Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Santa Monica council votes to close the city's airport by July 2018

For decades, residents living around Santa Monica Municipal Airport have complained about the roar of aircraft and worried that some day a Piper Cub or Gulf Stream will come crashing into their living room. 

The Santa Monica City Council first voted to shut down the airport in 1981. That effort stalled before takeoff, but on Tuesday, Santa Monica’s elected officials again pledged to close the historic facility that was once home to Douglas Aircraft Co. but is now the roost of several hundred propeller and jet aircraft, including those owned by celebrities such as actor Harrison Ford.

It won’t be easy, however, as the legal opposition from aviation interests and the federal government has not waned since that first attempt 35 years ago. 

Today, pilots take off and land more than 300 times a day from the general aviation airport, just a few hundred feet from homes in some areas.

After hearing from scores of airport opponents and supporters, the council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night to reduce flights and close the embattled airport by July 1, 2018.

“Our council and community, in solidarity, want to close the airport that predominately caters to the 1% that can afford to travel by private jet,” Mayor Pro Tem Ted Winterer said. “There are real legal obstacles, and while we need to be conscientious as we navigate the court system, our resolve to close the airport is firm.”

The resolution contained a package of measures designed to minimize environmental impacts and scale back flight operations, especially those of private and corporate jets, until the airport can be shut down.

They include petitioning the Federal Aviation Administration to reduce the length of the 5,000-foot runway by 2,000 feet on the west side.

The measure also calls for eliminating the sale of leaded fuel, adding security, creating a permit system instead of leases for aviation tenants and stepped-up enforcement of local, state and federal laws related to airport operations.

To help curtail jet operations, the council approved the creation of a city-run operation to replace two private companies that provide aeronautical services such as fuel, maintenance and aircraft storage.

If established, the council hopes to remove incentives for private companies to market their services to the operators of corporate and personal jets. 

Airport opponents say they plan to replace the 227-acre facility with a park that would include cultural events, sports fields and other recreation facilities. 

“The land needs to be transformed from a source of pollution and potential danger into a community asset,” Mayor Tony Vasquez said.

The city, however, faces substantial opposition from airport tenants, local and national aviation groups and the FAA, which cite federal agreements since World War II that require the airport to remain open at least until 2023 if not in perpetuity.

“This decision is misguided and a bad idea,” said John Jerabek, treasurer of the Santa Monica Airport Assn. “It is not in the public interest to close the airport.”

After years of controversy, a federal appeals court in 2011 rejected the city’s attempt to ban certain high-performance jets from the airport.

This month, the FAA ruled for a second time that Santa Monica is obligated to keep the airport open until 2023 to comply with requirements of a $250,000 federal grant it received in 2003. 

“The FAA expects the city to comply with its federal obligations to operate the airport and to provide access to aeronautical users,” FAA officials said Wednesday in a prepared statement. “The FAA will continue to work with the city to ensure the airport remains available to those users.”

City officials say they will challenge the decision in federal court.

Santa Monica is facing another complaint to the FAA that accuses the city of imposing unreasonable landing fees, illegally diverting airport funds to nonaviation uses and setting unfair leasing policies to force out aeronautical tenants. A decision is pending.

In addition, a city lawsuit to free the airport from its federal agreements is scheduled for trial in late 2017 in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.  A federal appeals court reinstated the case this year after it was dismissed.


Cessna 180C, N451SW: Accident occurred September 05, 2016 in Clemson, South Carolina

National Transportation Safety Board - National Transportation Safety Board:

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NTSB Identification: GAA16CA478
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, September 05, 2016 in Clemson, SC
Aircraft: CESSNA 180, registration: N451SW
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.

According to the pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane, prior to the takeoff roll he applied one notch of flaps and added power. He reported that just before rotation the airplane veered to the left and he could not keep the airplane on the runway. He reported that he aborted the takeoff, applied the brakes and the airplane exited the runway to the left and impacted a drainage culvert. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing spar and ribs.

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies with any portion of the airplane during the preflight that would have prevented the normal flight operations.

The meteorological aerodrome report at the accident airport reported that the wind was out of 100 degrees true at 04 knots at the time of the accident. The pilot departed runway 25.

Arion Lightning LS-1, N481SL: Incident occurred August 24, 2016 at Northeast Florida Regional Airport (KSGJ), St. Augustine, St. Johns County, Florida

No one was hurt after a plane crashed at the Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St. Augustine on Wednesday afternoon.

St. Johns County Fire Rescue responded and found that there was no fire hazard.

A spokesperson for the airport said the pilot lost control of the plane due to the wind and landed in the pond.

An FAA spokesperson released the following information:

"An Arion Aircraft, LLC., experimental, amateur-built aircraft veered off Runway 13 after landing at Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St. Augustine, FL, at 3 pm today. The aircraft nose gear collapsed and the propeller struck the pavement. ... The FAA is investigating."

The FAA said only the pilot was on board at the time of the crash.

According to the FAA's website, the plane is registered to Steven Williamson of Jacksonville, but it is not known at this time if Williamson was flying the plane.

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Baltimore Police Defend Use of Small Airplane to Track, Fight Crime: High-flying cameras, funded by unnamed donor, help solve crimes but also draws criticism

The Wall Street Journal
Aug. 24, 2016 6:43 p.m. ET

BALTIMORE—The Baltimore Police Department on Wednesday defended its use of a newly disclosed airplane-mounted surveillance program, which is run by a private company and since January has employed high-powered cameras that can scan nearly half the city.

“This is a 21st Century investigative tool used to assist investigators in solving crimes,” police spokesman T.J. Smith said at a news conference, likening the airborne cameras to the more than 700 light-pole-mounted cameras around Baltimore. He said footage from the sky helped police arrest a man who is accused of shooting two elderly people in February.

The program, the existence of which was revealed Tuesday by Bloomberg Businessweek, has set off intense criticism from civil liberties advocates and the Maryland public defender’s office. “This is a pretty radical step towards constructing a surveillance society,” said Jay Stanley, senior policy analyst with the American Civil Liberties Union.

Mr. Smith pushed back on assertions that police kept the program secret. “It’s not a secret; we’re talking about it,” he said. Asked why it wasn’t publicized earlier, he said, “We would have talked about it publicly.”

The aerial footage is provided by an Ohio company called Persistent Surveillance Systems. Owner Ross McNutt said a small plane has flown about 300 hours during a trial for the city—100 hours in January and February and 200 hours in a recent two-month span. Mr. Smith said the department hasn’t decided whether to continue the program after the current phase ends in a few weeks.

A wealthy anonymous donor whom Mr. McNutt wouldn’t identify has footed the bill, and company analysts study the images at an office in Baltimore called the Community Support Program, Mr. McNutt said.

The company’s website says it provides “a high level view of the crime scene, the cars and the number of people who were there, where those cars came from and where they went to, and their actions while going to and from the crime scene.”

“We believe we contribute significantly to the safety and support of the citizens here in Baltimore,” Mr. McNutt said.

So far his team has compiled 102 investigative briefs after analysts looked at scenes of serious crimes like murders, shootings and rapes, and fed that information to detectives, he said. “Sometimes they are more successful than others, but I don’t have a firm number” on case outcomes, he said.

Mr. Smith said he didn’t have information on how many arrests resulted from the airplane footage. He emphasized that the cameras lack sufficient resolution to identify individual people on the ground.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she recently became aware of the program. “This technology is about public safety,” she said in a statement. “This isn’t surveilling or tracking anyone. It’s about catching those who choose to do harm to citizens in our city,”

She added: “I am committed to ensuring that we don’t violate any privacy laws as we use technology to our advantage in fighting and solving crime in the city of Baltimore.”

Paul DeWolfe, the public defender for Maryland, said his office wasn’t informed about the surveillance, which he said “violates every citizens’ right to privacy.”

“It is particularly troubling that the department continues to lack any transparency regarding its technology acquisitions and practices,” he said in a statement, noting a recent Justice Department report that described unconstitutional police practices in Baltimore.

Mr. Stanley of the ACLU said he was troubled by both the lack of disclosure and use of the program, which he said was like putting a GPS tracker on every city resident.

“Can it solve crimes? Yes, I’m sure it can,” he said. “If the government put cameras in everybody’s living rooms and bedrooms, that would solve crimes, too.”

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Stemme S10-VT, N5021: Fatal accident occurred August 24, 2016 in Telluride, San Miguel County, Colorado

National Transportation Safety Board - Aviation Accident Preliminary Report: 


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Salt Lake City FSDO-07

NTSB Identification: CEN16FA331
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 24, 2016 in Telluride, CO
Aircraft: STEMME GMBH & CO S10 VT, registration: N5021
Injuries: 2 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 August 24, 2016, about 1410 mountain daylight time, a Stemme Gmbh S10-VT motor-glider, N5021, was substantially damaged during an in-flight collision with trees and terrain near Telluride, Colorado. The pilot and passenger sustained fatal injuries. The motor-glider was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a local sightseeing flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from the Telluride Regional Airport (TEX), Telluride, Colorado, about 1315.

A witness hiking between Mountain Village and the St. Sophia gondola station reported seeing the motor-glider under power apparently climbing out from TEX. The engine "sounded perfect" at a constant power setting at the time. About 15 minutes later, he heard the sound of a "strained engine" in the direction of Prospect Bowl. It sounded as if there was a "strain on the propeller," similar to a propeller-driven airplane maneuvering during aerobatic flight. About 15 seconds later, the sound of the engine stopped. He subsequently overheard radio communications of mountain staff personnel responding to a downed aircraft.

A second witness working on the ski patrol shack at the top of the Revelation Lift observed the motor-glider fly by with the engine running. His co-worker commented that the glider seemed to be flying unusually low and it subsequently went out of sight below the tree line. About 10 seconds later, they heard a loud noise, which they initially attributed to other work going on in the area. However, with thoughts of the low flying glider, he decided to drive to a nearby ridge at which time he observed the accident site. He reported the accident to the local authorities.

A third witness driving toward the Lynx building (near lift 13) in Prospect Basin (Bowl), looking directly at Gold Hill, reported observing the motor-glider low on the horizon just above the tree line. The aircraft proceeded south toward Prospect Ridge in what appeared to be a controlled descent. He subsequently lost sight of the aircraft behind a tree line. Although the motor-glider was at a "considerably" lower altitude than he was accustomed to seeing it, it did not appear to be out of control, nor did he perceive it to be in any distress. He and his co-worker subsequently received notification of the accident over their radio and responded to the site.

The motor-glider came to rest within a small cluster of trees in the Prospect Bowl area of the Uncompahgre National Forest/Telluride Ski Area. The accident site was located about 5 miles south-southeast of the Telluride airport at an elevation of approximately 11,200 feet. The vicinity of the accident site consisted of mountainous terrain; densely wooded areas, small meadows and exposed rock. The terrain gradually sloped downhill toward the north/northwest from the accident site. The ridgelines to the east and south of the site exceeded 12,500 feet.

The forward fuselage was oriented on a northwest bearing. The fuselage nose and cockpit area sustained extensive damage. The aft fuselage was separated from, and located immediately adjacent to, the forward fuselage. The aft fuselage was oriented in the opposite direction from the forward fuselage. A tree was positioned between the forward and aft fuselage sections. The branches on the south/southeast side of the tree appeared to have been stripped of branches and bark from a height of about 20 feet above ground level. The southernmost tree in the cluster exhibited a fresh break located about 75 feet above ground level. The empennage, including the rudder and elevators, remained attached to the aft fuselage.

Both wings had separated from the fuselage; they were located immediately adjacent to the fuselage at the time of the on-scene examination. However, local authorities advised that the right wing was initially located over the fuselage and was cut near the root in order to extricate the pilot. The left wing exhibited leading edge impact damage and deformation of the composite structure. The outboard section of the left wing, with the wingtip attached, had separated from the main wing and was located at the accident site. The left aileron was separated and fragmented; it was located at the accident site. The right wing, with exception of the damage at the root and separation of the wing tip, appeared to be intact. The right wingtip was located at the accident site. The right aileron remained attached to the wing.

One of the witnesses reported light rain (sprinkles) and steady 5-8 mph surface winds out of the northeast about the time of the accident. He stated that there was no thunderstorm activity in the immediate area; however, there was thunderstorm activity across the Telluride valley to the north and closer to the airport. Another witness reported that the weather was initially sunny with some clouds and a calm wind. However, about 1300, the weather began to change, with "dark rain clouds" building above Prospect Basin (Bowl) and in the general Telluride vicinity. At 1415, weather conditions recorded at the Telluride airport included a calm wind, with thunderstorms and light rain showers in the vicinity.

Detailed examinations of the airframe and engine are pending. A GPS Secure Flight Recorder (Cambridge Aero Instruments) was recovered at the accident site. Examination of the component and recovery of any retained data by the NTSB Recorders Laboratory is pending.

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A  former Durango man died in a motorized glider plane crash Wednesday near Telluride.

Robert B. Saunders, 64, known to some as “Glider Bob,” was piloting the aircraft when it went down for unknown reasons about 2 p.m. Wednesday in Prospect Basin, which is within the Telluride Ski Resort boundaries, according to a news release issued by the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office.

A passenger on board, Ronald James Uekert, 66, of South Fork, also died in the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board arrived Thursday to investigate the crash, but as of Thursday afternoon, there were no clues as to why the plane went down, said Susan Lilly, spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office.

Saunders was a longtime glider pilot and flight instructor at the former Val-Air Glider Port in the Animas Valley north of Durango.

He also was a fine woodworker who specialized in cabinetry and furniture at his woodshop in Gem Village, said his longtime friend, George Usinowicz, of Durango. He made the massive wooden front door for the former Farquarhts bar in Durango, which opened with ease hundreds of times a day, millions of times in its lifetime, he said.

“Classical music played in his woodshop while he shaped his wood pieces,” Usinowicz wrote in an email to the Herald.

He also enjoyed dancing, acting and snowboarding.

He moved to Telluride in the 1990s and operated Glide Telluride, which offered year-round flights reaching 14,000 to 15,000 feet in elevation out of the Telluride Regional Airport. He was flying a German Stemme Motorglider, which has its own engine and propeller that allowed him to takeoff without being towed and tucked away under a streamlined nose when not in use.

The crash was reported at 2:11 p.m. Wednesday. First responders said neither man had a pulse. They attempted life-saving measures but were unsuccessful.

“His furniture, his door, his acting performances, his dancing instruction, his glider experiences all remain as heirloom memories, as does the memory of Glider Bob in our hearts,” Usinowicz wrote in his remembrance to the Herald.

“Glider Bob” Saunders

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY, Colo. -- A well-known Telluride pilot is among the two dead following a glider crash in the Telluride Ski area, a deputy with the San Miguel Sheriff's Office said Wednesday. 

Robert B. Saunders, also known as "Glider Bob", 64, was piloting a Stemme S10-VT glider when it went down in Prospect Basin in the Telluride Ski area around 2 p.m., said Susan Lilly, a San Miguel Sheriff's Office spokeswoman. The other victim has only been identified as a Colorado man.

"This is a terrible tragedy and an enormous loss for the families as well as the entire Telluride community. Telluride has lost another great one," said San Miguel Sheriff Bill Masters.

The crash was being called an accident by Allen Kenitzer, with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Communications. Circumstances surrounding the crash are unknown at this time. 

Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate the crash. 

"Glider Bob" owned and operated "Glide Telluride" which offered year-round glider rides soaring 14-15,000 feet around the region out of the Telluride Regional Airport, Lilly said. Saunders had been flying Stemme Motorgliders since 1997, according to his website.  

It's unclear what circumstances led up to the crash, but Telluride is a high-altitude location, known for being difficult to navigate via the air. 


TELLURIDE, Colo. — Two people were killed in an airplane crash near Telluride Wednesday. That’s according to the San Miguel County Sheriff.

A social media post from the sheriff’s office indicated this was a small airplane that went down in the southwestern Colorado mountains.


TELLURIDE, Colo. - Two people were killed in a plane crash in Telluride Wednesday, according to San Miguel County Sheriff's Office.

The cause of the crash and identities of victims are unknown at this time.


Wings of Alaska makes push for stronger community ties

There has been a little turbulence since the October sale of Wings of Alaska to Fjord Flying Service, but the new staff is continuing to work out the kinks.

Aldwin Harder has only been the manager of the new company for a few months, but he’s got a clear vision of where he wants the business to go.

“Haines is a market that we’d like to serve better,” Harder said.

Harder was meeting with businesses and residents recently in Haines.

In October, Wings was sold by its parent company, SeaPort Airlines, out of Portland.

Gustavus-based Fjord Flying Service, a charter business, bought Wings.

The joint company still offers charters from the Fjord side and scheduled commuter flights from Wings of Alaska.

“We’re basically a brand new company that started in 2016,” Harder said. “We’ve combined the assets now and have formed a new airline specifically to serve the local villages of Hoonah, Haines, Skagway, Gustavus and the city of Juneau.”

Since the sale, the transition has been a little rough, Harder said.

Fewer planes and scaled back service caused some customers to balk.

With the two airlines’ business strategies and methods melding more and more, the day to day is progressing a little more smoothly, he said.

“Currently we’re operating four total aircrafts, soon to be five,” Harder said. “We have three (Cessna) 207s and two 206s – one of the 207s is in the rebuilding process and will be out later on in the summer. They all fly VFR (visual fight rules), weather permitting. Safety is always our first goal.”

The fall sale of Wings to Fjord included all ground assets, but not the planes.

The new company exclusively serves Southeast Alaska.

All the owners – there are a handful scattered around Southeast – are focused on creating a “family” of employees and clients, Harder said.

“I think what sets us apart is out local service, our local ownership, the ability to address the problems that happen on a very personal level,” he said.

At the Haines office, station manager Marlene Wilson agreed that there was a little turmoil when the transition first got underway, but mostly because people thought the airline shut down.

“They still come in in disbelief that we’re here,” she said. “We never have closed our doors, we’ve always been open. We just went from one owner to another.”

After Wings was sold, the business did lose its nine-plane fleet, getting three smaller planes instead.

For the first little while, Wilson said, they were just flying charters but they never stopped flying completely. The company is doing scheduled flights and freight again, but it no longer operates the mail flights.

Wilson said now, in the midst of a busy summer, things are going well. The online reservations option is up and running, and more planes have been added to the roster.

“Basically, we’re started brand new, as if we’re a brand new company starting out because of the rumors and people just now realizing that we’re still in service.”

Wings of Alaska has been operating in Southeast for 30 years.

It, along with Alaska Seaplanes, offers multiple daily flights between Haines and Skagway, and other communities in the region.

They plan to expand, but they just need to get through the winter first, Wilson said.

“Our main focus right now is just to deal with our passengers, and get our passengers back on board,” she said.


Accident occurred August 24, 2016 in the Ashland Reservoir, Middlesex County, Massachusetts

ASHLAND – A Hopkinton man’s ultralight aircraft lost power as it flew over Ashland State Park on Wednesday, crashing into the water.

David Diana, 48, of Hopkinton was not injured, but his small aircraft was fully submerged after the 4:30 p.m. crash, Fire Chief Scott Boothby said.

“When he was flying, he experienced some engine trouble,” said Boothby. “He tried to get back to the Marlborough Airport (where Diana took off), but unfortunately, he wasn’t able to get back to the airport.”

The aircraft crashed sideways into the water and quickly became fully submerged, the chief said. Diana was able to unbuckle himself and get out of the aircraft, Boothby said.

Tim Newman of Medway was just putting his 15-foot aluminum boat into the water to fish with his three children when the plane went down.

“He came crashing down into the water and I had just put the motor on, and I began heading to where the plane was,” said Newman. “He (Diana) popped his head out of the water, and I yelled over to ask if anyone else was in there and he said no. I asked if he was hurt and he said, ‘I don’t think so.’”

Diana held onto the boat and Newman brought him back to the Spring Street boat ramp. There, paramedics and emergency workers were already waiting after numerous 911 calls.

Newman said he led firefighters to the approximate location of the crash.

Boothby said the aircraft is about 200 to 300 yards from shore. He said it is submerged in 20 to 30 feet of water.

He said firefighters checked for any fuel leaks, but it appears the gas tank, which holds five gallons, did not burst.

“We’re just waiting for the (Massachusetts) state police and their dive team to come and to see how they’re going to get it out of the water,” Boothby said.

Newman said he and his children never did get a chance to fish, but he said he is OK with that.

“I told them ‘Here’s a fishing trip you’ll never forget,’” said Newman. “I’m just glad he (Diana) wasn’t hurt.”


A helicopter made a crash landing into the water at the Ashland Reservoir on Wednesday afternoon, according to Massachusetts State Police.

The crash was reported around 4:30 p.m. in an area off Spring Street.

The 48-year-old pilot of the single-engine ultralight told police he had taken off from Marlborough Airport and lost power as he was flying over the reservoir, causing him to make the crash landing.

After the helicopter went down, the aircraft started to sink, but the pilot was able to get out safely. He was helped to shore by some area boaters.

The pilot was not hurt.

Police said the aircraft was carrying fewer than 5 gallons of fuel and does not pose a risk to the environment.

Ashland Police are investigating the crash but because the aircraft is an ultralight, authorities said it's unclear if the Federal Aviation Administration will be conducting their own investigation.


The Ashland Fire Department tells FOX25 it is unclear if the aircraft involved is a helicopter or an ultralight.

State police say the pilot of the aircraft is safely onshore.

SkyFox was over the scene, live video of the search was streamed on the FOX25 Facebook page.

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ASHLAND, Mass. —An ultralight helicopter crashed into the Ashland Reservoir Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

The crash was reported around 4:50 p.m. It became completely submerged in the water. 

The pilot, David Diana, was able to get out of his seatbelt and swim to the shore, according to the Ashland Fire Department.

Members of the fire department are trying to manage the oil from the aircraft.

Diana told reporters he was not hurt. 

Sky5 saw emergency responders were gathered near the edge of the reservoir. 

Officials said the goal is to remove the helicopter by nightfall. 

Sources said at least one person is out of the aircraft, but it's unknown if anyone else was inside at the time of the crash.


Cessna 182Q, Civil Air Patrol Inc., N4810N : Accident occurred August 24, 2016 at Fallbrook Community Airpark (L18), San Diego County, California

National Transportation Safety Board - Aviation Accident Factual Report: 


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA San Diego FSDO-09

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA449
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 24, 2016 in Fallbrook, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N4810N
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 flight instructor reported that during a Civil Air Patrol evaluation flight, he decided to demonstrate a power off landing to the pilot being evaluated. The flight instructor further reported that the airplane touched down within the first 400 feet of the 2,160-foot runway and reported that the brakes were ineffective during the landing roll. The pilot witness who observed the landing from the left seat reported that he observed heavy braking, some swerving, a loss of control, and the airplane exited the left side of the runway near the departure end of the runway. During the runway excursion, the airplane nosed over and sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, empennage, and the right wing lift strut.

In a Civil Air Patrol online system, the pilot witness reported that over the runway threshold the airspeed was 84 knots, the altitude was 20 feet, and the airplane touchdown zone was 1/2 to 2/3 down the runway, with 1000 feet of runway remaining.

The local flight school provided video surveillance of the landing. The video showed the airplane still airborne while in the camera frame, which was about 700 feet past the runway threshold. The airplane subsequently moved out of camera view and was still airborne. The video did not show the airplane touch down on the runway.

In a post-accident examination four days after the accident by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), both brakes were found to be functional.

In a post-accident inspection almost two weeks after the accident by the repair mechanic, it was revealed that the left brake was working, but the right brake was "full of air." The mechanic reported that when the airplane was upside down air can enter into the hydraulic system, so "all bets are off". The mechanic further reported that there were no flat or bald spots on the tires.

A small plane coming in for a landing at the Fallbrook Air Park ran out of runway and made a left, causing the plane to roll over, officials said.

The Cessna 182, a part of the Civil Air Patrol, landed shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday at the air park, located at 2155 S Mission Road. The Civil Air Patrol is the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary. 

The plane was on an authorized proficiency flight with two pilots on board when it landed on the runway, but ran out of space. 

The pilot made a left at the end of the runway and the plane rolled over, fire officials said. 

The two occupants inside, a 77-year-old man and a 79-year-old man, suffered minor injuries. 

The aircraft suffered "substantial damage", Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokesman Ian Gregor said. 

No one was trapped inside, fire officials said. 

FAA and the National Transpiration Safety Board (NTSB) officials will investigate the crash.


FALLBROOK, Calif. – No one was seriously injured after a small airplane flipped over upon landing at the Fallbrook airport, authorities confirmed.

The Cessna 182 was seen upside-down at the end of the runway of Fallbrook Community Airpark at 2155 S. Mission Road around 1:20 p.m.  The two people aboard, both in their late 70s, had minor injuries and declined medical aid, North County Fire Department official said.

Fire official told FOX 5 that the plane crashed while on takeoff, but a county official said it happened as the plane was landing. The pilot overshot the runway and flipped the plane, a county official said.

Both San Diego County Sheriff’s Department deputies and local firefighters went to the airport.

Details regarding what type of airplane crashed or the extent of the damage were not immediately known.

The runway was shut down to allow emergency crews to assist the pilot and passenger. Clean up crews were expected to mop up a minor fuel leak before reopening the area.


FALLBROOK, Calif. - A light plane crash landed at the end of a runway at an airport in Fallbrook Wednesday, but the 79-year-old pilot and his passenger emerged largely unscathed, authorities reported.

The aviation accident at Fallbrook Community Airpark on South Mission Road occurred shortly after 1 p.m., said Capt. Rich Berry of the North County Fire Protection District.

The flier and his 77-year-old companion were able to get out of the Cessna on their own and did not require hospital treatment for minor injuries, Berry said.

It was not immediately clear why the pilot lost control of the plane.


FALLBROOK — A small plane crashed at Fallbrook Community Airpark and landed upside down in a nursery Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

The pilot and passenger suffered minor injuries and were not taken to a hospital, North County Fire Capt. Rich Berry said. He said one man is age 79 and the other age 77.

The crash was reported by a witness who called 911 at 1 p.m. The witness said it occurred at the south end of the runway at the airport on Mission Road, a sheriff's official said.

Berry said the pilot was landing when he lost control of the plane. It skidded off the runway and overturned among potted nursery plants.

Firefighters were handling a fuel spill, but there was no fire, Berry said.

Van's RV-9A, Saflight LLC, N379RV: Fatal accident occurred August 24, 2016 in Sebring, Highlands County, Florida


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Orlando FSDO-15

NTSB Identification: ERA16FA297 

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation 
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 24, 2016 in Sebring, FL
Aircraft: HEBERLEIN RONALD VANS RV 9A, registration: N379RV
Injuries: 1 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 August 24, 2016, about 0630 eastern standard daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Vans RV-9A, N379RV, was destroyed when it collided with terrain while in cruise flight near Sebring, Florida. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The personal flight, which departed Sebring Municipal Airport (SEF), Sebring, Florida, and was destined for Greater Portsmouth Regional Airport (PMH), Portsmouth, Ohio, was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the spouse of the pilot, he was traveling to PMH to attend a class reunion. A review of SEF airport security camera video revealed an airplane departing at 0623 from runway 14. At the time of departure it was dawn and the registration number of the airplane could not be observed. Shortly thereafter, a witness southeast of the airport reported hearing the sound of a low flying airplane followed by a loud crashing sound. He subsequently contacted local authorities and advised them that he believed that an airplane may have crashed somewhere near his farm. A search ensued and the airplane was located a 1/2 mile south of the witnesses' location.

The airplane was manufactured in 2005. It was powered by a Lycoming O-320-D2J engine rated at 160 horsepower at 2,700 rpm, and was equipped with a Sensenich two-bladed fixed pitch propeller.

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land and instrument airplane. He reported a total flight experience of 920 hours, including 2 hours during the last 6 months, on his Federal Aviation Administration second-class medical certificate application, dated May 4, 2015. The medical certificate indicated no restrictions.

The recorded weather at SEF, at 0559, included winds from 360 degrees at 5 knots; 7 statute miles visibility, scattered clouds at 1,700 feet, temperature and dew point were not reported, and an altimeter setting of 30.10 inches of mercury.

The initial impact revealed a ground scar that was identified with a series of three ground scars and a 28 foot perpendicular ground scar just forward of the three ground scars. The wreckage path extended beyond the initial ground scars and was on a magnetic heading of 030 degrees and continued for 250 feet. Fragmented pieces of the airplane's wings, fuselage, and engine parts were distributed along the wreckage path.

The engine was fractured from its mounts and displayed significant impact damage to the external sections of the engine. The propeller was fractured and separated at the propeller hub.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

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A preliminary report on the August small plane crash near Lorida noted that the pilot who was killed planned to fly to Portsmouth, Ohio for a class reunion.

The National Transportation Safety Board’s report offered details about pilot Leon Adelstone’s flight experience and the aircraft he was flying.

Adelstone, 76, departed from Sebring Municipal Airport around 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 24, according to the report.

Shortly after takeoff, a witness southeast of the airport reported hearing the sound of a low flying airplane followed by a loud crashing sound, the report states.

The experimental amateur-built Vans RV-9A was destroyed when it hit the ground while in cruise flight near Sebring and the pilot was fatally injured, the report shows. He was the sole occupant of the plane, which crashed near Scrub Pen Road.

The wreckage path extended beyond the initial ground scars and continued for 250 feet, the report notes. Fragmented pieces of the airplane’s wings, fuselage and engine parts were distributed along the wreckage path.

The engine was fractured from its mounts and displayed significant impact damage to the external sections of the engine, according to the report. The propeller was fractured and separated at the propeller hub.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

The RV-9A is a single-engine, two-seat, low-wing, home-built plane with a nose wheel.

It was manufactured in 2005 and powered by a 160 horsepower engine with a two-blade propeller, according to the report.

Adelstone held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land and instrument airplane, the report notes.

Adelstone reported a total flight experience of 920 hours, including two hours during the last six months, on his Federal Aviation Administration second-class medical certificate application, dated May 4, 2015, the report shows. The medical certificate indicated no restrictions.

At the conclusion of its investigation the NTSB will issue a probable cause report.

LORIDA (FOX 13) - The pilot of a small plane that crashed in Highlands County was confirmed dead by the sheriff's office Wednesday afternoon. 

The pilot was identified as  Leon Adelstone, 76, from Sebring.

The crash happened just after 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. Dispatchers got a call that a plane had gone down near Arbuckle Creek Road. 

Highlands County Sheriff's Office deputies went to the scene, then called in an aircraft for help. 

At about 8:30 a.m., the sheriff's office pilot spotted the crash site in a pasture west of Scrub Pens Road.

Deputies on the ground said they found the body of the pilot, but no one else seemed to be onboard the airplane.

Adelstone owned the Van's RV-9A experimental aircraft. Deputies said he took off from Sebring Regional Airport before the crash.

Highlands County Sheriff's Office detectives and the FAA were were investigating.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Jamie Davidson at 863-402-7250.


LORIDA — One person is dead following a plane crash early Wednesday morning. The crash, involving what was described as a small plane, occurred in a rural section of Lorida near Scrub Pens Road.

According to a Highlands County Sheriff’s Office press release, the pilot has been identified a Leon Adelstone, 76, of Sebring. No one else was onboard the airplane.

The aircraft is a single-engine experimental airplane owned by Adelstone. Adelstone had taken off from Sebring Regional Airport prior to the crash, the report said.

According to Chief Deputy Mark Schrader of the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, the accident reportedly occurred sometime around dawn.

“We received a call from a resident in the area of Scrub Pens Road around 6:32 a.m. reporting a low-flying plane,” Schrader told the Highlands News-Sun Wednesday morning.

Deputies, however, were unable to locate signs of the plane from the ground and called for the HCSO’s plane to begin an aerial search.

Robert Jordan, the sheriff’s official pilot, began a search and located what appeared to be wreckage from a plane wreck around 8:30 a.m.

“He was able to guide our deputies on the ground to the crash site,” Schrader said.

A rescue unit from Highlands County EMS and the Lorida Volunteer Fire Department were called to return to the crash site around 10:15 a.m. to assist with extrication and recovery of remains from the scene.

Detectives were on scene securing the area and beginning the initial stages of an accident investigation; and an investigator with the Federal Aviation Administration is on scene.

The National Transportation Safety Board has also been called and is expected to respond, Schrader said.

Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Jamie Davidson at (863) 402-7250.


Cascade Warbirds to fly at Joint Base Lewis McChord Airshow

Members of Cascade Warbirds will be flying in and exhibiting their aircraft at the Joint Base Lewis McChord Airshow the weekend of August 27-28. These historic military planes from different countries will be featured along with their more modern and noisier cousins, the USAF Thunderbirds flight demonstration team. Fourteen pilot owners of this regional group will have their historic aircraft on display and discuss the details of their aircraft and their passion for historic flight. Access to the airshow and the Cascade Warbirds pilots and their craft is at no charge. (Free is always good!)

Cascade Warbirds is a group of military aviation enthusiasts from throughout the Northwest. Many members are pilot-owners who operate a wide variety of former military aircraft. Examples which are expected include the following:

T-28 Trojan. Built by North American Aviation. Both an 800 horsepower A model, the US Air Force primary trainer from 1950 to 1964, and a later C model with up to 1535 hp used by the US Navy to train Navy and Marine pilots until 1984 will be present. The Trojan also saw combat with both the US and South Vietnamese Air Force through 1968.

T-6 Texan, Harvard. Built by North American Aviation, the Texan was used by the US military as an advanced trainer to prepare cadets to fly the famous North American P-51 Mustang. Navy versions were identified as SNJ. The Harvard was a nearly identical version built and operated by the British Commonwealth countries.

CJ-6. An improved design of the Russian Yak 18, the Nanchang CJ-6 was used to train pilots of the Peoples Republic of China Air Force. It is popular as an affordable, relatively high performance platform to enable pilots to develop formation flying skills. Two CJ-6A models are expected.

IAR-823. Designed and built in Romania for their Air Force, this four place trainer has aerobatic ratings and hard points for mounting weapons. Because it uses many American components, it is attractive to our market and about 50 are owned in the US.

L-3 Grasshopper. Built by Aeronca, the L-3 was actually ordered by the US Army Air Corps prior to WWII. The two place tandem craft served as an observation plane and trainer for later liaison aircraft.

L-4 Grasshopper. The military version of the famous Piper Cub is distinguished by plexiglass skylight and rear windows for improved visibility. The L-4 began its military career before WWII as a trainer and served as a slow observation plane throughout that war and even saw wide use in the Korean War.

L-17 Navion. Designed by North American Aviation right after WWII for the civilian market, and manufactured by several different companies, military versions were used in a liaison role. Four are scheduled to appear, watch for one that says USAF that has Canadian registry.

Scottish Aviation Bulldog. Rarely seen in North America, this little trainer was designed and built by Beagle Aviation and used by the Air Forces of the UK, Sweden, and many countries in the Middle East and Africa.

Seabee. Built by Republic Aviation, this postwar amphibian with its pusher propeller was very popular in the Seattle area and is still seen in small numbers anywhere recreational lakes are numerous.

“We are very excited to be presenting a strong variety of aircraft at this great venue,” said Squadron Commander Ron Morrell, who flies an authentically restored North American T-28A. “We’ll be on display to greet the public up close and personal each day; and be available to fully respond to the questions of interested people,” he said.

“As much as we enjoy these activities, they are an important part of the Squadron’s educational mission. We also award scholarships to further the aviation interests of young people in a wide variety of futures from flying, to aeronautical engineering, and even the military. We encourage students, parents, and even school administrators to investigate our offerings and submit applications,” he added.

Cascade Warbirds, is Squadron #2 of EAA Warbirds of America. With over 250 members, it is the largest Squadron in WoA. Membership is centered in the Puget Sound area, extends throughout Washington, and also from British Columbia to Nevada, with others all across the continent. Its mission is to promote and encourage the flying preservation and display of Warbird aircraft (Keep ‘em Flying), to honor Veterans, and to engage in aviation education.


Cessna 182T, N90391: Accident occurred September 11, 2016 in Olathe, Johnson County, Kansas


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Wichita FSDO-64 
NTSB Identification: GAA16CA484

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, September 11, 2016 in Olathe, KS
Aircraft: CESSNA 182T, registration: N90391

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: 11-SEP-16
Time: 23:30:00Z
Regis#: N90391
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
State: Kansas