Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Airline cutting 161 jobs in Columbus amid bankruptcy reorganization

Kathryn's Report: http://www.kathrynsreport.com

An airline that flies regional routes for larger carriers is eliminating 161 jobs in Columbus as it works through a bankruptcy reorganization.

Republic Airways Holdings Inc. will permanently close its C-Check maintenance hangar at Port Columbus International Airport, the Indianapolis-based company said in a required disclosure to the state.

The closure and cuts will begin June 20, or within the two weeks following, Republic noted in the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act letter. All affected employees will be paid through August 2.

Republic said some employees have bumping rights within the Port Columbus International Airport hangar facility, and that all have been offered transfer opportunities.

The company’s director of employee relations did not respond to a request for comment.

Republic, which operates smaller jets on behalf of American Airlines Group Inc., Delta Air Lines Inc. and United Continental Holdings Inc., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February, due in part to a lack of pilots.

Republic reportedly handles nearly one-third of all flights at Port Columbus. It's unclear whether closure of the maintenance facility at 4330 E. Fifth Ave. will impact flight operations.

Representatives of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, which operates Port Columbus, were not available for comment.

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

Council may ground observation deck for Cape Girardeau Regional Airport (KCGI)

Kathryn's Report: http://www.kathrynsreport.com

Several Cape Girardeau City Council members appear ready to ground plans for a proposed, $30,000 public observation deck at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport.

Council members questioned the need for an observation deck during Monday night's council meeting during discussion of the proposed city budget for the coming fiscal year.

Ward 6 Councilman Wayne Bowen argued the airport has more important needs than an observation deck. Bowen said upgrading bathrooms or putting money toward new T-hangars would be a better use of city revenue. But airport manager Bruce Loy said the airport advisory board has long wanted an observation deck. Loy said it amounts to "customer service" to provide an area where people can watch planes take off and land.

Money from increased landing fees would pay for the project, Loy said.

Federal grants would pay for a number of improvements such as bathroom renovations, but not for an observation deck, he said.

Plans call for a fenced-in, observation deck to be built on the south end of the airport terminal, adjacent to the building's restaurant.

Justin Albright, vice chairman of the airport advisory board, told the council, "It wasn't just pie in the sky. We found an explicit funding source for it."

Albright said the project has been on the board's list of improvement priorities for the past five years.

But Ward 1 Councilman Joseph Uzoaru said, "I would be concerned that the observation deck would be used very little."

He argued "there is more we could be doing" at the airport than building an observation deck.

The airport has hangars that need repairs, he said

But Loy said he believes an observation deck would be well-used by the public. He said he sees parents and children stand outside the metal fencing to watch aviation activities.

Ward 4 Councilman Robbie Guard suggested the city might look to involve outside groups in developing an observation deck, avoiding the need to pay a prevailing wage which would add to the cost of the project.

Bowen suggested the city find an organization to sponsor the project.

Mayor Harry Rediger briefly voiced support for the project at Monday's meeting. On Tuesday, he explained his position more clearly. Rediger said he typically supports the recommendations of the city's advisory boards. He expressed confidence in the airport board.

"They are great volunteers," he said.

Rediger said he would be supportive of finding a different way to fund the project.

He pointed out the planned expense is a small part of a $90.3 million budget.

But Ward 3 Councilman Victor Gunn said he doesn't see a need to spend $30,000 on an observation deck. He pointed out user fees don't cover the cost of operating the airport.

The proposed 2016-2017 city budget calls for spending $2.3 million on airport operations and capital projects. Airport revenue is projected to total $1.65 million, including $932,000 in federal grants. The city would have to use $674,000 from the general fund to cover remaining costs, according to financial documents.

But $85,000 of general fund revenue is budgeted as the local match for federal grants for the airport, according to finance director John Richbourg. If the match money is taken out, the city expects to subsidize the airport by nearly $590,000 this year.

The project remains in the city budget for now. The council gave initial approval Monday to the city's overall spending plan. The council, however, could scrap the observation deck project later this month when the budget comes up for final approval.

Loy said Tuesday increased landing fees, worked out in an agreement with commuter airline Cape Air last November, will generate an added $100,000 in revenue for the airport over a two-year period.

In addition to the observation deck, another $30,000 of that revenue is earmarked to extend the terminal roof to protect the baggage handlers and baggage from inclement weather during the loading and unloading of passenger planes, Loy said.

The remaining $40,000 in added revenue would be put into the airport fund, lessening the amount of general-fund revenue needed to subsidize the airport, Loy said.

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

Beech A36, N6678D: Incident occurred June 15, 2016 - Aborted takeoff from private airstrip, aircraft unable to stop and went off end of runway, across a street and struck several objects

AIRCRAFT:   1980 Beech A36 SN# E-1596  N6678D     

ENGINE:       Continental IO-520-BB  SN# 285616-R   


APPROXIMATE TOTAL HOURS (estimated TT & TSMO from logbooks or other information):

ENGINE:       41.4 SMOH by G&N on 9/20/2014    (TTSN unknown)   

PROPELLER: 30.7 SMOH by east Coast Propeller on 4/24/2015 (TTSN unknown)                 

AIRFRAME:  3,028.4 TTSN                        

OTHER EQUIPMENT: Collins AMR-350, VHF-251, VIR-351, TDR-950, ADF-650A, Garmin GNS430, Argus 3000, Stormscope, KFC-300, KCS-55.             

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT: Aborted takeoff from private airstrip on 6/15/2016, aircraft unable to stop and went off end of runway, across a street and struck several objects.     

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES: Nose gear snapped off, nose gear doors bent, propeller damaged, right wing struck large object with severe damage including spar, left main gear collapsed, left wing buckled, tip tanks punctured, center carry through buckled with skins separated in belly, fuselage buckled at forward wing attachments, ailerons and flaps damaged, elevators damaged, horizontal damaged. 

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:   Air Salvage of Dallas           

REMARKS: Aircraft dismantled and transported to storage.  Adjuster has logs.

Read more and additional photos here:    http://www.avclaims.com/N6678D.htm

Denney Kitfox IV, N921RP: Fatal accident occurred June 07, 2016 in De Smet, Kingsbury County, South Dakota

RANDY R. TELKAMP: http://registry.faa.gov/N921RP

FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Rapid City FSDO-27

NTSB Identification: CEN16FA209
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 07, 2016 in De Smet, SD
Aircraft: PRUSS RICHARD S KITFOX IV, registration: N921RP
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious.

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 June 7, 2016, at 1000 central daylight time, a Pruss Kitfox IV single-engine airplane, N921RP, impacted a lake following a loss of control while maneuvering at a low altitude near De Smet, South Dakota. The private pilot sustained fatal injuries, the passenger sustained serious injuries, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and a flight plan was not filed. The local flight departed a private airstrip about 0930.

According to the passenger, who was interviewed by the Federal Aviation Administration inspector, the pilot picked up the passenger at a private airstrip to assist in a search for a boat that sank in Lake Thompson on June 3rd. The pilot and passenger spotted the boat and then flew a right turn "racetrack" pattern about 150 feet above ground level. While maneuvering, the airplane was banked about 45 to 60 degrees at an airspeed about 50 miles per hour. During a turn, the airplane "snapped over" and the pilot stated the airplane stalled. The airplane spun about 1.5 to 2 rotations, impacted the lake, and sank. The passenger stated the engine operated normally until the impact with the water. 

According to local authorities, the passenger was rescued by persons assisting in the boat recovery. Efforts to rescue the pilot were unsuccessful.

The airplane was recovered from the lake and examined at a facility near Lake Thompson. Examination of the airplane showed the fuselage was buckled near the aft cabin bulkhead. The forward fuselage was crushed up and aft. The left wing displayed compression bending aft near the wing root, and the forward wing attachment was fractured. 

At 0956, the Brookings Regional Airport (BKX), Brookings, South Dakota, automated weather observing system, located approximately 30 miles east of the accident site, reported the wind calm, sky clear, temperature 17 degrees Celsius, dew point 7 degrees Celsius, and an altimeter setting of 30.04 inches of mercury.

Lake Thompson, S.D. - A pilot died Tuesday after crash landing into Lake Thompson.

The passenger on board survived and is being treated at the De Smet hospital.

Crews investigated the crash all day Tuesday, but in order to know exactly what made the plane go down they had to dredge it from the lake, a process that took several hours.

Volunteers from area came out to help Kingsbury sheriff’s deputies pull the lane from the water.

A boat spent several hours slowly towing it to shore so the craft wasn’t damaged any further.

Once it was at the shoreline, crews worked to carefully move it out of the water.

The plane’s passenger survived the crash.

He told the sheriff the engine stalled before the crash, but crews want to know why.

“There’s a lot of factors you could look into but of course trying to decide what caused the crash or what caused the engine failure,” Sheriff Kevin Scotting said.

The passenger was rescued by a boater and taken to the De Smet hospital.

Sheriff Kevin Scotting says he is in good condition.

“I guess he’s in fair condition, walking and talking he’s a lucky man,” Scotting explained.

Because it isn’t often a person survives something like this.

“With a plane crash your chances of walking away are, I don’t think are really very good, especially with a small plane. They don’t have to hit the ground very hard to do a lot of damage,” Scotting said.

The Kingsbury Sheriff has not released the names of either the pilot or the passenger.

The Codington County Search and Rescue was called into assist and was able to locate the pilot’s body Tuesday.

The crash victim was removed from the aircraft before the plane was moved to shore.

The FAA is working with the Kingsbury Sheriff's Office to investigate the cause of the crash.

Story and video:  http://www.ksfy.com

DE SMET — A pilot is dead and a passenger survived after a plane crashed Tuesday into Lake Thompson near De Smet, authorities said.

The Kingsbury County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash of “a small plane” at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Two men were in the plane, but the cause of the plane’s crash is not immediately available.

Officials with the Kingsbury County Sheriff’s Office said the pilot died on scene and his body was recovered by Codington County Search and Rescue. The passenger, Bruce Bortnem, of Aurora, was rescued by a boat that was on the lake. Bortnem was taken to an Avera hospital in De Smet.

Hospital employees listed Bortnem’s as in “fair condition,” which means vital signs are stable and within normal limits, and the patient is conscious, but may be uncomfortable.

Authorities will be at the lake Tuesday afternoon and evening to pull out the plane’s wreckage. Officials declined to provide the name of the pilot pending notification of their families.

Lake Thompson is about 10 miles southeast of De Smet and about 40 miles west of Brookings.

As of 3:30 p.m., the small plane was still at the bottom of the lake, but Bunker Auto brought equipment to the scene to recover the crashed vessel.

Other boat ramps remained open and boaters continued using the lake, but Kingsbury County Sheriff Kevin Scotting said the west-side boat ramp would likely remain closed for the rest of the day.

Other departments that responded included the Kingsbury County Emergency Management Office, Lake Preston Fire Department, Lake Preston Ambulance, De Smet Fire Department, De Smet Ambulance, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks.

Story and photo gallery: http://www.mitchellrepublic.com

Robinson R22 Beta, Midwest Helicopter, N931SH: Accident occurred June 07, 2016 at St. Louis Downtown Airport (KCPS), Cahokia, St. Clair County, Illinois

MYSKY LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N931SH

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Springfield FSDO-19

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA296
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 07, 2016 in Cahokia/St. Louis, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/27/2016
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER R22, registration: N931SH
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

According to the flight instructor, he was instructing his student in hovering flight operations. He reported that he instructed the student to execute a right pedal turn at a three foot hover. The instructor recalled that the student complied and during the turn, as the tail came into the wind, the helicopter started to weathervane, and the turn rate increased rapidly and did not subside until the helicopter impacted the ground. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and both rotor systems.

The instructor reported that there were no mechanical anomalies or malfunctions with any portion of the helicopter that would prevent normal flight operations. 

The instructor reported that the wind velocity at the time of the accident was 11 knots gusting to 16 knots.

Weathercock stability is defined as a region of loss of tail rotor effectiveness (120 degree - 240 degree tailwind) that will weathervane the helicopter, and if not prevented will result in a loss of helicopter control about the horizontal axis.

According to the Helicopter Flying Handbook (FAA 8083-21A):

Pilots who put themselves in situations where the combinations above occur should know that they are likely to encounter LTE. The key is to not put the helicopter in a compromising condition but if it does happen being educated enough to recognize the onset of LTE and be prepared to quickly react to it before the helicopter cannot be controlled.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:

The flight instructor's delayed remedial action and his failure to remain vigilant as the helicopter entered the weathercock stability region, in gusting wind conditions, resulting in loss of tail rotor effectiveness and ground impact.

CAHOKIA • Two people suffered minor injuries Tuesday when a helicopter on a training flight crashed at St. Louis Downtown Airport, authorities confirmed.

Patti Beck, spokeswoman for the airport, said the flight instructor was transported to St. Louis University Hospital, but his injuries were not considered life threatening. The student declined to go to a hospital.

Cahokia police said it received a call at 1:28 pm. from the airport office about the crash. Beck said the helicopter is a Robinson R22, a two-seat aircraft, occupied by an instructor and a trainee.

Midwest Helicopter, based at the airport, confirmed one of its helicopters was involved, but a spokeswoman said, "The accident is under investigation and we have no comment." 

A reporter on the scene said the helicopter was resting on its side in a grassy area near the terminal, with numerous emergency vehicles nearby.

Beck works for Bi-State Development, which owns and operates the airport across the Mississippi River at Cahokia.

Stan Dawid, videographer for KTVI Channel 2, witnessed the crash from the Helicopters Inc. office nearby. Dawid said the helicopter was maneuvering a few feet off the ground when it leaned to the right and its skid hit the ground.

He said the aircraft landed hard, and the blade went spinning away. Dawid said one of the pilots got out and helped the other out of the helicopter. Beck said the student was the one who helped the instructor out of the helicopter.

"You know, it was just a small, low-level maneuver that's pretty common," Dawid said.

Story and video:  http://www.stltoday.com

CAHOKIA, IL (KTVI) - At least one person was injured in a helicopter crash Tuesday at St. Louis Downtown Airport.

According to Patti Beck, an airport spokeswoman, a Robinson 22 helicopter crashed in a grassy area during a training session just before 1:30 p.m.

The flight instructor and a student were on board the helicopter at the time of the crash. Both men could be seen exiting the downed helicopter, but the student had to help lead his instructor away from the crash site.

The student was not injured, but the flight instructor was taken by ambulance to SLU Hospital.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Story and video:  http://fox2now.com

CAHOKIA -- A flight instructor suffered minor injuries when a student crashed a helicopter during a flight training Tuesday at St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia.

The crash, which occurred about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, resulted in minor injuries, according to Herb Simmons, St. Clair County’s Emergency Management Agency director.

Patti Beck, spokeswoman for Bi-State Development, which oversees the airport, said two people were aboard: an instructor and a student.

Beck said the flight instructor suffered minor injuries.

“The student assisted him in getting out of the helicopter after the crash,” Beck said.

The instructor was taken to Saint Louis University Hospital, Beck said.

Beck said a Robinson 22 helicopter, owned by Midwest Helicopter, crashed on a grassy area during a flight training.

Interim Cahokia Police Chief Dave Landmann said the crash happened at 1:28 p.m..

“Two people were aboard the helicopter, a 30-year-old pilot from Ramsey, Ill., and a 29-year-old male from St. Louis, Mo.,” Landmann said. “They said they were hovering not far from the ground when a gust of wind came and they lost control.”

An FAA spokeswoman confirmed that the FAA is investigating the crash. She said it could take several weeks to complete.

The spokeswoman, Elizabeth Cory, said, “We are just beginning our investigation. It could take several weeks, possibly a month or more.”

Read more here: http://www.bnd.com

Cessna 560, Red Wing Aeroplane Co., N145KK: Incident occurred June 06, 2016 at Gainesville Regional Airport (KGNV), Alachua County, Florida

Kathryn's Report: http://www.kathrynsreport.com

Date: 07-JUN-16
Time: 03:14:00Z
Regis#: N145KK
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 560
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Activity: Other
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Aircraft Operator: RED WING
Flight Number: LAK761
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Orlando FSDO-15
State: Florida


RED WING AEROPLANE CO: http://registry.faa.gov/N145KK


An airplane that skid off a runway at Gainesville Regional Airport is under investigation.

Airport officials said the two-engine plane landed just after 11 p.m. Monday and skidded over 1,000 feet into a ditch.

Airport officials said the two-engine plane attempted to land just after 11 p.m. Monday, and skidded over 1,000 feet and into a ditch. 

The FAA is investigating to determine what caused the incident and if weather was a factor. 

Tropical Storm Colin brought heavy rain Monday throughout Florida. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating to determine what caused the incident, but it is likely heavy rain played a role, said Gainesville Fire Rescue officials.

The pilot and copilot were the only two onboard. No injuries were reported.

The plane was towed Tuesday at about 6 a.m. to a hangar. 

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

A plane skidded off the runway at the Gainesville Regional Airport Monday night as Tropical Storm Colin passed through the region, leading to the diversion of two other flights to Jacksonville, according to an airport official.

At around 11:30 p.m., a Cessna Citation carrying two pilots and a passenger went off the runway, damaging the plane's landing gear and becoming stuck in the mud, according to airport manager Laura Aguiar.

No one aboard the seven-seater was injured, she said.

Before that plane came in, a Delta flight from Atlanta scheduled to arrive around 9:30 p.m. was diverted to Jacksonville because of the storm. Because of the damaged aircraft, a second incoming Delta flight was diverted to Jacksonville, Aguiar said.

All of the American flights were in at that time, she said.

A crane was brought in overnight to remove the damaged Cessna, she said.

One of the diverted flights, carrying 71 passengers, has come in to Gainesville today, Aguiar said. The second one was canceled.

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

Cessna 172, Mission Aviation Training Academy, N539MT: Accident occurred June 06, 2016 in Arlington, Snohomish County, Washington

Mission Aviation Training Academy:   http://registry.faa.gov/N539MT

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Seattle FSDO-01

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA286

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, June 06, 2016 in Arlington, WA
Aircraft: CESSNA 172D, registration: N539MT

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.


Date:  06-JUN-16
Time:  19:22:00Z
Regis#:  N539MT
Aircraft Make:  CESSNA
Aircraft Model:  172
Event Type:  Accident
Highest Injury:  None
Damage:  Substantial
Flight Phase:  LANDING (LDG)
State:  Washington

Air Tractor AT-802, Artic One LLC, N802CE: Accident occurred June 06, 2016 in Fairbanks, Alaska

Kathryn's Report: http://www.kathrynsreport.com

ARTIC ONE LLC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N802CE

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Fairbanks FSDO-01

NTSB Identification: ANC16LA029
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, June 06, 2016 in Fairbanks, AK
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT 802, registration: N802CE
Injuries: 1 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 June 6, 2016, about 1530 Alaska daylight time, an Air Tractor AT 802 airplane, N802CE, lost engine power while en route to Fairbanks, Alaska, and collided with trees and steep, rocky terrain during a forced landing near the Murphy Dome Air Force Station, about 22 miles northwest of Fairbanks. The commercial pilot sustained minor injuries, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to, Arctic One, LLC, Fairbanks, and operated by, Everts Air Fuel, Inc., Fairbanks, as a visual flight rules (VFR) flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and company flight following procedures were in effect. The flight originated from the Rampart Airport (RMP) in Rampart, Alaska, about 1500. 

During an interview with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge on June 8, the pilot reported that the purpose of the flight was to transport fuel to RMP. He said that after unloading the fuel, he departed RMP and returned to the Fairbanks International Airport (FAI). About halfway to FAI, he reported the low fuel light illuminated in the cockpit. As the airplane approached FAI, the pilot contacted approach control for landing, and was in the process of setting up for a left base when he reported the engine lost power. The pilot attempted to restart the engine with no success; he reported the loss of engine power to approach control, and then attempted to land the airplane at the Murphy Dome Air Force Station. The pilot was unable to achieve a forced landing at the Murphy Dome Air Force Station, and landed the airplane in a remote area with trees and steep, rocky terrain, about 2 miles northwest of the Murphy Dome Air Force Station. The airplane subsequently struck several trees and rocky terrain during the landing and came to rest upright. The pilot reported that the fuel totalizing system in the cockpit calculated that the airplane should have landed at FAI with 90 gallons of fuel onboard the airplane.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, both wings, and the empennage. 

The wreckage was recovered and transported to a secure facility for future examination of the airframe and engine.

The closest official weather observation station is located at FAI, about 20 miles southeast of the accident site. At 1453, an Aviation Routine Weather Report (METAR) was reporting, and stated in part: Wind variable at 3 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; clouds and sky condition, scattered clouds at 2400 feet, broken clouds at 5500 feet; temperature, 55 degrees F; dew point 45 degrees F; altimeter 29.70 inHg.

Kitfox IV Speedster, N2722T: Accident occurred June 06, 2016 in Shreveport, Louisiana

Kathryn's Report: http://www.kathrynsreport.com

Date: 06-JUN-16
Time: 12:45:00Z
Regis#: N2722T
Aircraft Model: KITFOX
Event Type: Accident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Substantial
Activity: Instruction
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Baton Rouge FSDO-03
State: Louisiana



Beech 35-C33 Bonanza, Arizona Cloudbusters Inc., N27TH: Incident occurred June 06, 2016 in Maricopa, Pinal County, Arizona

Kathryn's Report: http://www.kathrynsreport.com

Date: 06-JUN-16
Time: 15:30:00Z
Regis#: N27TH
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 35
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Scottsdale FSDO-07
State: Arizona


ARIZONA CLOUDBUSTERS INC: http://registry.faa.gov/N27TH

Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser, N3788M: Incident occurred June 06, 2010 in Auburn, Androscoggin County, Maine

Kathryn's Report: http://www.kathrynsreport.com

Date: 06-JUN-16
Time: 16:55:00Z
Regis#: N3788M
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA12
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Portland FSDO-65
State: Maine



Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage, N112HD: Incident occurred June 04, 2016 at Luminati Aerospace - Calverton Executive Airpark (3C8), Riverhead, Suffolk County, New York

Kathryn's Report: http://www.kathrynsreport.com


The Piper PA-46 on the runway at the Calverton Executive Airpark.

Update: Luminati executive responds to trespassing incident

Responding to criticism over the arrest of two men who were charged with trespassing after landing a plane at Luminati Aerospace in Calverton, the company’s chief pilot offered a statement Monday detailing the events that led to the arrest.

Robert Lutz said the landing was not an emergency situation, as he believes media reports indicated it was. Mr. Lutz said no emergency landings have occurred on the runway since Luminati began leasing it last year.

Read Mr. Lutz’s statement as well as the original News-Review story below:

At approximately 6 p.m. Sunday evening two men were arrested and charged with trespassing after landing at Calverton’s private airpark unauthorized for a country club weekend.

The pilot and owner of the 2000 Piper Meridian aircraft N112HD, Larry Dale Jackson from Orlando, had attempted a flight from Fishers Island on the Connecticut shore to West Hampton Beach airport Saturday evening for personal engagements when the fog began to creep in from the south. The pilot took it upon himself to make an unauthorized landing at the Calverton facility potentially conflicting with the current test flight program being conducted by Luminati Aerospace. Thankfully, the landing was uneventful and test aircraft were safely on the ground. The Instrument rated pilot failed to contact the Town of Riverhead or Luminati Aerospace of his intentions. Additionally, the pilot took it upon himself to remove some fencing rope on the Luminati property to tie down his airplane.

On Sunday, when Luminati’s machinist showed up to finish a project, the plane was spotted parked and tied down next to the building. I was called and then notified Luminati’s CEO. While company personnel were securing the illegal aircraft to prevent departure prior to resolve, two gentlemen showed up acting in a cavalier manner.

When questioned by myself in the presence of the police, the pilot, Mr. Jackson, admitted to having at least one hour of fuel remaining in his Piper. That equated to roughly 200 miles of range left to pick a more suitable airport open to the public. At the time of landing, airports all along the Connecticut shore, as well as inland, were clear of clouds with good visibility.

When questioned about the choice of runway to land on Mr. Larry Jackson replied that he landed the way the wind favored. Notably disturbing about the response is had the wind been favoring the inactive runway, which tends to have people and vehicle activity on it regularly, he would have landed on the closed runway without reservation.

During the conversation with police an attempt was made by the pilot to pay Luminati for the unauthorized landing and overnight. Luminati cannot and will not accept ramp or landing payments as they respect the wishes of the town to not operate as an FBO.

This is the third event of unauthorized fly-ins at the Calverton Airpark which resulted in trespass filings, the previous of which involved a botched landing accident totaling a historic Stinson aircraft.

Read more here: https://riverheadnewsreview.timesreview.com

Stinson 108 Voyager, N8660K: Incident occurred April 30, 2016 at Luminati Aerospace, Calverton, Suffolk County, New York.  The large X on the runway indicates it is closed to general aviation. 

 Police investigated an incident on the active runway at the Calverton Enterprise Park on April 30. 


Riverhead police: Two Florida men arrested on trespass charges for use of runway at Calverton Executive Airpark

Riverhead Police report the arrest of two Florida men on trespass charges for landing an aircraft on the active runway at the Calverton Executive Airpark Saturday night and parking and leaving the plane on property owned by Luminati Aerospace LLC.

The arrests were made by the owner of Luminati Aerospace, police said.

Charged in the incident were Larry D. Jackson, 53, of Orlando, Florida and Robert Riley, 53, of Naples, Florida.

It was not immediately clear why the arrests were “made by the owner” of the aerospace company rather than Riverhead Town Police. Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller could not be reached for comment and Supervisor Sean Walter said this morning he didn’t know.

“I’m assuming Luminati swore out a trespass affidavit,” Walter said.

Police were called to the enterprise park by employees of Luminati Aerospace yesterday. A company representative told police the plane had landed on the runway without permission on Saturday evening and was parked and left on Luminati property without permission.The plane, a Piper PA-46 Malibu Mirage, was manufactured in 2000 and is registered to Jackson.

Luminati Aerospace has the exclusive right to use and control the active 10,000-foot runway at the former Grumman site, pursuant to a license agreement entered between the company and the Town of Riverhead, which owns the runway, last year.

The runway is clearly marked with large Xs to indicate that it is closed and the site is listed as “private” on aviation maps. That means the runway can only be used by aircraft without prior permission of Luminati in the event of an emergency. Use of the runway by motor vehicles is not permitted at any time.

Nevertheless, unauthorized use of the runway — by both aircraft and vehicles — has been an ongoing problem at the enterprise park, Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller acknowledged in a May 2 interview, following an April 30 aircraft incident on the runway.

Luminati Aerospace has summoned police to the site multiple times on calls reporting unauthorized runway use, according to police records.

“This is the third event of unauthorized fly-ins at the Calverton Airpark which resulted in trespass filings,” Luminati’s chief pilot Robert Lutz told RiverheadLOCAL. Prior trespass complaints filed by Luminati include the April 30 landing that damaged  a 1947 Universal Stinson 108.

“We are actively conducting flight tests for our UAV program,”  Lutz said last month.

In the April 30 incident, the pilot of a small aircraft told police and the FAA he was forced by engine trouble to land on the runway but got caught in a cross wind after landing and ran off the runway, according to a press release issued May 1.

But Lutz, who said May 1 he was first on the scene following the incident the day before, contradicted that account based on his conversation with the pilot on April 30. Lutz alleged that the pilot was conducting unauthorized landing practice at the site that morning.

“Weather conditions were good and what most would consider benign,” Lutz said. Lutz said the pilot “simply changed his story” to police.

Asked if Riverhead officers initially heard a different account, Hegermiller said he didn’t know, but “that’s what the pilot told the FAA.”

Luminati did not respond to a request for another interview about the April 30 incident and the pilot involved in the incident could not be reached for comment.

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NTSB Identification: ERA16LA173
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 30, 2016 in Calverton, NY
Aircraft: UNIVERSAL STINSON 108, registration: N8660K
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 April 30, 2016, at 1000 eastern daylight time, a Universal Stinson 108, N8660K, was substantially damaged during a runway excursion while landing at the Calverton Executive Airpark (3C8), Calverton, New York. The private pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight that that was conducted under the provisions of Title14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The flight departed Lufker Airport (49N), East Moriches, New York at 0930, destined for Westmoreland Airport (49NY), Shelter Island, New York.

The pilot stated that during climbout at an altitude of about 1,200 feet mean sea level, the engine began to "miss" as though it had a "partially fouled spark plug." He decided to perform a precautionary landing at 3C8 and attempt to remedy the problem on the ground. During the rollout after landing, a wind gust lifted the right wing and the airplane ground looped and came to rest in the grass on the left side of runway 32.

Brookhaven Airport (HWV), Shirley, New York, was located about 7 miles southwest of the accident site. At 0956 the reported weather at HWV included wind variable at 5 knots, clear skies, with 10 statute miles of visibility.

An examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the left wing strut was bent, the left main landing gear was folded under the fuselage, the left wing tip was damaged, and the fuselage floor structure sustained substantial damage.

The pilot indicated that the engine had performed similarly on previous occasions, and he was able to correct it by performing an engine run-up. The airplane was fueled with automotive gasoline, for which it was approved; however, the applicable supplemental type certificate specifications did not permit the use of automotive fuel containing ethanol. The FAA inspector reported that the pilot had been purchasing automotive fuel that contained ethanol, and employed a "water shake" method in an attempt to remove the ethanol from the fuel before transferring it to the airplane fuel tanks.