Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Air Tractor AT-802A, N802DL, Walton AgWings Inc: Accident occurred July 25, 2017 in Trumann, Poinsett County, Arkansas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock, Arkansas

Walton AgWings Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N802DL

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA454
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 25, 2017 in Trumann, AR
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT 802, registration: N802DL

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

Aircraft crashed in a bean field while conducting aerial application.

Date: 25-JUL-17
Time: 11:15:00Z
Regis#: N802DL
Aircraft Make: AIR TRACTOR
Aircraft Model: 802A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Operation: 137

A pilot was taken to a hospital after the crop duster he was flying went down in a northeast Arkansas field, authorities said.

Michael Darin Walton, 49, of Trumann was hurt Tuesday while flying southwest of Trumann near Maple Grove Lane in Poinsett County, according to the sheriff’s office.

Walton was taken taken to a local hospital in stable condition.

The agency said it received a call around 6:35 a.m. of a crash involving crop duster.

An ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration.



The Poinsett County Sheriff's Office responded to a crop duster crash in Trumann Tuesday morning. 

According to Chief Deputy Chris Cruise, the plane went down west of Maple Grove Lane in the middle of a bean field.

The pilot, Michael Darin Walton, was taken to a local hospital and is listed in stable condition.  

Cruise said members of the Federal Aviation Administration arrived at the scene. They are investigating the crash and why the plane went down. 


C&S Aviation Flight Training, Jonesboro, Arkansas: Flight instructors call crop dusting "most dangerous" aviation job


Local flight instructors encourage pilots to expand their training after several crop dusters have gone down in Region 8 lately.

Tuesday morning, the Federal Aviation Administration investigated the latest crop duster crash in Poinsett County.

Instructors at C&S Aviation, a flight school in Jonesboro, said crop dusting is the most dangerous aviation job, one that is popular in Northeast Arkansas.

Harrison Caubble, a C&S Aviation employee, said in Arkansas, crop dusting pilots must have a limited commercial license, that is 250 hours of Pilot in Command training time.

That is also the minimal requirements and instructors at the flight school recommend additional training.

“We recommend students to embrace all of their training, not try to skip any steps or fast track,” Caubble said. “We recommend them to get their private, then instrument, and then get your commercial license. As far as further training, pilots can do bi-annual flights, flight reviews and stuff like that to make sure they are current in training.”

The cause of the most recent crop duster crashes is still under investigation by the FAA.

Instructors tell us there are many variables that could have led to these crashes.

“They fly so low to the ground there's a lot of obstacles, such as trees, towers, any obstructions that could hit them,” Cauble said. “Also, if they load their aircraft too heavy, the aircraft performance might not be as good on a hot day like this.”

Instructors said crop duster pilots have little to no time to react to an emergency because they work so low to the ground.

Caubble said it is crucial that pilots trust their training and follow every proper procedure before getting in the aircraft. 


Flight training returns to Verde Valley, Arizona

Pam Spoo and certified flight instructor Ed Kalabus in a Light Sport Aircraft recently acquired by Kestrel Aviation Services. 

COTTONWOOD – Pam Spoo went over the checklist with certified flight instructor Ed Kalabus Friday morning before they took off in a Light Sport Aircraft recently acquired by Kestrel Aviation Services (KAS).

She is the first to take advantage of KAS’s flight training service at the Cottonwood Municipal Airport.

Sid Lloyd is the manager of Kestrel Aviation Services. The company now offers flight training at the Cottonwood Municipal Airport. (VVN/Jennifer Volpe)

The Verde Valley has been without a flight training facility for years.

“Not only is there now such a training facility, it is much more affordable than traditional flight training has become,” said Sid Lloyd, manager of KAS.

The Aircraft

The new aircraft, a Flight Design CTLS, allows KAS to offer flight training and Light Sport Aircraft rental.

It was flown from its previous home in California to Cottonwood by Kalabus.

“The CTLS is an amazing aircraft to fly,” said the flight instructor.

“It has a full glass cockpit and flying it is a pleasure. Not only is it easy to fly, it has great performance. On the way home, it flew at 115 knots (132 mph) while burning only 4.5 gallons an hour of premium auto fuel. That’s almost 29 mpg. Better than most cars.”

The CTLS is manufactured by Flight Design GMBH and imported from Germany by Flight Design USA – which KAS is already an authorized service center for.

“After analyzing the Light Sport Aircraft market where the CTLS has been the market leader for years, and looking for a great flight training platform, the CTLS was the obvious choice for an affordable but highly refined Light Sport Aircraft trainer,” said Lloyd.

All CTLS aircraft come standard with an instantly deployable ballistic parachute. In the unlikely event of an emergency, said KAS, the pilot can deploy the rocket-assisted parachute which then lowers the entire aircraft slowly to the ground.

It’s light at 800 pounds and much quieter than you would expect.

The aircraft uses a small, quiet, technically advanced Rotax 4-stroke engine with a computer designed three-bladed propeller that significantly reduces noise pollution relative to other traditional training aircraft such as the Cessna 172, said Lloyd.

Sid Lloyd is the manager of Kestrel Aviation Services.  The company now offers flight training at the Cottonwood Municipal Airport

The Training

The FAA created a new, simpler and more affordable aircraft category called Light Sport Aircraft, according to KAS. Along with the new category of aircraft comes a new type of pilot certificate: Sport Pilot.

A ‘certificate’ is what the FAA calls a ‘license.’

A Sport Pilot certificate requires the applicant to pass an FAA knowledge test, acquire a minimum of 15 hours of dual instruction, accomplish five hours of supervised solo flight, and pass a check ride test. This is half of what is currently required for a full Private Pilot certificate, said Lloyd.

Relative to Private Pilot certification, Sport Pilot certification is limited to:

• Day flight only

• Carrying only one passenger

• No flying in controlled airspace without an instructor’s endorsement

• A maximum flight altitude of 10,000 feet above sea level or 2,000 feet above terrain, whichever is greater

No FAA medical certification is needed to obtain a Sport Pilot certificate, but a valid driver’s license is required.

The total training cost for a typical Sport Pilot certificate varies depending on how much instruction time is needed to achieve proficiency, but the investment is typically half of what it would take to obtain Private Pilot certification, explained KAS. Those interested in obtaining a Sport Pilot certificate can expect to spend between $4,000 and $6,000.

Lloyd said potential pilots also have the opportunity to continue training and earn their Private Pilot certificate in the CTLS from KAS.

The company uses the award-winning Gleim Aviation Sport Pilot and Private Pilot curriculum, which provides online and self-paced options.

Existing Private Pilots

KAS said existing private pilots can also fly Light Sport Aircraft such as the CTLS as Sport Pilots without a medical certificate if they have not had their last medical revoked by the FAA.

“This opens up aviation to thousands of existing highly trained but ‘rusty’ pilots,” said Lloyd.

The company offers a 5-hour minimum transition flight program for such pilots, which then qualifies them to rent the Flight Design CTLS from KAS. Lloyd said they must also have a current flight review and renter’s insurance if they want to rent from KAS after their transition training.

Lloyd added that if there is sufficient interest they may acquire additional CTLS aircraft.

About KAS

Lloyd started KAS this year, and shares his love of aviation with his wife who is also a pilot. They have lived in the Verde Valley for more than 10 years.

He would like to see a Young Eagles program begin in Cottonwood to introduce and inspire kids in the world aviation.

KAS is a full-service Light Sport Aviation center focusing on Rotax equipped Light Sport Aircraft. The company is located 668 S. Airpark Road, Hangar No. 3 at the Cottonwood Municipal Airport (P52) and can be contacted by appointment at www.kestrelaviationservices.com


Consultant Concerned About Foreign Airline Models

St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Foreign models of airlines do not work in the Caribbean, according to aviation consultant James Lynch.

He has been referring to the fact that airlines like Caribbean Star and RedJet which operated in the region failed to make a lasting impression.

“Caribbean Star was an American model of airline that was brought to the Caribbean and foreign models of airlines do not work in the Caribbean. RedJet was an Irish model that they brought to the Caribbean, Caribbean Air Express was a British model they brought to the Caribbean, Dutch Caribbean Express was an American model they brought to the Caribbean. They get investment, they come down they think it’s all sun and sand and sea and they bring down their own developed country business plan, they bring the developed country budget and they quickly run into trouble because the developed country business plans do not work in the Caribbean and the amount of money they need back in the United States, or back in Ireland or back in England, that is a drop in the bucket compared to what they need to start an airline in the Caribbean.”

Canada-based Lynch, a former LIAT pilot, made reference to the financial problems RedJet had to deal with.

He says too that foreign investors in the airline business in the Caribbean have policies which often discriminate.

“As you saw RedJet went back to the Barbados government looking for more money and the Barbados government turned them down. You come to the Caribbean with their business plan and they want to hire only expatriates, they want to hire their own people, they want to bring in their own pilots and you come to the Caribbean you can’t do that. If I was an investor from the Caribbean and I want to start an airline in the United States it’s not gonna happen from square one because they don’t allow majority shareholding from not  being a US citizen. Even if I could past that obstacle, I cannot then bring Jamaicans and Bajans and Antiguans and Kittitians and St Lucians to the United States to run the airlines, are you crazy?”

James Lynch’s comments came as he made a case for a drastic change in the manner in which cash-strapped regional airline LIAT is operated.

He makes reference to an alleged pattern of incompetence in political appointment, management abuse and wanton waste of company funds.

In an interview with WINN FM, former pilot Lynch sought to justify those claims.

Listen to audio:  https://www.winnfm.com

Coast Guard transports Caribbean Airlines equipment to Tobago

Caribbean Airlines thanked the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard in helping to transport much-needed equipment to Tobago over the weekend. 

In a release, the company said the equipment was needed to complete important aircraft maintenance at ANR Robinson International Airport. 

The equipment was transported on the TTS Brighton on Sunday July 23, 2017 and the Captain in Command was Lieutenant Ray Frederick.  

Captain Wayne Armour led the initiative on behalf of the Coast Guard while Lieutenant Kevin Hinds coordinated the effort.  

"Caribbean Airlines is immensely grateful to the Coast Guard for facilitating this activity which enabled the maintenance team to successfully complete the task at hand," the company said. 


Ultra-low-cost airlines helping to boost traffic at John Glenn, Rickenbacker airports

John Glenn Columbus International Airport is on track for its second-busiest year ever, and Rickenbacker Airport topped its record passenger total, set just last year.

Taking a look at statistics for the first six months of the year, the Columbus Regional Airport Authority noted at its meeting Tuesday that these gains came almost entirely from airlines such as Frontier Airlines and Allegiant Air. These carriers offer low-cost, often less-than-daily service and charge for bags, priority boarding and other extras.

Statistics released at the meeting of the airport authority, which oversees John Glenn, Rickenbacker and Bolton Field airports, show that passenger traffic at John Glenn Airport is expected to trail only 2007, when Columbus-based startup Skybus Airlines operated. The airport served nearly 3.69 million passengers, a 4.3 percent increase over the January-to-June period last year.

The increase was almost entirely thanks to Frontier Airlines, which launched service in Columbus in June 2016. Frontier served 143,294 passengers from January through June. If Frontier were taken out of the airport’s first-half numbers, John Glenn’s passenger traffic would have increased less than a quarter of a percent year-over-year.

The John Glenn figures don’t include data from Allegiant, which flies at cargo-focused Rickenbacker Airport.

Also an ultra-low-cost carrier, Allegiant increased its passenger totals by 34 percent for the first half of the year as it added flights. It served 133,554 passengers from January through June.

On the cargo side, Rickenbacker continues to boom. Cargo weight at the airport was up 21.4 percent for the first half of the year compared with the same period in 2016.

The growth of Frontier and Allegiant showcases those airlines’ growth nationally. In some cases, the carriers have been adding routes beyond their typical vacation-focused destinations. For example, Frontier recently announced it will start serving Austin, Texas, nonstop from Columbus in the spring.

Michael Boyd, a Colorado-based aviation consultant, said the consumer stands to benefit in the short term by booking seats on these discount carriers, but people should be aware of what they’re buying.

“The three-flights-a-week model has some real vulnerabilities,” he said. “If something happens and a flight gets cancelled, you may not be able to get another for at least two or three days.”

Boyd said the “mainline” carriers such as Delta Air Lines and American Airlines should advertise to their strengths, rather than trying to compete on price with the upstarts by selling a “basic” fare that takes away perks.

“It’s not like these (ultra-low-cost) airlines are capitalizing on places where the major airlines are ignoring opportunities,” Boyd said. “If there is money to be made, they’re there. They’re just maximizing their revenue like every other business.”

Angie Tabor, spokeswoman for the airport authority, said officials continue to seek more service while being realistic about the state of the industry.

“We feel we’re doing well and that we compete very well for service,” Tabor said. “There are so many factors outside our control. It’s tricky to predict the future of air service. The airlines are becoming more nimble, which makes really good business sense for them.” 


Dozens of pilots overcome alcoholism to return to work

About 50 pilots and other aviation professionals have been successfully steered away from alcohol addiction in the past seven years.

This message was given to a conference in Hamilton organized by Aviation New Zealand, a leading industry body.

Two senior pilots told the conference about a scheme in New Zealand designed to treat alcoholism as an easily treatable medical condition.

It is called the HIMS program, and has got 6000 pilots back into the cockpit in the US since it was set up there in the 1970s.

The scheme was described by Simon Nicholson, a pilot and former alcoholic who has been with Air New Zealand for 17 years and currently captains A320s.

Alcoholism used to be treated as a sackable offense, he said. As a result, people would hide their conditions to preserve their careers, and their friends would cover up for them, so as not to be seen as snitches.

But he said airlines were now getting a very different message.

"We are saying to the company 'please help this person, don't sack him, pay him please if you can while he is going through rehab, and hold his job for him'," Captain Nicholson said.

"Trust him with your aeroplane again when he comes out the other side."

Captain Nicholson said the main airlines as well as groups like Civil Aviation and the Airways Corporation supported the scheme.

Another pilot, Chris Melhopt, said he believed the effect of this would be to make flying safer, not more dangerous.

He had figured this out after spending five years as the medical welfare officer for the Air Line Pilots' Association.

"When I started in that job I became aware we had pilots who were suffering from addiction and I knew nothing about it," he said.

To help get the program started in this country, Captain Melhopt studied at the Betty Ford treatment clinic in the US. He helped develop a scheme that would put an alcoholic pilot into rehab, usually here but sometimes in the US.

Captain Nicholson told his audience dealing with his own addiction had been very hard.

"I thought that if I had a problem with drinking, it was the end of my career," he said.

"I had a lot of pride tied up in my role as a pilot, I had invested a lot of time and money and other resources in getting where I was and I would defend that at all costs."

Despite the success of the programme in the airline industry, Captain Nicholson said there had been little take-up in general aviation - such as helicopter and agricultural flying - and this needed to change.

Having an illness stay undiagnosed did not lessen its potential impact, he said.

The Ministry of Health has estimated that one in five New Zealanders has a potentially hazardous drinking problem and a smaller number are compulsively addicted to alcohol.


Tampa International Airport (KTPA) control tower needs upgrades

Looking down at Tampa International Airport from the air traffic control tower, we see the exciting improvements coming to our airport. Unfortunately, working in the tower, we face a different reality.

Our tower is in poor condition. Parts of the tower exterior are being held together with repair-work sealant. The large glass windows, which are essential to monitor planes on the ground, are no longer up to safety standards. Our controllers, who work hard 24/7 to monitor one of the nation's most complex air systems, use antiquated technology like paper flight strips. We're unable to install a modern ground radar system in part because of wear and tear to the tower.

The airport is undergoing a $2 billion renovation project to improve the Tampa flight experience, yet our air traffic controllers, who are responsible for keeping travelers safe and flights on time, work in a deteriorating physical environment with largely outdated technologies.

Although we're making progress by implementing modernization projects nationwide, long-term advancements are hampered by an unstable, unpredictable funding stream. That is why we support current U.S. House legislation, HR 2997, the 21st Century Aviation, Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization Act, which would create a federally chartered, not-for-profit air traffic control corporation to operate the system. The legislation would provide a stable, predictable funding stream that supports air traffic control services, staffing, hiring and training, long-term modernization, preventive maintenance and infrastructure modernization. It would also ensure the system keeps pace with current technology and would remove many of the government's slow, bureaucratic processes.

Tampa International is taking exciting and progressive steps toward the future of aviation, but modernization of our critical air traffic control function is falling behind. We can have a seamlessly run terminal, but without an updated air traffic control system, we are doing a great disservice to all Tampa travelers.

Jason Rebmann, facility representative, Tampa tower and terminal radar approach control, National Air Traffic Controllers Association 


Incident occurred July 23, 2017 in Swanzey, Cheshire County, New Hampshire

Patrick Blair, right, of Swanzey, signs paperwork for DiLuzio AEMT John Warner at the site of an ultralight aircraft crash in which Blair was a passenger in West Swanzey on Sunday evening.

SWANZEY, N.H. — At just before 8 p.m. on Sunday, Fire Mutual Aid received a telephone report from a Swanzey resident, who reported the pilot of a small glider appeared to be having trouble before crashing in the vicinity of the Mold Pro corporation, located at 51 Denman Thompson Highway near the Ashuelot River.

A second caller reported the aircraft had in the area of 179 Holbrook Roads.

In response, members of the Swanzey Fire Department and the Swanzey Police Department and Diluzio Ambulance responded to the initial call and established a staging area at Mold Pro.

Approximately 20 people took part in a ground search from the Mold Pro parking lot, assisted by aerial drones and off-road vehicles. Aerial drones were supplied by fire departments in Keene, Winchester and Troy, as well as the Brattleboro Reformer.

At a few minutes past 8 p.m., a caller reported to 911 that she had located the aircraft on her property in a swamp approximately 500 feet from Holbrook Avenue near the Ashuelot River. The caller told 911 that there were two occupants standing in the swamp and both appeared uninjured.

Emergency personnel from Swanzey and Diluzio Ambulance arrived at the crash site and reported there was a two-person, ultralight-style, power Shute aircraft which had struck a tree approximately 50 above the ground which damaged the aircraft and caused it to turnover in flight, according to a press release from the Swanzey Fire Department. As the aircraft fell, it struck a branch causing it to right itself and land in the swamp on its wheels.

The pilot, Robert Hutchinson Van Valzah, of Richmond N.H., and a passenger Patrick Blair, of Swanzey, told emergency personnel that they were not injured as a result of the accident and declined any medical treatment or transportation.

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation, Bureau of Aeronautics, was notified and the bureau subsequently notified the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, all three of which are now investigating the cause of the accident.


Members of the Swanzey, N.H., Fire Department fly a DJI Phantom 4 Drone while searching for a person that reportedly crashed while flying a powered parachute around 7:42 p.m. on Sunday.

SWANZEY — A two-person ultralight aircraft crashed Sunday night near Holbrook Avenue, Swanzey Fire Chief Norman W. Skantze said in a news release. No one was injured in the crash.

Two witnesses reported seeing an aircraft go down near the Ashuelot River at 7:43 p.m., according to the news release.

Operating from a commercial parking lot on Denman Thompson Highway, Swanzey police and fire departments initiated a foot search supported by drones, the release said.

Soon after, at 8:06 p.m., one of the callers, Cynthia Brown, reported she had found the aircraft in a swamp on her property on Holbrook Avenue.

The aircraft hit a tree and turned over, then struck a branch on the way down, righting itself to land wheels-first in the swamp, the release said.

The pilot, Robert Hutchinson Van Valzah of Richmond, and the passenger, Patrick Blair of Swanzey, reported having no injuries and declined medical transport.

The plane was a Six Chuter SR2-powered parachute, according to Jim Peters, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, which is investigating the crash. In an interview with The Sentinel, Skantze described the aircraft as an ultralight two-seater with a parachute and motor.


Court Tosses Lawsuits Against Florida Pilot Over Plane Crash: Dana Air, McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83), 5N-RAM, fatal accident occurred June 03, 2012 in Lagos, Nigeria

The families of non-U.S. citizens killed in a 2012 plane crash in Nigeria will not be able to pursue their lawsuits against the estate of the pilot, who was from Florida, in American courts, a panel of federal judges ruled.

Instead, those families will have to seek justice from Nigerian courts, based on the ruling released Friday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. The decision effectively scuttles 38 lawsuits combined on appeal.

Judge John Walker Jr. of the Second Circuit, sitting by designation, wrote for a panel that included Judge Stanley Marcus and Senior Judge Joel Dubina. The panel upheld Judge Robert Scola of the Southern District of Florida in dismissing the lawsuits based on forum non conveniens—a common law doctrine that provides district courts with "inherent power to decline to exercise jurisdiction" with the "central purpose" being "to ensure that the trial is convenient."

The doctrine allows judges to toss lawsuits, leaving the plaintiffs to resort to refiling in another place. "This power should not be exercised lightly, however, because it effectively deprives the plaintiff of his favored forum," Walker wrote.

The defense team, led by John Murray of Murray Morin & Herman in Tampa, successfully established the difficulty of calling witnesses from Nigeria to a trial in Florida.

The plaintiffs' team, including Curtis Miner of Colson Hicks Eidson and Michael Olin of Miami, argued that Nigeria is too dangerous and that its legal system is corrupt and plagued with delays. A former Nigerian Supreme Court justice testified that such a multiparty tort case could take 30 years to litigate there, Walker said.

But Walker gave credence to another witness, a Nigerian law professor, who said recent reforms to the Nigerian judiciary had improved the outlook, and that the claims could be resolved in possibly five years.

"The district court did not abuse its discretion in holding that Nigeria is an adequate forum," Walker said.

The attorneys could not be reached.

All 153 people aboard Dana Airlines Flight 992—passengers, crew and pilot Peter Waxtan of Fort Lauderdale—were killed in the crash on June 3, 2012, plus 10 more on the ground. The plane traveling from Abuja, Nigeria, lost power in both engines while on approach to Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria, according to Walker. The plane and much of the black box evidence was destroyed in the fire. The crash was blamed on a combination of equipment failure and flight crew error.

The cases are titled Babasola Kolawolfe, et al. v. Stacey Sellers, as personal representative of the estate of Peter Waxtan, Nos. 15-13720 & 15-15801.


NTSB Identification: DCA12RA084
Accident occurred Sunday, June 03, 2012 in Lagos, Nigeria
Aircraft: BOEING MD-83, registration:
Injuries: 153 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On June 3, 2012 about 1545 hours local time, 5N-RAM, a Boeing MD-83, operated by Dana Airlines Limited as flight 992 (DAN 992), crashed into a densely populated area during a forced landing following a total loss of power in both engines while on approach to Muhammed Murtala Airport (LOS), Lagos, Nigeria. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time, and the airplane was on an instrument flight rules flight plan. All 153 persons aboard the airplane, including the 6 crew members, were fatally injured. There were 10 confirmed ground fatalities. The airplane was destroyed, and there was a post impact fire. The domestic scheduled commercial flight was operating from Abuja International Airport(ABV), Abuja, Nigeria to LOS. 

The Nigeria Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has instituted an investigation. As the State of manufacture of the airplane and engines, a U.S. Accredited Representative has been appointed with technical advisors from the National Transportation Safety Board, Federal Aviation Administration, The Boeing Company, and Pratt & Whitney Engines. Inquires about the investigation should be directed to the AIB at the following address:

Accident Investigation Bureau
P.M.B. 016
Murtala Muhammed Airport
Ikeja, Lagos


Clash between Delta Airlines pilot and flight attendant delays flight at LaGuardia Airport (KLGA), New York

A Delta Airlines pilot and a flight attendant flew off the handle Monday at LaGuardia Airport, causing a two-hour delay, sources said.

The 54-year-old pilot had a dispute with a 26-year-old flight attendant prior to takeoff aboard the plane bound for Portland, Maine, sources said.

He and the attendant exchanged words in the aisle and he called her “a piece of s---,” a source said.

“His conversation was racist, inconsiderate and unprofessional,” the source said.

Each alleged the other had aggressively grabbed the other’s arm.

As many as six Port Authority police officers, some carrying “huge” guns, interviewed flight attendants in the jet bridge, a source said.

Cops determined neither were injured and made no arrests.

But the crew ordered both to disembark, causing the plane to leave at 1:30 p.m. — two hours late.

A spokesman noted that the plane was operated by a subsidiary of Delta, Endeavor Air.

"Endeavor Air apologizes to the customers on board Endeavor Air flight 3925, operating as Delta Connection, from LaGuardia to Portland, Maine whose travel was inconvenienced as a result of a disagreement between two crew members. The actions of these crew members, as described, in no way reflects the respect, values and professionalism we expect from our employees," the spokesman said.


Hawker FB60 Sea Fury, N254SF: Accident occurred July 25, 2017 near Stephens County Airport (KBKD), Breckenridge, Texas (and) Incident occurred December 30, 2016 at Centennial Airport (KAPA), Denver, Colorado

Ezell continues recovery after July plane crash

Chad and Anna Ezell, son and daughter of Ezell Aviation Founder Nelson Ezell continue running their father’s business while he continues to recover from a plane crash in July.

Nelson Ezell’s prominence in Breckenridge had never been higher after re-launching the once famed Breckenridge Air Show, along with efforts from the Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce, which added to the shock when his World War II-era CSEA Seafury British Hawker crashed on private property near Hwy. 183 before reaching the Ezell Aviation runway.

While speaking with the Breckenridge American, Chad Ezell thanked the staff of Ezell Aviation for stepping up in Nelson Ezell’s absence and doing whatever is asked of them.

“Their commitment to whatever was needed has been so appreciated by the Ezell family,” Chad Ezell said.

While piloting the experimental World War II-era airplane in July, an engine malfunction downed the Warbird and resulted in injuries to Ezell and his passenger Dustin Mayfield. Mayfield walked away with a broken arm, but Ezell’s injuries were significant. He remained in ICU Trauma Unit at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth for 10 days, where the doctors operated on his severely injured arm, when he was stable enough to manage it. 

Ezell was later moved to another trauma recovery site, where he has remained the past nine weeks. At this point, the Ezell family anticipates Nelson being moved to another recovery hospital that is more equipped to handle the next stage of his recovery now that he is breathing on his own and his severely bruised lungs have had a chance to heal.

The Ezell family is so thankful and appreciative of all the prayers on their behalf and expressed the need for those thoughts and prayers to continue while Nelson continues his long recovery and meets each new challenge in that recovery. Chad and Anna expressed their deep appreciation for the community of Breckenridge and that they are part of such a caring community. 

Ezell is still not ready for visitors, but both Nelson and his wife Helen “Dude” Ezell appreciate the concern that has been conveyed to them through their children, other family members and close friends.

“They have all felt the concern and thoughtful prayers that have been lifted on behalf of their parents as Nelson continues to meet the new challenges in his recovery,” Chad Ezell said.


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

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

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

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA285 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 25, 2017 in Breckenridge, TX
Aircraft: HILLARD CHARLIE R HAWKER FB60, registration: N254SF
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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 July 25, 2017, about 0900 central daylight time, an experimental Hawker FB60 airplane, N254SF, experienced a loss of engine power and impacted trees and terrain near Stephens County Airport (BKD), Breckenridge, Texas. The private pilot and one passenger were seriously injured and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to a private individual and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan had been filed. 

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector reported that the airplane was on short final for runway 17 when the engine experienced a loss of power and the airplane descended into the trees and terrain. The pilot and passenger and were flown to a hospital for treatment. 

A cell phone video of the accident flight was obtained. A review of the video revealed the airplane was near the approach end of runway 17 as it descended and made a left turn, then disappeared into the tree line. 

The airplane has been retained for further examination.

Two men were injured Tuesday morning when a Hawker FB60 Sea Fury plane crashed in a pasture near the Stephens County Airport.

The crash of a Hawker Sea Fury was reported around 9:15 a.m. It landed in a pasture north of the airport and south of FM 2231, land owned by Brad Whitaker.

The plane’s occupants, Nelson Ezell and Dustin Mayfield, were taken by helicopter ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. 

Ezell sustained serious but not critical injuries, while Mayfield’s injuries were less serious, according to the men’s wives.

The plane is badly damaged, according to those allowed near the remote crash site, which is being kept secure until the Federal Aviation Administration arrives to investigate.


BRECKENRIDGE, Texas - The pilot of a Hawker FB60 Sea Fury plane that crashed Monday at Stephens County Airport has “critical injuries” and has been flown to a hospital in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The Federal Aviation Administration identified the pilot as being Nelson Ezell.

A passenger in the two-seat plane escaped unscathed, the Federal Aviation Administration said, but was taken by helicopter to the same hospital. He is listed in stable condition.

The accident, which occurred about 9:15 a.m.

The Hawker FB60 Sea Fury, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, lost engine power, landed short of the runway and its fuselage broke apart on impact.

It was doing what authorities said was "touch-and-go pattern work" before the accident.


STEPHENS COUNTY, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - Two people were injured when a small plane crash-landed in Breckenridge Tuesday morning. 

Stephens County Sheriff Will Holt told KTAB and KRBC a Hawker FB60 Sea Fury plane manned by Ezell Aviation was out for a test run when it experienced total engine failure around 9:15 a.m., causing it to crash land just north of BASA Resources off of FM 2231.

Medical helicopters rushed to the scene and transported two people from the crash site, according to Sheriff Holt, who says one person is in stable condition, and the other person's condition is not known. 

The identities of the people involved in the crash have not been released. No other injuries have been reported.

Sheriff Holt says Federal Aviation Administration officials are en route from Lubbock to evaluate the crash site in order to make an official report. 


Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Left main gear collapsed on landing.

Date: 30-DEC-16
Time: 22:55:00Z
Regis#: 254SF
Aircraft Make: HAWKER
Aircraft Model: FB111
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

Aircraft experience left main gear collapsed during landing.

Date: 30-DEC-16
Time: 22:53:00Z
Regis#: N254SF
Aircraft Make: RAYTHEON
Aircraft Model: HAWKER
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- The pilot of a World War II-era aircraft walked away unscathed after making an emergency landing at Centennial Airport Friday.

The single-engine aircraft’s main landing gear collapsed after landing. A picture of the Hawker FB10 Sea Fury shows the aircraft leaning on its wing. The landing also damaged to the plane’s propeller.

The pilot was the only person on board the plane. The plane’s flight path was not released.

The Hawker FB10 Sea Fury entered service two years after World War II.

Source:  http://www.thedenverchannel.com

United Technologies Corporation Warns Jet Makers That Poaching Service Business Will Mean Higher Prices: Engine makers typically sell at little or no profit then make up the money through years of service and parts

The Wall Street Journal
By Thomas Gryta
July 25, 2017 2:18 p.m. ET

United Technologies Corp.’s boss warned Tuesday that the company may need to raise prices for its jet engines and aerospace parts, if airplane makers try to steal some of its lucrative maintenance business.

Jet engine makers, like United Technologies’ Pratt & Whitney division, General Electric Co. and Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC, typically sell the huge machines with little or no profit but then make up the money by selling decades of servicing and parts.

But Boeing Co. and Airbus SE have been nudging their way into that aftermarket business to capture some of that profit—a strategy that puts them on a collision course with suppliers.

United Technologies is particularly exposed because aside from Pratt & Whitney it runs a large aerospace division, which makes parts such as wheels and landing gear. Those units accounted for more than half of its $15.28 billion in second-quarter revenue.

“If we’re going to change that model, where the [plane makers] are going to take more of the aftermarket or demand more of the aftermarket, we’re going to have to think about how we price our products,” United Technologies CEO Greg Hayes said on a conference call.

The Farmington, Conn., company spent $10 billion developing its latest engine, called the geared turbofan, and the launch will continue to hurt profits at the Pratt & Whitney division before it starts making money on the installed engines. “If all of a sudden I lose that aftermarket, I don’t have a business going forward,” he said.

United Technologies shares dropped 2% midday Tuesday.

Other jet engine makers have taken notice of the shift by Boeing and Airbus. “They can try to squeeze the engine companies out of the aftermarket, but if they do so at some point the engine companies won’t invest the same level in all of the new technology we are doing,” Eric Schulz, president of civil aerospace for Rolls-Royce, said last month.

GE Aviation spokesman Rick Kennedy said the company isn’t concerned about Boeing’s move into aircraft services. There is already a “significant number of viable competitors in the engines aftermarket,” he said, and GE doesn’t expect a big impact from plane makers entering the fray.

Boeing launched a new services unit this month as part of a push to cut costs and boost margins, part of its effort to more than double its service revenue to $50 billion in five years. Boeing, which reports second-quarter results Wednesday, isn’t just stirring up its suppliers but has also said it may want to service planes made by rivals like Airbus.

Mr. Hayes, who called the tension around the aftermarket “one of the fundamental strategic issues” in the future of the aerospace industry, said his company, which also makes Otis elevators and Carrier air-conditioning systems, may have to decide to allocate investment to areas where it has an advantage. “There’s a lot of pressure out there,” he said.

In reporting second-quarter results Tuesday, United Technologies’ aerospace division was only business with a drop in sales. It cited slowness in business from companies like Boeing as well as sluggishness in the business jet and civil helicopter market.

Over all, second-quarter net income rose 4% to $1.44 billion, or $1.80 a share, while revenue increased 3% from a year ago. The conglomerate raised the lower end of its full-year earnings estimate and now projects annual sales of at least $58.5 billion, up from a prior forecast of at least $57.5 billion.

Chief Financial Officer Akhil Johri said the change came from the first-half performance rather than any shift in second-half views. “Unlike in prior years, EPS in the second half will be lower than the strong first half,” he said.

—Doug Cameron and Robert Wall contributed to this article.


Cessna A185F Skywagon 185, N5227R, Aviation Expeditions LLC: Accident occurred July 22, 2017 in Arctic Village Alaska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fairbanks, Alaska

Aviation Expeditions LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N5227R

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA439
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Saturday, July 22, 2017 in Arctic Village, AK
Aircraft: CESSNA A185, registration: N5227R

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

Aircraft force landed under unknown circumstances.

Date: 22-JUL-17
Time: 21:10:00Z
Regis#: N5227R
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C185
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing:  No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)