Saturday, July 9, 2016

Only a few 'warbirds' make Saturday gathering: Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport (KJGG) -Kathryn's Report

JAMES CITY — The Warbirds fly in at Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport wasn't as impressive as it has been in previous years.

Airport manager Charley Rogers said he'd hoped to have more World War II-era military planes than the half dozen who were there by none.

"We had 28 who said they were coming in," Rogers said. "Sometimes you have people who say they are coming in and then something comes up and they don't and sometimes you have people who don't say they'll show up who do."

Rogers said a forecast of late afternoon thunder storms for the area may have convinced some pilots not to make the trip.

Those who did were greeted by about thirty people, mostly families with children, who gathered around to look at the old airplanes.

Among them was a Fairchild J2K-2 painted to resemble one that served at the Coast Guard Air Station in Charleston in 1936. It's a four passenger plane, with a top speed of 124 mile per hour.

Mike Kuhnert, was there with another Fairchild, a PT-19. Originally from Germany, he flies out of Saluda now.

One of the more interesting plans was a Boeing PT-17 bi-plane. It was one of the most used training aircraft in World War II even though almost all combat aircraft were monoplanes at that time.

"Let me tell you about that," said pilot Dan Serio. "It was because this is harder to fly, because it's a tail dragger. They figures if you could fly this, you could fly anything. So, although the combat planes were monoplanes, everyone started off in one of these. The Navy had a version too, which was only slightly different."

Serio said his plane's top speed in about 110 mile per hour.

The Warbirds fly in is an annual event at Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport, a privately owned general aviation field with facilities for small private aircraft and helicopters. When the president visits the area, Marine 1, the presidential helicopter frequently lands at the airport to be available in case of emergency.

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Evolution Trikes REVO, N9912S: Accident occurred July 09, 2016 at Cushing Field (0C8), Newark, Illinois and Accident occurred May 24, 2014 near Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport (KJGG), Williamsburg, Virginia

National Transportation Safety Board - Aviation Accident Final Report: 

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National Transportation Safety Board - Aviation Accident Preliminary Report:

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA W. Chicago-DuPage (NON Part 121) FSDO-03

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA263
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 09, 2016 in Newark, IL
Aircraft: EVOLUTION TRIKES REVO, registration: N9912S
Injuries: 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 may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On July 9, 2016, about 1940 central daylight time, an Evolution Trikes Revo, weight-shift aircraft, N9912S, experienced a hard landing at the Cushing Field LTD Airport (0C8), Newark, Illinois. The student rated pilot, sole occupant, was seriously injured and the aircraft was substantially damaged. The aircraft was registered to and operated by a private individual, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time.

An initial report from the responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector stated that student rated pilot had little flight experience, but was endorsed for solo flight. The aircraft landed hard and flipped over, coming to rest upside down. 

The aircraft was retained for further examination.

A pilot is injured after an airplane crash Saturday morning near Newark. 

LaSalle County and Newark agencies responded at 9:41 a.m. to Cushing Field airport in the 4000 block of Route 71, where a Revo light sport aircraft had overturned on the runway while landing, according to a news release from the LaSalle County Sheriff's Office.

The pilot, a 62-year-old man from Warrenville, was flown to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, the release stated. The Associated Press reported that he was critically injured.

The crash is under investigation by the sheriff's office and the Federal Aviation Administration, according to the news release.

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A  Warrenville man was critically injured when the motorized glider he was piloting crashed at an airport west of Newark, Ill., in LaSalle County, a Fire Department spokesman said.

Crews from the Newark Fire Protection District were called at 9:41 a.m. to Cushing Field, 4076 Illinois Route 71 in unincorporated LaSalle County near Sheridan, said David Earl Thompson, a spokesman for the district.

They found an ultralight airplane had crashed on the runway at Cushing Field, and the 63-year-old man piloting the glider was trapped and critically injured, Thompson said. Crews began extrication and called for a LifeStar medical helicopter, Thompson said.

The man was trapped inside the glider, and required "heavy extrication" before crews could get him out and provide emergency treatment, Thompson said.

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SHERIDAN, Ill. (WLS) -- The pilot of a small aircraft was injured when his plane flipped over while trying to land Saturday morning, according to the LaSalle County Sheriff's Office.

The open cockpit plane came down hard on the landing, causing it to flip at Cushing Field Limited Airport in Sheridan Ill. at approximately 9:45 a.m.

The pilot was airlifted to a hospital in unknown condition.

NTSB Identification: ERA14CA262 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 24, 2014 in Williamsburg, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/30/2014
Aircraft: EVOLUTION TRIKES REVO, registration: N9912S
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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 stated that he was flying the weight-shift control aircraft over a river while the passenger took photos. As he slowed and descended the aircraft near a bird's nest in order for the passenger to capture a photo, the aircraft entered an aerodynamic stall. The pilot applied full engine power to recover, but the aircraft continued to sink before impacting the river, resulting in substantial damage. The pilot and passenger subsequently egressed and swam to the shore. The pilot stated that there were no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies of the aircraft or engine that would have precluded normal operation of the airplane.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to maintain airspeed while maneuvering at low altitude, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall and impact with water.

JAMES CITY - Two Williamsburg men were rescued from the James River Saturday night after the ultralight aircraft they were flying stalled and crashed near a neighborhood off Greensprings Road.

Around 8:30 p.m., Virginia State Police were notified that a two-seat hanglider powered by an engine had gone down in the water, according to a statement from state police. Sgt. Michelle Anaya said the crash occurred near Mott Lane and Manion Drive in Drummonds Field.

John Williams, 62, was flying the REVO aircraft with 49-year-old Andrew Jackson in the passenger seat. Police said the pilot slowed below the minimum safe speed, causing the aircraft to stall and crash into the James River.

Bob Ryalls, James City Assistant Fire Chief, said the aircraft came down about 100 yards offshore at the end of Mott Lane. He said the Revo landed in about 5-6 feet of water.

"When units arrived, bystanders had picked up one of the riders on the aircraft and brought them in to shore," he said.

Ryalls said bystanders brought the second man to the shore before the fire department boat arrived on scene.

Jackson was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries, police said. Williams refused treatment.

The aircraft was recovered from the water by the James City Fire and Rescue dive team, then towed to Williams home.

According to the statement, investigation is pending a consultation with the Commonwealth Attorney's Office.

Incident occurred July 09, 2016 at Bradley International Airport (KBDL), Windsor Locks, Hartford County, Connecticut -Kathryn's Report

WINDSOR LOCKS, CONN. — An American Airlines flight made an emergency landing at a Connecticut airport because of a mechanical issue.

Flight 1692 from Charlotte, North Carolina, landed at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks early Saturday morning. 

An American Airlines spokeswoman says no injuries were reported. 

The plane had to be towed to the gate.

The plane was already scheduled to land at Bradley when the issue occurred.

The spokeswoman says officials will declare an emergency out of "an abundance of caution" and to allow a plane to land more quickly.

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Accident prone pilot survived two dozen crashes -Kathryn's Report

By Bartee Haile
Texas History Columnist

At funeral services in Mission on Jul. 8, 1956, friends and family of “Slats” Rodgers paid their last respects to the accident prone pioneer aviator while marveling at the fact he died in bed of natural causes.

Texas’ first licensed pilot was born Floyd H. Rodgers in rural Georgia in 1889. His thin-as-a-rail appearance inspired someone to call him “Slats,” a nickname that stuck for the rest of life.

“Slats” was still in knee pants, when his parents brought him to the Lone Star State settling in the Johnson County community of Keene. He got a bare-bones education in the Cleburne schools before leaving home to work on an uncle’s farm near Waco.

At 18 he found entry-level employment with the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad. Displaying a mechanical aptitude as well as a good work ethic, he steadily advanced over the next eight years and wound up a locomotive engineer on the Cleburne-to-Dallas run.

By this time, “Slats” had even loftier ambitions that had nothing to do with trains. A childhood love of kites had blossomed into a fascination with flying on the heels of the Wright Brothers’ amazing feat at Kitty Hawk in 1903.

With the assistance of an older, more knowledgeable engineer, he began building his own aircraft in a blacksmith shop in Cleburne. Forced to vacate the premises by shortsighted city fathers, who outlawed the undertaking as a “public nuisance,” he loaded up the Oregon spruce, French turnbuckles, two-stroke engine and the rest of the materials and moved everything to Keene.

It was there in his adopted hometown that “Slats” turned his implausible dream into rickety reality. But he was in no hurry to fly it because he did not know how. “I had never seen anybody fly a ship,” he explained decades later in his autobiography. “I never had even seen one except mine.”

For the better part of a year, “Slats” contented himself with taxiing around a pasture. Then one day in 1912, a deep ditch left with him no choice but to lift off at the last second. After a maiden flight of 200 feet, the airplane slammed into the ground tearing off the wheels and right wing in what the man at the controls would claim was the first of his 29 crack-ups.

“Slats” pieced his pride-and-joy back together only to discover that the reattached wing drooped badly. He dubbed the ugly duckling “Old Soggy No. 1” and coaxed it into the sky another 50 times before putting the plane out to pasture like some derelict automobile.

In the early days of World War I, the Army was desperately short of pilots and instructors. That was how a string-bean Texan, who had never taken a lesson in his life, spent much of 1916 teaching wide-eyed cadets everything he knew about flying.

Following President Wilson’s war “to make the world safe for democracy,” “Slats” bought an Army surplus Jenny for next to nothing. He joined the fun-loving club of barnstorming daredevils, who made their living by selling five minutes in sky to anybody with the price of a ticket and by putting on death-defying air shows.

In the early 1920’s, “Slats” traded in his Jenny for a five-passenger biplane. During his days on the railroad, he had supplemented his income by carrying bootleg whiskey in the cab of his locomotive. His spacious new aircraft enabled him to ferry cases of illegal booze out of Mexico to ready buyers in Texas.

Several sources allege that the so-called “Love Field Lunatics,” of which “Slats” was a prominent member, was actually a cover for a smuggling operation. Whether that is true or not, there is no question that the public could not get enough of the stunt pilots’ risky aerobatics.

A cornerstone of the “Slats” Rodgers’ legend is that around 1926 he was issued the first pilot’s license in the State of Texas. But he had a heap of trouble holding on to it due to his aerial antics.

“I guess the government had my license more than I did,” “Slats” told a newspaperman in 1950. “They’d always get to feeling sorry for me, though, and give it back in two or three months.”

One of the stunts that resulted in the suspension of his pilot’s permit involved flying between two Dallas skyscrapers to win a wager. On another occasion, he dropped a lookalike dummy from his plane to give spectators down below the false but exciting impression that he was falling to his death.

The end of Prohibition and the barnstorming era compelled “Slats” to seek legitimate employment. Always creative, he invented crop-dusting by cutting a couple of holes in the floorboard of his craft. When failing eyesight made that practice too dangerous even for him, he tried his hand at ranching and opened steakhouses in Bandera and McAllen before his death at age 67.

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