Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Flight school makes airport 16th busiest in Canada

BRESLAU — The Region of Waterloo International Airport was 16th busiest airport in Canada for takeoffs and landings last year, thanks in large part to the Waterloo-Wellington Flight Centre.

The flight school accounted for more than 61,000 of 107,000 takeoffs and landings in 2013.

"Flight school causes so much activity on the movements," said Chris Wood, airport general manager. "They're constantly doing landings and takeoffs as training."

Passenger flights accounted for a lower percentage of takeoffs and landings here than at the 11 other provincial airports, including London, Hamilton and Windsor.

About 139,000 passengers used the airport in 2013.

Wood said the Canadian ranking is good news but won't necessarily bring big dollars into the local operation.

"The only way to judge success financially is going to be scheduled (passenger) traffic," he said. "That's the only thing that can get us to where we want to go financially."

The regional airport exempts landing fees for aircraft that weigh less than 3,000 kilograms, and also gives the flight school a discount on fees.

The flight school is charged a flat fee per airplane as part of its lease, Wood said, as opposed to a fee for each landing that other airports charge.

"That's part of the strategy of growing the business is attracting business with lower fees," Coun. Sean Strickland said.

Strickland continues to be concerned about the lack of passenger flights.

The airport offers daily flights to Chicago and Calgary. Sunwing offers winter charters to sunny destinations.

"It's good to see that our airport continues to be busy in terms of takeoffs and landings," he said. "But the fact remains we're well under capacity for passenger volume, so good news report but more work to be done."

It has been a difficult year for the airport, after Bearskin Airlines cancelled flights to Ottawa in March and regional officials dealt with complaints about noisy Arctic charter Nolinor.

Regional officials have put potential expansion plans on hold indefinitely and will decide in September whether to hire someone to drum up business at the airport.

The airport operated at about half its capacity in 2012, handling about 121,000 passengers. It received a taxpayer subsidy of about $6.3 million.

Wood said officials are concentrating on getting new Ottawa service and also seeking other business.

"It's a dynamic industry and business, that's for sure," Wood said. "(Airlines) want to know that they're going to make money in your market and we have a great story to tell — we're the biggest underserved market in Canada."

He added money isn't the only indication of the airport's value — noting the popularity of the flight school and the pilots it trains.

"That's an important aspect as well, and it depends how you look at success," Wood said.

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High wind pushes stationary plane into wall

RAWALPINDI: A stationary aircraft of a private airline parked at Benazir Bhutto International Airport slammed into the wall of the office of an airport handling service due to the sheer force of the strong winds that hit Islamabad and Rawalpindi on Wednesday.

The front side of Shaheen Airlines airplane was partially damaged in the accident that occurred a little before Iftar.

Airport sources said the airplane was parked at Bay No. 5 when it started moving due to the force of the wind blowing at 125km per hour.

The plane first hit the baggage trolleys and then smashed into the Royal Airport Services motor-transport office. No casualty was reported.

A source said it looked as if the wheel chocks placed around the aircraft slid away, causing the plane to crash into the wall.

Airport Manager Ayaz Jadoon confirmed the incident.

“Though there was no major damage to the airplane, the engineers are examining the nose wheel which hit the trolleys,” Mr Jadoon said.

When asked whether the plane was fit to fly, he said it will be allowed to operate only after the engineers declare it fit.

Shaheen Airlines A-300 had landed at the airport at 11:40am and its flight was scheduled to take off for Jeddah at 11:30pm.

Meanwhile, the airport’s entry gate was also damaged in the thunderstorm. The airport authorities also faced problems in operating the gate due to the force of the wind.

Published in Dawn, July 10

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Military enthusiasts to display historic planes at Museum of Flight

Members of Cascade Warbirds will exhibit their aircraft at the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field in Seattle on July 19.

Cascade Warbirds Day is an annual event when the pilot owners of this regional group bring their historic aircraft to the runway apron in front of the museum and display and discuss the details of their aircraft and their passion for historic flight. Access to the pilots and their craft is at no charge.

Cascade Warbirds is a group of military aviation enthusiasts from throughout the Northwest. Many members are pilot-owners who operate a wide variety of former military aircraft. Examples which are expected include the following:

T-6 Texan, Harvard. Built by North American Aviation, the Texan was used by the U.S. military as an advanced trainer to prepare cadets to fly the famous North American P-51 Mustang. Navy versions were identified as SNJ. The Harvard was a nearly identical version built and operated by the British Commonwealth countries.

T-28 Trojan. Another North American Aviation product, designed to replace the T-6. The 800 horsepower A model was the US Air Force primary trainer from 1950 to 1964. Later B and C models with up to 1535 hp were used by the US Navy to train Navy and Marine pilots until 1984. The Trojan also saw combat with both the US and South Vietnamese Air Force through 1968.

CJ-6. An improved design of the Russian Yak 18, the Nanchang CJ-6 was used to train pilots of the Peoples Republic of China Air Force. It is popular as an affordable, relatively high performance platform to enable pilots to develop formation flying skills.

FW149D. Designed by the Italian firm of Piaggio and manufactured by the famous German company Focke Wulf, this four place trainer has full aerobatic ratings.

IAR-823. Designed and built in Romania for their Air Force, this four place trainer has aerobatic ratings and hard points for mounting weapons. Because it uses many American components, about 50 are owned in the U.S.

L-3 Grasshopper. Built by Aeronca, the L-3 was actually ordered by the US Army Air Corps prior to WWII. The two place tandem craft served as an observation plane and trainer for later liaison aircraft.

L-4 Grasshopper. The military version of the famous Piper Cub is distinguished by plexiglass skylight and rear windows for improved visibility. The L-4 began its military career before WWII as a trainer and served as a slow observation plane throughout that war and even saw wide use in the Korean War.

L-17 Navion. Designed by North American Aviation right after WWII for the civilian market, and manufactured by several different companies, military versions were used in a liaison role.

“We are very excited to be presenting a strong variety of aircraft at this great venue,” said Squadron Commander Ron Morrell, who will be flying his newly acquired North American T-28A. “For people who want to watch our aircraft flying in, our members are planning on arriving, some in formation, beginning about 10 a.m. and being ready to greet the public up close and personal.

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Rosalia Municipal Airport (72S), Washington: Airplane hangar destroyed by fire

ROSALIA, Wash. - Residents of Rosalia sent in photos of an airplane hangar that burned down on Wednesday.

We are still awaiting additional information from the Rosalia Fire Department, however according to witnesses the hangar is destroyed. The cause is unknown at this time.

We will update this story as soon as we receive any additional information.   

Flames destroy crop dusting hangar in Rosalia 

WHITMAN COUNTY, Wash.—Flames destroyed the crop duster hangar on Wednesday at the Rosalia Municipal Airport along Squaw Road.

Firefighters arrived on scene after the 911 call came in around 1:40 p.m.

The flames did damage a few airplanes.

All of the crop dusters were removed before the hangar was destroyed, but the hangar did contain chemicals.

Firefighters from Whitman County and Spokane County all rushed to the scene.

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Incident occurred July 09, 2014 at Santa Ynez Airport (KIZA), California

Pilot Uninjured In Plane Crash At Santa Ynez Airport

SANTA YNEZ, Calif. -  Santa Barbara County Fire Department responded to a plane that crash landed at the Santa Ynez Airport.

The accident happened just after 3 p.m. Wednesday.

A County Fire spokesperson said the nose gear appeared to have collapsed.

The pilot was not injured in the accident.

It is unknown if there were additional people on board the small plane.

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Decatur Ag Show Promotes Drones

The first ever precision aerial agriculture show is happening right now in Decatur.

There are hundreds of people from all over the world who are learning about recreational unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones.

They're small remote-controlled flying devices that can get up to several hundred feet in the air. They can hover and they're equipped to carry cameras and other sensing devices.

Farmers use them to fly above their fields, checking for any problematic areas.

"It's going to effect our ability to take a look at farm fields from a high, understand what kind of weeds problems that we might have, or what kind of dry conditions there might be that are effecting crops," said Bob Flider, director of the Department of Agriculture.

Farmers typically have to check for diseases or weeds within their crops by walking through their fields. But that can take hours, or even days. But the use of drones can help spot problems in a fraction of that time.

Although the Federal Aviation Administration prohibits commercial use of drones, the agriculture show received special permission to fly the drones at the show, with certain restrictions.

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Advertising company plans drone demo flight over Las Vegas Strip Wednesday

A Philadelphia-based startup company looking to make a splash in the advertising industry by flying small drones with vertical banners says it will take to the airways over the Las Vegas Strip to demonstrate the product this week.

There’s only one problem.

The Federal Aviation Administration considers the concept illegal.

Executives with DroneCast say Las Vegas will be one of its launch cities and the company is planning demonstration flights at various locations through Saturday.

The company’s national media and promotional tour continues at Venice Beach, Calif., and Hollywood on Sunday; Miami Beach and South Beach on Monday and Tuesday; and Philadelphia on Wednesday.

A demonstration video of the product shows a quadcopter flying with a banner about 6 feet long suspended beneath it.

DroneCast founder Raj Singh arrived in Las Vegas Wednesday and was making arrangements for the first flights late in the afternoon.

It isn’t the first time companies have attempted to fly drones on the Strip.

In May, Aerial Technology International and 360Hero flew an S800 drone above Las Vegas Boulevard at 3:30 in the morning. A wide-angle camera was flown and shot video during the 2014 International VR Panoramic Photography Conference.

The Cosmopolitan also experimented with bottle delivery by drone at its pool, but regulators asked hotel management to shut down the service.

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Report on UK crash that killed Rolling Prairie native released

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The military helicopter crash that killed Rolling Prairie native Technical Sergeant Dale Mathews was caused by bird strikes that rendered the pilot and copilot unconscious, according to a report issued by the United States Air Force Aircraft Accident Investigation Board.

Four US Airmen were killed in the crash at Cley next the Sea, Norfolk, United Kingdom on January 7, 2014.

The HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter crashed at the north end of East Bank on the Norfolk Wildlife Trust Cley Marshes Nature Reserve at around 7 p.m. January 7, 2014.

The four Airmen aboard the helicopter were identified as Technical Sergeant Dale Mathews of Indiana, Captain S. Stover, Captain Sean M. Ruane, and Staff Sergeant Afton M. Ponce.

The men were part of the 48th Fighter Wing stationed at the Royal Air Force base in Lakenheath England.

The report states a flock of geese took flight and struck the helicopter. Three geese broke through the windshield, knocking the pilot and co-pilot unconscious.

At least one goose struck the aerial gunner, knocking him unconscious.

The geese also struck the Trim and Flight Path Stabilization systems.

The damage to the aircraft as well as the fact the pilot and co-pilot were unconscious, the helicopter couldn't stay in the air.

It impacted the ground three seconds after being struck by the geese.

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Accident occurred July 08, 2014 at Carrington Municipal Airport (46D), North Dakota

Crop Duster Crashes In Carrington, ND

CARRINGTON, N.D. ( The Carrington Fire Department responded to a plane crash at the Carrington airport just before 9pm Tuesday night July 8.

A crop duster had damaged landing gear and crashed while attempting to land on the runway. 

No serious injuries were reported, the pilot was taken to Carrington Health Center. 

Authorities say the fixed landing gear on the crop duster may have been damaged while in the air, but it’s uncertain at this time.

The cause of the crash is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.  

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Wayward drone incidents point to potential risks, say police in New York City

NEW YORK, N.Y. - One private drone crash-landed in midtown Manhattan. Another caused alarm by hovering over Times Square amid tight security during Super Bowl week. Most recently, authorities say, another had a close brush with a police helicopter near the George Washington Bridge.

Even though it's illegal to fly the devices just about anywhere in New York City without permission, the incidents and breathtaking videos of Manhattan's steel-and-glass canyons and sweeping skyline photos suggest that the restrictions are being widely flouted.

Police are concerned that the increasing popularity of drones in such a tightly packed metropolis could carry significant risks, even becoming a potential tool for terrorists to conduct surveillance or carry out attacks.

"So far, we haven't seen anything sinister with this," said John Miller, the NYPD's deputy commissioner of counterterrorism. But, he added, "People with enough money and time on their hands are going to buy them and see what they can do with them."

Drone buffs say the futuristic doomsday scenarios are far-fetched.

"A motor vehicle or a bicycle could just as easily be used to do something nefarious," said Steve Cohen, a New York-based professional photographer who owns a small fleet of drones and organizes local meetings for enthusiasts.

The debate comes amid a boom in purchases of what are essentially flying cameras.

Sales appeared brisk on Wednesday B&H Photo Video in midtown Manhattan, where models range from palm-size mini-helicopters that sell for less than $100 to four-rotor models selling for about $1,300 and eight-bladed "octocopters" that go for more than $6,000. All can be equipped with high-definition video cameras, and some models allow the pilots to see the footage live from the ground.

B&H wouldn't talk about its sales figures but salesman Fred Hoffman "guesstimates" that about one in 10 people who come in to his consumer video department are looking for drone cameras.

"We expand to keep adding displays and models," he said.

Federal Aviation Administration rules currently permit people to fly unmanned aircraft for recreation at altitudes of up to 400 feet as long as pilots keep their aircraft within sight. The agency is working on regulations regarding commercial flights, which are generally banned under current rules.

A New York City man learned last year that pilots also must get official clearance to fly within five miles of an airport or anywhere in New York City airspace, unless taking off and landing designated "flying fields" in city parks.

The FAA fined the man $2,200 for flying a quadcopter off a Manhattan building in a "careless and reckless manner." The drone glanced off two other buildings before crashing just south of Grand Central terminal near a pedestrian.

In January, police were alerted to a low-flying drone over the Super Bowl street fair. It was traced to a fashion firm that was using it to shoot a commercial.

Police intervened in March after a videographer flew his drone over the rubble of two East Harlem apartment buildings that were destroyed by a gas explosion, even as searchers were still looking for victims.

The most serious encounter came Monday when a crew member of an NYPD helicopter on patrol at 2,000 feet spotted a flying object headed in its direction. According to police, the chopper had to change course to avoid a collision.

The helicopter followed the drone until the crew saw it land on top of a van on a street corner where its owner and another man with a second drone were arrested on charges of reckless endangerment. Their lawyer denied the drones could reach that altitude and compared his clients' behaviour to flying a kite.

Cohen's group discourages drone pilots from flying in urban settings to avoid putting people or property at risk. Most drone-owners are tech junkies who fly the aircraft for fun at low altitudes in remote areas on private property, or for film or other commercial projects that operate with permits.

"There's going to be people who do stupid things," he said, "but most of us are very smart and responsible."

In Chicago, where there's no current ordinance regulating drone use, Alderman Scott Waguespack is seeking restrictions to protect personal privacy. He's proposed an ordinance restricting public and private use.

"When I was a kid, we used to have little rockets. Now you have the capabilities to do what the police can do: watch people or watch events," Waguespack said. "It leaves the door open to people doing whatever they like."

The growing popularity of drones worries him from a safety standpoint too.

"If you get 100 of them out there, what if they start hitting each other?" Waguespack said.

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Carlisle Airport (N94), Pennsylvania: Storm flips plane

CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) - Strong winds during Tuesday's storm flipped and damaged a small plane at Carlisle Airport.

The owner told ABC27 News he had tied down the wings but not the tail, so the Cessna 150 was flipped onto its nose and landed upside-down.

He said the plane is a total loss so he will tear it apart and salvage the parts.

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Buckeye DREAM MACHINE, N4394V: Accident occurred July 08, 2014 in Ansley, Custer County, Nebraska

Funeral services for Wayne L. Palmer, age 61, of Ansley 

 Funeral services for Wayne L. Palmer, age 61, of Ansley, will be held on Saturday July 12, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the Broken Bow Evangelical Free Church in Broken Bow with Reverend Doug Shada officiating.  Burial will be in the Broken Bow Cemetery.  Govier Bros. Mortuary of Broken Bow is in charge of the arrangements.  Visitation will be held on Friday July 11, 2014, 9 AM to 8 PM, at Govier Bros. Mortuary with the family greeting friends 5 PM to 7 PM.  A memorial has been established to the Living Faith Fellowship.

Wayne L. Palmer was born on March 13, 1953 at Broken Bow to Lynn W. and Mary Katherine (Birnie) Palmer.  Wayne attended grade school in Berwyn and later graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1971.  He was married to Sheri Zimmerman on August 29, 1974.

Wayne is survived by his wife Sheri Palmer of Ansley, one son Cory (Angie) Palmer, of Mason City, four grandchildren, his mother Kate Palmer of Broken Bow, two brothers; Steve (Connie) Palmer of Riverdale, and Rod (Candra) Palmer of Ansley, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, grandparents, two brothers in laws; Randy Zimmerman, Lyle Zimmerman and a niece Michelle Palmer.  


 Crash of Aircraft Claims Life of Custer County Man

According to the Custer County Sheriff’s office, Ansley Fire & Rescue were called to the scene of an aircraft crash around 7:50 am on July 8.

Wayne Palmer 61 of rural Ansley was the pilot of the aircraft and when it crashed Palmer was critically injured and later died as the result of those injuries.  A passenger, Charles Roberts of Osceola was not injured in the crash.

The accident occurred on Palmer’s property south of Ansley.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the accident.

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Pilot's inexperience highlighted in accident report: Rans S-6ESD Coyote II, G-MYSP

The inexperience of a pilot who was killed when his plane stalled and crashed last year was a likely factor in the incident.

That was the finding of the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), which has published its report into the cause of the fatal crash at Redhill Aerodrome in August 2013.

The 57-year-old pilot was doing a series of short circuits at the time, which involved taking off and landing briefly.

The AAIB report said: "The sudden power reduction, the pilot’s relative inexperience and the limited time available to react appropriately are likely factors in the pilot not lowering the nose before the aircraft stalled.

"There was then insufficient height available for the pilot to effect a recovery from the stall before ground impact. No definitive cause of the engine power loss could be determined."

Investigators suggested the propeller may have struck the ground during a previous landing when the aircraft, a Rans S6 Coyote II, bounced on the runway.

"Examination of the runway surface did not identify any evidence associated with a propeller strike - however, the ground was dry and hard which may have prevented the formation of propeller strike marks.

"The nose of the aircraft had been severely compressed and pushed upwards and rearwards, causing disruption to the cockpit area."

According to the AAIB, a pilot whose plane is losing power should lower the nose to prevent it stalling, something which did not happen on this occasion with the aircraft continuing to climb until it stalled.

"The windmilling propeller would have created extra drag on the aircraft, reducing the aircraft’s airspeed," added the report.

"Additionally, the lack of any radio transmission after the power loss may indicate that the pilot became overwhelmed by the situation.

"Nevertheless, if the pilot had been able to lower the aircraft’s nose before it stalled, he may been in a position to maintain a safe airspeed and perform a forced landing."

'No Mayday call'

A post-mortem examination found the pilot died of head and chest injuries sustained in the impact.

The crash occurred at around 11.20am on August 28 last year just as the pilot was entering his third circuit.

Soon afterwards, a statement from Redhill Aerodrome said: "There was no Mayday call nor did the pilot report anything unusual to ATC [air traffic control] prior to the accident."

The plane was owned by a syndicate which the pilot, who had 63 hours' flying experience, was secretary of.

Speaking about his experience, the report said: "The pilot commenced his training for his National Private Pilot’s License (Airplanes) in September 2011 on an Ikarus C42.

"His instructor commented that the pilot had progressed rather slowly through the syllabus but that his approach was methodical.

"His handling of slow-speed flying was described as satisfactory and he had practiced numerous forced landings and emergencies, including engine failures after take-off, completing these to a satisfactory standard."

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The pilot was practicing visual circuits and was climbing away after a touch-and-go landing when the aircraft’s engine was heard to falter. The aircraft was seen to slow in a climbing attitude before stalling and entering a vertical dive from which it did not recover. The pilot was fatally injured.

Attorney for Aerial Banners North arrives in Honolulu

Aerial Banners North is not backing down in its legal fight to bring aerial advertising to Hawaii.

Despite getting cited and the Federal Aviation Administration saying that the company must still comply with state and city laws, ABN says the waiver from the FAA still allows the company to fly legally.

The company’s chief legal counsel arrived in Honolulu Tuesday.

Michael McAllister told KHON2 the statement from the FAA does not change anything. The waiver still gives the company to legal right to fly.

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Fraud lands airplane repair executive in prison

William Hugh Weygandt, 64, of Granite Bay, the former owner and president of WECO Aerospace Systems Inc., has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison, according to U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner.

In November 2013, after a three-week trial, a federal jury found Mr. Weygandt guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud involving aircraft parts repair.

“The jury verdict, conviction, and evidence demonstrated that Weygandt was the leader of a company engaged in fraud over a number of years,” said U.S. District Judge John Mendez at Tuesday’s sentencing. “He had the ability to stop the fraud.… This was, remains, and will always be a serious offense.”

WECO was a Federal Aviation Administration-certified repair business with facilities in Lincoln and Burbank, founded by Mr. Weygandt’s father in 1974.

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