Saturday, April 7, 2012

Delta flight bound for Phoenix makes emergency landing

A Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta to Phoenix made an emergency landing Saturday afternoon when one of the plane's engines unexpectedly shut down.

Delta spokesman Paul Skrbec said Flight 2046 was beginning its decent into the Valley when one of the two engines shut down.

He said the pilot requested an emergency landing and reached the ground safely at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport at 2:35 p.m.

The plane was carrying 159 passengers, and there were no injuries, he said.

"The plane landed without incident, and we apologize for the inconvenience," Skrbec said.

It is possible for the Boeing 757 to fly if one of its two engines fails, he said. Officials don't know why the engine shut down, but it went into maintenance upon landing, Skrbec said.

Emergency Landing At Plattsburgh International Airport (KPBG), New York: Pilot Reports Possible Problem With One Engine

Airport officials say US Airways flight 4785 operated by Colgan Air was traveling from Boston to Plattsburgh when the pilot reported difficulties in one of the two turbo-prop engines. As a precaution, the pilot shut that engine down, and was able to land safely in Plattsburgh.

The aircraft was a Saab 340B which can seat 31 people though only 12 people were on this flight: nine passengers, and three crew.

Fire trucks and other emergency crews were called to the airport as precaution, but the plane landed safely, without any injuries or damage.

A US Airways representative said technicians are examining the engine to see what caused the problem.

Cessna 150H, N6616S: Accident occurred April 07, 2012 in Kent, Washington

 NTSB Identification: WPR12LA160 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 07, 2012 in Kent, WA
Aircraft: CESSNA 150H, registration: N6616S
Injuries: 1 Serious. 

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

On April 7, 2012, about 1430 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 150H, N6616S, collided with trees and came to rest inverted in the front yard of a residence, about 100 yards west of Crest Airpark (S36), Kent, Washington. The private pilot operated the privately owned airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulation Part 91 as a personal flight. The pilot received serious injuries. The airplane sustained substantial damage. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local area flight that departed Sanderson Field Airport (SHN) Shelton, Washington, at an undetermined time. A flight plan had not been filed.

COVINGTON, Wash. - A pilot is "banged up" but expected to survive after Saturday's small plane crash near Crest Airpark - and some of his rescuers say it's a miracle he wasn't killed.

Friends will not reveal the pilot's name, but the registered owner of the downed single-engine said the man is a buddy of his - and that he is going to be OK.

The crash happened Saturday afternoon in a neighborhood just outside the air park. The plane flipped over and hit the ground just 15 feet away from one home where a little boy was napping in his bedroom.

Witnesses say they're just grateful that the pilot is alive and that no one else was hurt.

The first neighbors to reach the crash site told KOMO News they weren't sure if the pilot had survived, at first.

"Just looking at the airplane when I came out, I thought, 'He's going to be really lucky if he's alive,'" says Rob Regan.

The crash happened in the front yard of Regan's home. Running out to the plane, Regan found the pilot still buckled in.

"We tried to ascertain if the pilot was alive. He appeared to be breathing labored," says Regan.

He and others who were first on the scene carefully released the harness, and stabilized the man until paramedics arrived.

Regan also fly planes - and he thinks the only reason this pilot wasn't crushed is the lucky position of the Cessna when it came to rest.

"Where his head was in the aircraft, it was over the bottom of the ditch, and it actually saved him," says Regan.

A pocket in the ground where it was needed - so he was just literally saved by the ditch.

Some who saw it, including Regan's mother visiting from England, thought the same thing.

"I think it was a miracle," she says.

Regan suspects strong winds just above the tall trees may have surprised the pilot while he was taking off or maybe practicing a touch-and-go landing.

"He could have crashed into the house, or crashed into the trees, or hit the concrete," says Regan. "So there a lot of places he could have gone. He was really lucky ending up where he did."

The wrecked plane will be stored in a secure place in Auburn, where investigators can go over it to figure out what caused the crash.





COVINGTON, Wash. — A pilot was critically injured Saturday afternoon after a small plane crashed in a neighborhood near Covington, according to Cindi West of the King County Sheriff's Office.

 Officials said the plane was found upside down between two houses near Crest Airpark.

 According to officials, the plane had engine failure after takeoff, and the plane crashed after the pilot had to turn around.

As of late Saturday evening, the pilot was being treated for serious injuries at Harborview Medical Center. Chief John Herbert of King County Medic One said the pilot suffered a head injury.

 Witnesses told KIRO 7 the plane was trying to land at Crest Airpark, but lost control as the plane rolled and took a sharp turn away from the runway.

Rob Regan, who lives across the street from the scene, did not see the crash but heard what happened.

 “Heard a big crash and a thump, and it hit the ground,” Regan said.

 “I came out of the garage and there was an airplane in my front yard.”

Regan’s stepson described the sound as metal crunching, similar to a pop can. Residents in the neighborhood rushed to help the pilot after they saw what happened.

 Neighbors said the pilot was unconscious and they stayed with him until medics arrived.

Tim Perciful of the King County Fire District No. 44 told KIRO 7 that neighbors were helpful at the scene.

 “They actually shut off the engine, the master switch and the fuel line,” Perciful said.

 “It’s really lucky the pilot survived this one.”

No injuries on the ground were reported at the time of the incident.

 Investigators are not revealing the identity of the pilot involved in the crash. The plane wreckage was taken to a nearby hangar, where it will be stored during the investigation by the feds and the insurance company.

COVINGTON, Wash. - A small plane crashed Saturday afternoon near Crest Airpark outside Covington, critically injuring the one person aboard the aircraft, officials said.

Tim Perciful of Mountainview Fire & Rescue said the single-engine plane was coming in for a landing at the air strip at around 2:15 p.m. when it crashed and flipped over between two homes in the area, off 293rd Place.

The injured pilot was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The pilot's condition was not immediately available, but Perciful said the injuries were critical.

The plane did not catch fire, and no one was injured on the ground.

Witnesses said the plane was coming in for a landing at the Crest Airpark when it slowed and rolled to one side, its wing knifing into the ground before it flipped over and crashed.

Residents of the area immediately ran to the scene and shut off the plane's fuel lines to avoid the possibility of a fire.

FAA records show the plane is a single-engine Cessna 150H, manufactured in 1967. It is registered to a Shelton resident.

 KENT, Wash. – The pilot of a small plane was hurt when the aircraft crashed near Crest Airpark on Saturday.

Mountain View Fire & Rescue said the single-engine plane flipped over between two homes about a block away from the air strip.

Medics called for an airlift helicopter to transport the injured pilot to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.  No one on the ground was hurt.

Pilot training hit after grounding of HPT-32s

The unexpected and sudden grounding of the HPT-32 basic trainer aircraft fleet, coupled with the ageing fleet of Kiran Mk-I, has snowballed into a crisis whereby the flying training of the Indian Air Force is in a limbo. In fact, amid an acute shortage of the serviceable Kiran Mk-I, the future of flying training at the Air Force Academy (AFA), Dundigal, and the advanced Fighter Training Wings at Hakimpet is in jeopardy.

Here is what has happened. Since a major technical snag and a fatal aircrash in 2009 resulting in the loss of two ace pilots, all the 114 HPT-32 planes have been grounded. To make up for the shortfall, Kiran Mk-I, till then used for advanced stage-I of basic flying training at AFA, were distributed between AFA and Hakimpet. In connection with this reshuffling, Kiran Mk-II aircraft, earlier used for stage-II training of rookie pilots at Hakimpet, were sent to Tambaram Air Force base in Tamil Nadu for the advanced training courses of flying instructors. The shortage is such that even the Surya-kirans (Kiran Mk-II) of the IAF aerobatic team has been diverted to Tambaram.

However, Kiran Mk-I in itself is an ageing aircraft and terribly “overworked”. As a result, the ratio of serviceable Kiran Mk-I aircraft available to the number of fliers is the lowest in the history of the IAF. The stress on the aircraft as well as fliers, both instructors and rookie pilots, has been noted by the Public Accounts Committee report of Parliament, which pulled up the ministry of defence for the “overuse of ageing and obsolete fleet of Kiran Mk-I for training rookie pilots”.

Going at this rate, few Kiran Mk-I aircraft will be left with the training commands at AFA and Hakimpet in another two years. In fact, the PAC has questioned the logic behind the induction of advanced jet trainers when there will be no basic trainers and thus no trained pilots to fly the planes by the time the AJTs arrive.

Crucially, even after the Cabinet Committee on Security clears the IAF proposal for acquiring the batch of 75 Pilatus PC-7 aircraft for basic training, it will not be before another three years that the first batch of the trainer aircraft are inducted. An IAF spokesperson in Bengaluru has explained that the void created by unexpected grounding of the HPT-32 fleet, the workhorse of ab initio flying training, can only be filled by the induction of the Swiss-made Pilatus.




 by baixadoetravado on Apr 5, 2012

Primeiro "longa metragem" do Baixado e Travado, acompanhe um vôo completo entre Ribeirão Preto e Congonhas. Sem música e sem time-lapse. Esse eu dedico a todos que "odeiam" quando a musiquinha, que eu adoro tanto, sobrepõe a fonia e os procedimentos de vôo. São 30 minutos de vídeos para quem tiver paciência de acompanhar o vôo desde a chegada a aeronave até o corte dos motores em São Paulo.
PS: Agora q vcs viram como um clip sem trilha sonora é chato, parem de pegar no meu pé com as musiquinhas!!!rs

Sorry international folks, but this one is dedicated to the Brazilian audience, it's a complete flight between SBRP and the major domestic airport in São Paulo, SBSP - Congonhas. All subtitles and communications in Portuguese, no time-lapse or background music, only cockpit ambient sound.

Cessna 150H, N23471: Accident occurred September 04, 2010 in DeLand, Florida

NTSB Identification: ERA10FA464  
 14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 04, 2010 in DeLand, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/19/2011
Aircraft: CESSNA 150H, registration: N23471
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

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.

During the initial climb after takeoff, a witness observed the airplane pitching nose down and recovering. Several witnesses observed the airplane strike power lines and come to rest inverted. Postaccident examination of the engine and airframe identified no preimpact anomalies that would have precluded normal operation. About 5 months before the accident, the Federal Aviation Administration determined that the pilot was not qualified for any class of medical certificate due to a stroke that resulted in the pilot's shuffling gait and double vision. The pilot's autopsy revealed severe disease of the coronary arteries and heart valves. Postmortem toxicology testing suggested the relatively recent use of a multi-symptom cold or allergy preparation containing an impairing and sedating antihistamine. The pilot's judgment and performance may have been impaired by the medication and/or his medical conditions, but the role of such potential impairment in the accident sequence could not be conclusively determined.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain adequate airspeed and airplane control during the initial climb, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall, wire strike, and subsequent impact with the ground.


On September 4, 2010, about 1430 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 150H, N23471, was substantially damaged when it struck power lines and then the ground shortly after takeoff from runway 23 at DeLand Municipal Airport - Sidney H Taylor Field (DED), DeLand, Florida. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed. The certificated private pilot and the certificated private-pilot-rated passenger were fatally injured. The personal local flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to an employee of the fixed base operator, he observed the accident airplane takeoff, but not the accident. The airplane pitched nose down; recovered, and then appeared to be gaining altitude, when the employee returned to his duties. Several eyewitnesses' written statements that were provided to the DeLand Police Department officers reported that they saw the airplane strike the power lines, nose over, and come to rest inverted. Some witnesses reported that fuel was "pouring out" of the wings after it came to rest.


The pilot, age 90, held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. His most recent application for a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) third-class medical certificate was denied; on that application he indicated that he had 1,157 total hours of flight experience. Review of the pilot's FAA medical records identified a history of a stroke with "gait ataxia" and "diplopia," and the finding by the FAA that the pilot was "not qualified for any class of medical certificate" as of April 16, 2010.

The pilot-rated passenger, age 86, held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. His most recent FAA third-class medical certificate was issued on September 29, 1998 and on that application he indicated that he had 1,500 total hours of flight experience.


The airplane was manufactured in 1968, and was issued an FAA airworthiness certificate on June 7, 1968. It was equipped with a Continental Motors O-200-A engine. At the time of this writing no airplane maintenance logbooks had been located. According to an invoice provided to the NTSB investigator by a local mechanic, the airplane's most recent annual inspection was completed on June 11, 2010, at which time a rudder stop kit was installed. The tachometer was located in the wreckage, and indicated 3,546.26 hours.

According to FAA records and placards located near each wing's fuel cap, the airplane had a supplemental type certificate that was dated October 26, 2000, which authorized the use of autogas in the engine.


The 1453 recorded weather observation at Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB), Daytona Beach, Florida, located approximately 13 miles to the northeast of the accident location, included wind from 270 degrees at 7 knots, visibility 10 miles, few clouds at 6,000 feet, broken clouds at 18,000 and 25,000 feet, temperature 33 degrees C, dew point 19 degrees C; altimeter 29.95 inches of mercury.


Examination of photographs provided by the DeLand Police Department revealed that the airplane came to rest inverted, with the nose facing back towards the airport, at the edge of the westbound lanes of a four lane highway, approximately 2,750 feet from the departure end of the runway. The airplane struck and severed four power lines that ran parallel to the highway, and located 37 to 40 feet above ground level (agl). Each line was about 1 inch in diameter. The airplane came to rest 45 feet beyond the power lines, the path was on a track of 193 degrees from the power lines.

The left wing remained attached to the fuselage, and the wing strut had numerous electrical arc burn marks. The wing leading edge and main wing spar were impact damaged approximately 89 inches from the wing tip. The stall warning system was examined; the reed that was used to produce the audible alert to the pilot was detached from its normal mounting position. It could not be determined whether the reed had become detached prior to the flight, or during the accident sequence.

The right wing remained attached to the fuselage, but recovery personnel removed it to facilitate transport to a secure hanger at the airport. The fuel cap was found dislodged from the filler neck but still attached to the neck by its chain. Approximately one cup of fuel was captured from the right fuel tank.

The wing flaps were in the retracted position, and the elevator trim tab was approximately 10 degrees trailing edge up. Aileron cable continuity was confirmed from the ailerons to the recovery cuts, and from the recovery cuts to the control column.

The left side of the fuselage, aft of the cargo compartment aft bulkhead, was buckled. The horizontal stabilizers remained attached to the fuselage, but were buckled. The counterweights on both stabilizers remained attached and in position. The top 10 inches of the vertical stabilizer was bent to the right at about a 70 degree angle. The rudder was in the full trailing edge left position, and the right side of the rudder stop kit was in contact with the associated nutplate. Control cable continuity was confirmed from the rudder pedals to the rudder.

The propeller remained attached to the engine, and the engine remained attached to the airplane. The propeller spinner exhibited crush damage on one side, and had electrical arc marks around its circumference. Both propeller blades had leading edge damage, spanwise scratches, and electrical arc marks located 18 inches from the propeller hub. One propeller blade exhibited slight tip bending.

The cabin roof of the airplane was compressed and the front support structure was separated during the recovery process. Both seatbelts and shoulder harnesses had been cut by first responders to aid in the extraction of the occupants. The FAA inspector on scene stated that the fuel selector valve was found in the "ON" position, and that the ignition switch was found in the "BOTH" position.

The engine was examined, and appeared intact. Accessories on the rear accessory drive were intact, and devoid of damage. Approximately 4 ounces of fuel was drained from the fuel strainer. Corrosion was found on the carburetor fuel bowl drain plug. The fuel inlet strainer was dry and free of debris. The throttle and mixture control cables were intact from the cockpit controls to the carburetor, Both controls operated with full travel. The No. 4 cylinder was a Millennium brand cylinder; the other three were Continental cylinders. Thumb compression was verified on all cylinders, and spark was produced on all spark plug leads when the propeller was rotated by hand. The magneto timing was determined to be about 24 degrees before top dead center. The spark plugs were removed; they appeared coked, but exhibited normal wear. The combustion chambers exhibited material deposits consistent with that of combustion deposits. The cylinder bores were free of scoring. Suction and compression were obtained at the top spark plug holes on all cylinders when the crankshaft was rotated by hand at the crankshaft flange.

The engine was started and run for approximately 5 minutes at various power settings, with no anomalies noted. Throughout the engine run, the engine accelerated normally without hesitation or interruption in power. The engine throttle was rapidly advanced from idle to full throttle several times, and the engine performed without hesitation or interruption in power. The cockpit tachometer registered a maximum of 2,300 rpm during the engine run.


The Office of the Medical Examiner Florida, Districts 7 & 24 performed an autopsy on the pilot on September 7, 2010. The reported cause of death was "multiple blunt traumatic injuries" and noted the presence of "Severe Atherosclerosis of the Left Anterior Descending and Circumflex Coronary Arteries" and "Dystrophic Calcification and Stenosis of the Mitral and Aortic Heart Valves."

Toxicological testing was performed post mortem at the FAA's Bioaeronautical Sciences Research Laboratory, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The report stated that no carbon monoxide or cyanide was detected in the blood, and no ethanol was detected in vitreous samples. The report stated that 14.95 ug/ml, ug/g acetaminophen was detected in the blood, and Chlorpheniramine and Quinine were detected in the liver and in the blood.

Federal investigators have revealed a 90-year-old pilot killed in a 2010 DeLand plane crash had been denied a medical certificate because of a stroke and suffered from severe disease of the coronary arteries and heart valves, according to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board.

The findings were released more than a year after a Cessna 150H crashed Sept. 4, 2010, shortly after taking off from the DeLand Municipal Airport.

Duane Swanson, 90, was killed in the crash. His passenger, Leonard Selover, 86, died later at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach.

According to the NTSB report, an employee who saw the plane take off said the aircraft pitched nose down before appearing to recover. But investigators determined Swanson's "failure to maintain adequate airspeed and airplane control" resulted in an "aerodynamic stall." The plane later struck power lines and then landed upside down on the ground, the report shows.

Investigators found that five months before the crash, the Federal Aviation Administration determined Swanson was not qualified for any class of medical certification because of a recent stroke, according to the report. The stroke left Swanson with a "shuffling gait" and "double vision."

Swanson on his application denied by the FAA said he had logged 1,157 hours of flight time, the report shows.

Selover, who had been issued a third-class medical certificate in 1998, said he had 1,500 total hours of flight experience, according to the report.

NTSB Identification: ERA10FA464
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 04, 2010 in DeLand, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/19/2011
Aircraft: CESSNA 150H, registration: N23471
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

During the initial climb after takeoff, a witness observed the airplane pitching nose down and recovering. Several witnesses observed the airplane strike power lines and come to rest inverted. Postaccident examination of the engine and airframe identified no preimpact anomalies that would have precluded normal operation. About 5 months before the accident, the Federal Aviation Administration determined that the pilot was not qualified for any class of medical certificate due to a stroke that resulted in the pilot's shuffling gait and double vision. The pilot's autopsy revealed severe disease of the coronary arteries and heart valves. Postmortem toxicology testing suggested the relatively recent use of a multi-symptom cold or allergy preparation containing an impairing and sedating antihistamine. The pilot's judgment and performance may have been impaired by the medication and/or his medical conditions, but the role of such potential impairment in the accident sequence could not be conclusively determined.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to maintain adequate airspeed and airplane control during the initial climb, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall, wire strike, and subsequent impact with the ground.

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Siai Marchetti SM1019 Ex Italian Military Turbo Prop Takeoff CSU3


by AeroportStHyacinthe on Mar 30, 2012

Siai Marchetti SM1019 a l'aéroport de St-Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada, CSU3 Siai Marchetti SM1019 at St-Hyacinthe airport, Quebec, Canada, CSU3 SIAI-Marchetti modified the design of the Cessna 305A/O-1 Bird Dog with a 400hp Allison 250-B17B turboprop engine

Aircraft on landing at George Bush Intercontinental/Houston Airport (KIAH), Houston, Texas

HOUSTON—A plane landing at Bush Intercontinental Airport Saturday morning was not able to lower its front landing gear.

The Colgan passenger plane operating as a United Express flight approached IAH from Little Rock around 10:45 a.m, according to a United Airlines spokesperson. The nose gear did not extend, although the back end gear did lower and the plane was able to land safely.

The Houston Police Department arrived at the scene and 31 passengers were evacuated and bussed into the terminal.

No injuries were reported.

Airport Commission to discuss new hangars

The Alva Regional Airport Commission will hold a regular meeting Monday at 7 p.m. in the terminal building at the airport.

Among the items on the agenda for discussion and action is an agreement with Myers Engineering for engineering and construction of water and sewer line extensions on airport property.

Members will also consider a drainage improvement project to be funded through AIP 3-40-0003-007-2009. There will be discussion and action on allowing the VFW to lease a small area west of their building for RV parking. The commission will also discuss and act on construction of new hangars.


Vacant lot: Taxiway Charlie Lot 10, Lake City, Michigan - Presented by Coldwell Banker Schmidt REALTORS

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Vacant lot at Homeacres Skyranch. Nice level lot for building a home, pole barn or an airplane hangar. Lot is 120' x 200'

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Palau continues search for missing men

Palauan authorities will continue searching for three men aboard a Cessna aircraft who went missing last Sunday, said Palau President Johnson Toribiong.

The government has not decided when it will end the search, but Toribiong said it could continue into next week.

The three men -- public safety officers Earl Decherong, 33, and Willy Mays Towai, 47; and pilot Franklin Ohlinger, 58 -- went missing while looking for a suspected illegal Chinese fishing vessel a week ago.

As of last Thursday, the U.S. Coast Guard, Palauan government vessels, and local volunteers had covered 9,000 square miles in their search for the men.

The Coast Guard suspended its search Friday. By then hopes had started to dim that the men would be reunited with their families and friends, said Fermin Meriang, the Palau president's press secretary. That night the Palau government held a candlelight vigil for the men, to which hundreds turned out, said Toribiong.

The plane flown by Ohlinger went down after Palau authorities discovered what they believed was an illegal fishing operation. Police confronted a smaller fishing vessel, and the three men were searching for a "mothership," Toribiong said in a statement.

When the plane ran low on fuel and its navigation system failed, the officers radioed in to say they were gliding into a water landing, though they couldn't see light or land.

Communication with the aircraft was lost around 8:15 p.m. Sunday. The Cessna was from ABA Sky Inc., a company in Palau that provides sight-seeing tours. Ohlinger was assisting police with the operation, the Palau government said.

Of the continued search, Toribiong said, "It's just a matter of concluding it in a way that the families know we did our very best."


Tulsa mechanics repairing Dallas planes

DALLAS - American Airlines crews from Tulsa are still in Dallas repairing planes damaged in Tuesday's storms.

Fifty Tulsa mechanics are working on 47 planes which are still out of service.

Hail battered the planes while passengers sat on the tarmac.

A unions representative says it may be several days before all the damage can be repaired.


Battle For The Sky: Nigeria Takes On The Big Boys

African governments will have gleefully pulled up a chair to watch a riveting battle between Nigeria’s aviation regulator and powerful blue-eyed foreign carriers in what analysts say could trigger a new era of tighter and unpredictable regulation in the $67.8 billion regional air industry.

Nigeria accuses major international airlines plying its routes–chiefly British Airways and Virgin Atlantic– of overcharging its citizens and gave them a 30-day ultimatum, effective March 26, to redress perceived air imbalances or be barred from operating in its airspace.

Industry watchers say African airlines flying to Nigeria were unlikely to be affected by the directive that was clearly targeted at the two giants, which Abuja insists made profits by the bucketload at the expense of Nigerians, forcing some to even travel to neighbouring capitals to take advantage of lower fares to the same destinations– ironically by the same carriers.

It is a continuation of a damaging spat between Nigeria and the British Government over landing rights at Heathrow for local carrier Arik Air and which forced the young airline to last month suspend its flights from Abuja to London.

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Cessna 340A Landing in Very Strong Crosswind at St-Hyacinthe airport, Quebec, Canada (CSU3)

by Aeroport StHyacinthe on Apr 6, 2012

Cessna 340A a l'aéroport de St-Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada, CSU3

45,000 come out for Wanaka air show

Hot fine conditions and a focus on New Zealand's military history have helped attract a huge crowd to the Warbirds Over Wanaka Air Show.

More than 45,000 people filled the Central Otago airport for the biennial event.

P-40 Kittyhawk was one of the workhorses of Wold War II, later used as an advanced fighter trainer.

Warren Denholm spent years restoring the former RNZAF plane, which was abandoned after the war.

“On average, a fighter like this takes about 25,000 hours of labour,” says Mr Denholm of Avspecs, Warbirds restoration group. “To take it from a basket case aeroplane to a flying aeroplane.”

New Zealand operated around 300 Kittyhawks in the Pacific during World War II.

While Mr Denhom was leaving today's stunts to the professionals, he does manage to get a bit of time in the pilot's seat.

“If you're lucky enough to get the opportunity to fly them, of course that's the icing on the cake,” he says. “To get the chance to fly something you've worked on and restored is pretty special.”

One company was even offering an opportunity for veterans to fly a classic Tiger Moth after the day's action was over. Pete Hendriks of Wanaka's Classic Flights says those aged over 90 have earned it.

“They've got a real passion and affinity for them, and it sort of brings back those wonderful memories that they had when they were our age,” says Mr Hendriks.

For those not able to climb onboard a plane, a jetpack simulator still let them get their feet off the ground.

A wide range of aircraft displays kept the large crowds entertained throughout the day.

The deep thumping blades of the Air Force Iroquois helicopters could be felt across the airfield.

It's a high pressure role for the air traffic team, with more arrivals and departures over the Easter holidays than Auckland Airport. Operations director Barry Brunton says they're looking after a wider range of planes.

“The weather has a bigger impact on them than most of the modern aircraft, so that adds an element,” says Mr Brunton. “We're dealing with a big crowd here, so the safety factor of it is something that you've got to consider.”

But calm sunny conditions this weekend are making the job a little easier.

Yemen air force grounds flights at Sanaa airport

SANAA, April 7 (Reuters) - Members of Yemen's air force shut down the capital's airport on Saturday, stopping all flights in protest at the sacking of their commander, a half brother of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, an aviation official said.

Military vehicles full of soldiers turned passengers away from Sanaa airport and prevented flights from taking off or landing, witnesses said. The action is a challenge to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi who replaced Saleh earlier this year.

On Friday Hadi sacked the air force head in a reshuffle intended to prise key military posts from Saleh's allies and restructure the armed forces, which split during the uprising against Saleh's rule, with some units openly siding with protesters.

Protests demanding the resignation of the air force commander, General Saleh al-Ahmar, earlier this year brought several airports to a standstill. Hadi on Friday shifted him to be assistant to the defence minister.

The airport's closure highlights the challenges Hadi faces in restructuring Yemen's army, upsetting the entrenched interests of Saleh's associates as well as those of a powerful general, Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, some of whose allies were also sacked in Friday's shake-up.

General Ali Mohsen turned against Saleh early last year along with a chunk of the armed forces, sparking sporadic open combat on the streets of Sanaa with loyalist troops and tribal miltiamen that threatened to push the country into civil war.

A committee tasked with demilitarising Sanaa was on Saturday dismantling checkpoints set up by the warring factions in the western part of the city, to enforce a withdrawal of armed tribesmen and troops from the streets by the end of the week.

Previous such efforts have failed.

Hadi faces a sectarian rebellion in Yemen's north and an emboldened wing of al Qaeda concentrated in the south, which is also home to a separatist movement seeking to revive a socialist state Saleh united with the north in 1990.

Yemen's state news agency had been hacked on Saturday, apparently by southern secessionist sympathisers. Instead of the usual news feed, there were pictures of southern leaders and the former state's flag.

"Your turn has come all major Yemeni websites. If we do not see the southern flag waving above Yemeni sites we will eventually destroy them," read a statement posted on the site.

Some southerners accuse northerners of usurping their resources and discriminating against them.

They want no part in the united Yemen envisaged by neighbouring Saudi Arabia and the United States who threw their weight behind the power transfer plan under which Saleh left office after months of anti-government demonstrations that paralysed the impoverished state.

 (Reporting by Mohammed Ghobari; Writing by Isabel Coles; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)


Hucknall flying club celebrates 50th anniversary

 A HUCKNALL flying club is celebrating its 50th anniversary – carrying on the legacy of a handful of factory workers who set it up.

While the Red Arrow display team is more famous, the Merlin Flying Club has been going two years longer – and members also have a host of aerobatic tricks and stunts up their sleeve.

And the club, based at Hucknall Airfield, in Watnall Lane, prides itself on sharing these techniques – with around 500 people learning to fly there since it was set up by a handful of Rolls-Royce factory workers in 1962.

Fifty years on, the club has more than 130 members, 25 of whom are students.

Member Nick Perkins said: "People tend to view flying as a bit of a James Bond-style pastime.

"When they come they discover that it actually tends to be a cold, dirty and uncomfortable pastime – which is far from James Bond but still very enjoyable.

"For me it's just so different to anything else in your day-to-day life.

"When you are flying all the issues you have on the ground just disappear – it's a different world."

The club, which is open to Rolls-Royce employees and their immediate family, started when several workers asked for permission to use the airfield to start a flying club. Its primary aim is to help people learn to fly in an affordable way.

Mr Perkins, who flew to Wales in around an hour for lunch last weekend, said: "It's such a good way of getting to places quickly and the people who fly with us wouldn't normally be able to afford to learn to fly.

"That's why it's important that the club continues because if we didn't exist then a lot of people wouldn't even try flying.

"A lot of schools are very expensive and it is difficult for people on average salaries to fly – certainly to fully follow through to the point of getting a pilot's licence."

While anyone is capable of learning to fly, Mr Perkins, 55, said some people take to it more quickly than others.

On average it takes about two years and the Civil Aviation Authority recommends a minimum of 50 hours.

While some club members keep flying as a hobby, others have made it a career.

Mr Perkins, who lives in Ockbrook, Derbyshire, added: "Occasionally you get ex-members of the club on the radio.

"One of them I heard recently was a chap who was on his way from Heathrow to Chicago in a jumbo jet and he radioed in to let us know he was flying over."

To celebrate 50 years of success at the club, members will hold The Merlin Pageant, also known as Wings And Wheels, on Saturday, June 16.

It will include at least one flying display and at least one Spitfire from the Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight.

There will also be an aerobatic team featuring two Yak aircraft and a display by a Pitts Special.

The club's chief flying instructor Colin Hutson will also take to the sky to perform his own stunts.

Food and trade stalls will also be available and entertainment will include the Rolls-Royce Brass Band.

There will also be a display of classic cars and bikes and anyone wanting to show their own vintage vehicle is welcome.

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What if a small regional airport was turned into a farm?

Photo Credit: Mainely Planning

Written by Mainly Planning 

I have a prediction. Small regional airports are going to become a thing of the past. I said it, now why do I believe that is so?

In one of the regional service centers of Maine, there resides a small airport. As with a lot of small towns, these airports can often turn into a burden for the local government to keep up with, and often require massive transfer of funding from federal and state sources. To obfuscate things a bit I am going to refrain from links. Guess the picture location, fine, but don’t tell any of my future employers. 

This particular airport is going to require about $500k in local monies, $500k in state funds, and about $9million from the federal government to make necessary repairs.

As a want-to-be planner I ask questions such as:
  • Is it in our economic best interest to have an airport that requires massive subsidization?
  • How many people in town use the airport?
  • What are the economic impacts for the area, outside of receiving federal and state subsidy for the repair and upkeep on the airport, and is this in our best interest as a society?
  • Is this system something that can sustain environmentally over time?
  • How does the airport ~15 and ~25 miles away compare to our airport and is it worth having all three?
  • Should we be competing to be the airport of the region, or should the region come together and focus its resources on one airport?

Navy to provide claim forms after crash - Available in person or online

The Navy says it will have staffing on hand at the Quality Inn on 21st Street in Virginia Beach Saturday at 2:30 p.m. to provide claims forms for personal injury or property damage resulting from Friday's aircraft accident.

The claims form is also available on line at this link.
Submit your completed claims form to:
Office of the Judge Advocate General
Tort Claims Unit Norfolk
9620 Maryland Avenue, Suite 205
Norfolk, Virginia 23511-2949

Friday, April 6, 2012

Crop dusting -- not for the faint of heart

DAWSON -- American agriculture took a positive turn in August, 1921, when Lt. John A Macready sailed over an Ohio catalpa grove to dump a load of powdered lead arsenate on invading Catalpa Sphinx Moths.

By the end of his six-acre journey, Macready had become the world's first crop duster -- sometime know in modern times as aerial applicators. Among the early followers in this pioneer's dust trail would be a company called the Delta Dusters in Louisiana, later to become Delta Airlines.

The profession has come a long way since the early days of flight, as evidenced by larger, more powerful and efficient aircraft and computerized delivery systems. Despite the technical advancements, though, the planes continue to be flown by human pilots.

If you think you may be interested in a career as an aerial applicator look for a thrill park featuring rides imposing up to six intermittent "G's," or multiples of your own weight. There should be alternating short runs across uncertain terrain, eight to ten feet from the ground at speeds of 150 miles per hour. No tracks, no suspension cables. If you enjoy the ride, make sure your pilot's license is up to date then ask for an application.

J.D. Scarborough, 66, the sole aerial applicator for Ronnie Lee's RCL Flying Service in Dawson, has managed to survive his profession for 41 years, describing the work as "long periods of total boredom, sprinkled with periods of absolute terror." He was 25 when he started, he said, convinced by his uncle that flying was the way to go.

"I was a crane operator in Brunswick at the time," Scarborough said, "and I told (my uncle) I wasn't interested in flying. He finally got me to go out with him over the water to see some whales that were out there. I though that was just the coolest thing and it wasn't long before I was taking lessons."

It was about a year after that Scarborough's uncle was killed in a crop dusting accident," Scarborough said. There were others.

"This boy that was working with me -- I saw him when he went down," Scarborough said. "I got in the truck and ran over as quick as I could get there but he was completely burned up. It made me a lot more careful. It sure did."

Scarborough himself has crashed -- or nearly so "a few times," he said, from running out of gas (just once), engine failure or snagging power lines.

"I flipped a Cessna upside-down in a creek one time," said Scarborough, chuckling, "I couldn't get over the trees so I hit the dump lever to drop my chemicals, but I still couldn't get over. When I put myself on the ground and hit the brakes I flipped over into the water."

Scarborough was able to disengage his harness and free himself from the plane, but he had to walk back to the airport. He said that during his adventure his friend flew over the same spot several times but never noticed him. Despite a cavalier attitude, Scarborough thinks about his own death or injury.

"All that's in the back of your mind the whole time," Scarborough said. "When things have happened to other people and not to you, you have to wonder 'why them and not me."

While the loss of life is possible on any given day, Scarborough says it's not as dangerous as it used to be. He flies a near $1 million turbo-jet aircraft made in Albany by Thrush Aircraft.

According to Scarborough, the plane does a lot the work for him. An advanced GPS system, coupled with computer programing gives latitude and longitude of fields. In the interest of efficiency, the pilot is guided swath by swath which path to take over a field.

Applied chemicals are much safer now, said Scarborough, who has worked with some really toxic substances, including the infamous "agent orange," because they're designed to "do what they're going to do" in the first few hours of application, before becoming perfectly safe with exposure to sunlight.

A computer controls how many gallons of insecticide are applied to each swath or acre, even in the presence of a headwind or tailwind. At any given moment Scarborough knows heading, speed and altitude above sea level. When the application is finished he can provide the client with most of the same information, accounting for every second of the job.

"I enjoy working and I got no day set to retire," Scarborough said. "As long as I can do a good job I'll be right here."

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Remos GX, N75GX: Accident occurred April 05, 2012 at Ann Arbor Municipal Airport (KARB), Michigan

NTSB Identification: CEN12LA231
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, April 05, 2012 in Ann Arbor, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/25/2013
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 student pilot reported that the airplane suddenly veered to the left during the takeoff roll and that he was unable to maintain control, even with full opposite rudder and aileron inputs. The airplane became momentarily airborne before it nosed down and impacted a field adjacent to the runway. The student pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The student pilot's failure to maintain airplane control on takeoff, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall and collision with terrain.

On April 5, 2012, at 1130 eastern daylight time, N75GX, a special light sport Remos GX, sustained substantial damage on takeoff from the Ann Arbor Municipal Airport (ARB), Ann Arbor, Michigan. The student pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by Gemini Aviation LLC, Flat Rock, Michigan. A visual flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight destined for Adrian, Lenawee County Airport (ADG), Adrian, Michigan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the solo cross country flight conducted under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

In a written statement, the student pilot stated that during the take off roll on runway 06, the airplane suddenly veered "hard" to the left. He was unable to correct the turn with full right rudder and aileron. The student pilot said, "...The airplane just jumped up into the air and when it went up it continued to go to the left and then it came straight down." The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings, the empennage, and the firewall. In addition, both the left main and nose landing gears had separated.

The student pilot reported a total of 25.5 flight hours; all of which were in the accident airplane. He also said there were no pre-mishap mechanical failures. 

At 1135, weather reported at the airport was wind from 060 degrees at 12 knots gusting to 22 knots, visibility 10 miles, scattered clouds at 2,900 feet, temperature 6 degrees Celsius, dewpoint -2 degrees Celsius, and an altimeter setting of 30.05 inches of Mercury.

The Federal Aviation Administration will not have a complete report on Thursday's crash at Ann Arbor Municipal Airport for several more weeks.

Tony Molinaro, spokesman for the FAA's Great Lakes Region based in Chicago, said the FAA was still gathering up information Friday.

"We'll look at the basics, we'll talk to the pilot, any kind of maintenance records," he said.

The airplane crashed while flying off the runway Thursday morning. The pilot, who was rescued by the Pittsfield Township Fire Department, was taken by ambulance to the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.   
The aircraft, a single-engine Remos GX, is registered to Gemini Aviation LCC, based out of Flat Rock. It was manufactured in 2008.

There was no word as to where the aircraft was headed when it left the airport.

Molinaro said no more details on the crash will come out until the investigation is complete.

"We don't talk about any of the details until its completed," he said.

FLORIDA: DeLand plane crash reignites control tower debate


Monday night's plane crash into a Publix supermarket reignited debate over the need for a control tower at the DeLand airport.

Ron Levy built an experimental plane in his own garage.

He flew into the DeLand airport Wednesday and saw a gaping hole in the Publix supermarket roof.

The crash triggered a fire, injuring the pilot, co-pilot and three others in the store.

Since little was left of the craft, the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation turns to electronics on the plane to see if the pilot transmitted information seconds before the crash.

It was not transmitted to a control tower because the DeLand airport the pilot took off from does not have one.

"The FAA or the government was talking about putting a tower here," Levy said.

That was back in 2008. However, a tower was never built, leaving some to wonder if tower personnel could've made a difference.

"It possibly could've gotten a fire truck or something out there quicker because there's a possibility that the pilots would've told the tower that he had just taken off and he has an emergency and was gonna turn around and come back and land," Levy said.

Construction of a tower triggered a debate that pitted pilots against skydivers.

Pilots argued air traffic control was needed, while skydivers said a tower would bring business to a crawl.

Deland city officials said they do not foresee building a tower, but the new debate continues as to whether or not a control tower would have made a difference in Monday's crash.

"I don't think that guy really had much time to do anything or change anything,” said Pete Putnam, a pilot. “If his engine quit at a low altitude, it all happened very fast."

New Smyrna Beach and Ormond Beach airports have towers and are about the same size as DeLand's.

However, those two airports do not have a flourishing skydiving business.

  Regis#: UNK        Make/Model: EXP       Description: SEAWIND 3000
  Date: 04/03/2012     Time: 0000

  Event Type: Accident   Highest Injury: None     Mid Air: N    Missing: N
  Damage: Destroyed

  City: DELAND   State: FL   Country: US


INJURY DATA      Total Fatal:   0
                 # Crew:   2     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:   2
                 # Pass:   0     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Grnd:         Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:   3

  Activity: Unknown      Phase: Unknown      Operation: OTHER

  FAA FSDO: ORLANDO, FL  (SO15)                   Entry date: 04/04/2012 

L.A.'s Helicopter Noise Spurs Legislation

Helicopters are ubiquitous in the skies over Los Angeles. There are police and fire helicopters and TV news choppers, tracking the latest car chase. There are also tourist helicopters dipping down over sites like the Hollywood sign. Residents complain they're noisy and annoying. Now, a local congressman is hoping a federal law can bring some peace and quiet. 

Reporter: Colin Berry

Buffer zones being actively expanded around military air bases: Municipalities around Langley asking for state money for land

HAMPTON — Localities throughout Hampton Roads have purchased hundreds of acres bordering military air bases to minimize the potential damage from crashes, such as the one that occured Friday afternoon in Virginia Beach, on the surrounding communities.

Peninsula officials have actively pushed to create a larger safety zone to the south and west of Langley Air Force base as a way to buffer development from encroaching into the landing and takeoff area around the base.

Langley is home to the U.S. Air Force's 1st Fighter Wing and the 480th Intelligence Wing.

A Joint Land Use Study finalized in 2010 by the four localities bordering Langley recommends spending about $12 million to purchase 31 acres to extend Langley's buffer zone. Hampton and Newport News, as well as Poquoson and York County have all asked for state and federal money to purchase those parcels.

Land in the extended buffer zone around Langley is located along Magruder Boulevard near the Hampton Roads Center North Campus.

Purchasing those 23 plots is also seen as a way to help stave off anticipated Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission closures by proving the base is safe for military objectives.

The paramount reason to purchase the land though, is to protect pilots and community surrounding the base, said Bruce Sturk, Hampton's director of federal facilities support.

In November 2011, Virginia Beach bought nearly 800 acres of farmland and woods to protect Naval Air Station Oceana from encroaching development. Officials there have said the city will commit $15 million annually to stop new development around Oceana.

"They have a model over there on how to work with the community, to work with the Navy base ... in the use of acquiring properties and putting them in a state of an appropriate type use for that facility," said Sturk, of Oceana. "It's a benchmark model and it's recognized as a national model."

It was unclear late Friday where the F/A-18 Hornet crashed in relation to Oceana's buffer zone.

"We've focused a fine tooth look at Langley and any potential encroachment to prevent and remove any current or future non-conforming uses for that land," Sturk said.


Plane diverted to Fargo after colliding with red-tailed hawk

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It was a scary moment for passengers on American Eagle flight 4080 to Chicago this afternoon. The Fargo Airport Authority says this plane hit a red-tailed hawk.

The plane was then diverted back to Fargo, where crews checked to make sure nothing was wrong. Airport officials say the decision of whether or not to divert the plane back to Hector is left up to the pilot.

Shawn Dobberstein – Hector International Airport Manager; “It's not unusual, passengers shouldn't be concerned, but certainly with the safety of the flight crew on board, they do what's in the best interest for the safety of everybody on board.”

The plane was delayed by almost three hours, but has since landed safely in Chicago.

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Tampa International Airport kicks off volunteer greeter program

TAMPA - From the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority:

Nothing says "welcome" like a friendly smile. Beginning today, Tampa International Airport is looking to recruit 100 smiling faces to greet visitors as they arrive in Tampa Bay by becoming Airport Volunteers.

Volunteers will provide tourism information, brochures, maps and directions, as well as the latest information on special events happening around the region.

"We're looking for people who are proud of their community and want to share their knowledge about everything that there is to see and do here," said Airport CEO Joe Lopano. "Tourism professionals are available at most conference and event venues, but we want to make that special connection with visitors as soon as they get to Tampa."

Residents have eagerly signed up to volunteer at the airport for large events in the past. Now those services will be at the airport full-time.

"Tourism is a year-round industry in Tampa Bay," said Lopano. "We want everyone to feel welcome and know that at this airport they're getting the absolute highest level of customer service."

The airport will work with local convention and visitors' bureaus from both sides of the Bay to provide volunteers with training on points of interest, hotels, restaurants, attractions, and special events.

Four new Tourism Information Centers are being constructed in the baggage claim area for the program as part of the airport's $30 million Main Terminal Modernization, which also includes upgrades of restrooms, ticketing areas, and signage.

In exchange for a six-month commitment to volunteer at least one four-hour shift per week, volunteers will receive free airport parking and special "thank you" events during the year.

If you are interested in becoming an Airport Volunteer, visit the airport website, or contact the airport's Public Affairs office at (813) 870-8759.