Monday, October 19, 2015

The future of journalism may be looking up

For media outlets, sometimes getting the scoop on the competition means presenting a particular story from a bird’s-eye perspective.

With that in mind, not even the sky’s the limit anymore for an area company that believes drone technology represents the future for journalism.

Earlier this month, representatives from Soaring Sky — an FAA-approved and insured company started by Daniel Barres in December 2013 — attended the Excellence in Journalism 2015 conference in Orlando to share their expertise of “dronealism” with some of the heaviest hitters in the industry.

While staffers from such giant media outlets such as CNBC, Fox and CNN listened in, Soaring Sky officials touted the journalistic benefits of drone technology, including rapid deployment time, a cost reduction of up to 80 percent and the fact that drones can reach areas helicopters and news teams cannot.

“We noticed that a lot of photographers and journalists are taking on multiple roles these days — basically one person doing what used to be five jobs,” said Soaring Sky Managing Partner Ryan Cowell, whose business in downtown Fort Myers employs around a dozen people. “They’re shooting their own stuff, they’re writing their own stuff, they’re doing the whole story by themselves, so we really think drones will be the next big thing in journalism. They’re a great way to take your journalistic career to the next level.”

Cowell said the ability to take cameras to the next level and into the sky offers journalists the chance to tell stories from a fresh new perspective.

“It’s really a whole different way of telling a story, and it just adds so much more to anything you’re covering,” he said. “With all the downsizing going on in the industry, it’s also a great way to cut down on costs.”

Locally, Cowell said Soaring Sky has already partnered with WINK News on some live shots.

“Drones are limited at 400 feet by the FAA, and we’re commercially approved to no higher than 200 feet,” he explained. “And you don’t really want to go any higher than that.”

Soaring Sky owner Daniel Barres, who is expecting a child with his wife, Sarah, in a couple of months, said he decided to start his new venture after using drone technology in his other business, a land-development and holdings company.

“We needed to survey some of the properties we owned and I love technology, so we started playing with drones and realized the opportunity to integrate the technology into other areas,” he said.

From producing TV commercials to minimizing risk to builders and developers who need to inspect hazardous areas in job sites, Barres said his company sits on the cutting-edge of what he expects to become commonplace technology in the near future.

“Four or five years from now, we’ll have drone highways similar to the vehicle highways we have now,” he said. “There will be the cars, then the drones, then the small planes and then the big planes. NASA and the FAA have already begun implementing the structure for that time frame.”

A Tampa native who grew up in Wisconsin before moving to Southwest Florida 16 years ago, Barres said he expects widespread drone use in everything from emergency-response situations to package deliveries to security surveillance. For that reason, he said educating the public about the new technology marked one of his top goals.

“Ryan is teaching a class in drone technology at Oasis High School in Cape Coral, and we’ve also teamed up with the STEM programs in 50 high schools in Collier and Lee Counties to offer a drone-building competition,” he said.

On the public front, Cowell said Soaring Sky also offers drone-education classes to individuals at the cost of $299 per person.

“We have a training academy for enthusiasts and people who want to learn how to fly drones,” said Cowell, who moved from California to take his job with Soaring Sky. “You can buy a drone online, but it doesn’t come with any personal interaction or education. They give you a quick-start guide that’s three or four pages long, and then you go out to fly it and lose control.”

To cut down on that risk, Cowell said Soaring Sky’s training academies represented a solution.

“The classes are held on a sign-up basis, and when we get to a group of about 30 we schedule a full day of both classroom and outside training,” he said, adding that Soaring Sky typically holds two training academies a month. “It’s a really fun experience that gives people the chance to become educated on drone technology, and also be entertained at the same time.”

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Drones Face New Regulatory Push • U.S. aims to issue final registration rules before Christmas, an unusually fast timeline

The Wall Street Journal
By Jack Nicas
Oct. 18, 2015 7:42 p.m. ET

U.S. regulators plan to require recreational drone owners to register their devices, an ambitious bid to rein in reckless users that faces a tight timeline and a thicket of legal and practical questions.

The Transportation Department plans to announce Monday that it wants to soon require registration for all unmanned aircraft “except for toys and those with minimal safety risk,” according to a draft news release reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

The department plans to create a task force of more than two dozen government and industry representatives to recommend the specifics of a registration policy, including which drones should be included, how users will register and whether the rules will apply to drones already sold, according to people familiar with the plans. The draft news release says the department wants to “create a culture of accountability” for drone operators.

Several people said the government aims to issue final registration rules before Christmas, an exceptionally fast timeline for aviation regulations. Typical aviation rulemakings take years.

The Transportation Department said it planned to make a drone-related announcement Monday but declined further comment.

Regulators and lawmakers have struggled to keep up with the proliferation of drones as new technology has made them smaller, cheaper and easier to fly, increasing concern that the devices pose a threat to people in the air and on the ground. Industry executives estimate hundreds of thousands of drones have been sold in the U.S.

Registration would be one of regulators’ most ambitious steps to crack down on unsafe flights and enforce existing rules, including that drones can’t be flown near airports or beyond the sight of an operator.

Defining which drones would require registration is expected to be a key issue for the task force, several committee members said. Commercial drones are to be regulated by separate rules expected to be completed next year.

Regulators are expected to require registration for the most popular recreational drones—four-rotor copters called Phantoms made by China’s SZ DJI Technology Co. that sell for roughly $1,000—and similar models. Members said regulators might be willing to exclude smaller devices, such as the 2-ounce, $100 MiniDrones sold by French manufacturer Parrot SA.

Several drone-industry executives and former government officials expressed skepticism that regulators would be able to meet the year-end goal. One person familiar with the government’s plans said the agency intends to declare the rule an emergency, allowing regulators to short-circuit a process that normally requires monthslong reviews and public-comment periods.

Completing an aviation rule in three months would be “unprecedented,” said Jim Williams, who retired in June as the top drone official at the Federal Aviation Administration and is now a consultant for the law firm Dentons. “It would be the most amazing feat of governance I’ve seen in my 33 years in the federal government.”

People associated with the industry raised a host of other logistical questions: Will drone sellers be required to collect customer information? How will the policy account for homemade drones? Can the FAA simplify and streamline a registration process that for manned aircraft typically takes about three months?

The expedited timeline worries many, including those who support registration to help educate users about airspace rules.

“It’s a step in the right direction,” said Gretchen West, an adviser at law firm Hogan Lovells LLP. But the government’s timeline “makes me nervous what the outcome will be.”

Others noted that the commercial-drone rules have been in the works since 2005. “After 10 years of rule making, we suddenly have this scramble to do something within a month, which is terribly short under any circumstances,” said Brendan Schulman, DJI’s head of policy.

Mr. Williams, the former FAA official, and others also questioned how regulators plan to deal with a 2012 law that generally prohibits the FAA from regulating recreational drones. FAA officials have cited that law as the reason they don’t plan extensive regulations for recreational drones, similar to those for commercial devices.

“This is a serious open question,” said task-force member Greg McNeal, a Pepperdine University law professor and co-founder of AirMap, an airspace-information app for drone users.

The person familiar with the government’s plans said that federal lawyers are expected to argue that drones are legally aircraft, and thus the FAA can require them to be registered under other laws.

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Hernando, Florida, man becomes county's first commercial drone pilot

Jay Rowden has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration as a commercial drone pilot. His wife, seen here flying a drone with him, is Hernando County Commissioner Diane Rowden.

SPRING HILL --   A Hernando County man has become the county’s first commercial drone pilot.

Jay Rowden is a pilot who flew helicopters for the Army during the Korea and Vietnam wars. Now when he gets behind the controls of an aircraft, it’s to fly his unmanned aerial vehicle.

"I started flying when I was 13 years old," he said. "I couldn't even reach the rudder pedals on the airplane. They had to put a pillow behind me."

Drones are becoming more and more popular these days, especially since they can shoot video from high above the ground.

And now flying drones is no longer just a hobby for Rowden – it’s actually his job. Rowden has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration as a commercial drone pilot. He says he’s the only one in Hernando County.

His wife, County Commissioner Diane Rowden, thinks his position is pretty cool.

"There are probably about 2,000 nationwide that have their 333 exemption and in Florida it is less than 100," she said.

Rowden is already putting his skills to work by documenting road work, utility projects and more.

"You get a whole different perspective than you do from the ground," he said.

The Rowdens have set up a website to promote Hernando County and they posted some of their drone videos.

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Exploration of Flight Center takes wing • Air/space museum opens new facility

The 1942 Boeing Stearman PT 17 biplane is used as a teacher-training plane for Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum.

A yellow 1942 Boeing Stearman biplane with an open cockpit flew over Centennial Airport — a rusted B-25H Barbie III was parked on the runway below.

The parade of classic planes drew a crowd for the opening celebration of a new flight ramp.

Visitors included World War II veterans, students and teachers from Wings Aerospace Academy, aerospace leaders of Colorado and community members.

“Thank you to Centennial Airport for being the best place in the world for something like this,” said Greg Anderson, CEO and president of Wings over the Rockies Air & Space Museum.

Wings Over the Rockies opened its flight ramp on Oct. 14, marking the start of its Exploration of Flight Center, a flight-based, education and technology center along 15 acres of Centennial Airport.

The center will include a Spreading Wings Teacher Flight Program. One teacher from every school in Colorado's Front Range will get the chance to fly a plane.

“We will have many features dedicated to aviation and education,” Anderson said.

The development is funded by the $21 million Wingspan Capital Campaign and has received $9 million in pledges to date, according to a press release from Wings Over the Rockies.

The development will begin its next construction phase in 2016 and will be completed in the following years, said Anderson.

“This is an amazing milestone for us,” said Colleen Murray, director of advancement.


Among the crowd was Lucille Wise, a veteran who was enlisted in Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) from 1943-45 during World War II. "Our job was to replace males who were pilots so they could fight in combat," she said.

Cessna 172 Skyhawk, N6636A: Incident occurred October 18, 2015 in Campobello, Spartanburg County, South Carolina

Date: 18-OCT-15 
Time: 23:12:00Z
Regis#: N6636A
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA West Columbia FSDO-13
State: South Carolina



SPARTANBURG (WSPA) – A small plane crashed Sunday in Campobello just after 7:30 p.m. The crash happened at 9416 Highway 11, near Interstate 26. 

According to officials with the Campobello Fire Department, three people were on the aircraft.

They managed to escape with only minor injuries.  One teenage girl was taken to Spartanburg Medical Center.

Officials say the engine sputtered and the plane lost power before crashing in the field.

The single-engine plane is registered to Dickson Rd. in Inman, Spartanburg County.

Lt. Kevin Bobo with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office says officials have been in touch with the Atlanta office of the Federal Aviation Administration.

The FAA is expected to send investigators to the scene Monday.

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SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. —A plane crashed along a Spartanburg County Highway Sunday night.

The single-engine aircraft went down around 7:30 p.m. in a field along Highway 11 in Campobello, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office.

Campobello Police Chief Chad McNeill said that the plane flipped when it landed.

The plane was not damaged in the crash, according to McNeil

The pilot and the two passengers did not suffer any injuries that required medical attention, according to Lt. Kevin Bobo.

Investigators with the Atlanta office of the Federal Aviation Administration are expected to visit the scene Monday morning.

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CAMPOBELLO, SC (FOX Carolina) - Officials in Spartanburg County were called to the scene of an aircraft emergency on Sunday.

Chief Eddie McNeill with the Campobello Fire Department said a small plane carrying three people took off from Fairview Airport and was flying around the area.

McNeill said the plane was heading back toward the airport when it encountered possible engine failure around 7:15 p.m. A FOX Carolina crew on scene said the small plane appeared to be upside down in a field off of Highway 11 near Interstate 26.

McNeill said the three occupants of the plane were treated on scene by Spartanburg County EMS.

The Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating the incident in the morning. The plane will remain in the field overnight.

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Mac Aero: Learning on the fly

Ian McFall talks about the building instructions that his company is following for the construction of the plane in his hangar at Apex Airpark. 

SILVERDALE — The world headquarters of the Mac Aero airplane company take up half of a hangar in a Silverdale backyard.

Last week inside the shop, Mac Aero founder Ian McFall and employee Garrett Stanley were at work on the company’s latest project, a four-seat, 200-mph Van’s RV-10 kit plane. Plywood boxes the plane parts arrived in still leaned against the hangar walls.

“You start out with a lot of flat aluminum and a packet of rivets and turn it into an airplane,” McFall, 74, said.

Of course, it’s not quite as simple as that. McFall’s employees, four cadets in the Civil Air Patrol’s youth program, ages 16 to 18, have spent more than a year painstakingly assembling the RV-10. They’ve sunk thousands of rivets, shaped fiberglass and composite components, fabricated metal parts and wired in complex autopilot systems, all to exacting specifications.

The 24-foot-long plane has gradually taken shape in the hangar. Its slender fuselage awaited wings and a final jacket of aluminum Tuesday. In the next few months the plane will be flight tested, disassembled and shipped to a buyer in South Africa.

McFall views his business as a training academy as much as a moneymaking operation. Mac Aero might be a tiny company, building a tiny plane, but the skills his young employees learn assembling the RV-10 can be applied on a far larger scale.

“Most of the things involved in building a full-sized airplane are involved in building this,” McFall said.

McFall had education in mind when he launched Mac Aero early last year at his home off Apex Airpark. The longtime pilot once was a cadet himself in the British equivalent of the Civil Air Patrol. He now serves as a glider instructor for local cadets.

McFall staffed his fledgling company with eager aviation students, hiring Garrett Stanley and fellow cadets Christian Stanley, Keenan Boudon and Joseph Buxton.

“The most exciting part is the young people we’ve gotten in here,” McFall said. “They’re all aviation enthusiasts. That’s the kind of people we want, the people who are driven to do this kind of thing.”

To begin with, all of Mac Aero’s finished airplanes will be exported to South Africa, where McFall has family. South African customers are hungry for small planes that can shorten travel times between the country’s far-flung cities or whisk tourists into the back country. The speedy, efficient RV-10 “is an ideal plane for that,” McFall said.

The company’s employees started work on the plane in August 2014. Mac Aero already has an order for a two-seat RV-8 to start once the RV-10 is shipped.

McFall would like to expand Mac Aero into a full-fledged school, taking on more plane projects and more students. The program could become a jumping off point for jobs in the state’s aerospace industry, he said.

“They’ll walk away with a skill and be ready to be hired by someone like Boeing or Alaska Air,” McFall said.

Garrett Stanley, who’s reached the rank of cadet colonel in the Civil Air Patrol, has other plans. He’s pursuing a career as a military pilot.

“I do this because it pays me,” he said last week, taking a pause from his work. “I’d much rather fly them.”

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Garrett Stanley cuts part of the engine cove.

Ian McFall points out the different components of the tail of the plane that is being built in his hangar at Apex Airpark.

Ian McFall is framed by the window of the plane under construction in his hangar.

Building instructions sit on a work bench in Ian McFall’s hangar at Apex Airpark.

Star Marianas makes maiden flight to Guam via Rota

Despite Tropical Storm Champi, Star Marianas Air was able to proceed with its maiden Rota-Guam flight.

Star Marianas Air president Shaun Christian told Variety on Sunday: “We made the decision to cancel all flights on Friday morning including our inaugural Rota-Guam flights. We resumed flying on Saturday morning.”

Tropical Storm Champi passed through the Marianas on Friday — the day Star Marianas Air was supposed to make its initial Rota-Guam flight.

Star Marianas, a regional carrier, flies twice a day to Guam from Rota.

The launch of the flights hinged on the Commonwealth Ports Authority and U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s resolving an issue on procedures, equipment and processing of outbound passengers from the Saipan commuter terminal.

For the Guam flights, Star Marianas Air is using its twin engine Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftains which feature air-conditioning and upgraded GPS Navigation Systems.

In other news, Delta Air Lines said one of its flights on Friday was delayed due to strong winds.

Cape Air canceled several of its flights on Friday.

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Few Glitches in American Switchover • Transfer of its US Airways unit to its passenger-reservations system went smoothly overall

The Wall Street Journal
By Susan Carey
Oct. 18, 2015 8:05 p.m. ET

American Airlines Group Inc. ’s transfer of its US Airways unit to its passenger-reservations system appeared to go smoothly overall in its first two days despite some temporary glitches.

The world’s largest airline by traffic said on Sunday, however, that it remains on alert for possible problems as passenger traffic builds in the next few days.

American made the complex switch early Saturday, after nearly two years of preparation. The US Airways website went dark early Saturday and directed customers to after the last US Airways flights Friday night reached their destinations. All booked reservations now are transferred to American’s system, provided by Sabre Corp. , and all flights are operated and sold under the AA flight code.

American said more than 90% of its flights arrived within 14 minutes of schedule on Saturday. Among the initial glitches, American said airport information displays at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport briefly didn’t show flights and their departure and arrival times, due to a problem with third-party providers who supply that information. American said the problem was fixed in a few hours.

Some customers arriving Saturday for flights at Los Angeles International Airport and New York’s La Guardia Airport ended up at the wrong terminals because their boarding passes were printed so early they didn’t contain gate information. And the switch meant some former US Airways flights now operate from LAX’s Terminal 6, while most American flights continue to operate out of Terminal 4—confusing some passengers. A similar situation arose at La Guardia.

Some passengers also encountered misunderstandings about their frequent-flier status and were mistakenly asked to pay for their checked luggage, according to the airline, which said check-in agents used helplines to receive guidance on the information in their training manuals.

To prepare for the shift, American had reduced the number of flights to and from its three US Airways hubs on Saturday, temporarily increased staffing at its airports around the world and managed the transition from a main “command center” in Fort Worth, Texas, and 23 satellite offices, which are slated to remain open until Oct. 27.

Some other airlines have struggled with similar information-technology transitions after mergers of their own, although Delta Air Lines Inc., made the change smoothly in 2010 when integrating Northwest Airlines Corp.

United Continental Holdings Inc. had more problems when it switched its United unit onto the Continental reservations platform in 2012, in part because it chose to integrate frequent-flier plans, websites and all reservations on a single day.

American, like Delta, has used a phased approach and merger their frequent-flier plans months ahead of the reservations system alignments.

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Union decries shortage of air traffic controllers • Federal Aviation Administration links chronic staffing woes to budget cuts and the past shutdown of the government

WASHINGTON -- A chronic shortage of controllers has reached a crisis that will lead to widespread flight delays if left unchecked, officials for the union that represents air traffic controllers said last week.

The Federal Aviation Administration has failed to meet its hiring goals for controllers for five consecutive years, leaving the number of controllers at its lowest level in 27 years at a time when air traffic is increasing, National Air Traffic Controllers Association officials said at a news conference.

The number of "certified professional controllers" -- those who are no longer in training and can direct air traffic without assistance from a more experienced controller -- has declined 10 percent from the recent peak of 11,753 in September 2012 as of Aug. 22 of this year, the union said.

Meanwhile, of the 10,859 certified controllers, 30 percent are currently eligible to retire, the union said.

Trish Gilbert, the union's executive vice president, likened the situation to April 2013 when automatic, government-wide spending cuts imposed by Congress forced the furlough of 10 percent of the controller workforce. During the seven days the furlough was in place, 12,760 flights were delayed -- about three times the normal number. The disruptions were greatest at some of the nation's busiest airports. Amid complaints from disgruntled travelers, Congress passed an exception to the budget cuts for controllers.

Gilbert denied the union simply wants to increase its numbers.

"We see that they are in dire straits and therefore we must speak up," she said. "We have far too few controllers in our towers and radar rooms."

The FAA said in a statement that the agency shares the union's "frustration with air traffic controller staffing levels."

"The past government shutdown and budget cuts closed the FAA's controller training academy for nine months, delaying initial training for several classes of new air traffic controllers. As a result, the FAA has been working hard to hire at an increased rate to meet its air traffic controller staffing targets," the statement said.

Gilbert blamed the situation on "bureaucratic inertia." She said FAA officials have long been aware of the problem and have been working to resolve it, but have simply been unable to overcome red tape and lack of communication, among other issues.

Part of the blame belongs to Congress because the FAA also has been hindered by uncertainty over how much money the agency will be able to spend, making planning difficult, she said. In 2013, the agency was able to hire almost no controllers because of budgetary uncertainty, she said.

The shortage has meant controllers at some of the nation's busiest air traffic facilities have been working six-day work weeks for years, union officials said. They said safety isn't at risk, but they also acknowledged that controllers' work schedules are causing widespread chronic fatigue.

NASA warned the FAA four years ago that chronic controller fatigue was undermining safety and urged the agency to eliminate six-day work weeks as soon as possible. The FAA had asked NASA to study controller scheduling and its impact on fatigue.

Jim Marinitti, the union's southern regional vice president, said controllers at the Atlanta approach control facility, one of the nation's busiest air traffic facilities, have been routinely working mandatory six-day weeks since 2006.

The continual six-day work weeks "definitely raise the safety risk," said John Goglia, a former National Transportation Safety Board member and aviation safety expert.

The union's complaints were especially unusual because labor relations at the FAA have improved markedly during the Obama administration, and the controllers association rarely airs complaints publicly.

As of August, the FAA had only hired 1,178 of a planned 1,772 air traffic controllers it had planned to hire in the 2015 federal budget year, which ended on Sept. 30, Gilbert said.

The union provided some examples of the problems at five busy approach control facilities:

* The Atlanta facility has 74 fully certified controllers, 27 percent short. Eighteen are eligible for retirement.

* The Chicago facility has 70 fully certified controllers, 30 percent short. Twenty-seven are eligible for retirement.

* The Dallas-Fort Worth facility has an all-time low of 52 fully certified controllers, a drop of 38 percent since 2006. Controllers have been working mandatory six-day work weeks since January.

* The Houston facility has 73 fully certified controllers, 22 percent short.

* The New York facility has a 25 year-low of 147 fully certified controllers, 35 percent short. Many work six-day weeks.

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Incident occurred October 18, 2015 at Ellington Airport (KEFD), Houston, Texas

HOUSTON, TX (KTRK/CNN) - There were some scary moments at the Wings over Houston airshow on Sunday, when a parachutist landed in the crowd.

The Thunderbirds’ high-flying performances steal the show in the air, but this year, a single parachutist is what some spectators will remember. It began with a warning over the PA system - for the crowd to give the parachutist plenty of room.

Four members of a skydiving team were scheduled to perform at the Ellington Airport, but high winds forced the stunt to be called off. Unfortunately, one member of the team had already made the jump.

After landing  on a tent and sending vendor merchandise scattering across the field, the parachutist was the only casualty - sent to the hospital with what onlookers said was a broken limb.

"We knew he was coming into the crowd, we just didn't know where," vendor John Alcot said. "Actually, that was probably the best place for him to come because he didn't hit anybody."

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Beech 60 Duke, HK-3917 G: Fatal accident occurred October 18, 2015 in Engativá, Bogotá, Colombia

Captain Juan Pablo Angulo Reyes

Las autoridades reportaron que el capitán Juan Pablo Angulo Reyes, era quien estaba al mando de la avioneta de matrícula HK-3917 G que en la tarde de este domingo se precipitó a tierra luego de despegar del aeropuerto El Dorado con destino al de Guaymaral. Este inceidente dejó cinco muertos, 
según el comandante de la Policía de Bogotá.

El siniestro se produjo en el barrio Villa Luz, al noroccidente de Bogotá hacia las 16:20 este domingo. El aparato cayó encima de una casa donde funcionaba una panadería.

Las personas fallecidas son el piloto de la aeronave, Juan Pablo Angulo; el dueño de la misma, José Alberto Olivares. Además, entre las víctimas mortales se encuentran un hombre, una mujer y una menor de edad.

En redes sociales, varios de los amigos de la víctima expresaron su pesar por la trágica noticia. Algunos de estos mensajes:

‎Juan Pablo Paz Concha: Una triste y sentida noticia que mi tocayo se nos haya adelantado en este vuelo a la eternidad, A su bella familia mi abrazo de condolencia.

‎Alejandro Olaya Velásquez: Que tristeza. Se fue un buen amigo de toda la vida.

José Luis Rivera Sulez: Con mucho pesar en el corazón manifiesto mis sentimientos de tristeza a toda la familia de nuestro amigo Juan Pablo, en compañía de mi familia elevamos una oración por su descanso al lado de Nuestro Señor.

Monica Molina Pablito amigo de niños. De adolescentes. Dios te reciba y un abrazo a su familia

Maria Clara Rivera Restrepo‎: Pablo…. triste noticia Dios te tenga en su gloria, un abrazo a toda la familia, Carlos y fría acompañándolos, muy triste

Germán Pabón Gómez: Juan Pablo, hermano, ahora Dios te llama a tu morada, Dios bendiga tu viaje, hermano

Andres Reyes De Quevedo: Una gran persona nos abandona mil gracias por todo lo que siempre me ayudaste en los momentos más difíciles que Dios te tenga en tu santa gloria y mis grandes condolencias a toda su familia

María Alejandra Olano Carrillo‎: Te recordare por siempre!! Uno de mis tres Pilotos preferidos. Vuela alto.

José Julio Zamorano C.:‎ Mi capitán buen viaje, fue un placer compartir contigo en estos caminos.

Condolencias a toda su familia.

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Colombia will seek assistance from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board in investigating a weekend plane crash that killed six and left 14 injured, Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said.

He said in a statement that Colombia would look to have the NTSB assign an investigator to determine what caused the plane to go down outside Bogota.

The Beech 60 Duke crashed Sunday afternoon into a bakery near Avenida Ciudad de Cali in Engativa, a city located close to Bogota's El Dorado International Airport.

All four people aboard the plane were killed along with two people inside the bakery.

The plane had taken off from El Dorado a short time before the crash and was bound for Guaymaral airport, a facility located north of the capital that handles private planes.

Four prominent politicians, led by former President Andres Pastrana, were supposed to board the aircraft at Guaymaral, La FM radio reported Monday, citing the original passenger list.

Pastrana, however, told EFE late Monday that he had canceled his plans at around 2:00 p.m. Sunday, just over two hours before the plane crashed.

The former head of state, a foe of the government's peace process with the FARC guerrillas, inquired Monday in a Twitter post addressed to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos whether a "national and international" investigation of the crash would be conducted "before evidence disappears."

Villegas said Tuesday he had asked the Colombian air force to assist in the investigation and also contacted domestic civil aviation authorities about enlisting the involvement of American military aircraft manufacturer Beechcraft and U.S.-based Lycoming, the maker of the plane's engine, in the probe.

The initial hypothesis of Colombia's air force and civil aviation investigators is that that plane crashed due to engine failure, the defense minister said. 

Un trágico accidente se presentó al occidente de Bogotá, con más exactitud en el barrio Luján, producto de la caída a tierra una avioneta Beech 60 Duke con matrícula HK3917, que tenía solo dos minutos de vuelo.

Según los informes, la avioneta impactó contra la panadería Suiza y posteriormente esta se incendia. La avioneta, que partió a las 4:18 pm, y solo dos minutos después se precipitó a Tierra, se dirigía hacía Guaymaral, al norte de la capital de la República 

El incidente dejó tres viviendas afectadas y 15 personas heridas. Además, hay cinco personas muertas, casi todos ocupantes de la avioneta, dentro de los que se encuentran un capitán de la Aerocivil y el dueño de la aeronave.

"(El aparato) se precipitó a tierra luego de despegar del aeropuerto El Dorado con destino a Guaymaral (y) se accidentó con 4 personas a bordo, entre ellas el capitánJuan Pablo Ángulo Reyes y José Alberto Olivares, propietario de la aeronave quienes hasta el momento se reportan como fallecidos", confirmó la Aerocivil en un comunicado.

El listado de heridos que confirmó la Secretaría de Salud de Bogotá, con edad y estado, es el siguiente.

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Five people, including the pilot, were killed Sunday and six others were injured when a small plane crashed into a bakery in the Engativá neighborhood of Bogotá, Colombia, fire officials and the national aviation agency said. 

The plane, a Beech 60 Duke flying from El Dorado to Guaymaral, "fell out of the sky" about 4:20 p.m. (5:20 p.m. ET) into a residence that houses a bakery, Aerocivil said in a statement Sunday night. All of the dead were on board the plane, it said, including the plane's owner, identified as José Alberto Olivares, and its pilot, Juan Pablo Angulo Reyes.

Six people, ages 11 to 50, were injured on the ground and were treated at hospitals, Aerocivil and fire officials said. Their conditions weren't immediately reported.

Investigators were working at the scene to determine the cause of the accident, about which Aerocivil said it had had no further information.

Según información oficial, una avioneta se estrelló en el barrio El Luján, al occidente de Bogotá, hacia las 4:20 pm de este domingo. De momento autoridades informan que el hecho deja 5 personas fallecidas (4 que hacían parte de la tripulación de la aeronave y 1 que se encontraba en el segundo piso de la edificación) y 15 heridos. 

Según el reporte preliminar del Cuerpo de Bomberos la aeronave cayó sobre una panadería en la Avenida Boyacá con calle 66, tres viviendas resultaron afectadas.

Según información de la Aerocivil la avioneta, una Beechcraft 60 Duke con placa HK-3917 G, se dirigiría del Aeropuerto El Dorado hacia Guaymaral con 4 personas a bordo.

Las autoridades confirmaron la lista de personas lesionadas y el hospital al que fueron remitidas:

-Lilian Tatiana Arenas, 37 años. Hospital San José Infantil.

-Fabio Antonio Rojas Medrano, 25 años. Hospital Simón Bolívar.

-Pedro Pablo Vargas González, 47 años. Simón Bolívar.

-Gloria Esperanza Antonio, 45 años. Simón Bolívar.

-Constanza Ramos Jiménez, 36 años. Simón Bolívar.

-María Paola Vargas, 12 años. Simón Bolívar.

-Diego Rodríguez, 25. Simón Bolívar.

-Nilson Parra, 35 años. No acepta traslado.

-Morelia Guzmán, 21 años. No acepta traslado.

-Carlos Libardo Gutiérrez, 69 años. No acepta traslado.

-Bili Pastrana, 35 años. No acepta traslado.

-Andrés Uribe, 14 años. No acepta traslado.

-Rosalba González, 62 años. Virrey Solís-Castellana.

-Blanca Lilia Triana, 74 años. Méderi.

-Ayleq Pastrana, 6 años. No requiere traslado.

Las autoridades evacuaron a todos los habitantes de la zona y quitaron la energía eléctrica, pues en el sitio del impacto hay fuga de gasolina.

Blu Radio conoció también que habría una persona desaparecida entre los habitantes de las viviendas afectadas.

Uno de los testigos del hecho relató a este medio que la aeronave se precipitó a tierra acompañada por un fuerte estruendo. “Hubo una llamarada terrible cerca de 3 carros, nos hizo temer por nuestra seguridad”.

Hacia las 6 pm el Cuerpo de bomberos liquidó la conflagración que se originó como consecuencia de la caída de la avioneta. Personal de la Sijin se dispone a ingresar al sitio para el levantamiento de un cuerpo.

47 bomberos aproximadamente atienden la emergencia, en colaboración con bomberos del grupo Técnico de Rescate, USAR y MATPEL.

El siguiente es el comunicado oficial de la Aerocivil:

Una aeronave de matrícula HK-3917 G se precipitó a tierra luego de despegar del aeropuerto El Dorado con destino a Guaymaral se accidentó con 4 personas a bordo entre ellas el capitán Juan Pablo Ángulo Reyes.

El hecho ocurrió en la localidad de Engativá en la Av. Ciudad de Cali entre 65 - 67, a las 4:20 de la tarde de hoy.

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According to official information, a small plane crashed in the El Lujan, west of Bogota, at 4:20 pm on Sunday. So far authorities report that fact leaves 5 people dead (4 that were part of the crew of the aircraft and 1 was in the second floor of the building) and 15 injured.

According to the preliminary report of the Fire Department the aircraft crashed on a bakery on Avenida Boyaca with 66 street, three houses were affected.

According to information from the plane Aerocivil a Beechcraft 60 Duke, registration HK-3917 G, would head to El Dorado Airport Guaymaral with 4 people aboard.

The authorities confirmed the list of injured persons and the hospital to which they were sent:

Tatiana -Lilian Arenas, 37 years. San Jose Children's Hospital.

Fabius Antonio Medrano Rojas, 25 years. Hospital Simon Bolivar.

-Peter Paul Vargas Gonzalez, 47 years old. Simon Bolivar.

Gloria Esperanza Antonio, 45 years. Simon Bolivar.

Constanza Ramos Jimenez, 36 years. Simon Bolivar.

-Mary Paola Vargas, 12 years. Simon Bolivar.

-Diego Rodriguez, 25. Simon Bolivar.

-Nilson Parra, 35 years. Does not accept transfer.

-Morelia Guzman, 21. Does not accept transfer.

Libardo Carlos Gutierrez, 69 years. Does not accept transfer.

-Bili Pastrana, 35 years. Does not accept transfer.

Andres Uribe, 14 years. Does not accept transfer.

Rosalba Gonzalez, 62. Viceroy Solis-Castellana.

Lilia -Blanca Triana, 74. Mederi.

-Ayleq Pastrana, 6 years. It does not require transfer.

Authorities evacuated all residents of the area and took the power, because of the impact on the site is leaking gasoline.

Bluradio also knew there would be a missing person among the inhabitants of the affected homes.

One of the eyewitnesses told this newspaper that the aircraft fell to the ground accompanied by a loud bang. "There was a terrible blaze about 3 cars, made us fear for our safety."

By 6 pm the Fire Department settled the conflagration that was a consequence of the fall of the plane. SIJIN staff prepares to enter the site for lifting a body.

47 firefighters about attending the emergency in cooperation with Fire Department Technical Rescue group, use and HAZMAT.

The following is the official statement of the Aerocivil:

An aircraft registration HK-3917 G fell to the ground after taking off from El Dorado airport to Guaymaral it crashed with four people on board including the captain Juan Pablo Reyes angle.

The incident occurred in the town of Engativá in Ciudad de Cali Avenue between 65 -. 67, at 4:20 pm today.

JetBlue Embraer ERJ-190, N216JB, Flight B6-2020J: Logan International Airport (KBOS), Boston, Massachusetts

WORCESTER – A mechanical failure caused a JetBlue Flight bound for Worcester Sunday to be diverted to Boston’s Logan Airport.

As Flight 2020 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was making its approach toward the hilltop Worcester Regional Airport, the pilot told passengers aboard the Embraer ERJ-190 that the plane’s flaps were stuck in an upright position, and that he would be circling while trying to correct the problem.

The jet made several turns, making several passengers become sick. After about 10 minutes of circling, the pilot said he would need to divert the flight to Logan because it has a longer runway than Worcester. In a steady voice, he explained that the plane would land at fast-than-normal speed, and passengers would see fire engines rolling toward the plane on the ground as a precaution.

Several passengers then took out their phones and starting texting and tweeting, including this writer, who was a passenger on Flight 2020.

The plane landed safely, albeit at a fast speed, and fire officials came out to check the plane’s brakes to make sure they weren’t too hot before allowing it to proceed to the terminal.

Via Twitter, a JetBlue spokesman said the aircraft needed maintenance on a flap and an inspection, so it was diverted and a new aircraft was provided.

“I think he did a hell of job pulling it off,” said Richard Boucher, a passenger who was traveling from Florida to visit his daughter in Oxford, of the pilot’s work landing the plane safely.

“It was a little scary,” said Elaine Sarto of Hubbardston, adding that she wished the pilot had given out more information as the plane was circling to explain what was going on.

Curt Lemay of Leominster, who had been in Florida for a business convention, said he thought the pilot handled the problem very professionally and “he seemed pretty routine.”

JetBlue has issued an apology and a $50 credit to the Flight 2020 passengers via email.

“We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience you experienced on JetBlue Flight #2020. We understand how challenging it is when your travel plans are disrupted,” said the email from Danny Cox, director of JetBlue’s Customer Support Department. “As a gesture of apology and goodwill, we have issued each person on this flight a service credit in the amount of $50.”

The airline also gave passengers a voucher to take a taxi from Logan to Worcester, and in some cases, directly to their homes.

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Are Computers Making Airline Pilots Obsolete?

Answer from Tom Farrier, Retired U.S. Air Force pilot; Chair, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Working Group

From my perspective, the opposite situation to what you describe actually is the case, at least for the foreseeable future. Emergencies are where automation can get fouled up the most, and any non-standard operational situations encountered mid-flight are likely to create electronic confusion.

Routine flights where everything goes exactly as anticipated are increasingly easy to automate, to the point that the pilots tend to find themselves in the role of being system managers and monitors more than actually getting to exercise their skills. On-board systems can indeed manage flight parameters and optimize the efficient operation of the aircraft more precisely than the average long as everything follows the playbook.

The biggest limitations associated with letting robots fly and dispensing with pilots are:

1. Not every flight remains routine. The design philosophy of some airframe manufacturers basically is to keep the pilots out of the way of the automation as much as possible while allowing them to monitor what's actually going on. When something out of the ordinary crops up, or when the normal progression of a flight must be modified to respond to an unexpected situation, it can be tough even for pilots aboard an aircraft and directly participating in the progress of the flight to intervene as needed. The abstract describing a 2007 MIT paper on "mode confusion" (Aspects of automation mode confusion) addresses this issue as follows:

"Complex systems such as commercial aircraft are difficult for operators to manage. Designers, intending to simplify the interface between the operator and the system, have introduced automation to assist the operator. In most cases, the automation has helped the operator, but at times operator confusion as to what the automation is doing has created dangerous situations that lead to property damage or loss of life. This problem, known as mode confusion, has been difficult to analyze and thus solutions tend to be reactive instead of proactive."

2.  Not every flight follows exactly the same sequence of events every single time. The aviation system is a chaotic system; for example: 

Weather forces changes in routes;

Different types of aircraft operate at different speeds and climb and descend at different rates, leaving different amounts of wake turbulence behind them;

Aircraft operating under "instrument" and "visual" flight rules often share the same airspace;

Emergencies may require reshuffling the priority of landing aircraft;

People get sick on airplanes and need to be taken to the nearest acceptable location for treatment; and

Forest fires and volcanoes can affect flight conditions.

Any and all of these conditions require pilots and air traffic controllers to respond to and manage them in real time. Sophisticated unmanned aircraft like the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk can fly literally thousands of miles with hardly any pilot input at all; the tradeoff is that the RQ-4s were not designed to play well with others (requiring all other traffic basically to be routed in consideration of the drone's flight plan), and each mission requires dozens of hours of route planning to execute.  Imagine if every single plane in the sky was subject to such requirements, and you start seeing the real-world implications of turning flying over to inflexible programming.

3. Garbage in = garbage out. If anything interferes with the computer's ability to perceive the world, everyone aboard the aircraft is likely to have a very bad day. Damaged or malfunctioning airspeed indicators, altimeters, angle-of-attack sensors and the like have been at the center of many accidents over time. As I see it, their potential contribution to accidents would be magnified many times over if a ground-based pilot starts getting gibberish over the downlink and has to try to sort out truth from electronic hallucinations in realtime, without the benefit of being able to directly perceive what the heck is going on. 

There probably will be workable, 100% (or close enough) reliable solutions to everything I've described above. However, we aren't there yet. Even if Moore's Law continues to operate and on-board computational power continues to double every couple of years, I doubt even the smartest artificial intelligences will be capable of handling all aviation operations on their own until mid-century at the earliest. (I don't plan on riding on anything like that until I'm satisfied that it can handle everything that's thrown at it, so I'll probably be in the ground before I get a chance to do so.)

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Bell 47G-3B, N73224, US Helicopter LLC: Accident occurred October 18, 2015 in Searchlight, Clark County, Nevada

Date: 16-OCT-15
Time: 00:00:00Z
Regis#: N73224
Aircraft Make: BELL
Aircraft Model: 47G
Event Type: Accident
Highest Injury: Unknown
Damage: Substantial
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Las Vegas FSDO-19
State: Nevada



> SEARCHLIGHT, NV (FOX5) - A helicopter crashed near Searchlight early Sunday afternoon, according to police.

Ian Gregor, Public Affairs Manager with the Federal Aviation Administration, said a Bell helicopt

er crashed at an unknown time,  under unknown circumstances near State Route 164 in Searchlight.

According to Lt. Jeff Goodwin with Las Vegas Metro police, the privately owned aircraft was being used to help Bureau of Land Management round up cattle when it started to run out of fuel. The pilot attempted to land but was caught in a crosswind which caused him to make a hard landing.

No injuries were reported.

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SEARCHLIGHT, Nev. Officers have located the pilot of a helicopter that crashed near Searchlight Sunday afternoon.

The private helicopter went down on State Route 164 at mile marker 11.  

Lt. Jeff Goodwin of Metro Police said it received a call from Nevada Highway Patrol around 12:35 p.m. to assist them with what is being called a "hard impact" crash.

Metro said initially when law enforcement officers went to the scene, they had trouble locating the pilot.  

However, he was found hours later.  No word on his injuries.

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(1:40 P.M. UPDATE): Radio traffic indicates the helicopter went down about 8:30 a.m. west of Searchlight while the pilot was rounding up wild cattle. The pilot declined medical treatment but said he had a sore back. He was the only person on board the helicopter.

SEARCHLIGHT (KSNV News3LV) -- A two-seat helicopter crashed near State Route 164 shortly after 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

The extend of injuries or damage is unknown, according to Metro Lt. Jeff Goodwin.

A Flight for Life rescue helicopter was requested as a precaution, Goodwin said.

"We have contacted the FAA and the NTSB," Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Chelsea Stunkel told News 3. "It is a privately owned helicopter and we don't know if one or two people were on board."

The Clark County Fire Department has secured the scene, at mile marker 11 near State Route 164.

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