Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Cessna 177RG Cardinal, N8035G, Chandelle Flying Club Inc: Incident occurred November 17, 2015 at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (KAUS), Texas

Date: 17-NOV-15
Time: 22:00:00Z
Regis#: N8035G
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 177RG
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA San Antonio FSDO-17
State: Texas


CHANDELLE FLYING CLUB INC: http://registry.faa.gov/N8035G

Officials at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport have shut down one of the airport’s two runways after a small plane landed in distress with unsafe landing gear.

The landing gear of the plane — a Cessna 177RG Cardinal — had collapsed, but the aircraft landed safely and no injuries were reported, airport spokesman Jim Halbrook said.

Officials have shut down one of the airport’s two runways for passenger traffic while officials figure out how to remove the plane. However, the airport’s capacity is such that it is not anticipated to affect any departures or arrivals.

- Source:  http://www.statesman.com

New Sidney-Richland Municipal Airport (KSDY) manager is anything but new to flying

Terrance Ward’s experience includes seven years of active duty with the Army and Air Force.

At 28 years old, Sidney-Richland County Airport manager Terrance Ward hardly looks like someone in such an important position. But don’t let his youthful appearance fool you. The seven-year active duty Army and Air Force Purdue graduate, currently in the reserves, knows what he is doing.

“I’m not new to this,” Ward said with a laugh. “I have a degree in airport management. As a pilot, I have insight into how the airfield works and I’m familiar with aviation in general. I did similar work in the military. I managed a lot of personnel and as an officer we manage inventory, the airport, the airfield. I thought it was a good transition.”

His office walls are lined with flying certificates of different aircraft, airplane and helicopter cockpit posters and models of aircraft he has flown in his career. His reserve uniform hangs in the corner, ready to go whenever needed.

Ward took his current position in March, barely two weeks off of active duty, he said. An Indianapolis native, he has spent the last several years overseas in the most populated cities in the world.

“I was in Turkey, Saudi Arabia,” he listed. “When I was in Istanbul there was like 30 million people, Bangladesh, there were 55 million people. (Sidney is) a smaller city. It’s different but the people are nice and I’ve enjoyed it.”

As airport manager, he is in charge of the day-to-day safety and operations of the airport, he said. His day begins at the Fairview airport at 6 a.m. every morning, where he goes through a safety checklist, Sidney is next, usually around 8 a.m., he said. Safety checks include fencing, wildlife, cones, checking for EPA and OSHA regulations, degraded pavement, standing water

Throughout the rest of the day, jobs include working with the TSA contractor, wildlife hazard management and working on airport improvements.

“I’m here to make sure the airport follows all the laws and we continue to maintain funding,” Ward said. “I spend all my time at the airport. I try not to go past 12 hours a day, but there are so many variables. If it snows at 2 a.m. we’re going to be out here to make sure the runway is clear and safe.”

Improvements that Ward is currently working on include adding a new taxiway, a ramp area, an improved parking lot and  new hangars, all of which are geared toward adding new business to the airport. However, he is also working on side projects to get the community more involved with its airport.

“We’re growing at a small rate, but we’re doing the best we can to keep the airport well known,” he said. “Right now, we’re working on an art project with the high school. (Students) will create art that will go in our hallways. It will help get the community involved and aware of the airport.”

Ward noted that another part of his position is working with the hospital board, which meets once a month. He has to provide spending and progress reports each month to the board. As a public entity he encouraged those with thoughts on the airport to attend the meeting.

“(The board has) been very helpful,” he said. “We’re taxpayer funded, so we try to be as responsible as possible and as available as we can. Anyone can come out if they have concerns...and provide feedback for where they’d like to see the airport go. We want to work with everyone.”

As a kid, Ward said he wanted to be an astronaut. It’s why he went to Purdue and joined the Air Force. As a reserve pilot, he still goes to Chicago once a month to fly Blackhawk Helicopters and C12 airplanes.

“Luckily they gave me an opportunity to transition (back to civilian life),” he said. “I still enjoy serving. That’s why I’m a reserve officer.”

- Source:  http://www.sidneyherald.com

Nose wheel comes off aircraft in Madurai

One of the two nose wheels of the Colombo-Madurai SpiceJet flight came off the aircraft with 70 passengers while taxiing at Madurai Airport on Tuesday afternoon.

However, the pilot managed to bring the aircraft to the apron with the single nose wheel, airport sources said.

All the 70 passengers and five crew members were safe, sources said.

Sources added that one of the nose wheels got cut off after the aircraft landed at around 3.20 p.m. 

The aircraft was grounded and its onward journey to Hyderabad had to be cancelled.

Airline sources said that efforts were on to make alternative arrangement for the passengers.

- Source:  http://www.thehindu.com

Bell 206L-4 LongRanger IV, YN-ISA, Nicaragua SA/Helinica: Fatal accident occurred November 17, 2015 near Santa-Fe bridge, San Juan river, Southern Nicaragua

James S. Horrisberger

MANAGUA, Nicaragua –  A National Police official says former presidential minister Antonio Lacayo is missing and two Americans area dead in a helicopter crash in southern Nicaragua.

Police sub-director Francisco Diaz says the remains of two Americans were found after Tuesday's crash, as well as the body of pilot Francisco Lemus.

One victim was identified as James S. Horrisberger, a Florida-based Coca-Cola executive and member of that state's citrus processors association.

The other American's identity was not known.

Lacayo, 67, is the son-in-law of former Nicaraguan President Violeta Chamorro and served in her Cabinet. He is chief executive of San Juan Fruit and TicoFrut.

The Bell 206L-4 LongRanger IV helicopter with four people aboard was traveling from San Carlos, Rio San Juan, to Managua when it crashed early Tuesday from poor visibility, officials said.

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La jornada de búsqueda y rescate de los desaparecidos inició desde el momento en que se reportó el estruendo del accidente aéreo y se mantuvo activa hasta las 5:30 de la tarde de ayer, con helicópteros, buzos, lanchas de la Fuerza Naval y hasta con cooperación de pescadores y pobladores de la zona del río San Juan. Hoy la búsqueda y rescate se reinicia a partir de las 5:30 de la mañana.

Una persona muerta y tres desaparecidas, entre ellas Antonio Lacayo Oyanguren, CEO de TicoFrut, director ejecutivo del Centro Empresarial Pellas y que durante el período de la presidenta Violeta Chamorro fungió como ministro de la Presidencia, es el resultado de la caída en el río San Juan de un helicóptero ayer alrededor de las 5:30 a.m.

José Antonio Lacayo, exministro de la Presidencia de Nicaragua, murió en un accidente aéreo cuando viajaba en un helicóptero sobre el río San Juan, al sur de Nicaragua, informó la Policía Nacional.

El helicóptero, tipo Bell 206 I-4, volaba desde San Carlos hacia Managua con cuatro personas a bordo. Se desplomó de manera inmediata sin darse a conocer aún las causas del accidente.

Las autoridades informaron que la aeronave cayó sobre el río San Juan, en el extremo sur de Nicaragua. 

Francisco Díaz, subdirector de la Policía Nacional, indicó que el cuerpo de uno de los ocupantes ya fue rescatado.

Antonio Lacayo Oyanguren es yerno de la expresidenta Violeta Barros de Chamorro.

La aeronave se precipitó entre las 05:45 y las 06:15 hora local cerca del Puente Santa Fe, ubicado sobre el río San Juan, según el Instituto Nicaragüense de Aeronáutica Civil (INAC).

“En estos momentos activamos el plan de búsqueda y salvamento con el ejército y la fuerza aérea”, puntualizó el director del INAC, Carlos Salazar.

Según la policía, en la nave también viajaban dos personas de nacionalidad estadounidense. Uno fue identificado como Phillips Tucks. El piloto del helicóptero es Juan Francisco Lemus.

El grupo había salido minutos antes del desplome para hacer una inspección en plantaciones de naranjas, indica la prensa local.

Lacayo fue ministro durante el gobierno de Violeta Barrios (1990-1997). Actualmente era el director ejecutivo de la empresa Tico Fruit, que cuenta con una planta en San Carlos, Alajuela.

Las autoridades de Aeronáutica Civil de Nicaragua, el ejército y la Policía Nacional realizan las labores de búsqueda y rescate para dar con los desaparecidos.

Police: Drunk passenger tried to open exit door on Boston-bound flight

Investigation determines passenger was intoxicated, tried to open exit door. No known nexus to terrorism at this time. - Massachusetts State Police

BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – A female passenger was restrained Tuesday on a British Airways flight headed for Logan Airport after allegedly trying to open an exit door.   

The flight, British Airways flight 213, took off from Heathrow Airport in London Tuesday morning and landed at Logan around 1:30 p.m.

State Police said they believe the passenger was intoxicated and not trying to commit a terrorist act.

"A passenger on British Airways Flight 213, a 777 en route from Heathrow to Boston, tried to open an exit door and has been restrained. The cockpit is secure and the flight is continuing to Boston," the FAA said in a statement.

In a statement British Airways said they will not allow an abusive or unruly passenger.

"Our customers and crew deserve to have a safe and enjoyable flight and we do not tolerate abusive behavior. Our crew have requested that police meet the flight in Boston due to an unruly customer on board," the statement said.

Former American Airlines pilot Bill Dee told FOX25 it would require more strength then a person has to open one of those doors mid-flight.

“That's a lot of pressure. And with the fact that they're pluck-tight doors, you'd have to pull the door in a little bit so the hinges could do that little twist and then you'd have to get the door out. So I think its next to impossible,” Dee said.

Security expert Anthony Amore said the Mass. State Police have dealt with problems like this before and know what to do.

“The Massachusetts State Police at Logan are very, very experienced in this sort of thing. I can’t think of any other group of law enforcement I’d rather have responding to it. They will deal with this person severely, they know exactly what to do and how to handle it,” he said.

State police said the passenger will most likely face charges including at least interfering with a flight crew.

“The standard charge would be interfering with a flight crew and then depending on what else the person might have been doing on the aircraft people get involved, there will be a representative from the TSA there and Homeland Security will probably prosecute the crime at a federal level,” Amore said.

Some passengers saw what happened, while others said they weren't even aware. 

Sean Delaney was on the plane and said, "She was right in front of us and then she tried to open the door in the back of the plane."

Another passenger, Charles Hinton, said, "The crew pretty much had her subdued with very little problems. She wasn't shouting, she wasn't thrashing. It seemed more like a panic attack."

Those on the plane described the woman as a blonde in her 30s. Police say the incident does not appear to be terrorism related, but with the recent events in Paris, passengers say they wondered about it. 

"With the events going on in the world it makes things scary," one traveler said.

Story, video and photo gallery: http://www.myfoxboston.com

Pauma Valley is rare golf club with own airstrip: Pilot members enjoy luxury of going from cockpit to first tee in half hour

Bob Gary (left) and Fred Clarey are Pauma Valley Country Club are pilots and golf members who regularly use the airpark on the club grounds.

Pauma Valley member and pilot Gary Boone.

The narrative is quite similar among a unique portion of the membership at Pauma Valley Country Club.

A couple is invited by friends to play in a member-guest golf tournament. They are struck by the natural beauty of the setting, surrounded by citrus and avocado groves at the foot of Palomar Mountain.

The golf is first-rate on one of the few courses in California designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. And then during the round they hear a buzz from overhead. A small plane circles the valley and appears to land nearby.

“You have an airport here?” Gary Boone remembers asking his host on his first visit 19 years ago. “He said, ‘Oh yeah, we didn’t tell you about that?’

“Well, I dropped my clubs,” Boone said, “went up to the clubhouse, put in my application for a membership and we were members a week later.”

Boone, an architect from Palos Verdes, had been a licensed private pilot since 1989, and when he discovered a club that could satisfy both his aerial and golfing passions, he was all in.

That’s the way it’s been for many of the dozen Pauma Valley members who house their planes in hangars and use the 2,700-foot air strip that is a short cart ride from the first tee.

On a recent warm, cloudless Sunday, the club hosted an annual open house at its airpark and essentially staged its own private airshow, with World War II biplanes mixing with such classics as an older model Blue Angels jet.

There are few golf courses in the country that can claim their own airstrip. In July, Golf Magazine compiled a list of the top golf courses with airstrips in North America and counted seven, Pauma Valley included. There were two in Texas, and one each in Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Nova Scotia, Canada.

“It’s a niche market,” said Terry Abeyta, Pauma Valley’s marketing and membership director, “but a cool niche.”

About 60 of Pauma’s members hail from cold-winter states and come to enjoy the sunshine in the winter. Some joke that Pauma is a second Colorado to a number of folks, and it’s easy to see why those who like the rugged outdoors would be attracted to the place.

Speaking of rugged — member Mike Keenan is from Anchorage, Alaska, and has been a member since 1998. It was 80 degrees on the Sunday of the airshow; the temperature in Anchorage was approaching zero.

“Not warm enough to golf, but at least the bears are in hibernation,” Keenan quipped.

“There was another Alaskan who was a pilot who was a member here,” Keenan explained of his first connection. “When I came here and saw what was going on, I said, ‘This looks like the ticket.’”

Fred Clarey is the president of the Pauma pilots association. Boone observes that Clarey is so energetic that “he’s an 8-year-old living in a 70-year-old’s body.”

Clarey and his wife, Joanne, lived in West L.A. and Fred worked in aircraft sales in Van Nuys. They were members at Bel-Air Country Club until they discovered Pauma Valley six years ago.

“You just can’t find an environment like this anymore, especially with the quality of the golf course,“ Clarey said.

Added Boone, “Being here is like going back to middle America in the 1950s. There’s a sense of community here that I thought was gone forever. Everyone is so welcoming and engaging. That’s not a selling point; it really is a special place.”

Pauma Valley has long been revered as one of the purest private layouts in Southern California. When celebrities began coming to Pauma as a retreat in the 1950s area developers figured they needed something to do for recreation, and they desired a high-profile golf architect.

Few at the time were more notable than Jones Sr., and with architect Ted Robinson assisting, they produced a timeless design.

Four years after it opened in late 1960, Pauma Valley got priceless national publicity when Gary Player, Arnold Palmer, Mike Souchak and a very young Jack Nicklaus played a televised “Challenge Golf” match as part of “Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf” series.

Actor and golf nut Bill Murray is the club’s most noted member, but other than musician Huey Lewis the membership of 400 (about 200 of which play golf) leans more toward successful business people than celebrities.

Boone owns a home in Bend, Ore., where his son lives, and he and his wife, Patti, make the 3½-hour flight up there occasionally. (A jaunt to Santa Monica is a half hour.)

“We could basically live anywhere in the world,” Boone said, “but we can’t find a better place than this.”


JC Golf has added Woods Valley Golf Club in Valley Center to its stable of golf facilities, bringing its total to eight in San Diego and Temecula. Woods Valley now will be available at a discount for those who have the JC Players Card.

Source:  http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com

Pauma Valley, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and opened in 1960, sits at the foot of Palomar Mountain.

Cessna 182G Skylane, N2440R, Moore Aviation LLC: Fatal accident occurred November 16, 2015 in Sandia Park, New Mexico

Moore Aviation LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N2440R

NTSB Identification: CEN16FA042 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, November 16, 2015 in Sandia Park, NM
Aircraft: Cessna 182G, registration: N2440R
Injuries: 3 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 November 16, 2015, at 1300 mountain standard time, a Cessna 182G, N2440R, impacted wooded mountainous terrain about 23 miles east of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The pilot and two passengers were fatally injured. The airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to and operated by Moore Aviation, LLC, Wichita Falls, Texas, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the accident site at time of the accident, and no flight plan had been filed. The cross country flight originated from Wichita Falls (KCWC), Texas, at 0937 central standard time, and was en route to Albuquerque (KAEG), New Mexico.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) documents, the pilot contacted AEG tower and reported he was descending out of 13,000 feet in between cloud layers and was about 5 miles east of AEG. The local controller instructed the pilot to contact Albuquerque (ABQ) tower. The pilot contacted ABQ tower and requested an ILS approach to AEG. A discrete transponder code was issued, and radar and radio communications were lost shortly thereafter. An Alert Notice (ALNOT) was issued, and the wreckage was located the following day.

The on-scene investigation revealed the airplane impacted heavily wooded mountainous terrain intact in an acute nose-down (about 90 degrees) attitude. All components were located and identified. The engine and propeller could not be examined on site. Flight control continuity was established. The Kollsman window was set at 29.90 inches of mercury. The altimeter indication was unreliable.
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Albuquerque FSDO-01

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov,  and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov

Visitation hours have been announced for Brian L. Moore, a pilot based in Wichita Falls, who crashed his plane in New Mexico just outside of Albuquerque. Investigators said the plane was headed from Wichita Falls to Las Vegas on Monday, November 16, when it lost contact with Air Traffic Control and was found crashed a day later the Cibola National Forest.

His viewing will be held tonight from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Morrison Funeral Home in Graham.

Two passengers also died in the crash, Tim and Sherry Couch.

Tim Couch’s visitation will be also be held tonight from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Hampton Vaughn Funeral Home.

Both Couch and Moore’s funerals will be held on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Moore’s at the Eastside Church of Christ in Graham, while Couch’s funeral will be held at the chapel of the Hampton Vaughn Funeral Home in Archer City.

Funeral of Sherry Couch will be held at the First Baptist Church in Davenport, Oklahoma on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow at the Stroud Cemetery under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service in Stroud.

The NTSB is still investigating the cause of the crash.

New Mexico State Police say the wreckage of a plane that went missing Monday afternoon was found Tuesday near the Sandia Peak Ski Area and that search and rescue crews found three people dead inside. 

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday night it lost contact with the Cessna 182G Skylane – registered to Moore Aviation LLC out of Wichita Falls, Texas – sometime between 12:30 and 1 p.m. Monday.

State police say three passengers from north Texas were on board the plane, which was headed from Wichita Falls to Las Vegas, Nevada.

Family members identified the three on board the plane as Brian Moore, who owns the plane, and Tim and Sherry Couch - all of Wichita Falls. The family members confirmed state police found all three dead inside the plane Tuesday. The Couch family owns TC Turbine in Wichita Falls, which sells turbine parts.

The family member said the three were en route to an aviation convention in Las Vegas.

At 12:37 p.m. Monday, Sherry sent a photo to her nephew, Nathan Shields. It was part of the last message his aunt would ever send.

"She was saying that there were storms in the area and there were high winds and then we didn't hear anything at all,” said Shields. "I know people say that this person was such a good person but these were, they were good. Very good,” he said.

Rescue crews were out all night Monday into Tuesday trying to find the plane.

“It's been a difficult mission because of the weather - just very extreme conditions. There's approximately 6-12 inches of snow in that area and [it's] very steep,” NMSP spokeswoman Sgt. Elizabeth Armijo said.

Sherry snapped a photo of Moore and her husband in the cockpit before the plane went down.

"We just got back from vacation in Florida. There was 21 of us that went, and we’re just going to miss them," said Shields.

Sgt. Armijo said the investigators from the National Transportation and Safety Board as well as the Federal Aviation Administration will be to look at the wreckage site and try to figure out what caused the plane to go down. 

Story, comments, video and photo gallery: http://www.kob.com

Tim and Sherry Couch 

Brian Moore talks about how cloud seeding equipment is mounted on a Piper Cheyenne II aircraft used in weather modification research and cloud seeding in this file photo.

Tim and Sherry Couch 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —The search for a missing plane in the Sandia Mountains is over, but the effort to figure out what went wrong is just beginning.

New Mexico State Police found the wreckage of a small airplane Tuesday afternoon near the Sandia Crest ski area.

Three bodies have been found, and there were no survivors, authorities said.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the single-engine Cessna took off from Kickapoo Airport in Wichita Falls, Texas, headed to Double Eagle Airport in Albuquerque. 

Three people were on board when the FAA lost contact with the plane early Monday afternoon.

The plane was about 20 miles east of Albuquerque. State police say there was no indication the plane was ever in distress.

NMSP search teams, with help from Bernalillo and Sandoval county sheriff's deputies, eventually found the wreckage in very rugged terrain.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

This type of investigation can take more than a year to complete, according to the FAA.

- Source:  http://www.koat.com

A United States Air Force helicopter assisted with the search for a missing plane Tuesday morning.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Family of Sherry and Tim Couch have identified the couple as two of the three passengers killed in a plane that crashed in the East Mountains Monday afternoon.

“We don’t know what happened,” said Diane McMillan, Sherry’s cousin. “My cousins went there and identified Sherry and her husband.”

McMillan said family members traveled to Albuquerque as soon as they heard about the crash.

The plane, a Cessna 182G Skylane, was last heard from east north east of Albuquerque a little after 1 p.m., Monday, according to Lynn Lunsford, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

The plane is registered to Moore Aviation LLC in Wichita Falls, Texas.

The single engine plane was flying from Wichita Falls, Texas to Las Vegas, Nev. when it lost contact with radar around 12:30 p.m., according to Sgt. Elizabeth Armijo, a police spokeswoman. There were three passengers on board from north Texas, she said.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the search Monday night before turning over the investigation to state police. They focused on the area near the Sandoval County line, north of the Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Club, Williamson said.

State police found the remains of the plane Tuesday morning near the Sandia Crest, Armijo said in a press release.

“Wreckage belonging to a missing Cessna airplane has been located in the area north of Tijeras, N.M., near the Sandia Crest Ski Area,” Armijo said. “The mission is slow and tedious due to inclement weather conditions and rugged terrain.”

Three Wichita Falls people were killed when their plane crashed in a snowstorm near Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The New Mexico State Police confirmed the fatalities Tuesday afternoon.

Albuquerque television station KOB identified those killed as Brian Moore, who operated an aviation service, Moore Aviation, at Kickapoo Airport, and Tim and Sherry Couch.

The plane that went missing Monday afternoon was found Tuesday near the Sandia Crest Ski Area. Bad weather delayed rescuers in getting to the scene after the wreckage was spotted.

Its last known position was 14.3 miles east northeast of Albuquerque just after 1 p.m. Mountain Time.

The plane was a Cessna 182, a single-engine craft capable of carrying four people.

Gary Walker of SOAR cloud seeding operations used Moore's company for maintenance on planes during cloud seeding here during the recent drought.

Walker said the plane was carrying passengers to Las Vegas, New Mexico where they were to look at other airplanes. Walker said the downed plane was not one of the aircraft used in the cloud seeding project here.

KOB reports the Couches were owners of TC Turbine in Wichita Falls, a seller of turbine engines and parts.

The search for the plane began Monday afternoon and continued into the night, but had to be called off because of a snow storm and strong winds.

Brian Moore of Moore Aviation, left, demonstrates a salt-based flare Friday at Kickapoo Airport in Wichita Falls, Texas on Feb. 21, 2014.  The flares are used in some applications of cloud seeding weather modification. Moore's company manufactures and installs equipment for cloud seeding flares.

A specially designed and custom-built cloud seeding flare rack is mounted on a Cessna Caravan flown by a contractor for the Malaysian government for weather modification operations in the Southeast Asia country. Brian Moore, owner of Moore Aviation in Wichita Falls, and Gary Walker with Seeding Operations and Atmospheric Research, were contacted by the country to have them build the one-of-a-kind flare rack.

The one-of-a-kind flare rack was specially build by Moore Aviation in Wichita Falls specifically for the lift strut of a Cessna Caravan used in cloud-seeding operations in Malaysia. Brian Moore, owner of the company, began work on the rack Aug. 4 and hand-delivered and mounted it on the Malaysian aircraft the following week.

Two cloud-seeding flare racks dry in the Texas sun at Kickapoo Airport in early August. Brian Moore and his crew built the one-of-a-kind racks for a Cessna Caravan that is used in Malaysia for cloud-seeding operations.

 This specially made cloud seeding rack was built by Moore Aviation in Wichita Falls to be mounted on a Cessna Caravan used by the Malaysian government for cloud-seeding operations. It took Brian Moore and his crew about a week to research, design and manufacture the rack in their shop at Kickapoo Airport.

September 04, 2014: Moore Aviation builds unique flare rack, goes global; Equipment built, delivered for Malaysia

Support for cloud seeding operations by Moore Aviation has gone global.

The Kickapoo Airport-based aviation company recently researched, designed and developed the first cloud-seeding flare rack to be mounted on the lift strut of a Cessna Caravan, said Brian Moore, owner of the company. Lift struts provide wing support by connecting the fuselage and the bottom of the wing.

"This was a request for (something) that's never been done," he said. "So it's the first one in the world. No one's ever done this."

Moore said he received a text message as he was going into church on Aug. 3 from Gary Walker with Seeding Operations and Atmospheric Research, the company conducting cloud-seeding missions for Wichita Falls. The text message said the Malaysian government called and wanted seeding equipment for their aircraft manufactured and delivered by Aug. 8.

Later that day, Walker called him and told him the Malaysians wanted them to build flare racks for the Caravan and a Cessna 172. The challenge, he said, was the Malaysians wanted to hang them on the lift struts instead of drilling holes in the aircraft to attach them.

Cessna Caravans are difficult to find in the area, he said, but he was able to contact a woman in Enid, Oklahoma, who had cut outs of struts used on the aircraft. She traced the shape on a piece of paper, scanned it and sent it to Moore. Wooden forms were made by his father, Dan, to replicate the lift struts for construction of the racks.

"I really wouldn't have been able to pull that job off in that time frame without him," Moore said.

He didn't make the Aug. 8 deadline, he said, but 16-hour days and hard work made it to where he was on an airplane headed for Malaysia on Aug. 11. As you could imagine, there was a mix-up at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, and the flare racks sat at the airport for two days before being loaded on an aircraft headed to Malaysia.

Moore said once the racks arrived, he was given permission to begin installation of the racks on the Caravan. Because of the quick turnaround and not having an actual Caravan to test the racks, he wasn't sure how things would go once he started the installation.

"Nothing ever goes right on a road job ? ever," he said. "These things fit like a dream. Just perfect."

While the racks fit perfectly, there was a small international incident on Aug. 18 when workers in the maintenance shop arrived for work that Monday morning. Moore said he was given clearance by the contractor to put the racks on, and he needed to get back to Wichita Falls to begin work on the second set of racks for the Cessna 172.

What he didn't know was the maintenance shop wanted to see every step of the installation process because they had some concerns.

"It's going to be all right. This is what we do," he said he told them. "We specialize in this equipment."

Moore said they inspected the aircraft and his work, and eventually approved it.

The 52-inch-long flare racks can hold up to 20 flares each.

- Source:  http://www.timesrecordnews.com

Greenville Downtown Airport (KGMU) panel seeks money in trail suit

The Greenville Airport Commission has joined a lineup of property owners suing the federal government to collect payouts from a planned 3.29-mile southern extension of the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail. Greenville Downtown Airport Director Joe Frasher said the commissioners voted unanimously to join nine other plaintiffs in a U.S. Court of Federal Claims filing that seeks payment for former rail rights of way.

The suit aims to cash in on a U.S. Supreme Court decision that says the federal government has no claim to rights of way abandoned by railroads, as far back as the 1800s, when the land is transferred to entities for other uses such as the trail project planned by the Greenville Economic Development Corp.

Frasher said not accepting the attorney invitations to join the case is “just leaving good money on the table. The money comes from the federal government.”

“We are certainly for everything associated with the Swamp Rabbit Trail,” Frasher said. “It’s just the Supreme Court has held the federal government must compensate you for the taking.”

The commission and other property owners with stakes in the rights of way are being recruited by Clayton, Mo., attorney Mark F. “Thor” Hearne, who said there are 31 potential plaintiffs in Greenville. He said the rights of way are often 100 feet wide and the payouts are typically about $1 million per mile.

Local governments and agencies involved in developing the trail are not parties to the case. Emily Meeker, the U.S. Department of Justice attorney handling the case for the government, declined comment.

The proposal to extend the existing 20-mile recreation-transportation corridor in Greenville County has already received a $2.3 million commitment from Greenville City Council, contingent on the county building pedestrian bridges over Laurens and Haywood roads and Verdae Boulevard. An application for a U.S. Transporation Department Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant that would have provided funding for the greenway was recently turned down.

The trail’s planned “Greenlink Greenway” would span from Cleveland Park across Laurens Road at the intersection of Washington Street and continue parallel to Laurens to the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research.

Hearne said his firm has about 40 similar “rails to trails” cases active. He said he has been very successful for 25 years collecting settlements and verdicts paid from the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Judgment Fund. His firm, Arent Fox LLP, has also handled three other cases in South Carolina, involving the abandoned Doodle Trail rail lines between Pickens and Easley, a rail span in Chesterfield and Darlington counties, and a Beaufort County case that paid landowners a total $40 million. The cases involve land appraisals, and the court decides disputes over appraised values.

Fred Payne, chairman of the development corporation, said it is a “frivolous lawsuit taking advantage of litigious opportunity.”

“We are not participating because it is taxpayer money,” Payne said. “It is my understanding that this lawsuit has nothing to do with our plans for developing” the trail.

Frasher said any property owner on either side of the rail right of way is eligible to get paid.

“We own the property on one side of the railroad, about 1,200 feet,” he said. Frasher said the commission has been paying the county development corporation about $1,000 a year for space where runway approach lights are spaced.

“I am surprised not more people joined the lawsuit,” Frasher said. “It’s a class action lawsuit. The lawyers will get a third of whatever is covered.”

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Air One waits for long-term investor to get wings

Air One plans to induct six to eight planes a year and in five years to have a fleet of 40 planes

Air One Aviation Pvt. Ltd., an integrated aviation player, which is into air charter business, aircraft maintenance service, aviation consultancy, ground handling, aviation academy and promoted by former Air Sahara President Alok Sharma is waiting for long term investors to start a schedule national airline in India, the company’s top executive said.

Long-term financial investors and even foreign airlines are understood to be staying away from investing in new airline ventures due to uncertainty in India’s Civil Aviation Policy. “No one has come to us with an investment proposal though we received NOC 16 months back. An opportunity exists for a full service carrier but because there is no clarity on Indian’s Aviation Policy more specifically on the 5/20 rule (5 years of domestic flying experience and a fleet of 20 aircraft to fly abroad), investors are not willing to commit funding,” Alok Sharma, Promoter and Director, Air One Aviation told The Hindu.

The company which operates under the brand name Air One received No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Ministry of Civil Aviation in July 2014 along with other players to start a p an India domestic airline, but it is yet to approach the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for a flying permit. Unless renewed, the NOC will lapse in August 2016.

Two new airlines Turbo Megha, which operates under the brand name TrueJet and Air Pegasus, which started operations earlier this year, reported market share of 0.3 percent and 0.2 percent respectively for September 2015. “Recent developments in the domestic market have made it challenging for any new player to survive without a long term and profitable business plan. Jet Airways and SpiceJet are turning around. IndiGo and Go Air are making profit while two new entrants (AirAsia India and Vistara) are vying for space. Under these circumstances, selection of the right aircraft and long term funding will make the difference,” he said.

“The challenge is the plane. There are not very many planes available to start a viable business. Unless I have access to big money, there is no point starting. We are exploring whether we would go for Embraer or ATR fleet. We are waiting for a set of investors to pull everything,” he added.

Air One plans to induct six to eight planes a year and in five years to have a fleet of 40 planes. “There is space for another full service airline. But you need to select the right aircraft. The fuel efficient A320 Neos are not available for the next five years. There is opportunity in the international market, so new players are lobbying for the removal of the 5/20 rule,” Mr.Sharma added He said his company would require Rs.500 crore in five years to start and run the airline. “We have a networth of Rs.100 crore. We can start operation with an investment of Rs.150 crore. There is an opportunity in smaller planes. We are working hard,” Mr Sharma who was earlier with Modiluft, InterGlobe and Sahara Group said.

Source:  http://www.thehindu.com

Martha’s Vineyard Airport Commission update highlights progress: Chairman Myron Garfinkle said the commission is still at work on a negotiated resolution with airport manager Sean Flynn

Members of the airport commission met Thursday and received an update on airport improvements.

Martha’s Vineyard airport commissioners met Thursday, Nov. 12, and received an update on the positive status of the airport efforts to meet FAA standards, after an annual inspection in May identified a number of deficiencies.

Airport Commission chairman Myron Garfinkle via a video call, co-chairman Bob Rosenbaum, and interim airport manager Deborah Potter told commissioners that the airport is remaining on track to meet internal and external deadlines to correct the failings.

These include completion of a 10-year master plan, building a new aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) building, updating a wildlife hazard-management plan, and repainting lines on the runway tarmac.

The FAA granted just under $900,000 to the airport in 2011 for the design of a combined AARF and snow-removal equipment (SRE) storage building. As a result of delays and very little progress, the FAA handed the airport a Dec. 31 deadline to submit a design plan.

The design plan must be completed so that the airport can apply for the FAA grant money needed to build the ARFF. Currently, the design is at 80 percent completion, and the next step is to get budget estimates and calculate costs, Mr. Rosenbaum said. The airport is working toward an internal Dec. 15 deadline, Ms. Potter said, and the project will likely be put out to bid in January.

“I think the team has done extremely well in meeting some very tight and strenuous goals,” Mr. Rosenbaum said.

A number of things had to be completed by the airport in order to maintain its Part 139 status as a commercial airport. Ms. Potter said the FAA would still like to see more staff training and documentation in several areas, however they are “working on that to [FAA] satisfaction.”

Ms. Potter said the FAA was satisfied with the wildlife hazard staff training. The airport is working toward obtaining habitat management permits, and an update to the wildlife management plan is still in progress.

The FAA is satisfied with the tarmac lines painted on Oct. 5, 6, and 7 by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).

The 10-year master plan was funded in 2012, and the FAA generally expects to see a copy of it within one to two years. In October, Mr. Garfinkle reported that the airport was about to pass the three-year mark. Thursday, he said the master plan “continues to move forward.”

Ms. Potter said the airport is on target with revenue and expenses to date. Roughly, it has incurred about $2.3 million worth of expenses, and $4.1 million of revenue without the reserve budget. That’s 83 percent worth of projected revenue to date, and it’s typical to generate a substantial amount of that revenue early in the season, she said. Expenses are around 56 percent from the projected budget, which Ms. Potter said is also typical for halfway through the fiscal year.

The FAA awarded a $600,000 grant to the airport, which will cover 90 percent of the costs for a front-end loader and sweeper. Equipment was also installed to help expedite TSA operations.

In other business, the commission approved with conditions a request by MassDOT to install a continuously operating reference station (CORS), a global satellite navigation system that is part of a statewide project designed to assist surveyors, engineers, and GIS mapping professionals with a variety of information. The GPS system, which will be installed near the airport business park access, will be available to the public free of charge, and MassDOT will be responsible for all costs.

The commission heard a request for a self-service car wash on lot 34 in the airport business park in Edgartown. Commissioner Christine Todd questioned whether the project should be referred to the Martha’s Vineyard Commission (MVC) given its potential environmental impacts. Ms. Potter said an MVC referral is usually the jurisdiction of the town, and the MVAC vote would only be the first in a line of necessary approvals. Ultimately, the commission tabled the proposal until the December meeting in order to have more time to individually review the project plan.

Negotiated resolution

There was only one mention of the outstanding status of airport manager Sean Flynn. Mr. Garfinkle said the commission was “continuing in good faith with conversation and exchanging ideas for a negotiated resolution with Mr. Flynn.”

In September, in a special closed-door meeting, the commissioners voted to place Mr. Flynn on paid administrative leave. The vote followed behind-the-scenes, and ultimately unsuccessful, efforts by Mr. Garfinkle to craft a separation agreement with Mr. Flynn.

At that time, Mr. Flynn said efforts to oust him were an outgrowth of the long and debilitating battle between the Dukes County Commission and its appointed Airport Commission, and violate the terms of his contract. He promised a costly legal battle if there were no resolution.

The September vote formalized Mr. Flynn’s status, which had been up in the air for more than seven weeks. In an email to The Times on Thursday, Mr. Flynn said he is still on paid administrative leave.

Mr. Flynn is now in the fourth month of a new three-year contract that took effect July 1, worth $138,882 annually. Under the terms of the contract, if the airport commission dismisses Mr. Flynn, the commission must pay him through the end of the three-year contract. The commission, by majority vote, could terminate the contract for cause by meeting a number of conditions.

- Source: http://www.mvtimes.com