Saturday, November 12, 2016

Cessna P210N Pressurized Centurion , N44C: Accident occurred November 12, 2016 near Pleasanton Municipal Airport (KPEZ), Atascosa County, Texas

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA039
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, November 12, 2016 in Pleasanton, TX
Aircraft: CESSNA P210N, registration: N44C
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor.

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 November 12, 2016, about 1800 central standard time, a Cessna P210N airplane, N44C, was substantially damaged during the forced landing to a road, one mile from the Pleasanton Municipal Airport (PEZ), Pleasanton, Texas. The commercial pilot sustained serious injuries and the passenger sustained minor injuries. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan had been filed for the flight. The flight departed South Texas Regional Airport at Hondo (HDO) Hondo, Texas, about 1740, and was en route to Mustang Beach Airport (RAS) Port Aransas, Texas.

According to the pilot, he moved the engine throttle control in 1/8 inch and experienced a partial loss of power. The pilot turned the airplane towards PEZ and went through the emergency checklist during which additional power was lost. In a subsequent conversation, the pilot stated that the engine continued to run without hesitation or roughness; as if it was at idle power. When it was apparent that he was not going to make it to the airport he prepared for a forced landing on the airport road. During the forced landing, the airplane struck a car. There were no ground injuries.

According to the FAA inspector who responded to the accident, the fuselage and both wings were substantially damaged. A post accident examination of the airplane revealed that the hardware that attached the throttle valve lever to the throttle cable rod-end was not present. The hardware was not found at the accident site. The assembly hardware would include a washer, bolt, castellated nut, and cotter pin. No other anomalies were noted that would have precluded normal operations.

According to copies of maintenance records provided by the pilot, an annual inspection was completed on the engine and airframe on June 9, 2016. On September 26, 2016, an overhauled starter adapter was installed. During this maintenance, it would have been necessary for a mechanic to remove the throttle body and linkages to access the starter adapter. Investigators were not able to speak with the maintenance personnel who performed the maintenance.

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA039
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, November 12, 2016 in Pleasanton, TX
Aircraft: CESSNA P210, registration: N44C
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 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 November 12, 2016, about 1752 central standard time, a Cessna P210N airplane, N44C, was substantially damaged during the forced landing to a road, one mile from the Pleasanton Municipal Airport (PEZ), Pleasanton, Texas. The commercial pilot sustained serious injury and the passenger was not injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan had been filed for the flight. The point of departure and the intended destination are unknown at this time.

According to the FAA inspector who responded to the accident, the pilot reported that he was at 3,200 feet and adjusted the throttle. Manifold pressure was lost and the pilot went through the emergency checklist and prepared for a forced landing on highway 97. After seeing the traffic, the pilot changed course for the airport road. During the forced landing the airplane struck a car. There were no ground injuries. The fuselage and both wings were substantially damaged during the forced landing.

PLEASANTON — The pilot of a single engine Cessna plane traveling from Hondo to Corpus Christi made an emergency landing near a Pleasanton airport Saturday after the plane's engine failed.

The pilot, who has not yet been identified, attempted to to maneuver the plane back in the direction of its departure and land at the Pleasanton airport, however, the plane descended too quickly, forcing the pilot to land on Airport Road, less than one mile from the Pleasanton airport, DPS spokesperson Deon Cockrell said.

While trying to land the plane, the plane struck the roof of an SUV.

The pilot was taken to South Texas Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The occupants of the SUV and the pilot's wife, who was in the plane at the time of the accident, were uninjured.

WWII vet flies again at age 92

Pilot Robert Benavidez, left, prepares to take Army veteran Florentino Pacheco, 92, for a flight over Deming and Luna County. Pacheco was a member of the 101st Airborne during his service in WWII and was honored Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 during the Veteran’s Day ceremony at Veteran’s Park, 301 S. Silver Avenue.
DEMING - A brisk Thursday morning wasn’t enough to stop local pilot Robert Benavidez from helping a 92-year-old veteran reach cloud nine.

Army veteran Florentino Pacheco was honored Thursday morning at the Deming Municipal Airport with a flight around Deming in a small Cessna 182 propeller aircraft. Pacheco is a WWII and Korean War veteran who was also honored for his service at the annual Veteran’s Day ceremony Friday, Nov. 11 at Veteran’s Park, 301 S. Silver Avenue.

Pacheco was a member of the 101st Airborne Division, better known as the Screaming Eagles. Following WWII, he transferred to the National Guard and became interested in flying. He obtained his pilot's license and flew planes over New Mexico through the 1950’s, but had not flown since. Riding in Benavidez’ Cessna marked his first time flying in a propeller plane in many years.

“It was a little rough up there,” laughs Pacheco. “Those Cessna 180’s are really light. I didn’t go that high, just maybe 300 or 400 feet.”

Pacheco was ecstatic to return to the air after a long absence in a familiar aircraft. The Cessna 182 is a 1957 model with most of the original gauges and instruments still functioning and intact.

During the 30-minute flight, Benavidez flew Pacheco and his daughter Mary Frances Leupold around Deming and near the Florida Mountains before touching back on the ground.

Leupold had organized the flight for her father and traveled from Farmington for the ceremonies on Veteran’s Day. Pacheco said he had a great time during the flight and was excited for Friday’s ceremony.

“Everything, you have to take it as it comes,” Pacheco said. “You can’t go too far ahead - something else might come up.”

During Friday’s Veteran’s Day ceremony hosted by members of the American Legion, Bataan Post 4, and the American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 4, Pacheco will be the honorary Senior Veteran of the event. Pacheco’s brothers Sammy and Albert also served in the armed forces and were decorated for their services, contributing to a family history deeply rooted in Deming and for their service to the people of the county.


Piper PA-32R-301, State of Alaska, N9084J: Accident occurred November 11, 2016 in Bethel, Alaska

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. Aviation 

Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Anchorage FSDO-03

NTSB Identification: ANC17LA006
14 CFR Public Aircraft
Accident occurred Friday, November 11, 2016 in Bethel, AK
Aircraft: PIPER PA32R, registration: N9084J
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 November 11, 2016, about 1650 Alaska standard time, a Piper Saratoga PA-32R-301, N9084J, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing following a loss of engine power near Bethel, Alaska. The certificated commercial pilot, and sole occupant, sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to the State of Alaska, and operated by the Alaska Department of Public Safety, under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 as a public aircraft operations flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a visual flight rules (VFR) flight plan was filed. The flight originated from Bethel Airport, Bethel, about 1645, destined for Nunapitchuk Airport, Alaska.

During a telephone interview with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC) on November 28, the pilot stated that the purpose of the flight was to transport two passengers from Nunapitchuk to Bethel. The airplane flew the same route earlier that day. The pilot reported that he departed runway 1L and was climbing out to the west through about 800 feet, when he heard and felt a momentary vibration and noted the engine oil pressure at zero pounds per square inch (psi). He made an immediate left turn back to the airport and declared an emergency with Bethel tower. While maneuvering for an emergency landing at the airport, the engine began "popping loudly" and engine oil splattered the wind screen. The pilot noted that oil was exiting the top of the engine cowl. Shortly thereafter, the engine seized and the propeller stopped rotating. The pilot maneuvered to land in the tundra covered terrain southwest of the airport, away from residential areas. He elected not to lower the flaps to ensure he would make the intended point of landing. After landing and during the rollout, he felt multiple impacts, followed by the airplane skidding to the left. The nose and left main landing gear collapsed during the skid. The left wing impacted terrain and sustained substantial damage. The pilot said that the plane filled up with thick blue smoke and he egressed after motion stopped.

The airplane was equipped with a Lycoming IO-540 engine.

A detailed examination of the engine is pending.

The closest weather reporting facility is Bethel Airport, Bethel, about 1 mile northeast of the accident site. At 1653, an aviation routine weather report (METAR) from the Bethel Airport was reporting in part: wind from 030 degrees at 10 knots; clouds and sky condition, scattered at 10,000 feet, broken at 25,000 feet; visibility 10 statute miles; temperature 21 degrees F; dewpoint 19 degrees F; barometric pressure 28.98 inHg.

An Alaska State Trooper plane made an emergency landing around the Kasayulie subdivision of Bethel.

Troopers say the pilot was the only one on board the plane and no injuries were reported.

A witness says the emergency landing happened at 5pm Friday shortly after the plane took off.

No other information was available at the time this story was published.


Piper PA-28-235, N9398W: Accident occurred November 12, 2016 in Taylor, Navajo County, Arizona

National Transportation Safety Board - Aviation Accident Preliminary Report: 

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Scottsdale FSDO-07

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA020
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, November 12, 2016 in Taylor, AZ
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28-235, registration: N9398W
Injuries: 2 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 November 12, 2016, about 1640 mountain standard time, a Piper PA 28-235, N9398W, struck a berm during a forced landing, following a loss of engine power near Taylor, Arizona. The airplane was operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The flight instructor and student pilot were not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage during the accident sequence. The local instructional flight departed Taylor Airport, Taylor, Arizona, about 1600. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed.

The flight instructor reported that about 40 minutes after takeoff, and after completing a series of training maneuvers with the student, he decided to demonstrate an emergency descent. He asked the student to look for an appropriate simulated landing spot, and he pitched the nose down about 20-degrees, configuring the airplane for a 100 knot descent. They began the maneuver at an elevation of about 8,000 ft (1,700 agl), and after descending about 500 ft the instructor sensed that something was not right. He lifted off his headset, and the engine sounded quiet; he then pushed the throttle forward but the manifold pressure gauge remained static, and the engine did not respond. He "pumped" the throttle, switched the fuel selector valve from the left to right tank, and set the fuel mixture to full rich, with no change. Concerned that they did not have sufficient altitude for further troubleshooting, he began to look for an emergency landing site.

On final approach he secured the airplane, shutting off the fuel selector valve, and as they got closer to the ground he could see a berm and fence obstructing the landing area. They were unable to deviate, and the airplane landed hard, separating the nose and right main landing gear. The airplane sustained damage to the aft fuselage and right side of the stabilator during the impact.

A small plane went down in a field near Taylor.

Authorities were called to the area on Saturday afternoon after the single-engine Piper PA28 made an emergency landing.

According to an FAA spokesperson, the plane hit a berm after landing.

An instructor and student were on the plane at the time of the incident, officials said. However, neither people were injured.

Damage to the aircraft is unknown.

The FAA has launched an investigation into the emergency landing and no additional information has been released at this time.

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TAYLOR, Ariz. (AP) - Federal authorities are investigating after a small plane had to make an emergency landing in a field near Taylor in east-central Arizona.

Authorities were called to the area Saturday afternoon after the single-engine Piper PA28 hit a berm after landing.

An instructor and student were on the plane at the time of the incident.

Authorities say neither person was injured.

Their names still weren't released by Sunday.

Damage to the aircraft isn't immediately known.

Helicopter pilot is warmly received at veterans memorial dedication in Tonawanda

Members of Chapter 77, Vietnam of Veterans of America gather in front of their new memorial at a dedication Saturday.
 Jimmie D. Ferguson traveled from Bowling Green, Ky. to attend the dedication. He was piloting the Cobra helicopter at the center of the new memorial when it was shot down in Vietnam in 1972.

For Jimmie D. Ferguson, a helicopter at the center of a new Vietnam veterans memorial in Tonawanda symbolizes much more than the events of Jan. 19, 1972, when he and Capt. Michael E. Neufeld were shot down in it and narrowly escaped.

"My memories remember something different than what that is, and the nightmares remember something different," he said after a dedication of the memorial Saturday. "To me, it honors the servicemen who both helped maintain and flew it, and troops on the ground that the aircraft supported."

Ferguson drove 10 hours from his home in Bowling Green, Ky., to Tonawanda, where he was a guest of honor and greeted warmly by many of the 1,100 people in attendance on a crisp, fall day.

They traded war stories, posed for photos and shared remembrances of the divisive conflict.

"They were just thanking me for being here -- for making the trip here," Ferguson said. "I'm just thrilled to be here. It meant a lot to me to be here."

Among those who approached Ferguson was Marie "Philly" Sdao, whose husband, Ron, an Army veteran, died in March. Ron Sdao was secretary of Chapter 77, Vietnam Veterans of America," which built the memorial, and a member of its monument committee.

"He'd be so proud," Philly Sadao said. "He'd say, 'We did it, guys. We did it.'"

After his death, she purchased one of more than 500 bricks on a wall behind the helicopter to memorialize her husband's service as a specialist 4th class in the 135th Heavy Equipment Maintenance Company.

She and Ferguson shared a tearful exchange as they each spoke of the recent death of a loved one. Ferguson's best friend, an Army buddy named Joel Ferguson, died in October 2015.

"It gave me peace to know there are many men like him, many servicemen like him, who served their country and still are able to sit here and talk about it," she said of Ferguson.

Ferguson had long wanted to see the Cobra attack helicopter since he discovered it was in storage at the Niagara Aerospace Museum. When the museum made a long-term loan of the Cobra to the local chapter for the memorial, he decided to make make the trip.

Ferguson said he was "surprised" at the reception he got Saturday because, "People didn't think much of Vietnam veterans." He said he is glad to see Iraq and Afghanistan veterans today have not been treated the same way.

It was a point reinforced by State Sen. Robert G. Ortt, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, who said he and other recent veterans owe Vietnam veterans a debt of gratitude for the applause, cheering crowds and services available when they return home today.

"None of that was there when you came back," Ortt, R-North Tonawanda,  told the crowd of mostly Vietnam veterans. "And, most importantly, the warm welcome wasn't there when you came back."

Veterans advocate Patrick Welch said the Cobra was a "lifesaver" to infantry when they needed air support.

"The bravery of those pilots who made strafing runs through direct ground fire time and time again, firing their rockets and their nose gun, was an incredible sight to watch," he said.

He recounted Ferguson's story of Jan. 19, 1972, concluding that, "Many of us are here today are alive because of heroes like Jimmie Ferguson and Capt. Neufeld."

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Air support crews fighting fires from Foothills Regional Airport (with video)

With wildfires burning all across the region, a special team has been called into the area to help fight the blazes.

An air support team with the United States Forest Service is operating out of Foothills Regional Airport in Morganton. The team based in southwest Florida arrived this week and will remain in place for an undetermined period of time.

The team is comprised of six single engine air tankers (SEAT) and pilots, with three planes apiece managed by the U.S. Forest Service’s Bill Sprinkle and Billy Goodwin, along with a ground support team.

James Menuez was part of the ground crew manning support vehicles comprised of two 1,000-gallon water tanks and a 600-gallon fuel tank Friday. The firefighting planes were taking off and landing approximately every five minutes. On Friday, the team’s efforts were going to battle the Party Rock fire at Chimney Rock State Park and the Lake Lure area.

“We’re here with the forestry service,” he said. “We’ve got the aircraft out here fighting wildfires. … (It is) a pretty self-sufficient operation. We can go pretty much anywhere they have water because that’s what they’re dropping on the fires.

“As long as we have a fuel source and a water source, we can go anywhere and support the aircraft. We’ll hopefully get the wildfires put out.”

The airport is providing the operation with the fuel and water supply. Foothills Regional is also providing Internet, restroom facilities and some food and beverages for the team, whose pilots can fly up to eight hours per day.

“The main thing we’re providing (at the aiport) is our fuel and water,” said Foothills Regional Airport Manager Brent Brinkley. “(The airport staff) are here for support. We want to help in any way we can and make sure these guys have what they need.”

Menuez said the team has plenty of experience behind it from fighting fires out west. The members of the team are from several different parts of the country. Menuez said the team can refuel and reload a SEAT plane with water in about three minutes.

“The pilot can’t get out of the aircraft when it’s running,” Menuez said. “It’s up to us on the ground here to make sure he has what he needs. If he needs a drink of water or if his windshield’s a little dirty, we clean it off and make sure he has fuel. We hook up our load hose and it takes about three minutes to load them with water, about 800 gallons. We’re here to make sure the airplane stays in the air and is efficient fighting fires.”

When full of fuel and water, the 7,000-pound Air Tractor AT-802 planes, which are the largest SEATs and are made in Texas, weigh about 16,000 pounds.

“It’s one of the only aircraft that can hold more than it weighs taking off. There are several aircraft here from Arkansas and Louisiana,” he said. “We’re pretty much spread out all over the country. We all work together.”

The Party Rock fire in Lake Lure had grown to an estimated 885 acres as of midday Friday. Steep terrain, gusty winds and extreme drought conditions have made firefighting efforts difficult. The North Carolina Forest Service has assigned more than 100 personnel to the wildfire from all across the state.

The fire is estimated at being 15 percent contained with continued containment efforts ongoing. The residents of 50 homes previously were notified by the Lake Lure Fire Department of a potential need for evacuation in the Quail Ridge and Huntington Road areas of Rumbling Bald Resort. However, only 15 of the 50 homes had to be evacuated. Three homes on Boulder Run Road also were evacuated Thursday.

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Timber sales add money toward Asheboro Regional Airport upgrade

ASHEBORO — The sale of timber at the Asheboro Regional Airport is expected to bring the amount of money the city has earmarked for a new terminal to more $1.7 million.

During the regular meeting of the Asheboro City Council Thursday night, City Manager John Ogburn said the city has about $1.35 million in the coffers for the airport upgrade.

A few months ago, city council members authorized the sale of standing timber from three areas — totalling about 125 acres — surrounding the airport proper.

City Engineer Michael Leonard told council members Thursday that last month sealed bids with offers to harvest the timber were opened a day early due to miscommunication.

On Thursday night, council members approved a resolution to reject all bids received due to the irregularity and to sell the standing timber by a different process — via a negotiated offer, advertisement and upset bid process in which any bidder will have 10 days to raise a submitted bid.

The goal will be to obtain $384,936 for the standing timber — the amount of the highest bid submitted among the sealed bids.

That extra money toward the terminal, Ogburn said, will help city officials when they go to Washington, D.C., early next year to seek $3 million-$3.5 million via an economic development assistance grant to help pay for the project. Council members approved a contract in September to hire a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying firm to provide “comprehensive federal affairs representation” in the effort.

“We’ll go to Washington with $1.7 million in hand, so we’re not going with an empty hat,” Ogburn said Friday.

Terminal proposal

The airport on Pilots View Road, off N.C. 49 west of town, was established in its present location in the mid-1960s. It is one of 26 business class size airports in the state and sees more than 125 flights per week. With improved facilities, proponents say, the number of planes that call the Asheboro airport home could double in a decade.

The state completed an economic impact survey of North Carolina’s airports in 2012 and set the annual economic contribution of Asheboro’s airport at $5.9 million.

The estimated cost of a two-story, 22,739-square-foot terminal — a proposal presented in October 2015, during a special joint meeting of the Asheboro City Council, the Randolph County Commissioners and the Asheboro Airport Authority — is $7.5 million. The facility built of glass, block and stone is designed to look like an airplane wing from the air.

Ogburn has said the price tag for the proposal is too high, but that the city is committed to build “whatever we have the money for.” He has also said that a terminal might be built in phases, if necessary.


City staff have been working on indoor remodeling, including HVAC and bathroom upgrades, at the current terminal, which is more than 40 years old. If a new terminal is built, the old one would not be torn down. Plans call for using it as a base for flight instruction.

Leonard told council members Thursday that work should be done by Thanksgiving, with a ribbon-cutting and open house at the refurbished facility scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3.

In other airport-related business on Thursday, council members approved:

* Two recommendations from the airport authority: One was to select W.K. Dickson & Company Inc. to provide engineering services for airport improvements during the next five years. The second was to investigate the use of non-primary entitlement funds to purchase three parcels of land — two parcels and a dwelling, totalling less than 5 acres, on Doul Mountain Road, and a 3.38-acre parcel on Union Church Road. Both adjoin airport property.

* Leasing hangar space to the Randolph Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol for $1 a year for a three-year term. The unit has used the hangar for several years.


Historically Speaking: In the age of Lindbergh, every boy had an aviator's cap

Some boy would bring his “leather” aviator cap to school to be used as a football by wrapping it up and snapping it when there were no footballs.

Many of today’s senior citizen men once wore aviator caps. Back in those dear dead days beyond recall, every boy on the block wanted one. They were manufactured when a demand for them resulted from observing open cockpit planes. Their popularity was fueled after the thrilling solo flight by Charles Lindbergh over the Atlantic. The caps were very popular, especially in the late 1920s and 1930s inspired by Lindbergh’s accomplishment.

Prior to his iconic flight, airplanes were still in the “adolescent” stage. Some of us can remember those times when an airplane would fly over, and we would run outside to watch it until it disappeared. We wondered where it came from and where it was going.

Those of us in our “innocent days” would look up at that speck in the sky with its unmistakable drone and the sight to us represented the ultimate in freedom and independence.

Those aviator caps were advertised as “just like the ones the pilots wear.” Once received after ordering, the caps seemed authentic to us. Real leather-framed glass goggles were standard equipment. One could wear the goggles on the forehead or adjust them over the eyes for protection, if needed. A boy looked swell walking down the street looking like a real pilot.

The caps were either black or brown, made of imitation leather material with a canvas backing. The cap came with ear flaps which snapped under the chin. Usually, one of those snaps would eventually break leaving one flap to dangle or curl up.

The goggles themselves — not the glass — were usually made of celluloid and the longevity was limited, depending on the severity of use. The goggles also became scratched with constant wear. Some referred to the aviator caps as leather aviator helmets.

At the time of Lindbergh’s historic flight, many people had never even seen an aircraft close up. Still fewer had ever flown in one. Barnstormers attracted large crowds who relished the airborne risky routines and admired the outstanding skill sets of the performers.

Lindbergh’s feat in 1927 brought him fame, fortune, and prestige and he was admired by young and old alike.

Looking back, Americans have exaggerated their heroes’ achievements, but in Lindbergh’s case, he certainly was an inspiration for boys in particular in that period between the two great World Wars. His flight had captured the imagination of the American public as few other events in our history.

Babies were named after him, as was the “Lindy Hop,” a popular dance of that time.

There suddenly was a thunderous merchandising storm of items manufactured, such as puzzles, tapestries, beanies, model airplanes, wall paper, various toys and special stamp sets. A 10-cent Lindbergh airmail stamp was issued, the first stamp to bear the name of a living person. Lindbergh was also honored on the “Time Magazine” Jan. 1, 1928, cover, as The Man of The Year, the youngest to be so named.

Among those popular marketing items was that precious aviator cap. When we owned one — for all intents and purposes — we were that pilot in the sky maneuvering that motor-driven aircraft.

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Private jet dealers look to Trump for psychological lift

Ridgewood, New Jersey,  native Janine Iannarelli, the founder of Houston-based private jet broker Par Avion Ltd., is hoping President-elect Trump will make owning a jet cool again.

Private jet dealers are hoping that President-elect Donald Trump will make it A-OK again for corporate CEOs to be seen flying around the world on private jets.

Their hope is that Trump's personal wealth, popularity and ostentatious style could make it cool to be rich again in America, sort of like Ronald Reagan did in the 1980s.

The new slogan is "'make aviation great again,'' said Ridgewood native Janine Iannarelli, the founder and chief executive officer of Par Avion Ltd., a jet brokerage and consulting firm in Houston.

Trump, who will soon have Air Force One at his disposal, flew around throughout his presidential campaign on his own Boeing 757 and "made no bones about it," unlike most candidates who used charters, Iannarelli said.

The Boeing, which has his name emblazoned on the side, was a backdrop at many of his campaign rallies. He also has three Sikorsky helicopters.

Like many others in the private jet business, Iannarelli holds a bit of a grudge against President Obama for criticizing corporate excesses in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, and for mentioning private jet travel as an example. Corporate shareholders now tend to look more askance at spending on private jets, she said.

Business jet manufacturing plummeted in 2009 and has not yet fully recovered from pre-recession peaks.

"The psychological perception needs to be altered," Iannarelli said.

In the used-jet market, she and other brokers complain of a scarcity of buyers, inflated inventories and low prices.

Although the lower demand for jets is due, in part, to the rise in jet-sharing programs, Rebecca Posoli-Cillo, chief operating officer of jet broker Freestream Aircraft USA Ltd. in Teterboro, said she sees Trump as someone who could make a difference in public perceptions about private jets.

Trump is "a huge proponent and user of business aviation" who "understands the value of time." she said.

Ed Bolen, president of the National Business Aviation Association, on Wednesday issued a statement saying the group "has always worked with elected officials in both political parties to advance policies that foster the growth of business aviation," and that "we look forward to working with President-elect Trump, as well as those in his administration, and congressional representatives from both parties, to promote proposals that recognize the industry's value and protect its interests."

The General Aviation Manufacturing Association said Thursday that business jet deliveries slipped 7.7 percent in the first nine months of this year as compared to the same period last year, from 465 planes to 429.

"There's no way to sugarcoat the fact that these numbers are not what we had wanted to see," GAMA President Pete Bunce said in a statement.

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Man arrested for allegedly trespassing Mineta San Jose International Airport airfield

SAN JOSE — A man was arrested on suspicion of trespassing on an airfield at Mineta San Jose International Airport Thursday, an airport spokeswoman said Saturday.

An electrician working on airfield lighting encountered the man at about 1 a.m., according to spokeswoman Vicki Day.

Airport staff members immediately contacted San Jose police and was arrested shortly after.

“All of the protocols were in place and worked just as they were designed to work,” Day said.

The man was identified by police as 38-year-old Jerry Hyde. It’s unclear how he got access to the airfield or what he was doing when he was found. He was arrested on suspicion of entering a restricted area, which is a misdemeanor, police said.

This is hardly the first time San Jose International has been at the center of a significant security breach. In 2014, a 16-year-old boy snuck into the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines jumbo jet, surviving a five-hour flight from San Jose to Maui in subzero temperatures, at altitudes that reached 38,000 feet. Aviation experts called his survival nothing short of miraculous.

The teenager, Yahya Abdi, of Santa Clara, had run away from home and hopped the airport’s perimeter fence to get to the jet. He later said he did so to get back to his mother in Africa.

In August 2014, serial stowaway Marilyn Hartman slipped past terminal security at the airport and got on an airplane that flew to Los Angeles. And last November, Miguel Zaragoza was detained after he was caught trespassing on the private Atlantic Aviation ramp at the airport, an area not open to the public.

Earlier this year, officials completed a multimillion-dollar San Jose perimeter project, which raised 8,600 feet of fencing at the airport’s north and south ends from 6 feet to 10 feet and even 11 feet in key areas. It also topped the fence with a foot of razor wire, making it harder to penetrate.

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Waiex, N10YX: Incident occurred November 12, 2016 at Houston Southwest Airport (KAXH), Arcola, Fort Bend County, Texas

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Houston FSDO-09


Date: 12-NOV-16
Time: 17:30:00Z
Regis#: N10YX
Aircraft Model: SONEX
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
State: Texas

SOUTHWEST HOUSTON, Texas - A man crashed his plane at the Arcola Airport in southwest Houston, the Texas Department of Public Safety said.

DPS officials said they are unsure how William Wright crashed his fixed-wing, single-engine plane at the Arcola Airport on Mckeever Road around noon Saturday.

Wright was not injured during the crash, officials said.

DPS troopers and the Federal Aviation Administration detectives will be investigating the scene.


Kitfox S7 Super Sport, N316DA: Accident occurred November 12, 2016 at Kern Valley Airport (L05), Bakersfield, Kern County, California

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


Date: 12-NOV-16
Time: 15:50:00Z
Regis#: N316DA
Aircraft Model: KITFOX
Event Type: Accident
Highest Injury: Minor
Damage: Substantial
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
State: California

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Emergency crews responded to reports of an aircraft emergency just before 8 a.m. Saturday.

Reports were that a small aircraft was on its roof at the Kern Valley Airport. 

Officials said one person was on board at the time of the crash.

No injuries were reported. 


Robinson R66, Heliops Southland Ltd, ZK-HAG: Accident occurred November 14, 2016 in Winton, New Zealand

NTSB Identification: WPR17WA022
Accident occurred Monday, November 14, 2016 in Winton, New Zealand
Aircraft: Robinson R66, registration:
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On November 14, 2016, at 0230 universal coordinated time, a Robinson R-66, ZK-HAG, operated by Heliops Southland Limited under the pertinent regulations of the government of New Zealand, was substantially damaged after the helicopter experienced a low rotor RPM warning after turning downwind on a spraying run, near Winton, New Zealand and subsequently collided with terrain. The pilot was not injured.

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

Transport Accident Investigation Commission

P.O. Box 10323, The Terrace

Wellington 6143, New Zealand

Level 16, 80 the Terrace

Wellington 6011, New Zealand

Phone 0800 188 926

Fax +64 4 499 1510


An "extensively damaged" Robinson helicopter is being investigated after a crash in Southland.

Transport Accident Investigation Commission spokesman Roger Foley said a pilot walked away from the "extensively damaged" Robinson R66 helicopter after it crashed in a paddock in Mandeville just before 2pm on Monday.

"The conditions at the time were fine and calm."

The pilot was alone in the helicopter and sustained "a few scratches" in the crash.

The helicopter, owned by Heliops, in Otautau, was being used to spray.

Heliops did not return calls yesterday.

Mr Foley said the helicopter had been taken to in Invercargill for further examination.

Last month, the commission added the Robinson helicopter to its official watchlist because of concern about Robinson helicopter crashes in New Zealand.