Sunday, June 26, 2016

Cessna A185F Skywagon, N185TG: Accident occurred June 26, 2016 in Hayden Lake, Idaho 

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Spokane FSDO-13

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA375
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 26, 2016 in Hayden Lake, ID
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/31/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA A185, registration: N185TG
Injuries: 1 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.

The pilot of an amphibious float-equipped airplane reported that he departed from an airport with a paved runway en-route to his destination airport, about 21 nautical miles away, also with a paved runway. While en-route he decided to do a touch and go on a lake about 5 nautical miles from the destination airport. The pilot further reported that during the landing touch down, the airplane immediately nosed over. The pilot reported that he did not visually check the position of the landing gear with the landing gear mirrors before the landing and the landing gear were down for the water landing.

The firewall sustained substantial damage.

The pilot reported that he was unsure if there were any mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to retract the amphibious airplane's land-wheels prior to landing on a lake, which resulted in a nose over.

HAYDEN, Idaho -   Kootenai County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a report of a small plane crash Sunday afternoon. It's the second plane crash deputies have responded to in two days. 

A report of a downed airplane into Hayden Lake came into the sheriff's office around 1 p.m. Sunday. When deputies arrived on scene they learned that 75-year-old Terry L. Holman of Spokane was trying to land his 1978 fixed wing Cessna float plane when he crashed into the lake near Chicken Point.

Holman's plane flipped upside down in the water, but he was able to climb out on hi own. He was brought to shore by some boaters in the area. Holman was taken to Kootenai Health with some injuries, but he's expected to be OK. The plane was towed by Northern Lakes Fire Department to Holman's dock near the crash.

Initial investigation into the cause of the crash revealed that his landing gear was in the down position when he tried to land on the water, causing him to flip over. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were notified of the crash.

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HAYDEN, Idaho --- According to officials from the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office, an airplane crashed into Hayden Lake on Sunday and the pilot is in stable condition.

Officials said 75-year-old Terry L. Holman was attempting to land the float plane when he crashed into the lake near Chicken Point.

Officials said the plane flipped upside down in the water and Holman climbed out on his own.

Holman was taken to Kootenai Health after suffering non-life threatening injuries.

Officials said preliminary investigation into the cause of crash revealed his landing gear was in a down-right position when he attempted to land in the water.

This is second plane crash in two days in North Idaho.

Fire destroys building at Stanley Airport (2U7), Custer County, Idaho

Kathryn's Report:

STANLEY, Idaho - The Stanley airport is back open Sunday after a fire destroyed the airport's main building.

The fire started at about 2:45 a.m. Saturday, according to Sean Tajkowski, a technical planner for the city.

The cause of the fire not yet known. A hangar with aircraft inside was saved, along with three outbuildings, some heavy equipment, and trailers.

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Source: Plane over Bandera County struck by lightning

Kathryn's Report:

BANDERA COUNTY, Texas -- A KENS 5 source from Bandera County Emergency Management said a plane over Bandera County was struck by lightning Sunday, resulting in an engine fire.

Emergency management said the plane is trying to land and reports it was last spotted entering Kendall County airspace.

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Eastern Caribbean High Court blocks removal of Guyana-registered plane from Anguilla -Kathryn's Report

A Guyanese aviation company, Domestic Airlines, on Wednesday secured an injunction in the Eastern Caribbean High Court preventing the removal from Anguilla of a Cessna 206 plane, which was flown out of Guyana without authorization.

That plane and another one have been flown out of Guyana despite a Guyana High Court injunction.

The ex-parte application for an interim injunction was granted by Justice Cheryl Mathurin in chambers of the Anguilla Circuit against Munidat Persaud, Oxford Aviation and Daniel Frederick.

“The respondents are restrained whether personally, jointly, severally or by their agents, servants or assigns from interfering with, attempting or actually removing, relocating, flying, boarding, carrying out any mechanical work, refueling, dismantling, selling or transferring, carrying out any inspection of an aircraft currently located at the Clayton Lloyd Airport, Anguilla being a Cessna aircraft with registration mark 8R-GMP serial number U206-1117,” the court document states.

The injunction is valid until July 21, 2016 by which time lawyers for Oxford Aviation, Persaud and Frederick are expected to file responses to facilitate a hearing and determination on whether the injunction should be made absolute.

Representing Domestic Airways and Orlando Charles are Samantha Wright of Wright and Company Solicitors in Anguilla. The interim injunction was granted after the court was presented with affidavits by Charles and Attorneys-at-Law Stephen Roberts and Nigel Mercurius.

The plane bearing registration number 8R-GMP was barred from leaving Anguilla on June 26, 2016 because the Civil Aviation Authority there said it did not have an airworthiness certificate to continue on its journey to San Juan, Puerto Rico. However, the Cessna  206 with registration number 8R-GTP was allowed to leave, despite requests and the forwarding of documents by the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority to its Anguillan counterpart.

Persaud and an unnamed person flew out the planes from the Eugene F. Correia (Ogle) International Airport  during the pre-dawn hours of June 26, 2016 without immigration, air traffic control and customs clearances. 
Frederick has since insisted that he never flew any of the planes out of Guyana.

Persaud removed the planes in violation of a High Court injunction pending the hearing and determination of  a case in which one of Oxford Aviation planes had allegedly damaged a plane belonging to Orlando Charles’ Domestic Airways.

Oxford refused to pay the claimed amount for the damage and was taken to court.

Sources said the planes flew through Trinidad airspace, landed in Grenada and then Anguilla where they were detained until one of them was given clearance to depart for Puerto Rico on Sunday, June 27, 2016.

One of the planes that was flown out of Guyana without genuine clearances  Sunday morning left  Anguilla for Puerto Rico, while the other was left behind on that tiny British dependency, according to usually reliable sources.

The sources said the Cessna 206, bearing registration number 8R-GTP, was allowed to leave Anguilla’s Clayton Lloyd International Airport after receiving clearance from the civil aviation body there. However, the other Cessna 206, with registration number 8R-GMP, was prevented from departing because it did not have the required airworthiness certificate in violation of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regulations barred it.

According to sources, the pilots allegedly left behind in Guyana forged customs and immigration documents.

Demerara Waves Online News was told that three persons left Anguilla aboard the plane to San Juan in accordance with its filed flight plan there.

The sources said one option available to the owner of the aircraft is to put it in a crate and ship to the United States or elsewhere.

Junior Minister of Public Infrastructure, Annette Ferguson could not say whether the documents left by the pilots were forged. She said the ongoing probe includes a legal assessment by the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).

The Eugene F. Correia (Ogle) International Airport has confirmed that two persons, with approved airside passes, entered the airport and flew out the planes early Saturday morning without clearance from air traffic control, customs or immigration.

The aircraft, valued at least US$110,000 each, are owned by Oxford Aviation. One of the planes was piloted by Munidat Persaud, a Guyana-born American who operates a charter service and flight school in the US.

Persaud removed the planes in violation of a High Court injunction pending the hearing and determination of  a case in which one of Oxford Aviation planes had allegedly damaged a plane belonging to Orlando Charles’ Domestic Airways.

Oxford refused to pay the claimed amount for the damage and was taken to court.

Sources said the planes flew through Trinidad airspace, landed in Grenada and then Anguilla where they were detained until one of them was given clearance to depart Sunday morning.

A Eugene F. Correia International Airport spokesman stressed that the airport’s security was not breached because the pilots had airside passes, but he conceded that Guyana’s national security has been violated due to the illegal departure of the planes.

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While Amazon Waits, Drones Fly: Airborne deliveries to retail customers are happening—in China. Thanks, regulators.

The Wall Street Journal
June 26, 2016 5:20 p.m. ET

When Amazon said in 2013 that it could soon deliver products by drone, skeptics dismissed it as a publicity stunt. Never underestimate technology: For the first time, drones this month delivered packages for retail customers.

But not Amazon drones. The packages, from Chinese retailer, made it to a remote area of Jiangsu province. Amazon has built advanced drones, but it can’t use them because American regulators have made it a criminal offense for businesses to use drones. Americans do use millions of drones, but almost all recreationally. In 2012 Congress legalized hobbyists’ use of drones provided it doesn’t endanger “the safety of the national airspace.”

Last week’s big news from the Federal Aviation Administration is that it will finally decriminalize some commercial uses of drones. The new FAA rules could have been adopted years ago, when the industry first asked permission from bureaucrats. Instead they come 10 years after Congress instructed the FAA to allow business use of drones. And they still ban many activities, including deliveries. American innovators will fall further behind their peers in Asia and Europe.

Under the new rules, drones weighing up to 55 pounds can fly during daylight hours so long as they remain within the operator’s line of sight and below 400 feet to avoid airplanes. Operators must pass a safety test every 24 months and be vetted by the Transportation Security Administration.

This partial deregulation comes after the Obama administration missed numerous deadlines set by Congress. Under pressure to begin allowing some commercial use of drones, the FAA in 2014 began issuing permission on a case-by-case basis. The agency has granted 6,100 waivers, with some 7,600 applications languishing on a waiting list. Many companies risk penalties by operating drones without permission.

A former FAA chief counsel now advising drone companies, Gregory Walden, said the good news is “this industry will no longer be identified by exceptions, exemptions and the art of the possible.”

Outside the U.S., many countries have adopted simple rules allowing commercial use of drones, then adjusted the rules based on experience. In Asia and Europe, drones are routinely used for monitoring crops, bridges and construction sites, exploring for oil and minerals, fighting fires, and rescuing lost hikers.

The FAA rules will legalize basic uses such as aerial photography and video that real-estate firms, news companies and movie producers have sought. Google says it could use drones to make constantly updated three-dimensional maps.

But more ambitious uses, including delivery by Amazon and Google, still await bureaucratic approval. FAA requirements effectively ban deliveries by requiring operators to retain a line of sight, avoid flying drones over people, and stick to a low weight limit. Regulators indicated on a conference call they might consider case-by-case waivers, which invite crony capitalism as bureaucrats decide who gets permission to innovate.

A Senate bill would require the Transportation Department to figure out regulations to allow drone delivery by 2018, but the FAA refuses to set a timetable and flouted earlier deadlines. This means there’s no timeline to allow liftoff for Amazon’s Prime Air or Google’s Project Wing.

After the FAA refused to approve Amazon’s application to test drones in a rural area outside Seattle in 2014, the company relocated its research and development to Canada, Britain and the Netherlands. London’s Guardian last year reported on Amazon’s progress in British Columbia, tweaking U.S. regulators by calling its testing facility, “Amazon’s Canadian airstrip-in-exile.” Google tests its drone delivery in Australia and reports it will be ready for deliveries next year, if U.S. regulators allow it.

Washington’s long delay in legalizing commercial use of drones caused a lost decade for the drone industry in the U.S. The world’s largest drone company is SZ DJI Technology, which was founded in 2006 and based in Shenzhen, near Hong Kong. The Economist said DJI is “leading the charge” for drones “rather as Boeing did with commercial airliners in the 1930s.”

America’s heavy regulation of drones is in sharp contrast with the unregulated internet. Until the Obama administration insisted the internet be regulated like a utility, it was a haven for permissionless innovation. No one had to beg a bureaucrat to launch a website or other digital service.

The dominance of drones outside the U.S. shows how much faster permissionless innovation takes off than endless regulation. Drones are also a reminder that the equation for American innovation is what technology makes possible, discounted by what Washington prohibits.

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Closure talk brings protests from backers of Kalispell City Airport (S27), Flathead County, Montana

Kathryn's Report:

Despite a relatively run-of-the-mill agenda, Monday night’s Kalispell City Council meeting elicited strong opinions from more than a dozen residents and stakeholders protesting the possible closure of Kalispell City Airport.

While no discussion of the airport was scheduled Monday, a succession of pilots and other airport supporters spent more than an hour during the public comment period arguing in favor of keeping the airport open.

During a work session earlier this month, the council decided to place on its July 5 agenda an up-or-down vote on whether to shutter the city-owned airport in South Kalispell.

“It was amazing to us to read that the potential to close the airport down would even be considered,” Dewey Swank, the vice president of a major construction company, told the council.

As the manager of Swank Enterprises’ Kalispell office, Swank said he knew from firsthand experience that redevelopment of the airport land would be extremely difficult, due to the clay-based soils, a high water table and the need to clear existing structures from the 71-acre aviation facility.

Swank was also one of several speakers Monday night who suggested the city could still work with airport stakeholders to keep it open.

“We’re good stewards of the place, we’re inventive, we’re good business people,” Swank said. “If the city would have a tangible thing they wanted us to accomplish to make it better as a city asset ... we could easily take care of it.”

Dave Hoerner, who has worked intermittently at the airport since 1981 and is the manager of Montana Air Adventures/Red Eagle Aviation, called putting proposed federally funded upgrades up for a citywide vote “the worst mistake you ever made.”

“I just can’t see how $14 million can get let go that easy,” he said. “This airport’s a diamond in the rough. It just needs polishing.”

Other pro-airport speakers criticized a city-funded study completed by CTA Architects last year and argued that services provided by the 88-year-old airport, from wildfire suppression to its appeal to businesses from outside the region, were not being sufficiently considered as the council weighs the pros and cons of maintaining the facility.

After more than an hour of public comment on the airport, the City Council moved on to other business and unanimously approved a continuing resolution to allow the city to continue funding services until a final budget is passed.

City Attorney Charles Harball explained that because the state’s projections of city revenues over the next year won’t be available until August, the resolution would allow spending based on preliminary budget once the city’s new fiscal year begins July 1.

The vote also set a public hearing on the budget for July 5.

The council will meet next Monday, June 27, at 7 p.m., for a work session to discuss a proposed zoning amendment for short-term residential rentals.

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Mooney M20D Master, M20 Flying Club LLC, N998NC: Incident occurred June 26, 2016 at Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport (KMKC), Kansas City, Missouri


Date: 26-JUN-16
Time: 17:04:00Z
Regis#: N998NC
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20D
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Kansas City FSDO-63
State: Missouri


AIRCRAFT:  1964 Mooney M20D N998NC, SN# 250

ENGINE(S) - M&M, S/N:    Lycoming O-360-A2D; L-6877-36

PROPELLER – M&M, S/N:       Hartzell HC-C2YK-1B

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

ENGINE:  1734.03 TSOH


AIRFRAME:  3484.86

OTHER EQUIPMENT:  AT50A x-ponder, IC-A200 Com, GNS430 GPS, GMA340 audio

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:   Gear-up landing on 6/25/2016

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES:    Belly skins, propeller, sudden engine stoppage, lower cowling and air intake. Forward left windshield side post, firewall, engine mount.

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:  Private hangar; Charles Wheeler Airport (KMKC), Kansas City, MO       

REMARKS:   Sold AS IS/WHERE IS. Logbooks are held with PW Aviation

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A single-engine airplane landed with its gear up at the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport Sunday afternoon. 

Officials say one person was on board as the plane slid through the runway intersection during its landing.

The airport is closed until the FAA can arrive and investigate. The runway will then be cleaned up from any standing debris.

Emergency crews were released from the scene in just a few minutes. Thankfully, no injuries were reported.

The plane's ownership was listed by Wells Fargo Bank Northwest from Salt Lake City, Utah.

No word yet on where the plane was headed.

Original article can be found here:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. —A pilot avoided injury Sunday when his small plane landed at the Charles Wheeler Downtown Airport with its landing gear up.

The single-engine Mooney made the landing around noon on the airport’s main runaway. The plane slid through an intersection between the second runaway.

Both runways were closed for a short while so the FAA could investigate the crash. The airport has since reopened.

There was no immediate word why the plane’s landing gear didn’t lower properly.

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