane contacted air traffic controllers at Hongqiao airport, asking permission to land immediately.

The pilot of the Qatar plane said it had just five minutes' worth of fuel left after it was diverted from Shanghai, the Global Times newspaper reported, adding that a disastrous accident was only narrowly averted.

The Qatar plane was travelling from Doha to Shanghai when it was ordered to divert due to a thunderstorm on August 13.

Air traffic controllers in Hongqiao, about 45 kilometres (30 miles) from Shanghai, ordered the Juneyao pilot to circle the airport and allow the Qatar plane to land first, but the pilot refused.

The Global Times said the Juneyao pilot claimed he had been waiting "a long time" and needed to land "right now", citing comments posted online.

Shanghai-based Juneyao Airlines, which was founded in 2005, said the pilot and crew had been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation, but that the "rumours on the Internet are far from the truth".

"It remains doubtful whether the fuel on the Qatar Airways plane was really fewer than five minutes," the paper quoted a spokeswoman as saying.

"And why didn't it inform the tower controller earlier?"

At one point, the two aircraft came perilously close for there to be a risk of collision, according to an aviation forum quoted in The Global Times.

"A Mayday is rare and means the plane is in an extreme emergency and may even face the danger of a crash," the paper quoted an unnamed senior air traffic control official as saying.

China's civil aviation authority said in a statement it was investigating the incident and those responsible would be "severely punished".

The Qatar plane landed safely after the incident.

Source:  http://www.hindustantimes.com

Propeller Airports Commits to Hiring Locally First

Submitted by Propeller Airports, Inc.

Propeller Airports, Inc. today announced its commitment to Gwinnett County to hire as many local employees as possible. If the County decides to move forward with the privatization and commercialization of Briscoe Field and should Propeller be the successful candidate, its objective would be to try and fill jobs locally. Airports require many people with a variety of skill sets in order to operate successfully. Gwinnett County is in no short supply of such workers.

Some of the positions that will be required include IT professionals, customer service agents, building and construction personnel, ground and ramp technicians, operations specialists, airfield maintenance and security staff, as well as business development, sales and administrative staff.

Brett Smith, Propeller's CEO stated, "with close to 10.1% unemployment throughout Georgia and over 35,000 people searching for jobs right here in Gwinnett, there is certainly no shortage of qualified, quality people that would like nothing more than to get back to work".

Based on the economic impact and job creation statistics reported from hundreds of airports worldwide, Propeller firmly believes that the opportunity to put people back to work and create value is significant and will make a substantial difference for the County in these times of economic hardship. Mr. Smith further stated "If Briscoe Field is permitted to be redeveloped and its use realigned, the people of Gwinnett County should benefit first."

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Opinion: Putting the Cart Before the Horse? Propeller Airports announced Aug. 29 that resumes are now being collected in anticipation of the County leadership moving forward the privatization of Briscoe Field.

On Aug. 29, Propeller Airports issued a press release advising resumes are now being collected “in anticipation of the County leadership moving forward with this historic economic development project.” The “historic economic development project” is the controversial privatization of Briscoe Field. Last week, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners voted again to move forward with requests for proposals (RFPs) from firms interested in privatizing the airport.

Propeller CEO Brett Smith said his objective, should Propeller be the company selected by the county to privatize Briscoe Field, would be to try and fill jobs locally. “With close to 10.1 percent unemployment throughout Georgia and over 35,000 people searching for jobs right here in Gwinnett, there is certainly no shortage of qualified, quality people that would like nothing more than to get back to work,” Smith said in a released statement.

Propeller Airports Taking Resumes for Briscoe Field. Company moving forward in anticipation of Gwinnett County's approval of the privatization and commercialization of its airport.

Propeller Airports announced Monday (Aug. 29) that resumes are now being collected in anticipation of Gwinnett County leadership proceeding with privatization and commercialization of Briscoe Field. The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners last week voted again to move forward with requests for proposals (RFPs) from firms interested in privatizing the airport. Propeller Airports is one of three companies that responded to the county’s initial request for qualifications (RFQs).

Propeller CEO Brett Smith said his objective, should Propeller be the company selected by the county to privatize Briscoe Field, would be to try and fill jobs locally.

Police test drone to take over some helicopter work.



RCMP are testing an aerial drone that can hover over crash sites and crime scenes to take photos or beam video back to officers on the ground.

The remote-controlled unmanned aerial vehicle should help crash analysts get better, faster images to reconstruct what happened.

RCMP Insp. Norm Gaumont, head of traffic services in the Lower Mainland said it will allow police to reopen roads to traffic faster after crashes than when a helicopter has to be called in.

"Sometimes we absolutely need an aerial shot of the scene and we keep the road shut down longer than we need to," Gaumont said. "This fits in a suitcase and we can have it flying in minutes."

Read More, Photos and Video: http://www.bclocalnews.com

Arkansas man on first airplane ride spots home being burglarized.

BAY, Ark. — A Bay man on his first airplane ride asked the pilot to fly over his home so he could take some aerial photos.  What he saw was two men burglarizing his home.  Steven Lynn told The Jonesboro Sun that he could see the two taking items from his house to a trailer attached to a truck.  Lynn called both an uncle who lives nearby and 911.  Craighead County Sheriff’s deputy Phillip Wheaton says the two unloaded the trailer and left the scene when the uncle arrived — and the airplane carrying Lynn followed them. The two Jonesboro men were later stopped near Bay and arrested by an Arkansas State trooper and two deputies. The two identified as Roosevelt Smith III and Joseph Peel now face burglary and theft charges.

Information from: The Jonesboro Sun, http://www.jonesborosun.com

REDjet bid for more planes.

(Barbados Nation): REDjet should have a third plane in its fleet by November.  Chief operations officer Kevin Dudley said they had purchased another plane and were looking to source others.  REDjet was forced to cancel services to and from Guyana, Trinidad and Barbados until further notice, after problems with the hydraulic system to the lone plane in service caused cancellations Wednesday and yesterday. The problem affected about 620 passengers over the two days.

Of the two aircraft available for flying, one is undergoing scheduled maintenance and inspections at the supplier in Costa Rica, and the other is down with a technical fault.  “We always take the safety of our passengers and our customers and our passengers and our crew as utmost, so we don’t take any chances. Unfortunately, in this instance, the defects on the aircraft are complex.  “Sometimes you have a very straightforward defect where a wheel needs changing, you change it, you have the spare part, and the aircraft goes again.

“On this occasion, unfortunately, the defect is more complex and it’s harder to resolve. Our engineers are working around the clock to resolve it.  “At this point I cannot predict when the aircraft will be serviceable again. We will hope to have it serviceable, of course, as soon as possible,” Dudley said.  Responding to criticisms from customers who felt REDjet should not be having such problems after three months of operation, Dudley said that an aircraft was a complex machine and things could go wrong from time to time. 

“For a start-up like us, the problem we have in this phase of our growth is that we don’t have a large fleet. So unlike another carriers that might have several aircraft that they can pull in as a back-up, we don’t, yet.  “And this is particularly compounded whilst this aircraft is away on scheduled maintenance.  “These issues will deplete as we grow, and we’ll be able to recover the situation better. But it is unfortunate at the moment. It is one of those problems that a start-up airline will face from time to time and it’s regrettable and we’re doing everything we can to rectify it.” 

When asked if the two aircraft could cover the expanding market REDjet was going after, Dudley said: “We will expand our fleet in line with our growth in market as well. We are actively seeking more aircraft.  “We have a third aircraft already purchased, not yet with us, but already purchased. And we’re looking for additional aircraft as well. So our fleet will grow with our route extension plan.”

Source:  http://guyanachronicleonline.com