Sunday, February 19, 2017

Vans RV-9A, N321RC: Incident occurred February 19, 2017 at Alton Bay Seaplane Base (B18), Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire

FAA Flight Standards District Office: Portland, Maine

Aircraft on departure from frozen lake field, flipped over.

Date: 19-FEB-17
Time: 18:14:00Z
Regis#: N321RC
Aircraft Make: VANS
Aircraft Model: RV9A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)

ALTON, N.H. —   Alton Bay was a hot bed of activity for first responders Sunday. A truck fell through the ice, a plane flipped over, and a dog had to be rescued from the icy water.

The bed of the red pickup truck was sticking out of the ice near Sandy Point in Alton.

"The initial report is that people were still in the truck when it was in the water so responded up here," Fish and Game Lt. Mike Eastman said.

No one was injured. Everyone in the truck was able to get out on their before Fish and Game personnel arrived.

But while officers were at the scene, a small plane crashed during takeoff on the ice runway less than a mile away.

"We heard people going 'oh wow, oh wow!' so we looked over and there was a plane just sort of toppling over and it was standing on its nose for a second. Then it just fell right over. It looked like a tin can," said Beth Myer, whose daughter ran to help.

More than a hundred people were in the area celebrating the winter carnival.

"There's a lot of people that went out to help though," said Joshua Hanson, a witness. "There was like 40. They were just running."

"It was the type of plane where the cockpit actually slides back," Eastman said. "There's no door or anything on the outside so the pilot and the passenger were trapped inside the plane at that point."

The good Samaritans helped lift the plane off the ice.

"We couldn't get the hatch back so the pilot said just break the window. I used my baton to the break the window out and we were able to get the pilot and the passenger out," Eastman said.

Neither person was injured. Once they were out safely, the plane was flipped back over and eventually towed away by a snow machine.

Minutes after things started to calm down, a dog became trapped in icy water underneath a dock. The dog appeared to be a stray and was rescued safely after several tense minutes.

Fish and Game officials said it appears the plane hit a snowbank along the runway, causing it to flip. Nobody was injured today but they're urging people to use extreme caution on the ice, especially after the mild weekend. Recently, three people died when their snowmobiles went through the ice in Alton and Moultonborough on Lake Winnipesaukee.

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Korean Air eyes new heights with parts production: Nation’s largest airline is also adding Boeing’s Dreamliner to its fleet

BUSAN - In this industrial port city on the country’s southern coast, Korean Air’s sprawling parts production facility hums with machinery producing all manner of airplane pieces.

Inside a room at the Busan Tech Center, about a 15-minute drive from Gimhae International Airport, a nozzle sprays black composite material on a large cone-shaped piece of metal that would eventually become the afterbody, or rear end, of a Boeing 787-9.

“We have to keep this room extra clean because even a tiny particle added to the composite material could cause product defects and force us to scrap the part in the end,” said Ryu Hwa-soo, general manager at the center’s commercial aerospace plant. The room was open for just a couple of minutes to give visiting reporters a peek before it was quickly closed.

Along with the afterbody, Korean Air produces four other parts at the facility: the raked wingtip, which reduces air resistance on the wing; the stringer, which serves as the “bone” for the fuselage; flap support fairing underneath the wing; and the after wheel well bulkhead at the fuselage’s center. All are used in the Boeing 787-9, also known as the Dreamliner.

Korean Air has been supplying parts for Boeing’s 787 series since 2006. While the airline is known for being the country’s largest passenger and cargo carrier, its business of producing parts and certain aircraft like helicopters dates back over 40 years with the establishment of the Busan Tech Center in 1976. Until about five years ago, the center had operated in secret because it developed military planes such as fighter jets.

Over 2,700 employees work in 66 buildings spread across 175 acres of land at the facility. The largest source of profit is parts production for commercial planes like the Dreamliner.

By the end of this year, Korean Air plans to add five Dreamliners to its own fleet. The first plane, to be delivered by Feb. 27, will likely be used on its new route to Barcelona, Spain, when it opens in April, a spokesman said.

“We plan to place the plane on a popular route so that users can experience the plane’s upgraded comfort from the beginning,” the spokesman said. “Detailed features and services to be offered will be released when the plane is officially here on Feb. 27.”

The 787 Dreamliner offers 20 percent more fuel efficiency than its predecessor Boeing 767 by using lighter composite material. Compared to conventional aluminum frames, the carbon fiber-reinforced plastic and other composites used shave weight by 20 percent.

The jet also emits less carbon dioxide and offers a better in-flight experience with fewer noise, improved humidity and bigger windows, according to Boeing. The Dreamliner can carry about 30 more passengers than its predecessor.

In the past, Korean Air only manufactured parts using manuals from aircraft manufacturers after they were developed. Since 2004, Korean Air has been working with Boeing on an international co-development project, where the airline started designing parts itself. In 2010, Korean Air entered a similar project with Airbus, boosting its presence in the world’s aero structure design and supplying market.

Now, Korean Air supplies core parts to Boeing’s planes including the 787, 777, 767 series as well as Airbus’ A380, A350 and A340. Brazil’s Embraer also uses Korean Air-assembled parts for its EMB170 and EMB190 planes.

“Shipbuilding used to be a strong business in Korea, and then automaking,” said Choi Ho-kyung, managing vice president at Korean Air. “Now, we believe the future is in the skies. We hope to make this business our future growth engine and will also focus on developing unmanned aerial vehicles.”

Korean Air is currently mass producing unmanned planes for military use. Its first delivery will be in the middle of the year, the company said. 


Brick Smith: Fatal accident occurred February 19, 2017 near Morrilton Municipal Airport (KBDQ), Conway County, Arkansas

Brick Smith, 49, of Bryant, Arkansas passed away February 19, 2017. He was born September 8, 1967, in McAlester, Oklahoma to the late Johnny Roy and Linda Beard Smith.

Brick was a member of The Church at Rock Creek. He was a Certified Diabetic Educator and licensed registered nurse. Brick loved extreme sports including scuba diving, skydiving, mountain biking, snow skiing, and fitness. He has influenced many people to live life to its' fullest through health, sports, and wellness. He was a kind, persevering person who dedicated his life to others and always took life "by the horns."

Brick is preceded in death by his parents; maternal grandparents, Otha and Louise Beard; paternal grandparents, Roy and Gladys Smith. He leaves with cherished memories; his daughter, Saxon Smith of Bryant, Arkansas; brother, Johnny Blaine Smith and husband Shaun of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; uncle, Jim Kiley and cousins Teresa Themis and Charla Kiley all of Rowlett, Texas; fur-babies, Beau and Mack; and many more family members and friends who loved Brick and will miss him always.

Celebration of Life service will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, February 27, 2017 at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market St., Benton, Arkansas. Online guest register:

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Authorities have identified the man killed in a skydiving accident in Morrilton over the weekend.

Brick Smith, 49, of Bryant was killed in the accident Sunday. No other injuries were reported.

The Morrilton Police Department said it received a 911 call shortly after 2:30 p.m. Sunday about a skydiving accident on private property southwest of the Morrilton Municipal Airport.

Authorities are working with the Federal Aviation Administration to investigate the accident.

Morrilton Police Chief Sonny Stover said the cause of the accident was unknown as of press time Monday.

An online search indicated at least two companies offer tandem skydiving and skydiving instruction out of the Morrilton airport.

One person died Sunday after a parachuting accident in Conway County, authorities said.

Morrilton police were called at 2:34 p.m. Sunday to a private property just southwest of the Morrilton Municipal Airport for a report of a “parachuting accident,” according to the police department.

Authorities determined the accident was a fatality when they arrived on scene, according to a news release from the department.

Authorities said the victim was a male, but did not identify him Sunday evening.


Commission approves Darke County Airport (KVES) manager’s resignation

DARKE COUNTY – Darke County Commissioners will be seeking a new airport manager.

On Monday, Feb. 13, commissioners approved a letter of resignation submitted last Friday from long-time facility manager Dave Spillers. Spillers’ last day will be March 31.

“He had talked about retiring in 2017, but we didn’t know what date,” John Cook, county business administrator said. Spillers had worked as the airport manager for 23 years, Cook said. Prior to the county purchasing the airport, the facility was owned by the Spillers family.

Former Governor James Rhoades mandated each county have an airport, and the Spillers’ facility was the natural choice, commissioners explained.

Spillers said Monday afternoon he was “just gonna sit back and retire. I’ve got other things to do. No problems, just thought it was time.”

What’s next as far as filling the manager’s position will be discussed during the airport advisory meeting, set for 4 p.m. Feb. 27 at the airport.

“We’ll be talking to the advisory board,” explained Commissioner Mike Rhoades, “and get their suggestions on” how to proceed.

At the Feb. 27 meeting, Rhoades said, a job description for the manager’s position most likely will be discussed. It is still unclear whether commissioners will advertise for someone to replace Spillers or if the advisory board will have other suggestions.

One option would be to appoint an interim manager until a replacement is approved, Rhoades said. “The advisory board suggests what they would like to see,” he said

What is clear, commissioners say is the airport is in the process of growing in order to attract new business opportunities to the county. The new manager will be asked to assist with the commission’s plan for growth, Rhoades said.

Plans are continuing with the expansion of the runway in order for larger planes filled with fuel to have room for take-off, Rhoades said, as well as other improvements around the facility.

As part of the contract with Spillers, a house trailer he had resided in, which is located on airport property, must be moved by March 31. Spillers said it would be moved to his new home he’s building on Chase Road.


Aseman Airlines Plans Fleet Renovation, Expansion

Iranian aviation company Aseman Airlines has entered into an agreement with Rolls Royce to purchase up to 100 aircraft engines, according to a statement from the country’s Ministry of Roads and Urban Development. 

Aseman is set to purchase 100 Tay-650 “Fokker” engines from Rolls Royce and enter into agreements with the UK manufacturer concerning the provision of spare parts, London-based media outlet Al-Araby Al-Jadeed reported.

Rolls Royce Tay engines, of which there are four derivatives (the 611, 620, 650, and 6510), are used in Gulfstream, Fokker-100 and some Boeing 727 aircraft.

It marks a major shift for Iranian airliners that have suffered under years of sanctions when companies struggled to get new aircraft or spare parts making travel by air dangerous.

A nuclear deal with world powers, including the US, has seen western companies flock to oil-rich Iran.

Aseman is also in talks with German aviator TUI over the lease of three Boeing 738 aircraft for a period of three years and has already entered into an agreement with Lufthansa concerning the maintenance of aircraft in its existing fleet. 

Last week, it was reported that the Iranian airline is set to lease seven A320neo from an undisclosed Irish firm following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization and the Irish Aviation Authority in Tehran the week before.

According to a CAO statement issued after the signing ceremony, the agreement will see the IAA help extend technical expertise and assistance in the areas of flight operations management, airworthiness and aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul to Iranian counterparts.  

Once ratified, it will also simplify the means by which Iranian carriers can lease aircraft from Irish lessors by improving Iran’s air safety oversight procedures, Switzerland-based airline intelligence provider Ch-aviation reported. 

Following the dropping of sanctions on Iran in September 2016, the US Treasury granted Airbus and Boeing licenses to deliver planes to Tehran. It is expected that nine planes will be delivered before the end of the current Iranian year on March 20.

Iran has also entered into agreements with Lufthansa over the supply of aircraft to the country’s carriers. In total, plans to purchase over 200 aircraft are said to be in place and are set to cost billions of dollars.

However, Tehran is wary, as the White House’s approach to the nuclear deal could change after Donald Trump’s rise to office. 

But in signs that Tehran is pushing on with purchases to help modernize its outdated air travel infrastructure on Friday, Iran’s Ministry of Roads and Urban Development also stated on its website that it had entered into the final stages of negotiations with French companies Thales Group concerning the purchase of radar equipment worth $11 million and airport developments.

Additional talks, said the ministry, were also ongoing with Dutch airport consultancy firm NACO over the modernization and development of Tehran’s airport.  

Iran Aseman Airlines’ fleet consists of three A320-200s, one A340-300, four ATR72-200s, two ATR72-500s, three B727-200s, one B727-200(F), two B737-400s and 19 Fokker 100s.


Taylor J.T.1 Monoplane, N62888: Fatal accident occurred February 19, 2017 in Springfield, Clark County, Ohio

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident. 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

FAA Flight Standards District Office: Cincinnati 

NTSB Identification: CEN17FA108
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, February 19, 2017 in Springfield, OH
Aircraft: MACLEOD HOMEBUILT, registration: N62888
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On February 19, 2017 about 1600 eastern daylight time (EDT), a Macleod Homebuilt, N62888, was destroyed when it impacted terrain approximately 470 feet south of a private grass airstrip in Springfield, Ohio. The airplane was based at the private airstrip. The private pilot, the sole occupant, was fatally injured. The airplane was privately registered and operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, and no flight plan had been filed.

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email

Jordan Spier

UPDATE at 3:28 p.m. (Feb. 20):

The National Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate what caused the plane to crash that killed Jordan Spier, 24, of Wilmington.

Family members said Jordan Spier was the nephew of the plane’s owner, Dr. Ronald Spier, a Springfield surgeon.

A view from Sky 7 showed the plane still down in a field near Interstate 70 in Clark County Monday with investigators remaining on the scene.

Investigators plan to look into the pilot, maintenance records for the plane and weather as part of their investigation.

UPDATE at 11:25 p.m.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has identified the pilot killed as 24-year-old Jordan A. Spier of Wilmington.

Witnesses reported seeing the plane, a Macleod homebuilt fixed wing single-engine experimental plane crash near a private airstrip at a residence in the 300 block of Titus Avenue. The pilot was the only occupant of the plane and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the patrol’s Springfield Post.

The FAA will be investigating the cause of the crash.

OSP Sgt. Richard Dixon said Spier had a valid license. The plane was registered to Dr. Ronald Spier, a Springfield surgeon, but the patrol did not release how the pilot and aircraft owner were related.

Harmony Twp. Fire and EMS, Pleasant Twp. Fire and EMS, Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Clark County Coroner’s Office also responded to the scene.

UPDATE at 7 p.m.

A 25-year-old man was killed in a small plane crash this afternoon, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The aircraft was registered to a Springfield surgeon, but he was not the pilot. The patrol’s Springfield Pos
t is investigating the crash, but has not released the pilot’s identity, nor the pilot’s relationship to the registered owner.

News Center 7’s Caroline Reinwald spoke to the doctor’s neighbors, Brian and Debbie Miller, who said their neighbor has two hangars and an airstrip on his property.

UPDATE at 5:18 p.m.

The small plane that crashed in a field near I-70 in Harmony Twp. and resulted in a fatality this afternoon is registered to a Springfield resident, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Information connected to the plane’s tail number is registered with the FAA. The registration information indicates the plane was homemade in the 1970s and was considered an experimental aircraft.

UPDATE at 4:58 p.m.

At least one person was killed in a small plane crash in Clark County this afternoon, according to an Ohio Highway Patrol trooper on the scene.

UPDATE at  4:45 p.m.

We’re working to confirm that a small plane crash in Clark County has resulted in at least one fatality.

Emergency crews and the Ohio Highway Patrol Springfield Post are on scene, which is in a field not far from I-70 in Harmony Twp.

Emergency dispatch centers are unable to confirm the number or severity of injuries that are being reported from the scene.

According to emergency scanner traffic, CareFlight was called for one person who had suffered a head injury. A short time later, emergency scanner traffic indicated an official at the scene reported to dispatchers the incident has resulted in a fatality. The medical helicopter was then canceled.


The Ohio Highway Patrol Springfield Post is responding to the report of a small plane crash near South Charleston.

The crash was reported in a field near the 600 block of Fletcher Pike.

Early reports indicated emergency crews were responding to an area west of I-70.

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HARMONY TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – A pilot died after crashing into a Clark County field Sunday afternoon.

24-year-old Jordan A. Spier, of Wilmington, was pronounced dead at the scene.

It happened around 4 p.m. about a mile north of I-70 at mile marker 61.

Investigators say it took off from a nearby private airstrip on Titus Road.

FAA records indicate it was a fixed wing single-engine plane that went down. It’s listed as an experimental, amateur built aircraft.

It’s registered to a Ronald B. Spier of Springfield.

According to Sgt. Richard Dixon with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, no one witnessed the crash, however, drivers on I-70 saw the mangled plane in the field and called 911.

“We received some calls from motorists on 70 that saw the plane in the field and one person on Titus Road that saw the plane appeared to dive to the left and disappear behind the trees and never actually saw the plane crash,” Sgt. Dixon said.

It appears when the plane hit the ground it was going at a slow speed, according to officials.

“There wasn’t any debris thrown anywhere it was all contained right there.Tthe plane hit the ground and pretty much stuck. Didn’t spin, twist, roll,” Sgt. Dixon said.

The FAA and the NTSB are expected to investigate the cause of the crash Monday morning.

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Springfield — The Ohio State Patrol confirms a 25-year old pilot of a single-engine experimental aircraft appeared to have died instantly when his plane crashed in a Clark County field just after 4PM Sunday afternoon.

Investigators say people driving along Interstate 70 West saw the wreckage in the field, then called 911 for help.

Sgt. Richard Dixon with the Ohio State Highway Patrol says the pilot was not from Clark County, but the airplane was locally owned and registered and had taken off from a nearby private airstrip.

"A witness said he had taken off and landed several times, but they didn't see the particular incident where he crashed" Dixon said.

He says no one else was on board the older-model aircraft when it happened.

He adds weather conditions were clear, and there were no apparent signs of any distress calls.

OSP plan to secure the scene around the crash site throughout the night.

NTSB and FAA teams will arrive Monday morning to begin their investigation to determine a cause.

The victim, who's name hasn't been released, has been taken the Clark County Coroner's office for an autopsy according to investigators.

HARMONY TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – A 25-year-old pilot died after crashing into a Clark County field Sunday afternoon.

It happened around 4 p.m. about a mile north of I-70 at mile marker 61.

FAA records indicate it was a fixed wing single-engine plane that went down. It’s listed as an experimental, amateur built aircraft.

The aircraft is registered to a Ronald B. Spier of Springfield. 2 NEWS is working to confirm whether the man it’s registered to is the victim.

Officials say no one witnessed the crash, however, drivers on I-70 saw the mangled plane in the field and called 911.

Some passersby jumped the fence to see if they could help the victim who died on impact, according to officials.

The plane took off from a nearby flying field, which is a small landing field for aircraft, with short runways and more limited servicing facilities than an airport.

The FAA and the NTSB are expected to investigate the cause of the crash Monday morning.

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Cessna 180H Skywagon, N123GT: Accident occurred February 19, 2017 near Butter Valley Golf Port Airport (7N8), Bally, Berks County, Pennsylvania

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Factual Report / National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA154
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, February 19, 2017 in Bally, PA
Aircraft: CESSNA 180, registration: N123GT
Injuries: 4 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 of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that during takeoff the airplane encountered a gust of wind and veered to the left. He corrected with right rudder and left aileron, and the airplane veered to the right. Subsequently, the airplane exited the runway to the right, the left main landing gear sheared off, and the airplane impacted two trees.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, empennage and left wing.

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

A review of local weather on the airfield about the time of the accident showed, the wind was 300° at 10 knots. The pilot was departing on runway 34.

AIRCRAFT:   1966 Cessna 180H N123GT

APPROXIMATE TOTAL HOURS: Total time Airframe 6675.15  Engine Total Time: 2895, 877SMOH

ENGINE: Continental 0-470R SN211643-72A  877 SMOH by Mattituck        

PROPELLER: McCauley 2A34C66 unknown date of last overhaul     

AIRFRAME:     6675.15 hrs

OTHER EQUIPMENT: Narco MK12D w/gs, Narco MK12D w/gs, Narco CP136 audio panel, Narco ADF841, Narco DME 890, Narco Loran, Flint Aux fuel tanks in wings      
DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  Loss of directional control on takeoff due to winds

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES:    Propeller strike, left main gear broken off, tail section split from fuselage, destruction of left wing and left horizontal stab and elevator,
minor damage to lower cowl and cowl flaps

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:  Anglin Aircraft Recovery, Clayton, DE    

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Upper Hanover Township, PA --   A small airplane crashed Sunday afternoon after taking off from an airport in Upper Hanover Township, Montgomery County, damaging the aircraft but leaving its four passengers uninjured, officials said.

The crash occurred about 2:45 p.m. near Butter Valley Golf Port Airport along Gehman Road just east of Bally, said Rick Breitenfeldt, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman.

Airport owner John Gehman said that it was likely the result of a small gust of wind that caught the plane at just the right moment.

Gehman said the plane went down in Upper Hanover Township, just over the Berks line.

He said damage to the plane was extensive but passengers were unharmed.

State police at Skippack referred all inquiries to the FAA.

Breitenfeldt said in a statement that FAA would investigate the accident.

According to online FAA records, the plane was a 1966 Cessna 180 fixed wing single-engine aircraft owned by Jeffrey Schultz of Emmaus, Lehigh County.


UPPER HANOVER TWP., Pa. - A small plane crashed and split in half at a golf course and airport in Montgomery County, next to the Berks County border.

The crash happened Sunday afternoon at the Butter Valley Golf Port in Upper Hanover Township.

The impact caused the plane to split in half.

Amazingly, no one was injured, according to emergency communications officials.

At this point, there's no word on what may have caused the crash. It's also unclear how many people were in the plane.

The area of the wrecked plane was taped off along a fairway.

Not long after the crash, golfing continued at the course. A 69 News freelance photojournalist captured an image of a golfer hitting a ball next to the wrecked plane.

On its website, Butter Valley Golf Port describes itself as "one of the most unique places in Pennsylvania. In a beautiful, rural setting about 30 miles northwest of Philadelphia, there's a fun-to-play, regulation golf course and quaint, little airport... together."


50 years ago: Undelivered telegram raises fears about overdue plane

In the Feb. 22, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from George Town provides an interesting anecdote from an era before instant overseas communications:

“Great concern for the safety of the 92 passengers and 7 crew members of the Pacific Western plane on Saturday the 18th was experienced when a telegram was not delivered to Galleon Beach Hotel. This telegram was sent from Vancouver on Friday night at five minutes to midnight and was stamped as arriving in Grand Cayman at 9:42 a.m. on Saturday. It stated, ‘Flight departure delayed until 1800 hours Saturday due to mechanical and weather ETA Cayman 0800 Sunday ETD approximately noon Sunday, McManus.’

“The plane was due at 10 a.m. and fearing for the safety of the passengers, which included his wife, friends, and friends of his guests who were on the plane, at 11:50 a.m. on Saturday Mr. Strieff went to the cable office and enquired if there was a telegram for Galleon Beach Hotel, whereupon the boy produced the cable from his pocket and when asked what time it was proposed to deliver same he replied, ‘After lunch, sir.’

“The expense involved by keeping 23 taxis waiting at the airport for two hours, 2 truck loads of luggage being transported and unloaded, the double change of bed linen when guests had to stay an extra night, is hard to evaluate, to say nothing of the extreme anxiety, which could all have been avoided had this cable been delivered or a telephone call made. There is no telephone at the cable office but the Administrator’s Office is only a stone’s throw away.

“A cable giving similar information sent to LACSA by Pacific Western was not delivered to Mr. Norman Bodden until 11:45 a.m. although it arrived at 9:45 a.m.

“The Air Traffic Control staff took the normal safety precautions when the plane was overdue and signals were sent out which resulted in the Coast Guard in Florida standing by.

“It is good to learn from Cable & Wireless that they are expecting to take over the telegraph system within the next three months which should result in a more reliable service by the use of teleprinters. They also intend to have messengers on motorcycles which should speed up the delivery service which is essential. The seriousness of this incident suggests that a telephone should be installed at once at the Wireless Station for use in cases of emergency.”


SpaceX Launches Its First Rocket From Iconic Florida Pad: The unmanned Falcon 9, carrying a cargo capsule for the international space station, takes off from Kennedy Space Center

The Wall Street Journal 
February 19, 2017 9:59 a.m. ET

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. successfully launched a cargo capsule into orbit Sunday, for the first time using a historic Florida pad that sent the first astronauts to the Moon and served as home base for the space shuttle.

The trouble-free blastoff of an unmanned Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon capsule, filled with supplies and experiments headed for the international space station, was the initial mission for entrepreneur Elon Musk’s company from launch complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center.

It also marked the first company-owned and -operated spacecraft ever to launch from the venerable complex, which exemplified U.S. space endeavors and heroic astronaut exploits from early phases of the Cold War.

Sunday’s mission came a day after a technical problem prompted a launch abort roughly 10 seconds before blastoff.

The latest countdown, however, proceeded like clockwork. Just before 9:39 a.m. local time, the 230-foot rocket lifted off with some 5,500 pounds of cargo and roughly 10 minutes later, the capsule separated to begin its two-day trip to link up with the international orbiting laboratory. It was SpaceX’s second launch of 2017, in what portends to be a pivotal year for the closely held Southern California company.

Greeted by celebratory yells from SpaceX employees observing the launch from mission control in Hawthorne, Calif., the rocket went smoothly through its point of maximum aerodynamic stress.

Back in Florida, the main portion of the booster landed vertically near the launch facility in the first daytime reentry and successful return to Earth of a Falcon 9 first stage.

After liftoff, government space officials said the capsule’s solar arrays had deployed right on schedule. That means it was in the proper orbit and powered up as expected to proceed with the rest of the mission.

The Kennedy Space Center facility is hallowed ground for the space world, because it was the starting point for manned Apollo missions to the Moon and saw the birth and demise of the entire space shuttle fleet. Frequent flights relying on its revived payload-integration operation and towering ground-support facility are now a central element of the drive to increase launch tempo by SpaceX, as the company is called.

The goal is to use the Florida pad, along with another launch complex at nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and a third location on the central coast of California, to accelerate the pace of SpaceX launches. Company officials have sketched out an aggressive timetable to launch as frequently as twice a month later this year.

Internal SpaceX documents project ramping up to weekly launches by 2019, though the company so far has never launched more than eight rockets in a single year.

Rebounding from two rocket explosions over 14 months, the company has carried out a pair of extensive investigations and completed its most recent return to flight a month ago. Starting with Sunday’s cargo outing, SpaceX aims to show commercial and U.S. government customers that it can be counted on to maintain operational reliability even as it dramatically increases launch rates to work through its bulging backlog of dozens of delayed missions.

But last week, the company delayed by eight weeks the next launch for its biggest commercial customer. Iridium Communications Inc. said the launch of the second batch of its next-generation satellites was postponed to mid-June from mid-April to adjust for previous slips in SpaceX’s overall launch manifest.

Also in 2017, SpaceX is slated to conduct the first flight of its long-delayed Falcon Heavy rocket, featuring 27 engines and designed to carry the biggest loads into orbit as well as execute missions deeper into space.

In addition to the symbolism of reopening a launch complex used decades ago during the heyday of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s manned lunar exploits and subsequently for the now-retired space shuttle fleet, the rebirth of pad 39A illustrates the economic rebound of Florida’s Space Coast. The resurgence in jobs is partly driven by investments in commercial space ventures.

SpaceX’s refurbishment of the pad leased from NASA, vacant for six years, is part of the region’s growing employment prospects as it transitions to a more-diverse aerospace economy.

But the latest success also coincides with continuing technical challenges confronting SpaceX and Boeing Co. as they push to separately develop commercial space taxis intended to start ferrying U.S. astronauts to the space station before the end of the decade. SpaceX’s crewed flights are slated to launch from pad 39A starting in 2018 or 2019.

Last week, as expected, the Government Accountability Office released a final version of a report highlighting why it projects escalating schedule pressures on both commercial-crew contractors. GAO investigators described “a variety of risks that could further delay certification” of rockets and manned capsules to transport crews to the station.

For Boeing, the report said top schedule and safety risks include having adequate data to verify that some rocket engines and re-entry parachutes would operate properly.

For SpaceX, the GAO said the biggest risks stem from “ongoing launch vehicle design and development efforts” that may leave the company without adequate time to certify hardware before its initial test flight. The report and an earlier draft also indicated that stretching back to 2015, and continuing as late as September, both NASA and SpaceX had concerns about persistent cracks detected in some vital propulsion-system components.

NASA program officials “informed SpaceX that the cracks are an unacceptable risk for human spaceflight,” according to the official report. The final document also said SpaceX told the GAO that company engineers were “working closely with NASA to eliminate these cracks,” and recently had made design changes that prevented cracking during “initial life testing” of what are called turbopumps that supply fuel to engines.

In its response to the report, William Gerstenmaier, NASA’s top manned exploration official, agreed with GAO recommendations calling on the agency to develop contingency plans to transport astronauts into orbit if Boeing and SpaceX miss their deadlines. The agency previously disclosed it was considering contracting for seats on Russian capsules that Boeing acquired as part of an unconnected legal dispute.

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Airtime Cygnet, Two Trike Pilots LLC, N145AT: Accident occurred September 16, 2016 in Venice, Sarasota County, Florida

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Docket And Docket Items -  National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Two Trike Pilots LLC:

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Miami FSDO-19

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA498
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, September 16, 2016 in Venice, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/06/2017
Aircraft: AIRTIME AIRCRAFT INC CYGNET, registration: N145AT
Injuries: 2 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 in the amphibious float-equipped, weight-shift aircraft reported that the accident flight was the third flight with the student pilot, and the student pilot’s first flight in the front seat. He further reported that during the takeoff roll they “began to [lose] the center line to the left and then to the right.”

He reported that in this particular aircraft, to turn to the right you push the left pedal and to turn to the left you push the right pedal. He instructed the student pilot to release the throttle. He then attempted to “take the controls back and keep the [aircraft] on the runway”, but was unsuccessful. The aircraft veered off the runway to the right, the right float impacted grass, and the aircraft spun 180 degrees. 

The student pilot reported that he told the flight instructor that he would “follow along with him on the controls during the takeoff to feel how he was moving them”. He further reported that when the aircraft veered off the runway to the right, he “took [his] hands off the controls” to allow the flight instructor to correct for the veer. 

The aircraft sustained substantial damage to the right lift strut.

The flight instructor 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 student pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during the takeoff roll and the flight instructor’s delayed remedial action, which resulted in a runway excursion. 

Incident occurred near Lookout Mountain Airport (0GE3), Dade County, Georgia

WILDWOOD, Ga. — Bobby Fitzhugh pulls hang gliders with a plane for a living. Sunday night, he survived a plane crash.

Fitzhugh was towing a pair of hang gliders with his Dragonfly Light Sport Aircraft. While in mid-air, Fitzhugh's plane engine malfunctioned approximately 100 feet from the ground, forcing him to abandon his hang gliders and crash his plane into nearby trees. The crash happened at the Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding Park off of Creek Road in Wildwood.

"I was just too low to get the plane around like I wanted to." said Fitzhugh. "It was kind of breathtaking, before you're gonna hit, just close your eyes, yell some cuss words, and power in."

The 26-year-old pilot said he wanted to avoid crashing into the nearby creek and any big trees. The park would not allow News Channel 9 to see or photograph the plane's damages. After the aircraft went down, co-workers say they saw Fitzhugh immediately get up.

"Bobby did a great job of getting out of the plane," said Hang Gliding Instructor Willie Vaughn. "I think his exact words were 'not a scratch on me.'"

Not a scratch on his confidence either. The pilot sat in a plane Monday morning, about 18 hours after the accident, and took a flight.

"I kinda took that deep breath, was like, 'Okay, I'm alright, it's good,'" he said. "So I'm fine, smooth sailing."

Fitzhugh spent the afternoon doing his job, just as normal, and even after his experience, he finds nothing scary about it.

"When you get in a car crash, you're not too afraid to get in a car and drive again," Fitzhugh said. "They're are a lot more things to run into on the road than in the sky."

Employees at the park say the plane is locked up in a hangar. They will recover the usable parts to build a new one.


Mooney M20J, N4289H: Incident occurred February 19, 2017 at Ellington Airport (7B9), Tolland County, Connecticut

FAA Flight Standards District Office: Bradley 

Aircraft on landing, gear collapsed.

Date: 19-FEB-17
Time: 15:53:00Z
Regis#: N4289H
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20J
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

Emergency crews responded to the Ellington Airport Sunday morning after a pilot reported a landing incident Sunday morning. 

According to Connecticut State police, they were called to the airport at 360 Somers Road around 11 a.m. the pilot of a Mooney single-engine plane reported he had an issue with his landing gear. The pilot told police he landed his plane on its belly on the runway. The plane slid about 183 yards along the paved runway then stopped.

No injuries were reported and the aircraft had only minor damage, police said. There was no fuel spilled or damage to the runway.

The plane was removed from the runway and the FAA was called in for further investigation.


Tolland Country Dispatch said they are responding to an aircraft incident at Ellington airport Sunday morning.

The Ellington Fire Department and Ambulance Service are on site for a reported hard landing of an aircraft. No injuries are currently being reported.

The Federal Aviation Administration and Bradley International Airport have both been notified of the incident.

The airport at 360 Somers Road is a privately owned publicly used airport and one of two airports in Connecticut certified as a parachute jump zone.


ELLINGTON, CT (WFSB) -  Emergency crews have responded to Ellington Airport for an incident involving an aircraft.

The Tolland County Dispatch Twitter reported that there was a “reported hard landing” at the airport. No injuries have been reported.

Dispatchers described the 'hard landing,' saying an aircraft's gear didn't fully cooperate during landing, however the plane did not crash.

It is unclear at this time why this happened, or what type of plane it was.


Emergency crews are responding to Ellington Airport after a reported hard landing, according to Tolland County Dispatch.

Dispatchers said just before 11:15 a.m. that the Ellington Fire Department was responding and no injuries have been reported.

Ellington Airport is a small airport located at 360 Somers Road in Ellington.