Friday, November 4, 2016

Appeals court blocks East Hampton rules over airport noise



A federal appeals court in Manhattan on Friday blocked three local laws designed to reduce traffic and noise at the East Hampton Airport, sending the town back to square one in its efforts to respond to complaints during the busy summer season.

The Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 3-0 opinion, upheld a lower court order prohibiting enforcement of a weekly limit on flights by “noisy” aircraft and helicopters, and also enjoined laws imposing separate curfews on all flights and on noisy flights.

The court said the town failed to comply with procedures under the federal Airport Noise and Capacity Act requiring notice and a chance to be heard for operators, and either their consent or federal approval for restrictions on jets and advanced helicopters.

The curfews from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. on all flights and 8 p.m. to 9 a.m. on noisy flights had been in effect since July 2015, but Judge Reena Raggi said that without federal approval they violated a statute designed to ensure that a unified national air-traffic system was not disrupted by varying local laws.

“Congress perceived that a ‘patchwork quilt’ of local noise restrictions continued to stymie the airport development required for the nation’s aviation,” Raggi said.

East Hampton Town attorney Michael Sendlenski said Friday in a statement that the town was “deeply disappointed” in the ruling and that “the Court’s opinion undermines local control of operations at the Town-owned airport property.”

Sendlenski’s statement said that with the help of former U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop, the Federal Aviation Administration had agreed to let East Hampton enforce the laws without the “bureaucratic” and “burdensome” formal approval process the Second Circuit is requiring.

“The Town will continue to explore every available option so that the residents of the East End won’t continue to be inflicted by an unrelenting din from the skies above,” the statement said. The options could include further appeals, seeking help from Congress or beginning the process of trying to get formal federal approval.

In 2014, the court said there were 25,714 takeoffs or landings of fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, with complaints rising as activity peaked during summer months and helicopter operations rose by 47 percent between 2013 and 2014.

The ordinances were designed to address the causes of about 60 percent of noise complaints, but aviation businesses said they were too restrictive and sued.

Their lawyer, Lisa Zornberg, said in a statement, “We are gratified by the Court’s decision, which recognizes the Town’s obligations to follow the law like every other public airport in the country before enacting flight restrictions.”

Kathleen Cunningham, chairwoman of the Wainscott-based Quiet Skies Coalition, said she is worried that without the restrictions, East End residents, especially those near the airport, could face cardiac problems and other health issues due to the noise.

“These were hard-won protections, and they were not unreasonable,” she said.

Source:  http://www.newsday.com

Vans RV-6, N207HW: Accident occurred November 04, 2016 at Eureka Municipal Airport / Lt. William M. Milliken Airport (13K), Eureka, Greenwood County, Kansas

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N207HW

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office: Wichita, Kansas


NTSB Identification: GAA17CA059
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, November 04, 2016 in Eureka, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/13/2017
Aircraft: HARING CLAY RV6, registration: N207HW
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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

The pilot of a recently purchased tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, following two go-arounds and during the landing roll, the airplane veered to the left. The pilot further reported that he attempted to abort the landing but was unsuccessful. The airplane continued and veered off the runway. During the runway excursion, the airplane nosed over. 

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings, fuselage, and empennage. 
The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll, which resulted in a runway excursion. 

The pilot of a recently purchased tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that following two go-arounds, during the landing roll, the airplane veered to the left. The pilot further reported that he attempted to abort the landing, but was unsuccessful. The airplane continued and veered off the runway. During the runway excursion, the airplane nosed over.

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

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









A small, two-seater, fixed wing, single-engine airplane ended up mangled into a ball when two men were attempting to land at the Eureka Municipal Airport just before noon Friday.

Neither of the men were seriously injured.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, George Douglas, Jr, 69, of Orlando, Florida, and his passenger, Lawrence Stapleton, 55, of Gautier, Mississippi, were attempting to land the Van's RV-6 experimental aircraft when they decided to abort the landing and come around for another attempt. The airplane veered to the left, so Douglas applied the throttle, causing the aircraft to continue pulling farther to the left in an uncontrolled manner.

Just before they hit the ground, the plane maneuvered a vertical pass between a large silo-shaped storage tank and a motorhome, squeezing through with mere feet for clearance. Seconds later, they circled tight and hit the ground, tumbling end-over-end before coming to a stop on the plane's top in the yard of a home near the runway. The two men escaped without serious injuries.

KHP, Greenwood County Sheriff's Officers, Greenwood County Emergency Management, Greenwood County Fire-Central Division and Eureka Lake and Eureka Rescue responded to the accident.

Source:   http://www.emporiagazette.com

Cessna 208, N9539F: Incident occurred October 29, 2016 in Dillingham, Alaska

AVION CAPITAL CORP:   http://registry.faa.gov/N9539F

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Anchorage FSDO-03

AIRCRAFT ON TAXI, STRUCK A VEHICLE, DILLINGHAM, ALASKA

Date: 29-OCT-16
Time: 00:40:00Z
Regis#: N9539F
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 208
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
City: DILLINGHAM
State: Alaska

Cessna 152, CP Aviation Inc., N5443L: Incident occurred September 21, 2016 in Santa Paula, Ventura County, California

CP AVIATION INC:   http://registry.faa.govN5443L

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Van Nuys FSDO-01

AIRCRAFT FORCE LANDED IN A DRY RIVER BED, NEAR SANTA PAULA, CALIFORNIA.  

Date: 21-SEP-16
Time: 16:00:00Z
Regis#: N5443L
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 152
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: SANTA PAULA
State: California

Piper PA-34-200T, N865SC: Incident occurred November 03, 2016 in Sarasota, Florida

PILOT LEASING INC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N865SC

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Miami FSDO-19

AIRCRAFT ON LANDING NOSE GEAR COLLAPSED, SARASOTA, FLORIDA.  

Date: 03-NOV-16
Time: 20:19:00Z
Regis#: N865SC
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA34
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: SARASOTA
State: Florida

Cessna 172S Skyhawk, N1289Y: Incident occurred December 24, 2016 -and- Incident occurred November 03, 2016 in Palm Coast, Flagler County, Florida

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

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office: Orlando, Florida

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

Bravo Leasing LLC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N1289Y

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA104
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, December 24, 2016 in Palm Coast, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/04/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N1289Y
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 flight instructor who observed the student pilot’s first solo flight from the ground, the airplane landed hard and porpoised due to the student pilot’s improper flare. 
A postaccident examination revealed the airplane had sustained substantial damage to the aileron and elevator systems and the firewall.
The flight instructor reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded 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 hard landing and porpoise.

A post-accident examination showed the airplane had received substantial damage to the aileron and elevator systems, as well as the firewall of the airplane.


The flight instructor reported that there were no pre-accident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA104 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, December 24, 2016 in Palm Coast, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N1289Y
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 flight instructor who observed the student pilot's first solo flight from the ground, the airplane landed hard and porpoised due to the student pilots improper flare.

A post-accident examination showed the airplane had received substantial damage to the aileron and elevator systems, as well as the firewall of the airplane.

The flight instructor reported that there were no pre-accident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

AIRCRAFT WENT OFF THE TAXIWAY AND STRUCK LIGHT, PALM COAST, FLORIDA. 

Date: 03-NOV-16
Time: 12:58:00Z
Regis#: N1289Y
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
City: PALM COAST
State: Florida BRAVO LEASING LLC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N1289Y

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Orlando FSDO-15

AIRCRAFT LANDED HARD RUNWAY 06, RESULTING IN A PROP STRIKE. STUDENT PILOT'S FIRST SOLO FLIGHT.

Date: 24-DEC-16
Time: 14:30:00Z
Regis#: N1289Y
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: PALM COAST

State: FLORIDA

AIRCRAFT WENT OFF THE TAXIWAY AND STRUCK LIGHT, PALM COAST, FLORIDA. 

Date: 03-NOV-16
Time: 12:58:00Z
Regis#: N1289Y
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
City: PALM COAST
State: Florida

Cessna 172P Skyhawk, Owens Flight Training LLC, N65752: Incident occurred November 03, 2016 at Acadiana Regional Airport (KARA), New Iberia, Louisiana

OWENS FLIGHT TRAINING LLC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N65752

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Baton Rouge FSDO-03

AIRCRAFT ON TAXI WENT OFF THE TAXIWAY AND STRUCK A SIGN, ACADIANA REGIONAL AIRPORT, NEW IBERIA, LOUISIANA. 

Date: 03-NOV-16
Time: 16:30:00Z
Regis#: N65752
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
City: NEW IBERIA
State: Louisiana

American Airlines, Boeing 737-823, N920NN: Incident occurred November 03, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts

http://registry.faa.gov/N920NN

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Boston FSDO-61

N920NN AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT AAL1094 BOEING 737 AIRCRAFT, ON INSPECTION AFTER LANDING, DAMAGE REVEALED TO WING FLAP, ENGINE, AND TIRE, NO INJURIES, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS.

Date: 03-NOV-16
Time: 17:52:00Z
Regis#: N920NN
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 737
Event Type: Incident
Damage: Unknown
Activity: Commercial
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Aircraft Operator: AAL-American Airlines
Flight Number: AAL1094
City: BOSTON
State: Massachusetts