Thursday, September 15, 2016

Santa Monica Airport closure should be last resort



Opinion/Editorial

Historic Santa Monica Airport once again finds itself in the middle of a nasty fight that never seems to end.

In an unsurprising, unanimous vote last month, the Santa Monica City Council passed a resolution calling for the closure of the general aviation airport by 2018.

But there is one major problem with that vote. Standing in the way of any closure is the powerful Federal Aviation Administration, which has ruled that the airport must remain open at least until 2023.

For years, many residents have complained about the airport’s noise, pollution and safety problems. That hasn’t always been the case.

At one time, the airport was the home of the Douglas Aircraft company. During World War II, thousands of C-47 and C-54 military cargo planes were built at Santa Monica by Douglas ,which employed thousands of workers and invigorated the city’s economy.

But after the war, the first anti-airport signs surfaced, and Douglas, frustrated by its inability to extend runways at Santa Monica, moved to Long Beach Airport.

Since then, there has been an endless series of moves to close or restrict operations at the airport. Stringent noice ordinances and curfews were passed. However, as size of private jets increased, so did the anger of anti-airport residents.

In 2014, Santa Monica voters approved Measure LC, which gives voters a chance to have a say on how airport land would be developed in case the airport closes. Many would like to see a park there.

The FAA is basing its decision to keep the airport open at least until 2023 on a $240,000 federal grant received by the city in 2003. Provisions of that grant require the airport to stay open 20 years after it was granted, the FAA says.

The city argues the 2003 grant was simply an amendment to the original, larger federal grant the city received in 1994 and didn’t change the expiration date of 2014.

It’s unfortunate that this contentious battle continues. Santa Monica Airport is critical to serving regional transportation needs.

And, if the airport closes, where would the private jets and other aircraft go? NIMBYism is at work here.

There is no easy answer to this frustrating issue, but other options to reduce problems should be explored. Closure should be only the last resort.

Source:   http://www.dailynews.com/opinion

Federal Aviation Administration awards $6.5M to 17 New Mexico airports

CARLSBAD — Cavern City Air Terminal in Carlsbad is one of 17 airports in New Mexico awarded funding for runway construction and maintenance.

More than $6.5 million is being provided by the Federal Aviation Administration to the airports for repairs.

“In communities across New Mexico, local airports play a critical role in the economy. From bringing visitors who want to experience the beauty of the Land of Enchantment to moving New Mexico’s unique products from our chile and pecans around the globe, airports are an essential part of our state’s infrastructure,” said U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luj├ín in a news release.

According to the release, Cavern City Air Terminal will receive $155,000 to fill cracks and provide a seal coat for 5,334 feet in one of the airport's runways.

Sherri Chandler, terminal manager, said she is not certain when the runway project will begin. She said the federal government is the main source of funding for airport runway maintenance.

"(They) always grant money to maintain runways. It's how most airports survive," Chandler said. "When a maintenance item comes up, it's put into effect."

Cavern City Air Terminal is a public airport with four runways. The City of Carlsbad website said the terminal provides services for private pilots and charters and offers flights to cities including Albuquerque and Dallas, Texas through its essential air service provider, Boutique Air.

“New Mexico’s airports play a key role in attracting business and tourism to New Mexico and driving our economy,” U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich said in the release.

Airports awarded funding

Albuquerque International Sunport: $100,000

Cavern City Air Terminal: $155,000

Clayton Municipal Airpark Airport: $270,000

Conchas Lake Airport: 118,756

Deming Municipal Airport: $570,000

Fort Sumner Municipal: $270,104

Four Corners Regional Airport: $1,142,714

Lea County/Jal Airport: $117,990

Lea County Regional Airport: $800,000

Lordsburg Municipal Airport: $59,327

Reserve Airport: $474,975

Santa Fe Municipal Airport: 1,267,917

Santa Rosa Route 66 Airport: $118,755

Sierra Blanca Regional Airport: $116,550

Socorro Municipal Airport: $134,600

Truth or Consequences Municipal Airport: $204,728

Tucumcari Municipal Airport: $475,000

Source:   http://www.currentargus.com

Investigating misconduct by Transportation Security Administration employees at Metro Airport



DETROIT (WXYZ) - The congressional report is blunt: "Misconduct at the TSA threatens the security of the flying public."

Released just weeks ago, the memo shows members of the House Homeland Security Committee blasted the Transportation Security Administration - the agency responsible for the security of airline passengers, their belongings and the aircraft.

Much has been reported on security lapses during screenings, but there is now a new focus on misconduct and even criminal behavior among those doing the screening.

Congressional investigators found misconduct is occurring "at all levels" of the TSA and that "bloated bureaucracy" within the agency has slowed accountability.

The number of allegations against employees has increased by nearly 30 percent in the last three years. Congress estimates this represents one in every three TSA employees.

Misconduct allegations are frequent and broad, but more serious is misconduct involving criminal action.

The 7 Investigators, through the Freedom of Information Act, requested data from the TSA on incidents of criminal activity involving agents at Detroit's Metro Airport.

It took more than a year for the agency to provide the data.

Over a two year period, there were 8 documented cases involving TSA personnel that resulted in "criminal action."     

From "sexual misconduct" to "fraud" to the abuse of alcohol, the particulars regarding the infractions - including victim information - were redacted.

Only three of the cases resulted in an immediate firing from the TSA. The overall number of misconduct allegations - non-criminal at Metro - is believed to be much higher.

The TSA says they are doing more to oversee misconduct, including sending new recruits to boot camp to learn things such as ethical behavior.

The TSA also says that the appearance of a rise in misconduct could be due to an increased effort at cracking down. However, that doesn't address why bad behavior seems to exist in such numbers in the first place.     

TSA employs 60,000 people at 430 airports nationwide. They told us in a statement the incidents we cited show they take appropriate action when misconduct is substantiated. Also, they say the criminal cases cited represent less than 1 percent of the TSA workforce at Metro Airport during that time period.

They also say, “The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) takes seriously all allegations of inappropriate behavior by its employees and does not tolerate misconduct. However, when such conduct is alleged, TSA investigates it thoroughly and takes appropriate action when an investigation finds that misconduct has occurred.”

Story and video:  http://www.fox47news.com

A Chicago Startup Is Making 'Uber for Airplanes' a Reality




With the massive popularity of ride-sharing, tech companies and startups have tried to "Uberize" just about everything. But the "Uber for planes" business model has had a hard time getting off the ground.

The Federal Aviation Administration effectively shut down Boston-based startup Flytenow for operating an Uber-like sharing economy service that connected travelers with private pilots. Pilots would post their flight plans on the startup's message board, passengers would reach out if they were traveling in the same direction, and the passenger and pilot would split the costs. Flytenow turned those pilots into “common carriers,” the FAA said, thus requiring them to obtain a commercial license.

But a Chicago startup believes it's found a way to bring air travel to the sharing economy by connecting passengers to licensed, professional pilots. And it just launched its on-demand service nationwide.

FlyOtto allows travelers to find, book and pay for regional flights on privately chartered aircraft from their phone or computer. The service, which was born out of Chicago startup OpenAirplane, a company that lets pilots rent planes similar to renting a car, says it gets around any potential local issues as it's governed by Part 135 of the FAA's Federal Air Regulations, which states that only professional commercial pilots and charter certified airplanes can be used. 

Think of FlyOtto not so much as UberX--where you're connected to any available driver--but rather Uber Black, where you're matched with a professional chauffeur.

Here's how it works: Users log on to FlyOtto and enter their pickup and drop off destinations, and they are matched with a pilot and aircraft--usually a piston or turbo prop airplane that seats 3 to 9 people. Users select from the available options, chose their date and time, and pay through the FlyOtto platform. The service works with over 5,000 airports around the country, and is available virtually everywhere in the continental US. FlyOtto takes 7% of the transaction, giving 3% to the credit card companies and the rest to the plane operator.

OpenAirplane founder Rod Rakic said FlyOtto is perfect for the traveler who doesn't want to spend 4 to 6 hours in the car, or all day in airport terminals. FlyOtto isn't necessarily for the traveler who wants to go from major hubs like Chicago to Las Vegas, for example, but is better suited for flyers that are poorly served by the airline hub-and-spoke structure and need to get to small and medium sized towns.

FlyOtto is certainly convenient, but that convenience comes at a price. A one-way flight to from Chicago to Traverse City, Michigan, for example, will run you over $1,500 for a three-person plane. But for those who are accustom to paying for chartered flights, Rakic says FlyOtto is cheaper than the typical process of going through a broker or chartering a jet.

OpenAirplane has been building its network of pilots and airplanes since it launched in 2013, and has over 12,000 pilots signed up to fly and 340 aircraft available for rent. Launching a feature for passengers was a natural evolution for OpenAirplane, Rakic said, but he knew he had to get it right to avoid any issues with the FAA.

"We designed our business to be completely legal form day one," he said. "It's aligned with federal air regulations, state and local laws...(Our pilots are) getting oversight from the FAA on everything from safety operations, maintenance, and operational oversight."

Rakic admits he doesn't love the Uber comparisons, but acknowledges that FlyOtto has been inspired by the ride-sharing giant's business model.

"We finally created a way to make private air travel an impulse purchase, which it never really was before," he said.

Read more here:   http://chicagoinno.streetwise.co

Tree removal near Sea-Tac Airport being required by the Feds, not the Port







The proposed cutting down of “the draconian 2,270 trees” in the flight path corridors at Sea-Tac Airport was highlighted at the SeaTac City Council session Tuesday night (Sept. 13), with the Port of Seattle plan being opposed by the administrator of the South King County Cultural Association.

Councilmembers, however, were told that the Port was only carrying out the mandate of the Federal Aviation Administration. Not to do what the FAA requires could have drastic implications, even to curtailing the number or type of flights, or possibly even losing federal grants to help finance the airport and the area.

Barbara McMichael, the administrator of the cultural association, said “one of the things that has come up increasingly (from her members) is about trees,” and the fact that the “wholesale removal of so many trees from our community is becoming of increasing concern for our members … and the Port of Seattle’s plan to remove anywhere from 1,600 to 2,270 trees.”

She said that not all of the trees can be saved, but perhaps most not would have to go.

Don’t blame Port

The Port of Seattle is not the instigator of the tree removal program, as it is mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration that controls all planes when they are taking off, landing or are in flight.

Plus, Port officials in charge of the program say the removal of trees on private property will not begin until 2018, and after a thorough research of each situation.

All federally charged airports are required each five years to survey landing and takeoff zones by the FAA, and it requires removal of anything over a set height. The official name of the program is the “Flight Safety Corridor Program.”

Unlike some cities in the nation, at Sea-Tac Airport there are no buildings that have to be removed. In one city a tall apartment had to be torn down.

Here, the Port of Seattle plans to replace the removed trees with 4,000 native species trees to replace 2,270 trees taken down. The replaced trees are of a type that will not grow high enough to be problems in the future, Port officials told The SeaTac Blog on Thursday.

Read more here:   http://seatacblog.com

Gavilan takes to the air

That’s Gavilan College trustee Kent Child doing ribbon-cutting honors for the school's aviation program in its new home at San Martin Airport. Pictured from left are David Leonardo of Hollister Jet Center, who is standing in front of Gilroy Chamber of Commerce president Mark Turner, Childs, Gavilan trustees Lois Locci, Tom Breen, Walt Glines and Mark Dover, college president Kathleen Rose and human resources director Eric Ramones.


Within months of being hired this summer, Gavilan Community College president Kathleen Rose, above, got to buy an airplane for her school’s Aviation Maintenance Technology program. It’s a Piper, one of three planes used in the program where instructor Herb Spenner, above, has taught for six years. They are seen Tuesday at the grand opening ceremony for the school's new aviation program facility at San Martin Airport. 



After a six-year wait, one of most successful programs at Gavilan Community College hosted grand opening ceremonies Tuesday for its new home at the San Martin Airport.

The school’s Aviation Maintenance Technology program began in the 1960s at Hollister Airport and is the only aviation career-training program of its kind in the region.

“This is a whole new chapter for Gavilan College,” said Kathleen Rose, the school’s recently hired superintendent and president as she stood near the cluster of renovated classrooms and a new hanger, replete with a Piper airplane for students—one of three planes students learn on.

“One of the first things I got to do as CEO was purchase a plane, not many CEOs get to do that,” she quipped.

Several dozen well-wishers, faculty, local officials, representatives of chambers of commerce and the two candidates in the November Gavilan board of trustees election, Danielle Davenport and Rachel Perez, joined Rose for the ceremony.

Others at the Tuesday afternoon ribbon cutting included representatives of U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren and Santa Clara County District 1 Supervisor Mike Wasserman.

Rose thanked county and San Martin Airport officials and college staff, among others, for their assistance in making the project happen during a six-year effort that was not without its trying moments.

Instructor Herb Spenner said the program has 30 students but a capacity for 50; graduates of the two-year course have a robust employment market waiting for them, he added.

With the skills acquired in the program, graduates can work for airlines, corporations with private planes, helicopter operations, the space industry, or can go into business for themselves, as one graduate did in Alaska, said Spenner.

He has taught at Gavilan for six years after a career in military aircraft design.

Indeed, United Airlines had a recruiter, Ana Maria Pena, at the event.

“The industry is ready and waiting to hire,” she said, adding that she attended as part of United’s efforts to open a pipeline to employment for Gavilan’s aviation graduates.

The course teaches the basics and more advanced aspects of engine and airframe work and readies students for Federal Aviation Certification—the experts who deem aircraft airworthy or not—according to Spenner.

He is one of three instructors in the program and all are Gavilan graduates, he said.

“This a great example of how Gavilan is meeting the needs of the community,” said Gavilan College trustee Walt Glines of Gilroy.

“This project will enable the college to double the number of students who will be in line for good-paying jobs in the ever-growing aviation field. Many land jobs at Bay Area airports. The grads earn around $57,000 a year to start,” he said.

Spenner said salaries can reach into six figures.

Glines called vocational programs such as the Gavilan’s aviation courses “a mainstay” of community colleges. “Not everyone wants to gain a two or four-year academic degree,” he said.

Trustee Tom Breen of Hollister called the new airport location, a “very simple and I hope effective use of taxpayer money.”

The program moved from its headquarters at the Hollister Airport to the college’s main campus in Gilroy in 2010. For the next six years students divided their time between classes in the campus Multipurpose Building and lab work at San Martin Airport hangars.

With the help of former District 1 supervisor Don Gage, talks began in 2010 with the county, which owns the San Martin Airport, aimed at relocating the whole aviation program to that facility.

In 2015, the Board of Supervisors approved a 20-year lease with two five-year renewal options, according to the college.

Sherrean Carr, dean of Career Technical Education overseeing the aviation program, said in a college press release that the overall process, from first inquiry to groundbreaking for the new construction, was slow but steady. She credited success to the aviation faculty, many departments at the college, numerous people at the county and especially the efforts of Fred Harris, vice president of administrative services, who got everyone to “yes” during the process.

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

WWII veteran's luggage with war medals returned after being lost by United Airlines



CAMARILLO, Calif. (KABC) -- A World War II veteran was devastated when his luggage containing all his war uniforms, ribbons and medals was lost by United Airlines when he flew out of the Los Angeles International Airport for a reunion in Virginia.

After Emmett Nolan's family reached out to ABC7 for help using #abc7eyewitness on Monday, United Airlines said they were searching for his luggage.

Nolan's luggage, after being missing for nearly a month, was delivered to his home in Camarillo on Thursday.

"I thought it was gone. I didn't think we'd recover it. Thought someone had found it, bootlegged it and sold it," Nolan explained. "We got the people, they called in (to ABC7) and you people really got on the ball and they chased it down and they found it in Newark, New Jersey."

Nolan was heading to Norfolk, Virginia, for a reunion with his brothers of the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles.

He was 18 years old when he enlisted in the U.S. Army back in 1943 and he became a paratrooper with the elite division.

Nolan's first battle was the Normandy Invasion and he also survived the Battle of the Bulge.

Story and video:  http://abc7.com

Air Methods Named Morrissette Senior Vice President of Aviation Operations




DENVER, Sept. 15, 2016 -- Air Methods, America’s largest air medical provider and helicopter operator, today announced the promotion of Leo Morrissette to senior vice president of aviation operations.

“Leo brings more than 30 years of aviation experience and strategic direction to the leadership team,” said Mike Allen, Air Methods’ president of air medical services. “This new role is imperative to the future success of our air medical services division. Leo will strengthen our commitment to our team and partners by elevating the quality and focus of our aviation operations.”

Morrissette will oversee the Company’s air medical part 135 certificate operations, including aviation, maintenance, and pilot training, in addition to Air Methods Communications (AirCom) and fleet management. Morrissette joined Air Methods in 2013 as vice president of aviation support services, providing leadership support for aviation in the field.

“It’s been a pleasure having Leo on the part 145 team over the past three years,” add Archie Gray, senior vice president of aviation support services. “He managed the supply chain team, maintenance training and part 145 maintenance department with the utmost professionalism, and we are looking forward to seeing that translate into his new role within the air medical part 135 operations.”

Prior to Air Methods, Morrissette served as vice president of operations at CHC/Heli-One, the world’s largest helicopter services company specializing in helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul, transportation to offshore oil and gas platforms, and rescue services. He was responsible for all maintenance operations in North America. From 2002 through 2011, Morrissette served in leadership roles, including vice president of customer support, at Turbomeca, a French manufacturer of low- and medium-power gas turbine turboshaft engines for helicopters. He started his career as an AP mechanic in 1989, after serving in the United States Army as a helicopter technician.

“It’s always been about working as a team,” added Morrissette. “We have a great team, and I’m looking forward to bringing core responsibilities back to the functions of aviation and maintenance. This will empower our talented workforce to do what they do best and to continue to grow within their roles.”

Morrissette received an Executive Master of Business Administration in international business from the University of Texas at Dallas. 

Air Methods Corporation (www.airmethods.com) is the global leader in air medical transportation. The Air Medical Services Division is the largest provider of air medical transport services in the United States. The United Rotorcraft Division specializes in the design and manufacture of aeromedical and aerospace technology. The Tourism Division is comprised of Sundance Helicopters, Inc. and Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, which provide helicopter tours and charter flights in the Las Vegas/Grand Canyon region and Hawaii, respectively. Air Methods’ fleet of owned, leased or maintained aircraft features over 450 helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.

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

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Yakovlev Yak-11, N111YK: Fatal accident occurred August 25, 2016 in Speyer, Germany


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http://www.rnf.de/mediathek/video

NTSB Identification: CEN16WA337
Accident occurred Thursday, August 25, 2016 in Speyer, Germany
Aircraft: YAKOVLEV/CHINNERY YAK 11, registration: N111YK
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On August 25, 2016, at 0651 universal coordinated time, a Yakolev YAK-11, US registration N111YK, crashed under unknown circumstances in Speyer, Germany. The pilot was fatally injured and the airplane was destroyed.

The accident investigation is under the jurisdiction and control of the German government. This report is for information purposes only and contains only information released by or obtained from the German government. Further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation
Bundesstelle fuer Flugunfalluntersuchung (BFU)
Hermann-Blenk Strasse 16
38108 Braunschweig
Germany

Tel: (int.) +49 531 3548 - 0
Fax:(int.) +49 531 3548 - 246

e-mail: box@bfu-web.de
www.bfu-web.de

Cameron Z-90, N982ZS: Accident occurred September 04, 2016 in Morrill, Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA352
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, September 04, 2016 in Morrill, NE
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/01/2017
Aircraft: CAMERON Z90, registration: N982ZS
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The balloon was participating in a festival, and departed from a grass field with the private pilot and two passengers on board. The balloon climbed to 1,100 ft above ground level and drifted west. The pilot reported that, as the balloon approached a set of power lines, the wind diminished and the balloon became stationary. The pilot changed altitude several times in an attempt to find wind velocity and direction that would move the balloon away from the lines; however, as he again engaged the burners and attempted to climb, the burner system ran out of fuel. The balloon descended, and one of the metal carabiners that attached the basket to the envelope struck a power line, resulting in a spark. The pilot pulled the deflation valve and immediately descended the balloon to the ground. A postaccident examination of the balloon showed impact and thermal arcing damage to the carabiner. Two of the envelope panels exhibited thermal damage, and the envelope temperature sensor wire, which runs from the top of the envelope to the instruments in the basket, was burnt in half. The pilot reported there were no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies with the balloon.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot’s improper inflight fuel management, which resulted in fuel exhaustion and an inability to avoid contact with power lines. 

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA352
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, September 04, 2016 in Morrill, NE
Aircraft: CAMERON Z90, registration: N982ZS
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

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 September 4, 2016, about 0830 mountain daylight time, a Cameron Z-90 lighter than air balloon with airborne heater, N982ZS, struck a power line and terrain during an uncontrolled descent, two and a half miles northeast of Morrill, Nebraska. The pilot and two passengers on board were not injured and the balloon received substantial damage. The balloon was registered to, and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed for the flight that was operated without a flight plan. The local flight originated from the Mitchell, Nebraska, about 0726.

The flight was part of a balloon festival that was taking place at the time. The pilot and passengers took off from a field near Mitchell, Nebraska, climbed to 1,100 ft. agl, and drifted west at 4 to 5 knots. The pilot reported that as he came over the power lines the wind speed reduced to calm and the balloon stopped. The pilot changed altitudes several times to find wind velocity and a vector that would move him away from the lines. After several attempts to maneuver away from the lines the pilot engaged the burners to climb to a higher altitude. As he engaged the burners, the pilot said he heard a change in the burners sound. He checked his fuel gauges; the quantity was low, and engaged the burners again, but the balloon began to lose altitude. During the uncontrolled descent, the balloon contacted the power lines causing a spark. The pilot pulled the deflation line to get the basket on the ground. The balloon basket contacted the ground and the envelope draped over the power lines.

An examination of the balloon showed thermal arcing damage to one of the carabineers that attached the basket to the envelope. There was also thermal damage to two panels in the balloon envelope, and the envelope temperature sensor wire that runs from the sensor at the top of the envelope to the instruments in the basket was burnt in half. No other anomalies with the balloon or its systems were found.

At 0853, the weather conditions at Western Nebraska Regional Airport (BFF), Scottsbluff, Nebraska, 18 nautical miles east-southeast of the accident site was clear skies, visibility 10 statute miles, and wind 150 degrees at 6 knots.

http://registry.faa.gov/N982ZS

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA352
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, September 04, 2016 in Morrill, NE
Aircraft: CAMERON Z90, registration: N982ZS
Injuries: 3 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 September 4, 2016, about 0830 mountain daylight time, a Cameron Z-90 lighter than air balloon with airborne heater, N982ZS, registered to and operated by a private individual, struck a power line and terrain during an uncontrolled descent, two and a half miles northeast of Morrill, Nebraska. The pilot and two passengers on board were not injured and the balloon received substantial damage. Visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed at the time of the accident. The personal flight was being conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 without a flight plan. The local flight originated from Mitchell, Nebraska, about 0700.

The pilot reported that he ran out of fuel while in flight and was not able to maneuver the balloon to his intended landing site. During the uncontrolled descent, the balloon struck powerlines, which did thermal arcing damage to one of the carabiners that attaches the basket to the envelope. There was also thermal damage to two panels in the balloon envelope, and the envelope temperature sensor wire that runs from the top of the envelope to the instruments in the basket was burnt in half.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Cessna 172M, Flight Train Monroe LLC, N5283R: Accident occurred September 11, 2016 near Covington Municipal Airport (KCVC), Newton County, Georgia

FLIGHT TRAIN MONROE LLC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N5283R

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Atlanta FSDO-11

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA483
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, September 11, 2016 in Covington, GA
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N5283R

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.

AIRCRAFT FORCE LANDED ON A HIGHWAY AND STRUCK A ROAD SIGN, NEAR COVINGTON, GEORGIA.

Date: 12-SEP-16
Time: 03:45:00Z
Regis#: N5283R
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: COVINGTON
State: Georgia

After running out of fuel and making an emergency landing on I-20 in Newton County, a small plane sits in the plane parking area at Covington Municipal Airport, waiting for inspection by FAA officials. The only apparent damage to the plan is a small dent that can be see on the front end of the right wing (far left in photo). It is not known if the dent was caused by the emergency landing, or was already there.



COVINGTON - FAA investigators are at the Covington Municipal Airport today, examining a small plane after the pilot reportedly ran out of fuel and made an emergency landing on Interstate 20 west near mile marker 95 just before midnight Saturday. The plane landed safely and no one was injured.

A Newton County Sheriff’s Office incident report identifies the pilot as Jeremy James Dupree, 38, of Covington. Dupree told deputies that he was flying from Valdosta to Monroe in his 1974 Cessna 172 when he ran out of fuel and had to make an emergency landing on I-20.

According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, they received a call at 11:57 p.m. from Dupree stating he had just landed on I-20. Dupree was able to move the plane into the grass and it was not blocking any travel lanes.

Police and emergency vehicles, along with the FAA and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, responded to the scene. Dupree was able to put more fuel in his plane and, with deputies from the Newton County Sheriff’s Office shutting down I-20 briefly, was able to taxi his plane off the interstate at the Ga. Highway 142 exit.

The plane was transported to the Covington Municipal Airport and parked in the aircraft parking area. The only damage that could be seen on the plane was a small dent in the front side end of the right wing. It is not known if the damage was caused in the landing or was already there.

Source:   http://www.rockdalecitizen.com

Beech V35B Bonanza, N6658K: Incident occurred September 10, 2016 in Bedford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts (and) Accident occurred May 21, 2012 in Norwich, Chenango County, New York

http://registry.faa.gov/N6658K

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Boston FSDO-61

AIRCRAFT ON LANDING, NOSE WHEEL COLLAPSED, BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS. 

Date: 10-SEP-16
Time: 13:22:00Z
Regis#: N6658K
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 35
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: BEDFORD
State: Massachusetts

NTSB Identification: ERA12CA359
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, May 21, 2012 in Norwich, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/15/2012
Aircraft: BEECH V35B, registration: N6658K
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 reported that, while landing in a left crosswind, the right main landing gear touched down first, followed by the left main landing gear, and the airplane veered left. The pilot performed a go-around and made a second landing without further incident. However, subsequent examination of the airplane revealed that the left wing had been substantially damaged due to contact with the runway during the first attempted landing. The pilot stated that there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation. Review of weather data revealed that the wind was from about 50 degrees left of the runway heading at 12 knots at the time of the landing.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot’s failure to maintain airplane control while landing in a crosswind.

Cessna 170B, N8335A, Frontier Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning: Accident occurred September 10, 2016 at Sidney–Richland Municipal Airport (KSDY), Montana

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office: Helena, Montana

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 

Frontier Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning: http://registry.faa.gov/N8335A 

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA492
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 10, 2016 in Sidney, MT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/04/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA 170, registration: N8335A
Injuries: 3 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 flight instructor reported that, during the instructional flight in a tailwheel-equipped airplane, the student pilot bounced the landing. The airplane bounced off the grass airstrip, and the flight instructor took the flight controls, but the airplane drifted to the left and into a drainage ditch. The flight instructor reported that he corrected with right rudder application to ease the airplane out of the ditch, but the left landing gear tire deflated, and the left wing and the tail struck the ground. The airplane yawed to the left, the instructor corrected the yaw, and the airplane rolled onto the runway and stopped. The left wing, left aileron, and the elevator sustained substantial damage.

The flight instructor reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or anomalies with the airplane that would have prevented normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The student pilot’s improper landing flare, which resulted in a bounced landing, and the flight instructor’s inability to recover the airplane, which resulted in a runway excursion.

Air Cam, N322BD: Accident occurred September 10, 2016 in McCall, Valley County, Idaho

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: http://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 

Docket And Docket Items - National Transportation Safety Board: http://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N322BD

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Boise FSDO-11


NTSB Identification: GAA16CA522
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 10, 2016 in McCall, ID
Aircraft: DIETERICH ROBERT A AIR CAM, registration: N322BD
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 a Federal Aviation Administration Aviation Safety Inspector, the pilot made a hard landing and the left main landing gear wheel separated from the airplane. Subsequently, the pilot aborted the landing, and on the second landing, the airplane ground looped.

The airplane received substantial damage to the lift struts and lower fuselage.

After multiple attempts to contact the pilot, the pilot did not fill out the National Transportation Safety Board Form 6120.1 Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident/Incident Report, or talk to the National Transportation Safety Board in regard to the accident.

Cessna 177RG Cardinal, N52061: Incident occurred September 09, 2016 in Whitefield, Coos County, New Hampshire

http://registry.faa.gov/N52061

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Portland FSDO-65

AIRCRAFT LANDED GEAR UP, WHITEFIELD, NEW HAMPSHIRE.  

Date: 09-SEP-16
Time: 14:15:00Z
Regis#: N52061
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 177RG
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: WHITEFIELD
State: New Hampshire

Van's RV-6A, N70KD: Incident occurred September 11, 2016 in Burley, Idaho

http://registry.faa.gov/N70KD

AIRCRAFT FORCE LANDED ON A HIGHWAY, NEAR BURLEY, IDAHO.  

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Boise FSDO-11

Date: 11-SEP-16
Time: 17:03:00Z
Regis#: N70KD
Aircraft Make: VANS
Aircraft Model: RV6
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: BURLEY
State: Idaho

Piper PA46R-350T, AirTrek Investments Ltd., N563WT: Accident occurred September 08, 2016 in Reserve, Catron County, New Mexico

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 

AIRTREK INVESTMENTS LTD:   http://registry.faa.gov/N563WT

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Albuquerque FSDO-01


NTSB Identification: GAA16CA505
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, September 08, 2016 in Reserve, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/06/2017
Aircraft: PIPER AIRCRAFT INC PA46R, registration: N563WT
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 reported that while landing at dusk, he attempted to activate the pilot controlled lighting system, but was not successful. He further reported that there was a significant left crosswind, and that perhaps he did not crab enough. The airplane touched down on the grass to the right of the runway, he applied left rudder, the airplane veered to the left, crossed the runway, and continued off the runway to the left into rough terrain. The nose landing gear collapsed and the airplane came to rest in a nose down position.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing. 

The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

According to the pilot, the weather at the time of the accident was wind 170 degrees true at 11 knots. The airplane landed on runway 24. 

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during landing with a crosswind.

Vans RV-6, N77GT: Incident occurred September 11, 2016 in Jerome, Idaho (and) Accident occurred June 04, 2013 in Brookfield, Waukesha County, Wisconsin

http://registry.faa.gov/N77GT

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Boise FSDO-11

AIRCRAFT ON LANDING SUSTAINED TAIL WHEEL DAMAGE, JERMONE, IDAHO  

Date: 11-SEP-16
Time: 17:40:00Z
Regis#: N77GT
Aircraft Make: VANS
Aircraft Model: RV6
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: JEROME
State: Idaho
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NTSB Identification: CEN13CA316
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 04, 2013 in Brookfield, WI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/13/2013
Aircraft: SHELDRICK JOHN H RV-6, registration: N77GT
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 reported that he approached the airport, intending to land on the grass runway. He said that his approach was high and he introduced a slip in order to lose altitude. During the slip, the airplane turned to the left, which he did not notice. He continued the landing and the airplane nosed over. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing and vertical stabilizer and rudder. The pilot stated that there were no mechanical problems with the airplane. Postaccident examination revealed that the airplane was landed in a marsh about 400 yards north of the east-west oriented runway.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain runway alignment and his failure to recognize that the airplane had drifted away from the runway prior to landing.