Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Incident occurred near Texas State Technical College Waco Airport (KCNW)

WACO - The pilot and only person onboard a single-engine plane that crashed in a field north of the TSTC runway jumped out of the plane unhurt on Wednesday afternoon. 

 The pilot, who is from Waco and in his 60's, ran out of fuel on his flight from Houston to Waco, made an emergency call to authorities around 3:00 p.m. and crashed into some trees.  Officials say his 30 years of experience helped him make the best decision to avoid hurting himself or others who live nearby.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash, although DPS officials say their preliminary investigation indicates the pilot did, in fact, run out of fuel.

UPDATE: Small Plane Crashes at End of Runway at Texas State Technical College Airport

UPDATE: The person flying the plane that crashed at the Texas State Technical College Airport was a Waco man in his 60s.

He was flying from Houston when he ran out of fuel and landed in a field at the airport. The plane did not turn over and no fires broke out when he landed.

The man has over 30 years of flight experience which enabled him to land the plane safely.

TRACE Engines successfully tests de Havilland Beaver conversion kit

Midland's Texas Reciprocating Air Craft Engines (TRACE) celebrated a milestone this weekend with the successful flight of a de Havilland Beaver powered by a TRACE engine over the weekend.

"We're very excited about the performance of the airplane," said TRACE Chief Operating Officer David Czarnecki about the test flight that marked the end of a yearlong effort to design a conversion kit for the de Havilland Beaver. The plane, which carries freight and passengers, typically is categorized as a "bush" plane capable of taking off from small fields, lakes or rivers, if equipped with floats.

The TRACE engine produced 600 horse power and replaced the original Pratt & Whitney Radial engine that produced 45 horsepower. Czarnecki said it took the company a year to design the conversion kit, procure the components and assemble the kit. "We're finally reaping the benefit of the efforts we've put in over the last year," he said.

Sealand Aviation, of Campbell River, British Columbia, provided the de Havilland Beaver and will serve as the sales and installation center for the TRACE Beaver after the company receives a Supplemental Type Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration. The certification is expected by September after additional ground and flight testing. TRACE and Sealand plan to market the TRACE Beaver primarily to the Canadian and Alaskan markets, where these models bring everything from passengers to food, medical supplies and equipment to remove areas where there are often no roads to access.

TRACE also is developing a conversion kit for the Cessna Caravan, "which is our next conversion project," Czarnecki said as the company works to expand the number of planes it can convert and develop additional platforms. He estimated it will be another six months before the company conducts a test flight of a TRACE Caravan.

At the same time the company successfully tested its Beaver engine, Czarnecki said the company also completed FAA testing of its Air Tractor 301 model, which now will be sold alongside its Air Tractor 401 lines. Air Tractor, based in Olney, manufactures aircraft used in agricultural spraying.

"Things are finally falling into place," he said as the aviation rebounds from the global economic downturn that began in 2008.

Czarnecki said plans are to continue to work with the staff he currently employs to manufacture products and develop new products. As business grows, he said, "we will see" about expanding the workforce

The company's main facility is at 3000 W. Interstate 20, but the company also rents a hangar at Midland International Airport.


Naples residents complain of airport noise

NAPLES -Naples residents are making noise about noisy planes flying in and out of the Naples Airport.

"It's not only loud, it's painful. I mean, it's just a really shrill sound," says Peggy Layton.

Peggy's home is in the direct path of planes flying in and out of the Naples Airport, and she says it has only gotten louder over the years.

"It is disruptive. You can't talk to another person or listen. You can't hear them," she says.

Layton isn't alone. Dozens of her neighbors showed up at city council on Wednesday to make some noise about silencing the jets.

Airport officials say so far, they've done everything possible to keep the noise down, like extending runways, banning louder planes, and setting a curfew.

There's a voluntary 10:00 p.m. curfew and most pilots follow it. But since it's not mandatory, late night arrivals do still happen.

"You get awakened in the middle of the night when a jet comes over at two in the morning," says nearby resident Larry Schultz.

Residents suggested charging pilots for breaking curfew and changing flight paths.

"They need to route the planes over the bay," says resident Alan Parker.

But those ideas may have a turbulent takeoff.

"We do have to live within a budget as every public agency does, and some of these recommendations are pretty expensive," says Naples Airport Executive Director Ted Soliday.

For now, Layton says she'll continue to deal with the noise from low-flying planes and hopes that's the only problem they'll cause.

"I am worried that some day one is actually going to hit because they do come in very low," she says.


Deputies may have explanation for near mid-air collision

ADAMS COUNTY - A local sheriff's office thinks it may have an explanation for the mysterious object that nearly caused a mid-air collision Monday evening.

As 9Wants to Know reported Tuesday night, a pilot of a corporate jet reported to air traffic control that the mysterious object caught his eye while flying 8,000 feet over Cherry Creek. The mystery object did not show up on radar.

The Adams County Sheriff's Office says they found a 14-foot solar bag Tuesday around noon.

It's basically a weather balloon that looks like a long, black pool noodle.

9NEWS is waiting to hear back from the FAA to see if that's a plausible explanation.

After teen's fatal fall from airliner, Congress questions airport security

WASHINGTON -- The case of a Charlotte, N.C., teenager who died after stowing away in the wheel well of a jet was part of a federal hearing Wednesday on airport security problems.

Delvonte Tisdale's ability to breach security at Charlotte Douglas International Airport was one of a list of security problems at America's airports that have raised the ire of the public and members of Congress who are concerned about the next 9/11-type attack.

Tisdale, 16, snuck into the left wheel well of a Boeing 737 on Nov. 15, 2010, before it departed to Boston. He fell from the airplane around 9 p.m. as it passed over the Boston suburbs heading to Logan Airport.

"He wasn't an employee and he got into a sterile area," said Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat who noted Tisdale's case in his opening statement. "We still don't know how that issue has been fixed or how it occurred. We can't continue to kick the can down the road when situations like this happen."

Thompson said he didn't see any improvements in perimeter security that could prevent a similar event from happening.

The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security sought better understanding of whether recent reports of security breaches and unauthorized access to tarmacs were anomalies or systemic failures. Members focused much of their indignation on the Transportation Security Administration. They paid particular attention to an inspector general report of six major airports released this week that found more than half of all security breaches were never reported to higher officials.

In one egregious case, TSA officers failed to report that a passenger entered a secure area with a handwritten boarding pass, according to the report.

It's been more than 10 years since the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, and no similar attack has occurred.

In 2011, Transportation Security Administration officers screened more than 603 million passengers at 450 airports across the country and stopped more than 125,000 prohibited items, including 1,300 firearms.

John Sammon, assistant administrator of the TSA's Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement, told lawmakers that the agency is working on improvements. The agency is developing a uniform definition of a security breach and is creating a comprehensive oversight program that would gather information on all security breaches, he said.

Lawmakers were not satisfied.

Outside security around aircraft is a joke, said Rep. Chip Cravaack, a Minnesota Republican and a former airline pilot who said more must be done to prevent the next 9/11-style attack.

"The next incident is going to come from the ground," he said. "It's going to come from the shadow of the aircraft. It's not going to come through the passenger terminal."

In March, a man crashed his vehicle through a locked gate at Philadelphia International Airport and sped toward a plane as it was taking off.

At the Atlanta airport, an employee was captured on video swiping his badge to let another person into a restricted area.

Charlotte aviation director Jerry Orr could not be immediately reached for comment. Last year, he told lawmakers in Washington that the TSA was "more interested in avoiding responsibility" than finding out what happened to Tisdale. Orr has in the past criticized the effectiveness of the TSA and has said individual airports could do a better job at airport security than the federal agency.

The Transportation Security Administration completed an investigation into how Tisdale may have breached Charlotte security in November, but spokeswoman Sari Koshetz said details were not released for security reasons.

"TSA continues to oversee (Charlotte's) airport security plan to ensure the airport operator, the airlines and airport law enforcement remain in compliance with the strict TSA-approved regulations designed to maintain the security of the airport and the airfield," she said in a statement.

Massachusetts investigators have speculated that Tisdale climbed over the Charlotte airport's 6-foot-high chain-link fence, which is topped with barbed wire.

More hearings are expected on perimeter security issues, according to Rep. Mike Rogers, an Alabama Republican who chaired the subcommittee hearing.

"There is no such thing as 100 percent secure, but a teenage boy ought to not be able to get through," he said. "And we have to find out why that happens."

Drug lab near cash plane crash site

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) - Ecuador's official news agency says police have found a cocaine-processing lab near where a small Mexican-registered plane crashed over the weekend with $1.3 million in cash aboard.

Andina news agency says three people were arrested and a half ton of cocaine seized at the lab Wednesday.

Andina also says authorities assume the plane was carrying more than the $1.3 million that was found after it crashed, killing the pilot and co-pilot. It identifies them as presumed members of Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel.

Unlike neighboring Peru and Colombia, Ecuador is not known to cultivate coca, the basis of cocaine. But it is a transit country and authorities say they dismantled five cocaine labs in Ecuador last year and have found four so far this year.

Pilot's attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) contributed to crash

The grandmother of the pilot who was one of two men who died in an ultralight crash at Tatham in 2010 has told a coronial inquest her grandson's ADHD contributed to their death.

Michael O'Keefe and his passenger Josef Hainaut died on a return trip to Casino from Lismore when their ultralight crashed into a paddock on May 7, 2010.

Patricia O'Keefe said her grandson Michael was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) when he was aged four. She described him as "a law unto himself" and "a handful" due to ADHD which he had been unmedicated for since he was six.

"I do think that ADHD did contribute to Michael and Josef's death and my doctor does too," she said.

"I do believe Michael and Josef died because of Michael's impulsive behavior."

Mrs O'Keefe told the court there were now draft regulations put in place by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) regarding pilots with ADHD.

The court heard Mr O'Keefe's license was never suspended but after he was spoken to about performing illegal manoeuvres in February 2009 he did not fly for about 12 months.

The man responsible for police investigations into aviation fatalities, Chief Inspector Hurley, said he was in no doubt that if the engine had failed Mr O'Keefe would have had the skills to land the ultralight.

Mrs Hainaut's solicitor David Evenden said the family would like to see changes in the requirements for scheduled maintenance, for which the onus currently falls on the pilot, through changes in registration guidelines for recreational aircraft.

Mr Evenden and Coroner's Assistant Sgt Rowe retired at 3pm to consider their recommendations for the Coroner.

Coroner Jeff Linden will hand down his recommendations today.


Red Bull Akte Blani(x) 3

 May 14, 2012 by Redbullskydiveteam 

The Red Bull Skydive Team recently performed a spectacular performance high in the skies above Austria well worthy of any James Bond film. As part of the project Akte Blani(X) 3, the five-man squadron set off in hot pursuit of two Blanix gliders cruising 4,000 metres above the ground. In one of the most daring wingsuit manoeuvres ever seen, the skydivers then inched their way towards the aircraft before flying along side by side at speeds in excess of 180km/h.

Beechcraft V35B Bonanza, N645EP: Accident occurred May 10, 2012 in Las Vegas, New Mexico

NTSB Identification: CEN12FA291 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, May 11, 2012 in Las Vegas, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/06/2013
Aircraft: BEECH V35B, registration: N645EP
Injuries: 1 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.

The private pilot departed at night in his single-engine airplane from a remote airport and subsequently impacted terrain southeast of the airport. The airplane wreckage was dispersed over a large area and was heavily fragmented, consistent with a high-speed impact. Examination of the airplane and engine found no mechanical deficiencies that would have precluded normal operation. The pilot's logbook was found in the wreckage and was partially completed between 2005 and 2009. There were no logged entries of any night flight time, and the pilot’s most recent simulated instrument training was logged in 2005. The pilot's flight time/experience since 2009 is unknown except for a biennial flight review that was completed in 2011.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot’s loss of airplane control for reasons that could not be determined because postaccident examination revealed no evidence of preimpact anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.


On May 11, 2012, at an undetermined time, N645EP, a Beech V35B airplane, was substantially damaged when it collided with terrain after takeoff from the Las Vegas Municipal Airport (LVS), Las Vegas, New Mexico. The private pilot, sole occupant, was fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot. A visual flight rules flight plan was not filed for the flight and the pilot’s destination that evening was not known. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight conducted under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The airplane was reported missing and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an Alert Notification (ALNOT). The airplane was located by search and rescue personnel on May 12, 2012, about 4 miles east-southeast of the Las Vegas Municipal airport.

A review of the available air traffic control (ATC) and radar data information revealed the pilot departed Henderson, Nevada, earlier that day and received flight following services to LVS. The inbound radar data revealed that the airplane approached LVS from the west, and then turned north before the airplane descended below the radar coverage area around 2029. The last radar return indicated the airplane was 4 miles northwest of the airport at an altitude of 8,400 feet mean sea level (msl).

According to the LVS airport manager, the fixed-base operator was closed and no one saw the airplane land or takeoff. However, airport fueling records from the self-service fuel pump revealed the pilot used his credit card to purchase fuel that evening. The time stamp on the fuel receipt was 2246. The airport manager asserted the time stamp on the self-service fuel pump was accurate. Several requests were made to the pilot's family to obtain the time stamp from when the pilot swiped his credit card. However, that information was not made available at the time the factual report was written.

According to the pilot’s wife, she said the pilot was ultimately destined for Georgia, where he planned to attend their daughter’s graduation. She thought he was possibly headed for either Amarillo, Texas, or Little Rock, Arkansas, where he would spend the night, before continuing on to Georgia the next day.

It is unknown what time the pilot departed LVS. A review of available radar date for the area did record three radar returns emitting a VFR beacon code approximately 4 miles northeast of the airport at an altitude of 7,900 feet msl between 2117:45 and 2118:15. The first two returns were on an east-northeast heading and the last return appeared to be heading southeast.


The pilot held a private pilot certificate for airplane single-engine land. His last FAA third class medical was issued on December 30, 2010, with a restriction for near and intermediate vision. At that time, he reported a total of 1,000 flight hours.

One of the pilot’s logbooks was located in the wreckage. The first entry was made on June 30, 2005, and the last entry was made in September 2009. All of the logged flights were in the accident airplane. At the time of the last entry, the pilot accrued a total of 1,236 total flight hours. The pilot also logged total of 32.3 hours of simulated instrument time between 2005 and 2007; however, none of these flights were endorsed by a flight instructor or safety pilot. No night time was logged.
The pilot's last biennial flight review was conducted in the accident airplane and successfully completed on September 3, 2011.


Weather at LVS at 2053 was reported as wind from 130 degrees at 14 knots, visibility 10 miles, clear skies, temperature 16 degrees Celsius, dewpoint 2 degrees Celsius, and an altimeter setting of 29.96 inches Hg.
According to the U.S. Naval Observatory Astronomical Applications Department, the moon phase on the evening of the accident was waning gibbous with 62 percent of the moon's visible disk illuminated. However, the moonrise wasn’t until 0039 the following morning.


The airplane was examined on-scene by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Investigator-in-Charge and the FAA on May 13, 2012. The wreckage was heavily fragmented along open, treeless pasture on private property at an approximate elevation of 6,800 feet. The wreckage was scattered along a linear path that was approximately 800 feet long by 250 feet wide, and oriented on a magnetic heading of 236 degrees. The initial impact point was located near the top of a shallow hill and consisted of an approximate 30 foot long ground scar, followed by an approximate 1 foot deep crater. Small pieces of red and white paint chips were found embedded in the ground scar along with broken pieces of clear glass. Broken pieces of the propeller assembly were found in the crater.

Scattered down the shallow hill and along the wreckage path, forward of the initial impact point, were sections of the right wing, pieces of the airframe, section of the instrument panel, the pitot heat tube, personal belongings, and the propeller assembly.

The main wreckage, which included the entire tail section, a large section of the left wing, and sections of the cockpit and avionics were found approximately 200 feet forward of the initial impact point. The engine was found approximately 600 feet forward of the main wreckage. All of the accessories except for the propeller governor had separated from the engine. Both crank case halves and the oil sump were partially crushed aft and all of the engine mounts were broken. The #5 cylinder was partly separated, exposing the valves.

The wreckage was moved to a secure facility and a follow up examination of the engine and airframe was conducted separately. The engine examination was performed under the supervision of an NTSB air safety investigator.

The top spark plugs and rocker covers were removed, but the crankshaft could not be rotated because of impact damage. The cylinders were examined using a lighted borescope. All of the piston heads and cylinder domes were coated with normal combustion deposits. All of the valves were in place and not damaged.

A visual exam of the top spark plugs revealed the center electrode was missing from the number five spark plug. The spark plugs had normal wear when compared to the Champion Check-A-Plug comparison card. They had light gray deposits in the electrode areas.

The fuel nozzles were removed and examined. Nozzles one, three, and five were broken in half. The number two nozzle was bent. Nozzles four and six were not damaged. All of the nozzles had varying amounts of debris in the interior chamber.

The propeller governor was in place and not damaged. The actuating arm was in place and moved freely. The drive shaft was free to rotate. The oil screen was clean and clear and free of debris.

The vacuum pump exhibited impact damage, but the drive coupling was intact. The drive shaft would not rotate. The unit was disassembled and the rotor block was shattered. The vanes were in place and damaged. Scoring was observed in the interior of the vacuum pump case.

Both magnetos were separated from the engine and had impact damage. Both magnetos sparked at all terminals when the drive shafts were rotated by hand.

The propeller assembly separated from the engine at the crankshaft. All three blades remained attached to the hub. The first blade was bent aft. The second blade was also bent and torsionally twisted. The blade exhibited chordwise scoring and leading edge gouging. The third blade was twisted and exhibited leading edge gouging.

Examination of the engine revealed no mechanical deficiencies that would have precluded normal operation of the engine.

The airframe was examined under the supervision of the NTSB Investigator-in-Charge. The examination revealed the flap actuator was in the fully retracted position. The landing gear actuator indicated that the gear was still in transit when the accident occurred and was near the fully retracted position.

Flight control continuity was established for the rudder, elevator, and trim cables to the center fuselage. The ends of the cables were broken and exhibited frayed ends, consistent with overload. The arm for the differential elevator control was broken off at the base of the differential control. Metallurgical examination of the fractured end of the control arm by an NTSB metallurgist revealed it failed from overload forces.

The right wing sustained more impact damage than the left wing. The right wing aileron balance and up-cable remained attached to the bell crank and were fractured. The fractured ends were frayed, consistent with overload forces.

Flight control continuity was established for the left aileron to the wing root and for both the left and right flap cables to the center section of the airplane.

The horns on the pilot’s control wheel were broken off. The passenger’s control wheel separated from the airframe, but the horns were intact.
The propeller and mixture controls were found full forward and the throttle was out approximately 1-inch.

The fuel selector was set to the right fuel tank. The top of the fuel manifold valve was torn open and packed with dirt.

The attitude indicator sustained heavy impact damage. It was disassembled and the gyro remained in the gimbals, which remained in the case. The gyro was opened and no scoring was observed on the gyro or the inside of the case.

The needle on the tachometer was frozen at 2,400 RPM and registered a time of 4,380.7 hours. The airspeed needle was frozen at 208 knots and the altimeter was set to 29.98 inches Mercury.

A review of the airplane's maintenance logbooks revealed the last annual inspection was completed on March 1, 2011, at an airframe total time of 4,289.5 hours.


An autopsy was conducted on the pilot by the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico, on May 14, 2012. The cause of death was determined to be multiple blunt force injuries. In addition to the blunt force injuries, the report also indicated “changes in the liver commonly caused by diabetes mellitus, obesity, or alcohol use.”

The pilot’s wife was a medical doctor. She reported that her husband did not have any health issues and was not diabetic. She reported that she administered him a stress test in the months previous to the accident and successfully passed. He was not taking any medications and was a social drinker.

Toxicological testing was conducted by the FAA’s Accident Research Laboratory in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Specimens tested positive for 85 (mg/dL, mg/hg) Ethanol in the liver, and 26 (mg/dl, mg/hg) Ethanol in muscle tissue. Specimens used for the toxicology were taken two days after the accident and it is possible that some or all of the ethanol detected may have been from sources other than ingestion.


According to the FAA Airplane Flying Handbook, Chapter 10 Night Operations it states, “Good eyesight depends upon physical condition. Fatigue, colds, vitamin deficiency, alcohol, stimulants, smoking, or medication can seriously impair vision. Keeping these facts in mind and taking adequate precautions should safeguard night vision."

"Night flying is very different from day flying and demands more attention of the pilot. The most noticeable difference is the limited availability of outside visual references. Therefore, flight instruments should be used to a greater degree in controlling the airplane. This is particularly true on night takeoffs and climbs."

"After becoming airborne, the darkness of night often makes it difficult to note whether the airplane is getting closer to or farther from the surface. To ensure the airplane continues in a positive climb, be sure a climb is indicated on the attitude indicator, vertical speed indicator (VSI), and altimeter. It is also important to ensure the airspeed is at best climb speed. Necessary pitch and bank adjustments should be made by referencing the attitude and heading indicators. It is recommended that turns not be made until reaching a safe maneuvering altitude. Although the use of the landing lights provides help during the takeoff, they become ineffective after the airplane has climbed to an altitude where the light beam no longer extends to the surface. The light can cause distortion when it is reflected by haze, smoke, or fog that might exist in the climb. Therefore, when the landing light is used for the takeoff, it may be turned off after the climb is well established provided other traffic in the area does not require its use for collision avoidance."


NTSB Identification: CEN12FA291
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, May 10, 2012 in Las Vegas, NM
Aircraft: BEECH V35B, registration: N645EP
Injuries: 1 Fatal. 

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

On May 10, 2012, at an unconfirmed time (all times in this report have been converted to mountain daylight time), N645EP, a Beech V35B airplane, was substantially damaged when it collided with terrain 4 miles east south-east of Las Vegas Municipal Airport (LVS), Las Vegas, New Mexico. The private pilot, sole occupant, was fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot. A visual flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight that departed Henderson Executive Airport (HDN), Henderson, Nevada, approximately 1725. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight conducted under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

A review of preliminary air traffic control radar data revealed that the pilot landed at LVS around 2030. While at LVS, he purchased 41.7 gallons of 100LL AVGAS. At 2117:45, three radar returns emitting a VFR beacon code are observed about 4 miles east of the airport an altitude of 7,900 feet msl. The radar returns indicated the target was heading east, then southeast before the data ended at 2118:15.

The airplane was examined on-scene by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Investigator-in-Charge and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on May 13, 2012. The wreckage was fragmented along open, treeless pasture on private property at an approximate elevation of 6,900 feet. The wreckage was scattered along a linear path that was approximately 800 feet long by 250 feet wide, and oriented on a magnetic heading of 236 degrees. The initial impact point was located near the top of a shallow hill and consisted of an approximate 30-foot-long by 1-foot-wide ground scar, followed by an approximate 1-foot-deep by 3-foot-wide crater. Small pieces of red and white paint chips were found embedded in the ground scars along with broken pieces of clear glass. Broken pieces of the propeller assembly were found in the crater.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate for airplane single-engine land. His last Third Class FAA medical was issued on December 30, 2010, with a restriction for near and intermediate vision. At that time, he reported a total of 1,000 flight hours.

Weather at LVS at 2053 was reported as wind from 050 degrees at 6 knots, visibility 10 miles, light rain, clouds broken at 4,500, clouds overcast at 5,000, temperature 11 degrees Celsius, dewpoint, 4 degrees Celsisus, and an altimeter setting of 30.27 inches Hg.

The founder of the Arizona Regional Medical Center, Robert M. Siegel, passed away the weekend of May 12, 2012 in an airplane accident. 

The following is an internal memo sent to Arizona Regional Medical Center staff.

We are sad to announce the death of our founder, Robert M. Siegel, MD. Dr Siegel died doing the things he loved, flying his plane to visit his daughters and wife. He was on his way to Georgia for his youngest daughter’s graduation when the accident happened.

We will all miss Dr. Siegel tremendously. His energy and passion were unmatched and were the driving force, along with lots of help from his wife, Dr. Barker, and their many friends and colleagues, in the creation of ARMC. We are committed to honor his vision and his legacy by continuing to provide outstanding patient care and growing ARMC.

The Siegel family wants you all to know how much it means to them to have the outpouring of caring that they have already experienced. Obviously, many details still need to be worked out, but the family has asked that, in lieu of gifts & flowers, that donations can be made to The ARMC Research Foundation or to the Robert M. Siegel Legacy Fund for The Daughters. Both are set up at Northern Trust Bank. We will share more details about services, open house, etc. as they become known.

Note from the family: Keep up the work that was started by our father and husband. Know that we can do it, and do it with excellence!

 A well-known Valley cardiologist died in a small plane crash.

Dr. Robert Siegel of Arizona Regional Medical Center was killed in the crash, according to Leslie Hill, the center's director of community relations.

The FAA said the aircraft crashed Thursday about five miles from Las Vegas.

According to FAA records, Siegel was the registered owner of the aircraft, described as a fixed-wing, single-engine Beechcraft V-35.

An FAA team is investigating what caused the crash and it will hand all information over to the NTSB.

According to its website, the Arizona Regional Medical Center provides health care at two acute care hospitals located in Mesa and Apache Junction.
  Regis#: 645EP        Make/Model: BE35      Description: 35 Bonanza
  Date: 05/10/2012     Time: 2030

  Event Type: Accident   Highest Injury: Fatal     Mid Air: N    Missing: N
  Damage: Unknown

  City: LAS VEGAS   State: NM   Country: US


INJURY DATA      Total Fatal:   1
                 # Crew:   1     Fat:   1     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Pass:   0     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Grnd:         Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    

  Activity: Unknown      Phase: Unknown      Operation: OTHER

  FAA FSDO: ALBUQUERQUE, NM  (SW01)               Entry date: 05/14/2012 

Do My Military Job: Fighting a jet fire

NewsChannel 3’s Bianca Martinez spent a day at Langley with Air Force firefighters. They put her through their grueling physical readiness test and made her face the flames. Could she stand the heat? Watch the video to find out. 


Boeing Field/King County International Airport (KBFI) issues noise notice about upcoming flights

In an unusual move the King County Airport, commonly referred to as Boeing Field, issued a notification about some upcoming flights that are likely to get not only attention but will generate noticeable noise.

The West Seattle Herald has more information on the visiting B-17 here.

press release:

We have been advised by the Museum of Flight that upcoming flight events may create noisy conditions for communities surrounding Boeing Field, such as the neighborhoods of Georgetown, Beacon Hill, Magnolia, West Seattle; and portions of Renton and Tukwila:

Beginning on May 21 and lasting through Memorial Day weekend, the Museum of Flight is hosting B-17 Bomber tours and rides on the Seattle-born Aluminum Overcast; and a range of vintage military aircraft sponsored by the Cascade War Birds Fly In.

Residents should be aware that these aircraft are sanctioned by permits from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and are intended for the enjoyment of pilots, fans of aviation history, and the general public.

KCIA is an open-access airport and is not authorized to restrict any aircraft 24/7. To file a noise complaint, please contact 206-205-5242; or online at

NEWS RELEASE: S.D. Civil Air Patrol Exercises Saturday in Sioux Falls area

RELEASED: 16 May 2012

S.D. Civil Air Patrol Exercises Saturday in Sioux Falls Area

            SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—Dogs, airplanes, and high-technology will converge on the Sioux Empire Saturday as the South Dakota Wing of the Civil Air Patrol holds a training exercise in Sioux Falls.
            The SAREX, short for “search and rescue exercise,” will feature not just CAP members from across the state, but also search dogs and their trainers from the Brookings area, the use of the S.D. Air National Guard’s state-of-the art Mobile Emergency Operations Center, and the wing’s Cessna 172s and 182s from across South Dakota.
“The exercise is intended to provide participants with a realistic simulation environment in which to develop their mission specialty skills and accomplish evaluation of skills for completion of Emergency Services qualifications,” said Lt. Col. Donald Barbalace of Aberdeen.  Lieutenant Colonel Barbalace, a fifty-year member of the CAP, will direct the SAREX as incident commander.
This SAREX will feature inter agency cooperation with the S.D. Air Guard and private non-profit organizations as well as CAP components.  As in last year’s numerous flooding missions, the CAP typically works in conjunction with local, state, federal, and tribal governments, and private agencies.  Sometimes the CAP plays a “force multiplier” role and sometimes it brings special skills like aerial photography to the disaster relief or search and rescue effort.
CAP members will check into mission base by 9 a.m. at the Sioux Falls Composite Squadron’s headquarters at 3401 N. Aviation Lane at the Sioux Falls Regional Airport.  Aircraft and ground teams will be deployed throughout the morning and afternoon in the Sioux Falls vicinity. The S.D. Air Guard’s mobile ops center will be located near the mission base.
For additional information prior to the SAREX, contact Capt. Todd Epp, S.D. Wing Public Affairs Officer, at 605.351.5021 or at
The South Dakota Wing of the CAP has approximately 310 cadet and adult members with squadrons in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Aberdeen, Pierre, Brookings, Custer, and Spearfish.  In 2011, the wing flew numerous photo reconnaissance missions for the state of South Dakota and FEMA during flooding across South Dakota and received the national commander’s commendation for its efforts.  The wing’s website is at  
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 70 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans.
Visit or for more information.
Todd D. Epp, LL.M., Capt, CAP
Public Affairs Officer, South Dakota Wing
610 S. Grand Ave.
Harrisburg, SD  57032-2008
(c) 605.351.5021 (Skype) toddepp or 605.610.1919 (eFax) 605.836.7010

EAA International Learn To Fly Day In Mariposa On May 19, 2012

The world of flight offers fun, freedom and experiences unlike anything else in the world. And you’re invited to participate as Chapter 1261 of the Experimental Aircraft Association hosts an International Learn To Fly Day event at Mariposa Airport on Saturday, May 19.

International Learn to Fly Day was created to invite people interested in the world of flight to discover more by meeting local aviators and discovering the initial steps toward “living the dream” of personal flight. Nearly 600,000 people from all walks of life in the U.S. are licensed pilots, but millions more have dreamed of joining that group.

During the EAA International Learn To Fly Day event, which is free of charge, guests will discover more about how learning to fly is not as time-consuming or expensive as you might think. Pilots, flight instructors and aircraft owners will be available to discuss the possibilities and enjoyment available in aviation. Kids will fly the EAA flight simulator, build and launch water rockets, and go for an airplane ride, all at no cost. Adults can experience flying in a state of the art motor glider for a $40 fee.

The May 19 event in Mariposa will be held at 5020 Macready Way. It is scheduled to take place at 9 AM to 3 PM. Food and refreshments will be available.

EAA embodies the spirit of aviation through the world’s most engaged community of aviation enthusiasts. EAA’s 160,000 members and 1,000 local chapters enjoy the fun and camaraderie of sharing their passion for flying, building, and restoring recreational aircraft. Come on out and share this wonderful Mariposa County asset, our airport.

For information on the EAA, checkout their website: EAA

Pilots encourage kids to get their heads in the clouds

Little kids tend to be fascinated by trains and airplanes, but for many of them the interest tapers off with age.

Others, however, get more captivated as years go by and grow up to be pilots, aircraft dispatchers or mechanics. Hoping to introduce their passions to a younger generation, members of the national Experimental Aircraft Association developed a program called Young Eagles.

Local EAA Chapter 1518, located at the Red Wing Regional Airport, is on board to hold a Young Eagles rally from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday May 19.

“We’re trying to boost the education and interest and make sure people know what general aviation is about. Our airport is underutilized big time,” chapter President E.G. Whitman said.

Growing up, Whitman said he loved the thought of flying, but didn’t know it was a realistic option. He assumed all planes that flew were large commercial flights and didn’t know owning could be possible. In part, that’s what makes him such a supporter of Young Eagles.

“This is the exposure we need to get kids to understand that this is out there,” Whitman said.

During the rally Saturday, kids ages 8-17 are given free rides with the consent of their parents. Upon completion of the flight, the “young eagles” are offered four other options to increase their experience with aviation.

In addition to receiving a free student membership to the EAA that extends until a child is 19 years old, a Young Eagle is also offered free online ground school to prepare him or her for taking the Federal Aviation Administration written exam. The exam is the first step in obtaining a private pilot’s license.

After youths have completed a least one portion of ground school, they can enjoy their first flight lesson at a free or reduced cost as a result of being part of the program. Lastly, being a Young Eagle could increase a child’s chances for earning scholarships to flight training programs.

Whitman said a Young Eagles flight can be set up at times outside of the rally, but the event provides an opportunity for many interested youth to learn all at once.

Honoring aviation

While the rally is being held at the Red Wing airport, hundreds of other locations throughout the country will be holding events of their own — for a slightly different reason.

“We got very lucky with having our Young Eagles rally coincide with Learn to Fly Day,” Whitman said.

International Learn to Fly Day was created by the EAA and is always held the third Saturday in May.

“A lot of airports plan festivities for the day,” Whitman said.

The Young Eagles rally is Red Wing airport’s way of celebrating, but it isn’t the only time an event of that kind will be held. Kids are invited to sign up for future rallies June 16, July 21 and Aug. 18 as well. A registration form can be found at

While parents stand by and observe their children enjoying different aspects of aviation, they can keep in mind that their day is coming. Whitman said the local EAA chapter is hoping to introduce a regular Eagles program this fall that will provide all the same opportunities to adults.

“To see if the flying bug bites them.”

If you go…

What: Young Eagles rally

Where: Red Wing Regional Airport, Bay City

When: Saturdays May 19, June 16, July 21 and Aug. 18

Why: The rallies offer youths ages 8-17 the opportunity to learn about general aviation and take a free flight with an EAA pilot.

Cost: Free

More information: Call E.G. Whitman at 612-817-3341 or visit

Harbor Springs Airport (KMGN), Michigan: International Learn To Fly Day event to take place locally

HARBOR SPRINGS — Those interested in learning more about flying are invited to participate in the International Learn To Fly Day event at Harbor Springs Municipal Airport 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, May 19

Harbor Springs Chapter 1087 of the Experimental Aircraft Association will host the event, which is free of charge. Guests will learn more about the time commitment and expense required in learning to fly.

Pilots, flight instructors and aircraft owners will discuss the possibilities in aviation.

A Young Eagles Flight Rally will also take place during the event. Area youth ages 8-17 will have the chance to take to the skies in an attempt to get young people interested in aviation.

Experimental Aviation Association members will fly area youth on an individual basis, free of charge.

"Free airplane rides are just one part of the flight rally," said Bill Meyer, spokesman for the event. "We hope to build one-to-one relationships between pilots and young people, giving a new generation a chance to learn more about the possibilities that exist in the world of aviation."

Pilots at the event will also explain to youth about how airplanes work and how pilots ensure safety.

Following each flight, each young person will receive a "Young Eagle" certificate, and their name will be entered into the "World's Largest Logbook," housed permanently at the Experimental Aircraft Association Air Adventure Museum in Oshkosh, Wis.

The event will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, at the Harbor Springs Municipal Airport, 8350 M-119 in Harbor Springs. For more information, contact Bill Meyer at (231) 838-8545.

Club offers airplane rides for kids

If you want your child to have the chance to see what Jacksonville looks like from up above, the opportunity is coming up soon.

The local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association is offering local kids a flight in its annual Young Eagles Aviation Program. Since 2007, the program has given flights to 390 children in West Central Illinois between the ages of 8 and 17.

EAA Chapter 137 President Chuck Frost says the club is giving young people an introductory flight to experience the fun of aviation.

“Most have never been in a small airplane before, and the intent is to further these children’s ideas of what aviation is and open up the world to them to see that there are lots of different careers in aviation,” says Frost. “We do want to encourage them to learn how to fly.”

Frost says the kids who take the ride get a log book and free online pilot training. Young Eagles are offered free membership into the local EAA chapter.

Club member Phil Howe says there are plenty of safety measures taken.

“All the aircraft that we use are provided by volunteers of our club. All of our aircraft are required to be inspected annually. They meet rigid safety and standards, as well as the pilot[s], [who] are properly endorsed and properly have medicals,” Howe says. “And the old saying is the safest part of the trip is the flight, not the trip to the airport.”

Frost says the plane ride is free.

“[It’ll] be about 15 minutes. We’ll take off from the airport, circle over Jacksonville generally, over Lake Jacksonville, and then back to the airport,” he explains. “And then we give the kids a picture and a little certificate.”

This year’s Young Eagles flights will be June 9th, August 11th and October 13th at the Jacksonville Airport. The flights each day are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parents or guardians need to sign consent forms at the airport.

The Experimental Aircraft Association will be part of a pancake sausage breakfast at the airport Saturday morning at 7:00. They’ll also be on a parade float in the Downtown Turnaround Celebration, offering raffle tickets for free airplane rides.

Nationally, the EAA has 160,000 members.

Learn to Fly for Free with Sky Chiefs Aviation — This Saturday

If learning how to fly a plane is something you’ve always wanted to do but the cost has held you back, get ready  — this weekend is for you.

Courtesy of Sky Chiefs Aviation, you can learn to fly for free (yes, we said free) during a 40-minute No Excuses Discovery Flight. Participants will sit in the pilot’s seat of a Cessna 152 or a Cessna 157 and perform basic maneuvers — except takeoff and landing.

 The event is Sky Chiefs Aviation’s third annual “International Learn to Fly Day,” which will be held at the Gainesville Regional Airport from 9am to 5pm free of charge.

For those who are interested in learning more about flying or acquiring a pilot’s license, the EAA chapter and the Civil Air Patrol will also be making a visit.

For more information, visit

Airlines Hurry to Recruit Pilots During Shortage

By Alec Luhn
The St. Petersburg Times
Published: May 16, 2012 (Issue # 1708) 

MOSCOW — Russia has been widely touted as the world’s most deadly place to fly after a series of air crashes. The Russian aviation industry faces another pressing issue that may eventually compound safety problems — a shortage of personnel, especially pilots.

As passenger flights continue to increase, the number of students graduating from Russian aviation academies won’t be able to meet airlines’ staffing demands, an industry expert said. The burgeoning deficit is prompting airlines to cover their staffing needs by poaching pilots from other airlines and starting special recruitment programs, among other means. If this deficit is not successfully addressed, it could exacerbate the safety concerns about air travel in Russia, experts said.

“The most problematic segment, the deficit which could directly affect the level of flight safety in the future, is the shortage of graduates from educational institutions specializing in flight operations,” said Oleg Panteleyev, an analyst at the industry information agency Aviaport.

According to Panteleyev, about 330 new pilots graduated from Russian flight schools in 2011. Although the state flight schools plan to graduate 480 pilots in 2012 and to increase that number in future years, the number of graduates will be less than the number required by airlines. The industry’s staffing needs will include an estimated 800 to 1,000 pilots annually over the next few years, he said.

Meanwhile, passenger travel continues to grow in Russia. Sixty-four million people flew on Russian airlines in 2011, and the number of passenger flights increased 12.6 percent compared with 2010, RIA-Novosti reported in March. The number of passengers grew 18 percent in the first two months of 2012 as compared with the same period last year, according to the news service.

Wage Wars

Pilot positions comprise 5 percent of the aviation vacancies on recruiting website, said spokesman Vladislav Gladenkov by e-mail. Meanwhile, 14 percent of the site’s aviation vacancies are for flight attendants and 16 percent are for ticket agents, he said.

Aviator positions, however, remain foremost on airlines’ minds. Russia’s second-largest airline, Transaero, concerns itself mainly with hiring pilots, spokesman Sergei Bykhal said by e-mail.

“Because the company’s fleet is constantly expanding, we carry out constant, planned recruitment of personnel, primarily pilots,” Bykhal said.

Russian airline VIM Avia is most in need of pilots and flight attendants, said spokeswoman Yelena Fyodorova by e-mail.

Whereas during the Soviet period flight schools put out as many as 2,500 graduates a year, in post-Soviet Russia that number decreased to less than 200, Novaya Gazeta reported in 2011. This was because a decrease in the number of passenger flights in Russia during the 1990s was accompanied by a sharp drop in government financing for the country’s flight schools, Panteleyev said.

Moreover, the lack of ground personnel is only slightly less acute than the pilot shortage, Panteleyev said.

Most large airlines can currently meet their staffing needs by attracting personnel from smaller airlines, Panteleyev said.

“Airlines poach pilots from each other, and the only method of attracting pilots is higher wages,” Panteleyev said, noting that large spending on aviators makes Russian airlines uncompetitive with foreign companies.

VIM Avia declined to name the average salary of its pilots, and Transaero said only that its wages correspond to those at leading airlines worldwide. Nezavisimaya Gazeta reported in 2011 that the salary of an experienced pilot in Russia exceeds $10,000 per month.

Transaero hires pilots both from flight schools and other airlines, Bykhal said. Few other sources for aviators exist. Military flyers sometimes go into civil aviation, but the “number of these pilots is tens of people when the need is for thousands,” Panteleyev said.

Personnel from former Soviet republics could help address the problem, but by law Russian airlines can only hire Russian or Belarussian citizens, he added.

Bring a Friend

The personnel deficit has prompted airlines to try various recruiting tools. Russian airlines and flight schools have visited secondary schools on joint recruiting tours, Panteleyev said, but these trips can’t alleviate the current problem, as the number of students wanting to enroll already exceeds the number that flight schools can accept.

To try to establish a steadier supply of pilots, the country’s largest airline, Aeroflot, opened its own flight school in partnership with the Ulyanovsk Higher Civil Aviation School in March 2011, the company said on its website. Students first study for a year and a half at the Ulyanovsk school, then for half a year at Aeroflot’s school on the outskirts of Moscow, where they learn to operate a specific plane. The company requires 250 new pilots every year, general director Vitaly Savelyev told news agency Prime.

VIM Avia runs its own training center to provide flight school graduates with additional instruction, Fyodorova said, and Bykhal said Transaero also has a training center.

Aeroflot recently garnered publicity for its recruiting program “Bring a Friend to Be a Pilot.” For every new pilot hired on the recommendation of an Aeroflot employee, that employee receives a 200,000 ruble ($6,800) bonus. During the course of 2011, the airline hired 35 pilots in this fashion, flight director Igor Chalik told Vedomosti in April. Panteleyev said he doesn’t know of any similar programs at other Russian airlines.

Aeroflot started the program after first appealing to recruiting agencies to help it hire pilots, Chalik said. Although Russian airlines, including VIM Avia, don’t often tap headhunters, the skills of recruiting agencies may eventually find demand in this segment, Panteleyev said. One task for recruiters in such a market is to find the most qualified candidates, since almost any applicant starts to look good to personnel-starved airlines, he explained.

“A good recruiting agency should sift out the candidates that have problems,” Panteleyev said. “The second part is the search for specialists ready to work for a reasonable wage, so that you don’t have to overpay.”

Fatigued Flight Crews

The lack of both flight and ground personnel can exacerbate safety concerns due to overworking, according to Igor Obodkov, spokesman for the Sheremetyevo Air Staff Union, who said encouragement by airlines to fly more hours wearies pilots. The problem looks like it will only get worse: Aeroflot is planning to double its fleet even though “there’s nowhere to get pilots from,” he said.

“Pilots’ fatigue builds up, and it’s not clear what it will lead to,” Obodkov said.

Although the set maximum flight time for commercial pilots is 800 hours a year, regulations allow them to fly 900 with the approval of their airline union, often for overtime pay. Some fly up to 1,000 hours unofficially, Obodkov said.

Furthermore, down time between flights is often insufficient due to poor flight schedule planning, he noted. Russian aviators only have about six days off each month, compared with the 12 days off mandated by U.S. airline Delta, Obodkov said.

An investigation by the Interstate Aviation Committee of an Aeroflot-Nord crash in Perm on Sept. 14, 2008, which killed 88 people, found that the daily rest period between the crew’s flights on Sept. 11 had been less than half the 12-hour minimum (the crew flew on Sept. 11, 12 and 13), one of many regulatory violations in the crew’s work-rest schedule, according to the investigation report. The captain also had alcohol in his blood, the report said.

Errors made by personnel cause about 80 percent of air crashes in Russia, including allowing pilots without the necessary experience to fly, said Yelena Glebova, head of transport and customs oversight at the Prosecutor General’s Office, RIA-Novosti reported.

If the shortage of personnel is not addressed, it could constrict the development of the air industry, Panteleyev said.

“By the middle of this decade, the lack of pilots and ground staff will already hamper the growth of passenger traffic,” he predicted.


Aeroflot struggles with hell-raising passengers and pilots

Russia's major airline - Aeroflot - headed by General Director Vitaly Savelev has opted to bring out an initiative which allows air companies to make a blacklist of passengers and pilots. Vechernya Moskva has reported that this is a way to avoid confrontations with hell-raising clients and incompetent staff.

"We've gone over this time and again and now we've decided to go ahead with the initiative to make a "blacklist of pilots" said Savelev to journalists during a ceremony at the premier of "Russia's Wings".

According to Savelev, due to a deficit of pilots in Russia, those pilots who have been fired from one company due to work violations just switch to another. At present, around 400 new pilots qualify in Russia every year, juxtaposed to a deamnd of 1000. Savelev suggested that Russia could hire pilots from other CIS countries, but Russian legislation currently prevents this, reports

Getting onto the "blacklist" of passengers, according to the General Director, means a passenger who behaves inadequately during the flight. These people, he thinks, ought to be refused from boarding.

The Head of Aeroflot also noted that his company intends to suggest the relevant amendments to the law for consideration by the deputies of the State Duma, reports Priyam.

Remote controlled airplane club works to keep noise down

 To the editor:

Trying to be the very best neighbors we can be, and hearing the concerns of the Reiswig Road residents, we (the Kelowna Ogopogo Radio Control Club) relocated our activities to the very far south of our property, just as requested.

Additionally, we have relocated our entrance from the end of Reiswig Road to Lodge Road, so as to have no further traffic impact on Reiswig Road at all.

We continue to vigilantly train our pilots to avoid flying around neighbor properties. Also, we continue to test all our aircraft for noise. No plane may fly if it exceeds 92 dB. Compare the City of Kelowna has a 96 dB sound limit for cars, motorcycles, etc.

We think of ourselves as a community organization, and perhaps like Rotary or Kinsmen, we are always on the lookout for community projects we can help with. For example, on April 14 we put on a talk and demonstration for the retirement residents of the Smith Creek Retirement home in West Kelowna.

On May 5 and 6, we organized a Lake Country Food Bank drive.

As we aim to integrate into the community and neighborhood, we appreciate the support we have been getting from so many Lake Country residents and neighbors. We also have enjoyed introducing the many out of town visitors we get to Lake Country.

John Falconer,

Lake Country

Free Air Show Tix for Service Credit Union Members: Portsmouth firm announces special benefit for Boston/Portsmouth Air Show scheduled for June 30 and July 1.

Service Credit Union returns as the title sponsor of the Service Credit Union Boston-Portsmouth Air Show featuring the United States Navy Blue Angels. A robust lineup of special events is planned for the week culminating in the credit union hosting its members in a V.I.P. tent directly on the flight line for the air show June 30 and July 1.

The exclusive ticket offer begins at all New Hampshire branches May 15 and any member with direct deposit can receive up to four free tickets to the air show and be admitted into Service Credit Union’s V.I.P. tent where a free lunch will be served.  Other discounted air show general admission tickets will be on sale at the branches for members and the military.

“Service Credit Union takes a leadership role in supporting our communities,” says Gordon Simmons, President/CEO of Service Credit Union. “We are thrilled to sponsor the Boston-Portsmouth Air Show at Portsmouth International Airport at Pease. It is especially appropriate since Service Credit Union was established in 1957 at Pease Air Force Base. It brings Service Credit Union back to its roots.”

Proceeds from the air show will help support two organizations, Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire and the Daniel Webster Council Boy Scouts of America, as well as a multitude of other New Hampshire nonprofit organizations including Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The contribution to the Brain Injury Association will assist the state organization in developing programs to heighten public awareness regarding safety and prevention and to further develop current support and resource programs for survivors and their families of brain injuries. The Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire is a private, non-profit, family and consumer run organization representing over 5,000 New Hampshire residents with acquired brain disorders and stroke. The BIANH was founded in 1983 by New Hampshire parents seeking to bring home their brain injured children from out of state nursing homes.

The Daniel Webster Council Boy Scouts of America serves more than 16,000 youth throughout New Hampshire with programs that build character, teach citizenship, and encourage physical fitness. Over 5,000 adult volunteers support Scouting programs in the state, and local groups contribute hundreds of thousands of “good turn” service hours in their communities annually.

Service Credit Union is a full service financial institution, offering a wide range of financial products to its members.  With 38 branch locations including two staffed 24/7 contact centers, and full online banking services, Service Credit Union serves anyone who lives or works in New Hampshire (excluding Coos County), 4 towns in Cape Cod, MA., and all branches of the U.S. Military and Department of Defense employees and their families. With over $2 billion in assets, Service Credit Union has 21 branches in New Hampshire, one in Massachusetts, and 16 branches on U.S. military bases in Germany.

Submitted by Lori Holmes, Assistant Vice President of Marketing, Service Credit Union, Portsmouth

Citation Jet 1 taxiando até a decolagem em SBSP Hangar Global Taxi Aéreo

Al Qaeda magazine: Airline plots a "good bargain"

(CBS News) The author of al Qaeda's latest bomb-making magazine said that the terror group will continue to pursue attempts to blow up U.S. jetliners and isn't concerned that such plots might be foiled because they represent "such a good bargain."

Abdullah Zul Bejadayn, believed to be a Saudi explosives expert who has been featured in previous bomb-making video tutorials, said in the second edition of "Al Qaeda Airlines" that the militants "do not mind at all in this stage if [plots] are intercepted. It is such a good bargain for us to spread fear amongst the enemy and keep him on his toes in exchange [for] a few months of work and a few thousand bucks."

A double agent working with U.S., Saudi and British intelligence recently infiltrated al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and thwarted a plan to use an underwear bomb to attack a U.S.-bound airplane - a plot similar to a failed attack on Christmas Day 2009. The agent volunteered to carry out the suicide mission, which originated in Yemen, and instead delivered the updated non-metallic explosive device to American officials.

The latest al Qaeda publication outlines major plots from the last decade -the shoe-bomb plot in 2001, the attacks in Madrid and London in 2004 and 2005, respectively, among others - and discusses materials frequently used in constructing bombs and techniques for avoiding security, though Bejadayn said he "was instructed not to give much detail as the enemy is watching us closely in a bid to get a clearer picture."

CBS News national security correspondent Bob Orr reports that U.S. officials are aware of the publication but say it's not news that al Qaeda continues to target U.S. aviation. The recently thwarted plot out of Yemen demonstrates that al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is working to develop explosives that can be smuggled past aviation checkpoints and onto U.S.-bound flights.

The chief bomb-maker for AQAP, Ibrahim al-Asiri, has quickly risen on the U.S. public enemies list. While al Qaeda chief Ayman al Zawahiri may be the world's "most wanted terrorist," sources say al-Asiri may actually be the most dangerous. 

U.S. officials briefly thought al-Asiri was killed in the same drone strike last fall that eliminated AQAP operational leader Anwar al-Awlaki. But al-Asiri survived the September 30 attack.

Al-Asiri was the architect of the 2009 "underwear bomb" worn by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab aboard Northwest flight 253. Al-Asiri also built the carefully concealed bombs, hidden in printers aboard two cargo planes in 2010. U.S. investigators suspect al-Asiri was behind the latest device which is now being studied by FBI explosives experts.


Atlantic City International Airport (KACY), New Jersey: Blown fuse at 177th Fighter Wing causes no injuries or damage

A blown fuse Wednesday morning at the Air National Guard’s 177th Fighter Wing at the Atlantic City International Airport in Egg Harbor Township startled passerby but didn’t cause any injuries, officials said.

Chief Warrant Officer Patrick Daugherty, spokesman for the New Jersey National Guard, said no one was injured when a fuse on a utility pole adjacent to the base exchange, a convenience store on site, blew at about 9:30 a.m.

“No one got hurt or shocked,” he said. “It made more noise than anything.”

Daugherty said workers are resetting the circuit breaker. The blown fuse did not cause any significant damage.

High-flying 15 year old Anna heads into the sky solo

Flying a plane solo was not on 15-year-old Anna Tuncks’ agenda when she woke up Tuesday morning, but it was something she accomplished by the end of that day. Anna has been flying for almost two years at the Ballarat Aero Club and was excited to have her first solo flight. 

 “I was ecstatic, I just couldn’t believe it,” she said.

“It was a lot easier than I thought it would be.”

Before she was allowed to fly solo, Anna’s instructor put her through a series of trials to ensure she was ready.

“He said at the beginning of the lesson that I should expect anything.”

Some of the trials Anna had to endure included her instructor opening doors mid-flight, the engine being cut off and having to glide down into paddocks.

She has also had to complete three exams before getting to this point.

Anna was unaware she would be given the opportunity to have her first solo flight that day, so when her instructor said it was time for him to get out she was shocked.

“I was looking at the paddocks to see the places where I could land,” she said.

When she finished her first solo fight, she was doused with a bucket of water, a long-held flying tradition. 


CANADA: A tale of two polluted airports

Transport Canada is spending millions of dollars cleaning up historic pollution at a municipal airport in British Columbia even as it refuses the same help to Hamilton.

Hamilton is studying PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonate) contamination at an old firefighting training pad at its airport, which Transport Canada owned until 1996. The toxic chemical has also been found downstream in fish and turtles in the Binbrook reservoir.

The city has asked for federal cash for remediation, which could cost $2 million at the airport alone. The federal government says it’s not responsible for the cleanup because the 1996 airport transfer agreement doesn’t list PFOS as a “contaminant of concern.”

But Transport Canada has spent close to $2.4 million since 2006 cleaning up firefighting pollution, including PFOS, at an airport owned by the City of Williams Lake, B.C., according to a federal contaminated sites inventory.

“We weren’t even aware of it (the pollution) until the government came in and started doing remediation work,” said Brian Carruthers, CAO for the city of 11,000 which also took over its airport from Transport Canada in 1996. “Never once was there any indication that it was anything other than the federal government’s responsibility to deal with … It’s never been a political issue at all.”

Hamilton Councillor Brian McHattie said the federal government can’t take responsibility for pollution that happened on its watch in one place, but not in another.

“If they’re treating municipalities in different ways, they’re in trouble,” said McHattie, one of several councillors who initially balked at paying for a pollution study without federal involvement. “The federal government obviously has to contribute because the city doesn’t have the resources to deal with this problem.”

The city is still trying to convince the federal government to help, said Guy Paparella, director of airport and industrial land development, but staff have not yet investigated the Williams Lake cleanup and how it compares to Hamilton’s situation.

The Spectator asked to speak with Transport Canada about the B.C. project last Thursday, but no one was available by the end of Tuesday. Answers to emailed questions were also unavailable.

David Sweet, Conservative MP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, said he and Niagara West-Glanbrook MP Dean Allison have met with city and federal officials on the issue, but added he “won’t speculate” on whether federal funding is possible.

“The Minister has been clear, the government has been clear, the transfer happened in 1996, and now it’s a local responsibility,” he said.

That response confuses Joe Minor, the Hamilton biologist who raised the alarm about PFOS near the airport with independent soil testing in 2011.

Minor pointed to consultant reports online showing Transport Canada is involved in remediation or studies of PFOS not only in British Columbia, but also in Ontario at the London International Airport, which is still on federally owned land.

The federal government, through the Department of National Defence, is also investigating PFOS contamination at military bases in Trenton and Greenwood, N.S.

“I’m not sure how they can say they’re not responsible,” Minor said. “It’s like Hamilton being left out is a bureaucratic accident or something.”

In Williams Lake, Carruthers said he assumes the city’s 1996 airport transfer agreement shows Transport Canada is responsible for the cleanup, but he was unable to find the document last week.


How To Get A Pilot's License

May 15, 2012 by USAF155 

Graduation Project. How to get a pilot's license. This video shows the major steps:

Salina Municipal Airport (KSLN), Kansas: Student pilots compete in SAFECON - Event hosted by Kansas State University Salina

Pilots from collegiate aviation programs around the country are testing their skill and competing to be named the National Top Pilot. SAFECON 2012 is going on this week in Salina. The event is hosted by Kansas State University Salina and held at the Salina Municipal Airport.

More than 500 competitors, coaches, judges, and sponsors have traveled to Salina for the National Intercollegiate Flying Association's Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference, May 14-19. During these six days, students representing 27 schools will participate in 14 events that will test their knowledge, skill, teamwork, and safety practices.

Some events, such as navigation, challenge competitors' ability to think on their feet, while others, such as the achievement award, are based on their contributions to their teams, communities, and the field of aviation throughout the year.

Teams earn invitations to the national competition based on their performances at regional competitions the previous fall.