Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tornado flew Cessna 170B N2836C on mountain east of Jasper, Newton County, Arkansas


PIERCETOWN — It only took a couple of minutes, but the tornado that basically destroyed Parthenon raked the area of Piercetown and damaged three airplanes, completely destroying one.

Newton County Judge Warren Campbell was in Parthenon early Tuesday morning surveying damage there. He said it appeared the storm lifted out of the valley and touched down again a few miles east of Jasper on Highway 74.

Ralph Day lives about six miles east Jasper. Between Ralph and his nephews, they had three airplanes on top of the mountain, two in an indoor hangar and one in an open-air hangar.

Ralph said the storm happened quickly, but it did a lot of damage to the planes and his home.

He said it rained in torrents for a couple of minutes and they had decided to go to the basement. That’s when they heard the heaviest part of the storm.

“It was like a freight train,” Dwight Day said.

It didn’t take the National Weather Service’s confirmation that the storm was a tornado to convince Dwight. Trees were laying on the ground in different directions, indicating rotating winds hit the area.

Ralph explained there were two airplanes in the indoor hangar, a single engine and a small biplane. They just put a new metal roof on the building last summer.

On Tuesday morning, in the light of day, the metal roof had been mostly blown off and the single-engine plane was under a pile of debris. The biplane was still inside the hangar, but it had damage to the wings.

The third plane, the one in the open-air hangar, was located 50 yards or more away from the hangar. Dwight said it was difficult to even find it Tuesday night in the dark, but it looked more like scrap metal in the daylight.

Ralph said the tornado completely destroyed the open-air hangar, throwing a one-ton support pole around like a fence post.

“There was a lot of force there,” Ralph said.

More storm damage was visible along Highway 74 on into Piercetown. Crews from Carroll Electric Cooperative were in the area with new utility poles on trailers.

On Highway 123, just south of Hasty, a Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department crew was clearing Highway 123, a sweeper in use to clean up final loose debris about 9:20 a.m.

Source:  http://harrisondaily.com

Rans S-6S Coyote II, N627DK: Accident occurred December 02, 2016 - left wheel axle broke off during landing, strut dug into the grass, aircraft flipped over

AIRCRAFT:   2000 MOORE D R/MOORE K I  S-6S SUPER COYOTE II N627DK,  s/n 01001 355

ENGINE:   ROTAX 12S s/n:  442522       

PROPELLER:  WORP DRIVE (3 blade) s/n: T1315

APPROXIMATE TOTAL HOURS (estimated TT & TSMO from logbooks or other information):

ENGINE:   TT at last annual 1244.6 hours.

PROPELLER:    1244.6 hours  (destroyed)   

AIRFRAME:     1244.6 at last annual in November 2016

OTHER EQUIPMENT:      PS Engineering PD 7100, KLX 135A Comm, KT76A transponder, ELT ACT EL1

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  On 12/02/16, the left wheel axle broke off during landing, the strut dug into the grass, and the aircraft flipped over.

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES:  The damage includes but may not be limited to:

The propeller broken blade, prop strike
Engine is bent up at a 45 degree angle, engine mounts are bent. Engine experienced prop strike.
Exhaust manifold is broken at welds.
Damage to firewall
Upper and lower cowling is damaged
Both gears doors are bent.
Windscreen was scratched and crazed from cowling impact
Rudder damage, vertical stabilizer damage, tail damage
Left wheel strut is damaged, left axle failed
Right wing tip crushed internally
Right wing attachment bolts are bent
Rudder cable is broken.
Aircraft tail has been twisted
Right side of instrument panel is damaged
Rear canopy Plexiglas is popped from mounting screws

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:   Sky Ranch Airport near Crestview, FL. 

REMARKS: The airframe has few areas that were not damaged, deformed, or bent. 

Read more here:   http://www.avclaims.com/N627DK.htm

Cessna 310Q, N7817Q: Incident occurred March 07, 2017 at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (KSJC), San Jose, California


Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office: San Jose 

Aircraft on landing, nose gear collapsed.  

Date: 07-MAR-17
Time: 20:30:00Z
Regis#: N7817Q
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C310
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)


SAN JOSE  — A Cessna 310Q airplane made an emergency landing at Mineta San Jose International Airport Tuesday afternoon, fire officials said.

The plane took off from Reid-Hillview Airport around noon and, after determining that it needed to make an emergency landing, circled nearby to burn off fuel.

The call came at 12:26 p.m. into Mineta San Jose, where the longer runway and better equipment made it a safer choice for an emergency landing, Fire Capt. Mitch Matlow said.

The plane landed without much incident at 12:34 p.m., though the front landing gear did collapse upon landing, Matlow said. Fire crews stood by at both airports.

No fuel was spilled and neither occupant of the plane was injured, Matlow said. Runway 30 was shut down briefly for the landing.

The San Jose-bound plane that crashed into a home in Riverside last week, killing three San Jose residents and critically injuring two others, was also a Cessna 310.

Source:   http://kron4.com

No injuries reported after a small plane experiencing problems with its landing gear made an emergency landing Tuesday afternoon at Mineta San Jose International Airport.

The Cessna 310Q front gear collapsed during the landing and two people on board were unharmed, officials said.

Source:  http://www.nbcbayarea.com

A dramatic landing gives student pilot a unique perspective: Diamond DA20-C1 Eclipse, New Horizons Aviation Inc., N979DC; accident occurred January 19, 2015 in Shipshewana, Newbury Township, LaGrange County, Indiana

January 19, 2015, is a day that will forever live in the mind of Jordan Stoltzfus, a sophomore aviation student at Hesston College.

On that day, Stoltzfus survived total engine failure of an airplane, followed by an emergency landing, and lived to tell about it–an experience that not many pilots, seasoned veterans or otherwise, would ever be able to relate to.

Only four days prior to the accident had Stoltzfus, then a senior at Westview High School (Topeka, Ind.), taken his first solo flight in hopes of eventually attaining his private pilot’s license.

This love for flight took wing from a young age. Stoltzfus says he always dreamed of flying as a kid. From airshows with his dad to aspiring to be an astronaut in the third grade, becoming a pilot was truly “the dream.”

And so, New Horizons Aviation in Goshen, Ind., seemed like the perfect place to start aviation training. It would give Stoltzfus a head-start as he headed into Hesston College’s aviation program on a soccer scholarship for the 2015-2016 school year.

“It was a cold, January day,” Stoltzfus said. “I had maybe eleven flight hours under my belt and I was on my own.”

Soon after takeoff, the engine started causing trouble. The cause would later be uncovered: a chunk of ice in front of the air filter. That was all. But in the moment, all Stoltzfus could do was follow routine procedures and hope for the best.

The best didn’t happen, and soon Stoltzfus was proceeding with an emergency landing in his neighbor’s yard.

And then he blacked out.

“The next thing I remember was coming to and there was no glass broken, the cockpit was in one piece, and I wasn’t in any pain. I got up and walked away. It was a miracle.” 

Awakening to find himself unscathed, Stoltzfus then saw his dad and neighbor hurrying over. 911 was on their way with an ambulance. But after a quick examination, Stoltzfus was given the okay and headed home, not a mark on his body to prove the accident had happened.

“It was a miracle–a God thing,” Stoltzfus remarks as he relives the accident in his mind.

Yet, even though his physical appearance had not altered, Stoltzfus’ emotional state, along with those of his parents, was a different story.

“I still get worked up talking about it,” Stoltzfus said. “The next couple of days [after the accident], I struggled with PTSD. It took pills to put me to sleep at night.”

“My mom would break down,” notes Stoltzfus.

And his dad? The day of the accident, he hadn’t even known his son was out on a flight. Putting the pieces together while running over to the scene of the accident was gut-wrenching.

But even with the trauma of the experience still living inside him, Stoltzfus took to the air just two weeks after the accident. While he admits that he was on edge for his first solo flight after the accident, Stoltzfus says that each flight got better and better.

It has been two years and counting since the accident, and Jordan Stoltzfus is only a few months from graduating from Hesston College with his aviation degree, having completed the private, instrument, commercial, and instructor/multi-engine courses.

Dan Miller, aviation director at Hesston College, speaks to Stoltzfus’ success: “Jordan is a talented individual, who continues to develop his risk management decision-making experiences. Enhanced caution is definitely within Jordan’s mindset.”

When asked how he sees the accident affecting the kind of pilot Stoltzfus is becoming, Miller says, “This question has an ongoing answer as the kind of pilot Jordan is becoming continues to develop. His aviation experiences are strengthening Jordan’s personal character as he carries himself with professional confidence.”

And so, Stoltzfus continues to use the dramatic experiences of the past to set him apart as a pilot.

When asked how this experience has changed him, he quickly said, “You don’t know what it’s like until you fly solo and your engine quits. I had an experience that no one [in the Hesston aviation program] has had. That experience will help land me a job.”

And what’s after Hesston College for Stoltzfus? He chuckled and said, “I’ve got a job at New Horizons Aviation. I’m going back to where it all started.”

One more Lark has left his mark, and now heads for the skies.

Original article can be found here: http://www.hesston.edu

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration; South Bend, Indiana
Continental Motors Inc; Mobile, Alabama

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

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

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


NTSB Identification: CEN15LA106
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, January 19, 2015 in Shipshewana, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/17/2015
Aircraft: DIAMOND AIRCRAFT IND INC DA 20 C1, registration: N979DC
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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

The student pilot reported that he was practicing solo ground reference maneuvers about 1,600 ft above ground level when the engine began operating erratically. He further stated that the airplane might have entered an aerodynamic stall. He advanced the throttle to full forward, but the engine did not respond and subsequently experienced a total loss of power. He attempted to restart the engine by completing the emergency procedures that he remembered. The engine “turned over” but did not restart. He then prepared for a forced landing to a nearby field. During the base-to-final turn, he lost control of the airplane, and it descended to the ground. The airplane impacted the field and continued into a propane tank and then a house where it came to rest. 
A postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that most of the induction air filter was obstructed by ice; no other anomalies were noted. The engine was test run with and without the ice in the air filter, and the engine produced full power under both conditions. The alternate air lever, which selects a second induction air intake in case the primary air intake (air filter) becomes restricted, was found in the “off” position. The aircraft flight manual states that, in the event of an in-flight engine failure, the alternate air control should be opened (or “on”). A Federal Aviation Administration advisory circular warns pilots of induction system icing known as “impact ice,” which can build up on components like the air filter when moisture-laden air is near freezing. Based on the near-freezing outside air temperature and clouds in the area in which the flight was operating and the lack of any apparent engine malfunctions, it is likely that the primary air induction system became obstructed with impact ice during the flight. 

When asked about the airplane’s alternate air lever, the student pilot indicated that he was unfamiliar with the lever and did not know its intended use. If the student pilot had opened the alternate air control during the initial power loss, it is likely that engine power would have been restored. 

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The total loss of engine power due to impact ice obstructing the primary air induction system, which resulted from the student pilot’s failure to operate the alternate air control. Contributing to the accident was the student pilot’s lack of knowledge about using the alternate air control during an engine power loss. 

On January 19, 2015, about 1700 eastern standard time, a Diamond Aircraft Inc. DA 20 C1 airplane, N979DC, made a forced landing into a field near Shipshewana, Indiana. The solo student pilot was not injured and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by New Horizons Aviation Inc. under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a solo instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The local flight departed from the Goshen Municipal Airport (GSH), Goshen, Indiana about 1645. 

According to the student pilot, he was about 1,600 feet above ground level practicing ground reference maneuvers. He reported that the engine operation became erratic and the airplane might have entered an aerodynamic stall. He advanced the throttle to full forward, but the engine did not respond and experienced a total loss of power. He attempted to restart the engine by completing the emergency procedures that he remembered. The engine "turned over" but did not restart. He then prepared for a forced landing into a nearby field. During the base to final turn, he lost control of the airplane and descended to the ground. The airplane impacted the field and continued into a propane tank and then a house where it came to rest. 

The student pilot reported having accumulated 12 total flight hours, all of which were logged in the preceding 30 days, and in the same make and model airplane. 

The airplane was a two seat, low wing, tricycle landing gear, training airplane which was manufactured in 2005. It was powered by a 125-horsepower Continental Motors Inc. IO-240 engine, which drove a Sensenich two-bladed, fixed pitched, wooden propeller. 

On January 22, 2015, the airplane was examined after the accident by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Inspector and a representative from Continental Motors Inc. The examination revealed that the majority of the induction air filter was covered with ice. The alternate air lever in the airplane was OFF. The engine cylinders each displayed normal operating signatures. The spark plugs displayed normal wear signatures when compared to a Champion Aviation Service Manual No. AV6-R. Internal crankshaft continuity was established by rotating the propeller. Additionally, all four cylinders displayed thumb suction and compression. The top spark plugs and ignition leads were reinstalled for an engine operational test run. The air filter remained impacted with ice during the first engine run; the engine was capable of running with the throttle full forward and produced about 2,200 RPM which is normal for a fixed pitch propeller. The alternate air lever was moved to ON and the engine was still capable of producing about 2,200 RPM. The engine was then shut down and the ice removed from the air filter. The engine was subjected to a second test run; the engine produced 2,200 RPM with the throttle advanced to full forward. The ignition switch was actuated to test both magnetos and the decreases in RPM were normal and the engine indications displayed normal operating parameters. Other than the ice in the air induction filter there were no anomalies noted that would have precluded normal operation. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and empennage. 

During the postaccident investigation, the pilot was asked about the airplane's alternate air lever. He reported that he was unfamiliar with the lever and did not know its intended use. He also stated that he flew through some low clouds during the flight, but they did not obstruct his view of the ground and he was able to maintain visual flight rules (VFR) the entire time.

At 1653 the weather observation station at GSH, which was located 13 miles southwest, reported the following conditions: wind from 200 degrees at 3 knots, visibility 10 miles, few clouds at 12,000 feet, temperature 36° Fahrenheit (F), dew point 30° F, altimeter setting 29.94 inches of mercury.

Using the average temperature lapse rate, 3.5° F per 1,000 feet, the temperature at 1,600 feet would have been about 30° F. 

The Diamond Aircraft Airplane Flight Manual (AFM) stated in Chapter 7.9.2 Engine Controls: The alternate air control selects a second induction air intake in case of restriction of the primary air intake (air filter). 

AFM Chapter 3.3.1 (c) Engine Failure during Flight – ENGINE RUNNING ROUGHLY – the pilot should perform the following checklist:

1. Mixture – FULL RICH

2. Alternate Air – OPEN

3. Fuel Shut-off – OPEN

4. Fuel Pump – ON

5. Ignition Switch – cycle L – BOTH – R – BOTH

6. Throttle – at present position

7. No Improvement – reduce throttle to minimum required power, land as soon as possible. 

FAA Advisory Circular 20-113. The Advisory Circular states that one form of induction system icing is impact ice and states in part:

"Impact ice is formed by moisture-laden air at temperatures below freezing, striking and freezing on elements of the induction system which are at temperatures of 32° F or below. Under these conditions, ice may build up on such components as the air scoops, heat or alternate air valves, intake screens, and protrusions in the carburetor. Pilots should be particularly alert for such icing when flying in snow, sleet, rain, or clouds, especially when they see ice forming on the windshield or leading edge of the wings. The ambient temperature at which impact ice can be expected to build most rapidly is about 25° F, when the super cooled moisture in the air is still in a semi liquid state. This type of icing affects an engine with fuel injection, as well as carbureted engines. It is usually preferable to use carburetor heat or alternate air as an ice prevention means..."

Quicksilver MXL II: Fatal accident occurred March 07, 2017 near Hesperia Airport (L26), San Bernardino County, California

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office: Riverside, California

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

NTSB Identification: WPR17FA074 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 07, 2017 in Hesperia, CA
Aircraft: QUICKSILVER MXL II, registration: UNREG
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 March 7, 2017, at 1018 Pacific standard time, an unregistered experimental amateur-built Quicksilver MXL II, collided with terrain after takeoff from Hesperia Airport, Hesperia, California. The airplane was operated by the pilot/builder as a test flight, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The unlicensed pilot sustained fatal injuries, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

The pilot had been performing multiple high-speed taxi tests in the airplane since it's completion about two months before the accident. He reported to friends that during those tests, the airplane had been pulling to the left. About one month prior to the accident, he performed the first flight test, however shorty after getting airborne the airplane rolled left, departed the runway, and struck a hangar. He spent the next month repairing the damage, and performing more high-speed taxi tests.

On the day of the accident, witnesses observed him taxing in the airplane back and forth along the runway at least two times, before initiating a takeoff roll from runway 3. A witness watched as the airplane rotated, climbed to about 50 ft above ground level, while drifting to the left of the runway centerline. It continued in a shallow climbing left turn to about 100ft agl, transitioning to a 90-degree left roll. The nose of the airplane then descended, and the airplane rolled inverted into the ground.

The airplane came to rest about 750 ft beyond the runway 3 threshold, and 315 ft left of the runway centerline. The airframe structure sustained crush and buckling damage from the nosewheel through to the main landing gear downtube and axle. Both wings and the empennage remained partially attached to the airframe, and the smell of automobile gasoline was present throughout the site.

The primary load carrying member of the airplane was composed of an aluminum "root tube", which united the engine, wings, king-post, and lower trike assembly. The trike assembly supported the pilot and passenger seats, along with the landing gear and flight controls. The trike included the axle and axle struts, and a series of steel cross and downtubes collectively known as the tri-bar assembly. The tubes of the tri-bar assembly were interconnected with slip-joints, which were secured by AN4-series bolts. The under-wing flying wires were connected to the forward lower corners of the tri-bar assembly, adjacent to the seat anchors.

Examination of the trike structure at the accident site revealed that the bolt designed to secure the forward left (pilot side) tri-bar downtube to the upper tri-bar assembly was only attached to the upper assembly. Paint signatures revealed that the downtube was inserted 1 1/4 inch short, such that the bolt only passed through the upper tube, rather than interlocking the upper and lower tubes.

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

The pilot of a Quicksilver MXL II plane was killed when he crashed at Hesperia Airport Tuesday morning, officials said.

The incident involving a Quicksilver MXL II aircraft was reported about 10 a.m. at the north end of the airport, apparently shortly after take off, according to the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

Video from the scene showed the mangled Quicksilver MXL II.

The pilot was the sole occupant of the plane.

Hazmat crews were at the scene Tuesday afternoon cleaning up a small oil spill from the crash.

Jay Carlson, a friend of the victim, told KTLA that he heard about the plane crash from a mutual friend and he got “chills down his body.”

Carlson said the victim, who he identified as Robert Alexander, had been building his aircraft for a while and he couldn’t wait to fly it.

He added that the victim, who was in his early 60s, built the plane as a hobby and had a "hard landing" after testing out the plane last week.

Carlson said his friend liked to “live on the edge.”

“He was always gung-ho for anything,” he said.

Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said in an email that the plane appeared to be an “unregistered ultralight.”

He added that his agency does not investigate those types of planes because they don’t have FAA airworthiness certificates and you don’t need a pilot license to fly them.”

Story and video:   http://ktla.com

HESPERIA, Calif. --One person was killed when a Quicksilver MXL II aircraft crashed Tuesday morning near Hesperia Airport, authorities said.

The deceased person was the sole occupant of the Quicksilver MXL II aircraft, the San Bernardino County Fire Department said on Twitter at 10:17 a.m, adding that the collision happened near the north end of the airport.

The circumstances of the crash were not immediately known, said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration's Pacific Division.

Source:  http://abc7.com

HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG.com) A Quicksilver MXL II aircraft crashed near the Hesperia Airport killing one person on board Tuesday morning.

The crash was reported around 10:00 a.m. just west of the airport landing strip. The airport, located on Sante Fe Avenue and Ranchero Road is a public-use and privately owned airport.

Deputies from the Hesperia Station and the San Bernardino County Fire Department arrived on scene and located the two-seater “hobby” aircraft, according to Hesperia Spokeswoman Jackie Chambers.

When authorities arrived they determined the Quicksilver MXL II sustained major damage during the incident.

Chambers said a white male adult was the sole occupant of the aircraft and was pronounced deceased on scene.

It’s unclear if it was attempting to land or depart from the airport.

Hazmat has been requested to respond to the area for approximately 10 gallons of fuel that leaked from the hobby plane.

The FAA and the NTSB have been summoned to the site of the accident and will be further handling the investigation.

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

HESPERIA – Authorities say one person was killed when a Quicksilver MXL II aircraft crashed in Southern California’s high desert.

Eric Sherwin with the San Bernardino County Fire Department says the crash happened shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday just off the north end of the lone runway at Hesperia Airport.

Sherwin says the pilot, the only person aboard the Quicksilver MXL II aircraft, died at the scene. He didn’t know if the ultralight was taking off or landing at the time of the crash about 80 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, says the circumstances are not immediately known.

Sherwin says investigators will interview witnesses to try and determine the cause.

Source:  http://www.ocregister.com

Pointing lasers at pilots would be a five-year felony under Michigan bills

LANSING, MI -- A bill making it illegal to point lasers at pilots under state law was reported to the House floor Tuesday. 

The House Law and Justice Committee voted 10-1 Tuesday to report out a pair of bills, House Bills 4063 and 4064, that prohibit people from aiming a laser or other "directed energy device" -- including those projecting sound,  electromagnetic radiation or particle-beams -- at or into the path of an aircraft. Somebody who does so could face five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both.

Pointing lasers as pilots can disorient pilots, and is already illegal under federal law. But enshrining it in state law would give local units of government the ability to enforce it, law enforcement officials told the House Law and Justice Committee during testimony last week. 

When a laser-like device is pointed at pilots, the light can be amplified into a sudden flash that leaves the pilot with diminished vision. Oakland County Deputy Bill Christensen described such incidents bluntly.

"It's terrifying," he said.

And aside from being terrifying, it's dangerous, say sponsors of a pair of bills that would make it a five-year felony. Rep. Laura Cox, R-Livonia, said there have been 15 such attacks in Michigan in the past year. Rep. Tom Barrett, R-Grand Ledge, is a helicopter pilot with the National Guard and has talked with some of his peers about these incidents.

Robinson said last week that she didn't understand what devices the bill was targeting, and suggested the language could use some tightening. She voted against reporting out both bills during the committee's Tuesday vote. 

"With all due respect, I still don't know what it is," she said.

Barrett said the definition didn't encompass anything like a flashlight that would be in the typical household. But you could buy devices that would fit the bill, like lasers, online for $20 or less.

Although there is already a federal law prohibiting this type of action, Michigan State Police Sgt. Timothy Fitzgerald said it was important to have a state law so state law enforcement could enforce it, instead of relying on the feds.

The State Police have technology to track down the people who are pointing devices at aircraft, Fitzgerald said, but without federal help "a lot of times, there's nothing we can do with these guys."

Story and comments: http://www.mlive.com

Craven Community College Havelock campus offers new avionics class

A new course has the potential to bring students in Craven Community College’s Aviation Systems Technology program on the Havelock campus one step closer to a promising post-college job.

The course, known as the aviation electronics technicians course, will be taught by Louis Rivera, who spent 17 years in the military working in avionics. Avionics are electronic systems, including communications and navigation, used on aircraft.

The course will enhance students’ knowledge of electronic systems, Rivera said.

While students in the program already have the option of taking a basic course introducing the fundamentals of electronics, the new course will be targeted for aviation-specific components and provide students the opportunity to learn more advanced electronic systems.

After completing the course, students will receive an aviation electronics technician certification.

Aviation Director Greg Purvis said students who go through the program seek Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certifications in Airframe and Powerplant, but students certified as aviation electronics technicians look good to employers because it indicates that individual can “tackle about any type of avionics situation” and makes the students more versatile in the workforce.

“The Airframe and Powerplant certification is what the student comes here for five semesters to do” Purvis said. “They learn electricity … but what this does, this takes that same student and it’s like getting a doctorate degree all of a sudden in electricity. They’re able to troubleshoot things they would not be able to troubleshoot with just going through the Airframe and Powerplant course we have.”

Having the certification will give students and military personnel who take the course, which can be taken as a standalone course, more options when entering the workforce, Purvis said.

“The reason we’re here is for the student to be able to get a job in the aviation field,” Purvis said. “One of those jobs is in avionics. So the reason that we’re offering this course is to give these students the ability to be hired in the aviation field and avionics.”

The course is set to begin Thursday and take about 16 weeks to complete, Purvis said.

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

Israel Aircraft Industries 1124, N95JK: Incident occurred March 06, 2017 at Greater Kankakee Airport (KIKK), Kankakee, Illinois


Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office:  Des Moines

Aircraft on landing, blew a tire and sustained minor damage.  

Date: 06-MAR-17
Time: 14:38:00Z
Regis#: N95JK
Aircraft Model: 1124
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

Tree Thinning Ahead For Danielson Airport (KLZD)

Clough Harbor Associates, LLP held an informational meeting about the need for tree clearing in the vicinity of Danielson Airport, on Feb. 23.

The engineering firm held the meeting on behalf of the Connecticut Airport Authority.

CHA Market Segment Vice President Paul McDonnell presented the findings of an environmental assessment report that laid out the impacts of tree removal on and off airport property.

Certain trees have been identified as penetrating corridors of airspace for the airport's 2,700-foot runway and a parallel taxiway, runways 31 and 13.

The Federal Aviation Administration has established specific design criteria for safe airport operations. That criteria includes navigable airspace, the area pilots require for the safe operation of their aircraft on approaches to runways. That airspace extends out 5,000 feet horizontally from both ends of the runway.

Certain trees have been identified as penetrating navigable airspace for runway 31 along Maple, Maryland, and Rosedale streets. A section of land northwest of the runway has also been identified for selective tree thinning. Selective thinning includes the removal of tall trees with stumps, small trees, and brush retained.

The assessment regarding tree removal took into consideration a host of factors, including impacts to wetlands, natural and biological resources, species of concern, and property values. A biological survey may be required to assess the impact of tree thinning and removal on broad-winged hawks, northern long-eared bats, and worm-eating warblers.

How those trees will be removed was the concern for most people at the meeting. Tree clearing on private property requires negotiations between CAA and property owners for the possible purchase or voluntary sale of easements based on Fair Market Value. CAA would be responsible for all permits, approvals, tree removal activity, clean up, and repairs to lawns.

Killingly Town Council Chair David Griffiths suggested that CHA and CAA provide a checklist of items for property owners to consider when negotiating agreements. Any easements agreed to would be part of a property's land records. That would tend to devalue the property.

"If we're going to be honest, let's have a checklist," he said.

Property owners could also make a one time agreement, rather than sell an easement. Such agreements would not be part of any permanent land record.

Negotiations could include everything from which trees are removed to what landscaping efforts will be completed after cutting. Typically tree removals on residential properties include stump grinding, reseeding, and potential landscaping.

A state licensed appraiser would determine the value of any easements. The value of any easement is more the burden to a property owner rather than the cost of tree removals.

"The government tends to downsize these things," Ed Grandelski said. "It's the property owner who takes the hit."

He and his wife, Nancy, own property north of the airport. They contend that the trees act as a noise buffer and any thinning will affect the overall quality of life.

Property owners Timothy and Corinne Bollinger said they'd seen pilots come in so close that they clipped tree branches on their approach to the runway. Once, the cord from a glider reached nearly to the ground on the plane's approach to the runway.

The Danielson Airport is the smallest of the six state-owned airports. Last year, 23,000 flights were recorded. That number includes student pilots practicing take-offs and landings. There is no consideration of runway extensions, according to McDonnell.

CHA accepted comments on the project through March 3. A final environmental assessment and environmental impact evaluation will be published before CAA begins the process of acquiring easements from affected property owners. McDonnell expects tree clearing wouldn't happen until after August or possible early winter.

For more information, go to http://danielsonairport.caa-analysis.com/ and www.ctairports.org.

Source:  http://www.courant.com

Transportation Security Administration warns police agencies about its new airport pat-downs

The Transportation Security Administration has declined to say exactly where-and how-employees will be touching air travelers as part of the more invasive physical pat-down procedure it recently ordered.

But the agency does expect some passengers to consider the examination unusual. In fact, the TSA decided to inform local police just in case anyone calls to report an “abnormal” federal frisking, according to a memo from an airport trade association obtained by Bloomberg News. The physical search, for those selected to have one, is what the agency described as a more “comprehensive” screening, replacing five separate kinds of pat-downs it previously used.

The decision to alert local and airport police raises a question of just how intimate the agency’s employees may get. On its website, the TSA says employees “use the back of the hands for pat-downs over sensitive areas of the body. In limited cases, additional screening involving a sensitive area pat-down with the front of the hand may be needed to determine that a threat does not exist.”

Now, security screeners will use the front of their hands on a passenger in a private screening area if one of the prior screening methods indicates the presence of explosives, according to a “security notice” Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) sent its U.S. members following a March 1 conference call with TSA officials.

“Due to this change, TSA asked FSDs (field security directors) to contact airport law enforcement and brief them on the procedures in case they are notified that a passenger believes a (TSA employee) has subjected them to an abnormal screening practice,” ACI wrote.

The TSA screens about 2 million people daily at U.S. airports. The agency said it doesn’t track how many passengers are subject to pat-down searches. These searches typically occur when an imaging scanner detects one or more unknown objects on a person or if a traveler declines to walk through the machine and opts for the physical screening.

“Passengers who have not previously experienced the now standardized pat-down screening may not realize that they did in fact receive the correct procedure, and may ask our partners, including law enforcement at the airport, about the procedure,” TSA spokesman Bruce Anderson wrote March 3 in an email, describing why the agency notified police.

The pat-down change, first reported Friday by Bloomberg News, is “intended to reduce the cognitive burden on (employees) who previously had to choose from various pat-down procedures depending on the type of screening lane,” ACI-NA wrote in its notice.

Physical screening has long been one of the public’s strongest dislikes regarding airport security protocols. The TSA has all pat-downs conducted by an employee of the same gender as the traveler, and allows a passenger to request a private area for the screening, as well as to have a witness present. Likewise, the traveler can request that the pat-down occur in public view.

The TSA won’t reveal specific procedures on how its pat-downs are conducted beyond the general information on its website. “Knowing our specific procedures could aid those who wish to do travelers harm in evading our measures,” Anderson said.

The TSA’s calls to police were an effort to provide local law enforcement “situational awareness” about the new pat-down method, Christopher Bidwell, ACI-NA’s vice president of security, said in an interview Saturday. U.S. airports have not expressed any reservations or concerns about the pat-down change, the association said.

“We appreciate our partner, the TSA, providing us information about these universal pat-downs and the standardization,” Bidwell said.

Source:   http://www.spokesman.com

Minot High students give presentation at Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium

MINOT, N.D. - Students from Minot High's Aviation Class got to show off what they've been learning today.

The students gave a presentation at the Upper Midwest Aviation

Symposium this morning at the Holiday Inn Riverside.

They showed a few different simulations, including the well-known crash landing on the Hudson, landing on an aircraft carrier, as well as a Cessna flight from the Minot Airport.

The students say it was exciting getting to present their work at the symposium.

"Last year we went to the symposium and learned a lot from a couple different people. It's pretty cool for us to do something with this symposium," said Minot High Aviation Student Brett Lunde.

"This year with it being in Minot, it gives us a great ability to come here all the days if we wanted to, and right now the fact that the class got to so a presentation in front of everybody, it's a good time, and I'm glad the class got to participate in the symposium," said Minot High School aviation student Noah Tate.

Following their presentation, Warren Pietsch announced a scholarship opportunity that the students can apply for worth $2,500 to continue their aviation education.

Source:  http://www.kfyrtv.com

Yankee Air Museum to offer historic airplane rides in May

Ever wonder what it was like for soldiers flying off to the Pacific front in World War II?

Visitors to the Yankee Air Museum can find out on May 20 when the facility offers rides on a historic Douglas C-47 Skytrain air transport plane as part of the Detroit Aviation and Airline Collectibles Show. It's the first time the  air museum will host public airplane rides, officials said.

“We call is ‘Fly Pattern’ and it’s an exciting component of our Detroit Aviation and Airline Collectibles Show,’’ said Kevin Walsh, executive director of Yankee Air Museum. ... We’re a flying museum and that means continually looking for ways to deliver the exhilaration of aviation. Fly the Pattern is engine start, taxi to takeoff, circle the field, land and taxi to hangar all in about 20 minutes. The maneuvers are close and the flying is pure.’’

Cost is $95 and the flight is contingent on all 12 seats being sold. Normally, similar flights are $195 for a bit longer tour, but this shorter ride is being offered because of anticipated demand, officials said.

The Yankee Air Museum is at the Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, and rides on the Skytrain will be held at Hangar 1, 801 Kirk Profit Drive.

For information, visit www.YankeeAirMuseum.org and click on Book a Flight.

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