Sunday, February 21, 2016

Adirondack Regional Airport (KSLK) launches new website



HARRIETSTOWN — A new website for Adirondack Regional Airport aims to make air travel in and out of the region easier.

For many years, the local airport had one page of information via Town of Harrietstown and Village of Saranac Lake websites.

Now, an independent presence online provides details for public and private flight information and for aircraft pilots, as well.

Airport Manager Corey Hurwitch coordinated the new website and its recent launch.

“We’ve been working on it for a while,” he said on Wednesday. “ROOST (Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism) actually helped us out with it.

"We purchased the domain name for $14, but that was the only cost to us,” Hurwitch said.

“We get a lot of searches for us through the chamber site, so we thought something a little more professional was way overdue.”

In addition to detailed flight and weather updates, adirondackairport.com has a section for news information.

“We are going to try and do news updates, but with limited staff, it is sometimes tough to keep up,” Hurwitch said.

The site also carries information on the nearby communities of Saranac Lake, Lake Placid and Tupper Lake.

HANGAR UPGRADE

Currently, the airport is working on improvements to an onsite hangar.

“We have a project out to bid for expanding our snow-removal and rescue equipment building. But we are still awaiting approval for funding.

"We have applied to the FAA for a grant for that,” Hurwitch said of ongoing renovations at the local air hub.

ENHANCEMENT

The website will also help direct local travelers to Cape Air and commercial flights.

“We ran it by Cape Air for feedback on their portion,” Hurwitch said.

But the website will likely prove helpful, as people can check for updates on Cape Air’s flight schedule, which does change by the season.

“This new online presence should help to enhance the promotion of the airport to both private pilots and charter flights,” Hurwitch said.

“We offer a great deal of services to aircraft traveling to the Adirondacks, from ample, heated hangar space to tie-downs to great home cooking at the Cavu Cafe.”

LEARN MORE

Visit the Adirondack Regional Airport’s new website: adirondackairport.com

Original article can be found here: http://www.pressrepublican.com

‘Cape Air violated federal regs between 2014, 2015’



The Senate has drawn the attention of the U.S. Department of Transportation to federal regulations they believe United/Cape Air has violated during a “heavy maintenance period” between 2014 and 2015 that saw hundreds of passengers flying to and from Guam affected by a series of cancelled and delayed flights.

Sens. Arnold Palacios (R-Saipan) and Sixto Igisomar (R-Saipan) point federal officials to the regulations of “on time performance,” “flight service notification,” and “unrealistic scheduling regulations” that they believe the airlines has violated, in a letter to the transportation department on Feb. 17.

“In our opinion, Cape Air violated all three applicable regulations,” the senators said.

On “on time performance,” the senators said Cape Air flight delays ranged from three to 10 hours, with cancellations lasting from one to several days. The delays and cancellations occurred weekly and sometimes a couple times a week or daily during Cape Air’s heavy maintenance period, they add.

Palacios and Igisomar acknowledge that while the delay or cancellations may not have occurred more than half of the time of its flights, every delay caused “economic hardship” and “personal suffering” on passengers.

“If Cape Air’s connecting flight from Saipan to Hawaii is cancelled, the person cannot leave until the next day,” the senators said. “That means the person will miss his meeting or be late his meeting or whatever planned occasion for which he was traveling.

“Medical referral patients,” they add,” have missed many appointments too due to Cape Air’s flight delays and/or cancellations. If a businessman is trying to get back to Saipan from Guam and his flight is cancelled, that’s another day of economic loss or lost business opportunities.”

The senators also lament the irregular and sporadic flight status notifications during Cape Air’s heavy maintenance period, and write that sometimes passengers receive an email or a phone call on delays or cancellations but sometimes, not at all until the passenger reaches the airport.

They write that passengers are even allowed to check in at the airport when a flight is delayed up to six hours or more, before they are told the flight is cancelled due to mechanical problems.

“Passengers spend countless hours waiting,” the senators write.

The senators also believe the airlines set up an “unrealistic scheduling” of flights

The senators write that the nine-month period was a very long time to be flying one plane, and that mechanical and other problems would be expected with one plane flying five times a day.

“The problem was that Cape Air did not have an alternative flight plan for its one aircraft,” Palacios and Igisomar said. “Cape Air failed to reduce its flights when the mechanical problems started.

“It maintained the same flight schedule knowing that it would be difficult if not impossible to maintain,” they add. “Even when the delays and cancellations were back to back each week, Cape Air failed to change its flight schedule.

The senators further lament that United Airlines, code-share partners with Cape Air, would only step in to assist passengers when all five daily Cape Air flights were cancelled or when several flights were cancelled for two days or more.

The senators argue that Cape Air should have scheduled only three flights or less per day instead of attempting five flights a day with one plane. United also should have flown a jet plane to Saipan at least once a week to alleviate the backlog of passengers, they add.

“Instead, Cape Air ‘unrealistically’ continued with its scheduled flights from which it could not reasonably make due,” the senators said.

The senators closed the letter by saying they look forward to receiving information on filing a consumer complaint against the United Airlines and Cape Air, and said they will continue to compile passenger complaints the senators have received since 2014 over the unreliable and poor service during the airlines’ heavy maintenance period.

Original article can be found here:  http://www.saipantribune.com

Beechcraft 60 Duke, Dukeflight LLC, N820MH: Incident occurred February 20, 2016 at Van Nuys Airport (KVNY), Los Angeles, California

Date: 21-FEB-16
Time: 06:57:00Z
Regis#: N820MH
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 60
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Van Nuys FSDO-01
City: VAN NUYS
State: California

AIRCRAFT ON LANDING, NOSE GEAR COLLAPSED, VAN NUYS, CA

Dukeflight LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N820MH




VAN NUYS (CBSLA.com) — A small airplane landed safely at Van Nuys airport on Saturday night without the use of its frontmost landing gear.

The Los Angeles Airport Police Department said that at about 11 p.m., the Beechcraft 60 Duke touched down at the airport without the use of its “nose gear,” or the landing gear that is deployed from underneath the nose of the plane.

Photos show the aircraft tilting forward on grass next to the runway.

No injuries were reported.

Original article can be found here: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com

Piper PA-28-181 Archer II, N29099, Positive Rate Gear Up LLC: Fatal accident occurred February 20, 2016 in Setauket Harbor, Suffolk County, New York

POSITIVE RATE GEAR UP LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N29099 

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA109 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, February 20, 2016 in Port Jefferson, NY
Aircraft: PIPER PA28, registration: N29099
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 3 Minor.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On February 20, 2016, at 2305 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-28-181; N29099, owned and operated by Positive Rate Gear Up LLC, was substantially damaged during a ditching in the Setauket Harbor about 1.5 nautical miles northwest of Port Jefferson, New York. The flight instructor, student, and one passenger, received minor injuries, and one passenger is missing and presumed to be fatally injured. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the instructional flight conducted under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, which departed from the Fitchburg Municipal Airport (FIT), Fitchburg, Massachusetts, destined for Republic Airport (FRG), Farmingdale, New York.

According to the flight instructor, this was the second leg of an instructional flight that had departed FRG about 1430 for FIT. After spending some time in the Fitchburg area at a university, a restaurant, and a local Walmart, they returned to the airport and departed at approximately 2040 for FRG.

After takeoff, they departed the airport traffic area to the southwest and climbed to 4,500 feet above mean sea level (msl) on a direct heading for FRG. The flight instructor estimated that he had a headwind of 30-40 knots, and his groundspeed was approximately 81 knots during the cruise portion of the flight. He stated that there was no indication of any malfunction of the airplane. As the airplane passed over the Igor I. Sikorsky Memorial Airport (BDR), Bridgeport, Connecticut, they turned southbound and crossed Long Island Sound at that point as there was less water to fly over in this location. They started a slow descent also as they passed over BDR, and upon reaching the area of Port Jefferson, New York, leveled off around 2,000 feet msl. the engine then "sputtered." The flight instructor immediately turned on the electric fuel pump and instructed his student to switch the fuel selector to the left fuel tank and to maintain 2,000 feet msl. Once the fuel selector had been selected to the left fuel tank, the engine stopped sputtering.

The pilot informed air traffic control that he they wanted to divert to ISP, which at the time was only 10 nautical miles south of them. They continued to fly for another 2-3 minutes when the engine sputtered again and then lost power. He then took control of the airplane from the student pilot and advised the tower controller at ISP that he was declaring an emergency. The flight instructor then made a 180 degree turn to the right, and headed for the shoreline since he believed this was the best suitable place for landing, and knew from experience that the area along the shore was normally clear of obstacles and houses. As they descended, he was unable to see the shoreline due to the darkness and decided to ditch the airplane as close as he could to the shoreline, judging his distance from the shore by using the lights from the houses. He then held the airplane off the water for as long as possible to keep from touching down on the water with excessive airspeed and risk nosing over as the airplane was equipped with fixed landing gear.

Upon touching down, the flight instructor opened the cabin door and instructed everyone to exit the airplane, and to grab the life vest that was located in the baggage compartment of the airplane and to hold on to him. The student pilot then handed him the life vest. One of the passengers then jumped into the water and started swimming for shore. The second passenger then also jumped into the water. The student pilot was the last to egress from the airplane. Neither the student pilot nor the passengers were wearing life vests.

After the pilot reported the engine failure to ISP and that they were going to attempt to land on the north shore of Long Island, the tower controller immediately notified emergency responders. A Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD) Helicopter was airborne at the time, and was provided with radar vectors, and immediately proceeded toward the last known location of airplane. Approximately 3 minutes later, the airplane was located by the SCPD helicopter.

Patrol Officers from SCPD also responded to the shoreline and after locating several kayaks behind a residence, made their way onto the water and after hearing screams for help, paddled out towards the spotlight from the helicopter, rescued one of the passengers, and then with the assistance of an SCPD Marine Patrol boat, the flight instructor. The student pilot was also rescued by a Patrol Officer who entered the water on foot and threw a life ring to him and then pulled him to shore. A search by SCPD, and the United States Coast Guard for the missing passenger was also initiated, and at the time of this preliminary report, the missing passenger has not been located.

After the ditching, the airplane remained afloat for about 5 minutes before it sank nose first to the bottom of the bay, and came to rest on its landing gear, about 100 feet northwest of Buoy S8. Charted water depth in the area was between 1 and 3.5 feet however, the airplane ditched just after high tide so there was an additional 5 feet of water. Only 1 foot of the vertical stabilizer was visible above the water's surface at the time.

Examination of the airplane after recovery revealed that, it was substantially damaged due to salt water immersion, a broken engine mount, and damage to the aft fuselage structure just forward of the stabilator. Flight control continuity was able to be established from the flight controls in the cockpit to the ailerons, stabilator, and rudder. The stabilator trim was neutral. The wing flaps were in the fully extended (40-degree) position. Both wing flaps also exhibited impact damage, and the right wing flap's actuating linkage was fractured. The throttle was full forward, the mixture was full rich, the carburetor heat control was in the "OFF" position, and the primer was in and locked. The fuel selector was in the left fuel tank position.

Examination of the engine revealed that, it contained oil in the galleries and rocker box covers. Drive train continuity was also able to be established, and thumb compression was present for all four cylinders. Internal examination of the cylinders also did not reveal any anomalies of the cylinders, piston heads, or valves. Internal examination of the magnetos also did not reveal any preimpact anomalies.

Examination of the fuel system did not reveal evidence of fuel in either the left or right fuel tanks, nor in the fuel strainer, or carburetor float bowl. Examination of aircraft rental and fueling records also revealed that the airplane had been operated for 5.1 hours since it was last refueled.

The flight instructor held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land, airplane multi-engine land, and instrument airplane. He also held a flight instructor certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine, and instrument airplane. His most recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) first-class medical certificate was issued November 12, 2015. He reported 2,800 total hours of flight time, of which 1,400 were in the accident airplane make and model.

The student pilot reported that he had accrued 20 total hours of flight time, 19 of which were in the accident airplane make and model.

According to FAA and maintenance records, the airplane was manufactured in 1979. The airplane's most recent 100 hour inspection was completed on January 12, 2016. At the time of the accident, the airplane had accumulated 5,173.97 total hours of flight time.

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Farmingdale FSDO-11





PORT JEFFERSON, Long Island (WABC) -- Recovery efforts resume Monday morning as police look for a Queens man missing after a small plane went down in Long Island Sound Saturday night with four people on board.

The single-engine aircraft was raised from Setauket Inlet Sunday.

The Coast Guard called off the search for 23-year-old Gerson Salmon-Negron Sunday.

Authorities say the Piper PA-28 small plane went down around 11:35 p.m., landing in Setauket Harbor. The plane was pulled out of the water Sunday night.

Suffolk County police say two people were rescued after the crash and a third person also has been accounted for.

At 11:00 Saturday night, the four-seater plane from Massachusetts made an emergency landing after the engine lost power in the waters off Setauket. Eyewitness News is told there were four men on board. Emergency crews raced to the scene but their only guiding light was from the helicopter above.

Suffolk County Police officers on the scene heard cries for help from the water. They didn't have time to ask for permission. They grabbed what kayaks they found from neighbors' homes, and rowed out to the exhausted and freezing victims.

"Officers arrived to the scene, made their way down to the shoreline, commandeered kayaks from local residents and went into the water to rescue these victims," said Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini.

A student pilot, Austricio Ramirez, was flying at the time the plane began experiencing difficulties and turned the controls over to the instructor pilot, Nelson Gomez, according to police.

Gomez landed the plane in Setauket Harbor and all four occupants were able to exit the plane into the water. Three men, Ramirez, Gomez, and Wady Perez, were rescued by Suffolk County Police officers. The fourth, Salmon-Negron, remains missing.

Arlene Salac, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said early Sunday that the pilot reported engine trouble and made the "forced landing."

She said the FAA is investigating and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause.

Ramirez, 25, from the Bronx, Gomez, 36, from Queens, and Perez, 25, from Queens, were all transported to Stony Brook University Hospital where they were treated and released.

Suffolk County Police called off their search at 7 p.m. Sunday, but will resume at 9 a.m. Monday. This is now being called a 'recovery effort', and not a rescue.

Original article can be found here: http://abc7ny.com