Tuesday, August 15, 2017

PenAir submits Notice triggering Department of Transportation Process to subsidize Essential Air Service to St. Paul, St. George & McGrath

Anchorage, Alaska - PenAir has initiated the process with the U.S. Department of Transportation to subsidize essential air service to the Pribilof Islands of St. Paul and St. George, and McGrath.

As part of the company’s Chapter 11 reorganization and restructuring plan. “These steps will allow PenAir to seek subsidy from the DOT to continue to provide essential air service to these markets which we have been serving for nearly six decades,” said PenAir CEO and Chairman Danny Seybert. “Since filing Chapter 11, we must be prudent in our efforts to streamline our business plan and develop a solid financial plan that will allow us to emerge from bankruptcy. It would be our desire to continue to provide service in the routes we are currently serving within Alaska and today’s DOT notice will help achieve that goal. A key commitment of the DOT’s Essential Air Service is to maintain a minimal level of scheduled air service to communities through the payment of subsidies, if necessary.”

PenAir flies to seven destinations within Alaska including Cold Bay, Sand Point, King Salmon, Dillingham, St. Paul, St. George and McGrath and three routes in the Boston area including Bar Harbor and Presque Isle, ME and Plattsburgh, NY. PenAir also operates under a Capacity Purchase Agreement with Alaska Airlines to operate to/from Unalaska. Passengers on the St. Paul, St. George and McGrath routes will continue to receive service with no changes to scheduled flights. Employees supporting these flights will play a critical role in the reorganization process. “Our employees are a key part of our success and are doing everything we can to keep our PenAir family intact,” said Seybert.

About PenAir - PenAir, founded in 1955 by Orin Seybert in Pilot Point, Alaska, is one of the oldest family owned airlines in the United States. The airline is also one of the largest regional airlines in Alaska and the Northeast U.S., and one of the largest operators of Saab passenger aircraft in the US. System wide. PenAir operates both Saab 340 and Saab 2000 aircraft. Their route structure serves over 20 destinations.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.akbizmag.com

Advances in Aerial Drone Technology Leave Future Up In the Air: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Becoming Increasingly Popular Among Public and Police

 NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Throughout the 1990’s and 2000’s, young kids were enamored with radio-controlled (RC) vehicles.

Some found it even more exciting if those vehicles could fly, like RC planes and helicopters.

These primitive radio remote-controlled contraptions proved to be precursors to devices that are now classified officially as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s), which are sometimes referred to as drones.

The interest in drones over the past few years has skyrocketed, particularly after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) - a federal agency that oversees the regulations on all flying activity - relaxed its rules for issuing certificates to future pilots.

This spurring of activity has not gone unnoticed, with both private citizens and government agencies increasingly making use of the technology.

As News 12 reported, the Secret Service launched a surveillance drone to provide added security during President Donald Trump’s vacation in Bedminster.

The Secret Service sent a privacy note to local residents that they will be testing the drone as they assess it’s capability to collect images from 300 to 400 feet in the air.

Local police departments are also looking into ways to utilize this new technology, including the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office (MCPO).

During the June 1 meeting of the county's Board of Chosen Freeholders, the county agreed to spend $21,829 on "investigative equipment" from a company called FlyMotion.

According to the resolution, the Florida-based company is responsible for “furnishing and delivering of an unmanned aircraft system.”

When further pressed by New Brunswick Today, Freeholder Director Ronald Rios simply said that “it’s going to be used for investigations” without clarification on how exactly it will be implemented.

Further questions about the vehicle were referred to the prosecutor’s office, which did not respond to a request for comment.

As we reported, MCPO detectives attended a basic training orientation on the use of UAV's in August 2015.

However, it’s not just law enforcement that has seen an uptick in drone usage.

The Metuchen Fire Department recently sponsored a Drone Pilot Certification Test Prep Class for regular citizens that are interested in owning and flying a drone.

This class was offerred, in part, to give aspiring pilots a leg up in getting all the legal requirements out of the way for them to start flying successfully.

It was conducted by a local UAV Services firm called Drone Flight Services, which consists of professional drone pilots and experts in the policies and laws that currently regulate drone use for civilians as well as emergency responders.

Even private companies, like Amazon are jumping on the drone bandwagon. According to a CNN report, Amazon obtained a patent earlier this summer for building towers that would service drones to be used for delivering the company's products.

The patent application, first filed in 2015, includes an explanation of how employees would go about securing packages on the drones.

While Amazon’s program for deliveries via drone, dubbed Prime Air, has been in the works since 2013, this is yet another step towards utilizing the cutting-edge technology to further increase Amazon’s advantage by reducing the time in delivering packages from fulfillment centers to their customers.

Amazon has already completed its first delivery by drone in the U.K. in 2016. Amazon’s interest in is bound to push the industry ahead by promoting investment into research of drone technologies.

While the FAA contemplates the future of drone regulation, it is becoming clear that their use will continue to increase, particularly as the prices of the drones continue to drop.

Currently, New Jersey does not have any statewide laws in existence that cover the use of drones. And since the FAA is the only agency that can regulate airspace, local governments have little recourse for drone pilots who abuse their privileges.

However, local governments may be able to pass ordinances regarding privacy, noise concerns and speed restrictions since traditionally that falls under their jurisdiction.

Congress is currently considering a bill introduced earlier this year to increase the jurisdiction of local governments in oversight and regulation of the drone industry.

Drone companies themselves have been welcoming to new regulation since it would raise the bar for operators to fly safely, and allow the industry to grow responsibly.

They say that regulation would bring about clarification, transparency and an oversight infrastructure that does not exist as of yet.

According to MyCentralJersey.com's Nick Muscavage, there were 67 drone incidents in the last year alone in New Jersey.

Most observers are in agreement that oversight and regulation of the industry is a necessity, both for the law enforcement community using the technologies for investigations, as well as the general public who would like to use the drones for recreational use.

Commercial use, such as the type that Amazon is interested in applying will likely complicate things further.

While there are many challenges that still lie ahead before there is more widespread adoption of drones in the skies above us, with the advances in navigation and artificial intelligence technology, the future is not so far away.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://newbrunswicktoday.com

Woman sues Delta Air Lines: McDonnell Douglas MD-88, N909DL, accident occurred March 05, 2015 at La Guardia Airport (KLGA), New York

HACKENSACK - A Westwood woman has sued Delta Airlines, claiming she was injured two years ago when the plane she was on crash-landed due to pilot error on a snowy runway at LaGuardia Airport. 

Ashley Pronovost, 19, claims in court papers she was a passenger on Flight 1086, which flew from Atlanta to New York - skidding off a runway and striking an airport perimeter fence about 11 a.m. on March 5, 2015.

The plane came to rest with its "nose on an embankment hovering over Flushing Bay with its left wing broken and spewing fuel," according to the suit filed in Bergen County Superior Court.

There were 127 passengers on board. Twenty-nine of them suffered minor injuries, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

Pronovost, who is now a student at Quinnipiac University, claims she suffered "physical and psychological personal injuries with resultant medical expenses."

The suit claims the student has suffered a loss of income along with reduced earning capacity, pain and suffering, and an impairment of her quality of life.

The lawsuit was filed Aug. 7 by attorney Gerald H. Baker of Springfield. In addition to Delta Airlines, Baker blames the captain, first officer and flight crew for negligence that resulted in the crash.

The captain, who is not named in court documents, was under "situational stress resulting from his concern about stopping performance," the suit states.

In September 2016, the NTSB determined the accident was due to the captain's excessive reversing of the engines while braking. The technique rendered the rudder ineffective and caused a loss of control, the NTSB said.

The lawsuit states the captain had "attentional limitations due to the high workload during the landing, which prevented him from immediately recognizing the use of excessive reverse thrust."

Pronovost is seeking a jury trial and unspecified compensatory damages, along with attorney fees and interest.

Delta Airlines did not return a call seeking comment.

Story, photo gallery and comments ➤ http://www.nj.com









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

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

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

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

Delta Air Lines Inc:  http://registry.faa.gov/N909DL

NTSB Identification: DCA15FA085
Scheduled 14 CFR Part 121: Air Carrier operation of Delta Air Lines
Accident occurred Thursday, March 05, 2015 in New York, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/03/2017
Aircraft: MCDONNELL DOUGLAS AIRCRAFT CO MD 88, registration: N909DL
Injuries: 132 Uninjured.

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.

NTSB investigators traveled in support of this investigation and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The Safety Board's full report is available at http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Pages/AccidentReports.aspx. The Aircraft Accident Report number is NTSB/AAR-16/02.

On March 5, 2015, at 1102 eastern standard time, Delta Air Lines flight 1086, a Boeing MD-88, N909DL, was landing on runway 13 at LaGuardia Airport, New York, New York, when it departed the left side of the runway, contacted the airport perimeter fence, and came to rest with the airplane's nose on an embankment next to Flushing Bay. The 2 pilots, 3 flight attendants, and 98 of the 127 passengers were not injured; the other 29 passengers received minor injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged. Flight 1086 was a regularly scheduled passenger flight from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia, operating under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121. An instrument flight rules flight plan had been filed. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:

the captain's inability to maintain directional control of the airplane due to his application of excessive reverse thrust, which degraded the effectiveness of the rudder in controlling the airplane's heading. Contributing to the accident were the captain's (1) situational stress resulting from his concerns about stopping performance and (2) attentional limitations due to the high workload during the landing, which prevented him from immediately recognizing the use of excessive reverse thrust.

Commission reverts select Fixed Base Operator minimum operating standards to 2004 requirements

During the July 25, 2017 Commission Meeting, Jet ICU came before the board asking for a determination on whether they could become a Fixed Base Operator (FBO). Since the time of their last application, the Minimum Operating Standards have been increased. Technically the county could not consider their last application since the denial was never appealed and their current application is under the new standards which the company cannot meet. This brought to the forefront the issue that opponents of the new standards warned of. The new standards are too stringent and will stifle competition at the airport. Currently there is only one FBO at the airport- American Aviation.

The following are the select 2015 standards, that the commission voted unanimously to rollback on Aug. 8, 2017.

“Each FBO shall conduct its operations on no less than ten (10) acres, provide for no less than twenty thousand (20,000) square feet of hangar space, provide for no less than ninety thousand (90,000) square feet of paved ramp area space designed at a minimum to accommodate FAA Airplane Design Group II aircraft (wingspans up to seventy-nine (79) feet) and provide for no less than two thousand (2,000) square feet of floor space for office, customer lounge, and permanent rest rooms.”

Ordinance now rolled back to 2004 standards requires,

“The prospective FBO shall lease from the County no less than three (3) acres within the Airport, erect a hangar of no less than 9,000 square feet, provide for and maintain no less than 40,000 square feet of ramp area, provide for and maintain no less than 2,000 square feet of floor space for office, customer lounge, permanent rest rooms, public telephone facilities for customer use and telephone service connections to the Flight Service Station and/or the United States Weather Bureau.”

Because the commission cannot alter the ordinance for a single company, to give them an advantage or assist them, the county was careful to state that ordinance change was initiated because the ordinance “unfairly restricts competition for FBO-services at BKV.”

Commissioner Nicholson and Chairman Dukes spoke about their line of thinking in adopting the more stringent ordinance when they had voted for it in Feb. 2016.
Chairman Dukes said,

“Obviously when this came up in ‘16 I sat here and listened to it. I have spent my whole life on runways, hangars, on airports for the Air Force all over the world. When I heard this new revision I thought something was driving it outside of us and so I agreed to it. But even then I thought, ‘Why are we making it harder to do business in Hernando County?’ The President invited every county commissioner who would come to Washington D.C. for three days and we sat there for hours as different members of his staff spoke to us. What I took from that is government can’t continue to get in the way. Over the last few years in this United States... government entities are slowing down what we do, making unnecessary rules…” He said he would support changing the selected requirements back to 2004 standards.

Commissioner Nicholson said, “I’m in the same boat as our chairman.” He said that in the past the Aviation Authority and prior airport managers purposely stifled competition - to protect their friends. “That’s what this did,” said Nicholson. “I didn’t know that at the time.” He admitted it was a mistake on his part. “I want to correct it today,” he said.

“I’d like to have another FBO out there,” Nicholson said. He added that there are however lots of other requirements other than the three they are changing.

Holcomb was a little more reticent and desired coming up with a number that creates competition.

Going back to the Trump administration, Commissioner Champion cited that the administration’s goal is to eliminate two regulations for every one they put into place.

Currently they are getting rid of 6 regulations to every 1 regulation put in place, he said.

He stated that the airport should want to be attractive to businesses and should get rid of unnecessary regulations.

“Is it the right thing to do for the county? I think it is,” said Champion.

Commissioner Allocco stressed that he wished to be cautious about not removing standards unnecessarily. “I don’t have an issue with changing some of the standards if it makes for a better playing field, however I want to make sure that we don’t just throw out all the standards because we do want to make sure [the airport] is an attractive place for businesses to want to come here.” He was concerned about “too much degradation of the standards.”

Public comment came from Pat Miketinac who has been vocal about the minimum operating standards in the past. Pat Miketinac stated that there are many other requirements in the current Minimum Operating Standards that go beyond what the FAA requires. “What about all the other regulations that are impossible for startups to meet,” he asked. He named investments in facilities and equipment requirements “that are likely unaffordable to a startup company.” He continued, “If startups are shut out only well established businesses can afford to come here. If they are that well established, why would they risk coming here? There isn’t enough activity here to support another FBO of that size. However a smaller FBO could grow with the county and bring in more business.”

Shirley Miketinac said, “We appreciate the start on revising the standards. We investigated many of the airports across Florida and the US and found that our standards are stricter than many.” She specifically mentioned flight school rules. “I want to thank you for your common sense and for your intelligence and for being open to this.”

Robert Morris also delivered public comment. He served on the Aviation Authority when the 2004 minimum operating standards were passed and helped to develop them. He stated that back in 2004, they wanted to make sure that they were in uniformity with other airports. He urged the commission to look to what their motivation is in reverting back to the 2004 standards. If it is to accommodate a business in order to compete with an existing business, then they may have issues with FAA regulation 51 - 90, which could affect the airport’s ability to get grants.

Attorney Jon Jouben explained that in Santa Rosa county last year, the airport got caught discriminating against the existing FBO by making standards less stringent.
However he said, “I believe that this particular change does not violate that [FAA reg. 51-90]. At the time the contract [with American Aviation] was done, these were the rules in place.”

The board voted unanimously to roll back the identified sections to the 2004 Minimum Operating Standards.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://hernandosun.com

Quad City International Airport (KMLI) passenger numbers continue decline in July



The Quad-City International Airport narrowed its decline in passengers in July as airport officials announced an 11 percent decline in enplanements and deplanements.

Bruce Carter, the airport's aviation director, announced the monthly results at the Rock Island County Metropolitan Airport Authority's regular meeting Tuesday.

Enplanements totaled 29,013 in July compared to 32,616 for the same month a year ago. Total passengers, or enplanments and deplanements combined, also decreased 11 percent to 57,614 vs. 64,743 a year ago.

Carter said he expected a stronger July from the summer travel season, but attributed the decline in passengers to the economy and higher air fares.

He told the governing board that none of the carriers appear to be adding any seats to the market this fall, but Allegiant still plans to restore its Punta Gorda, Florida, flight in December.

"We'll be getting a new city, which people have been wanting, but not until Dec. 15,'' he said after the meeting.

The largest decline percentage-wise was by United Express, which enplaned 6,875 passengers compared to 9,672 a year ago. Other carriers posted these enplanements in July: Allegiant, 5,336, down 2 percent; American Eagle/Envoy, 6,193, -10 percent; Delta Airlines, 10,445, -2 percent.

Charter planes saw a 720 percent increase in July, with 164 passengers compared to 20 a year ago. Carter said part of the increased charter traffic was from the John Deere Classic.

Meanwhile, Carter said airport staff have aggressively pursued additional cargo freight business "and cargo is really exploding."

He credited Jason Sandefur, who runs the airport's airline fueling operation, QCIA Airport Services, with undergoing forklift training to allow the airport to expand its services to include cargo handling.

"There wasn't a mechanism in place for someone to unload the airplane (cargo) and load a truck. Now we've got people trained and people who are aggressive," Carter said.

The QCIA Airport Services deplaned, or offloaded, 41,579 pounds of freight in July, which was part of the 88,688 total freight deplaned at the airport. Total deplaned freight was up 114 percent from July 2016.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://qctimes.com

Lockheed to hire up to 1,000 people at another job fair this month



FORT WORTH - Lockheed Martin is looking for another 1,000 people to help build the F-35 at its Fort Worth plant.

The company will hold its third job fair this summer on Aug. 29, specifically seeking to hire aircraft mechanics, structural assemblers, electrical assemblers and “low observable material coaters,” who apply stealth material to the jets. Job seekers are being asked to pre-register for the event which will be held at the Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel.

“We are shooting to have about 2,000 that would be registered for the event,” said Lockheed Martin spokesman Ken Ross. “We’re not quite there yet. We think there is interest out there.”

Ross said the company plans to offer letters of intent to between 800 to 1,000 people that day.

Those who are offered a letter of intent for a manufacturing position at the job fair will still have to take a written test and pass a standard background check and drug screen. If they pass the written test, they will then get a start date to work on Lockheed’s manufacturing line, Ross said.

Applicants being hired for the production line will make between $44,000 and $77,000 a year, depending on their experience level, and add to a growing level of factory jobs in Tarrant County.

More than 3,000 people showed up for a similar job fair last month in downtown Fort Worth and the company offered 850 letters of intent on the spot. In June, Lockheed made about 600 job offers.

Earlier this year, Lockheed said it planned to hire more than 1,800 workers to handle growing production of its F-35 Lightning II fighter jet. Lockheed employs about 14,000 workers at its west Fort Worth aeronautics complex.

Lockheed is ramping up production of its F-35 to fulfill growing orders to the U.S. military and foreign allies. Last year, the company built about 50 F-35s and it plans to build up to 160 a year by 2019.

Last month, Lockheed was awarded a $5.58 billion down payment for the 11th contract with the Pentagon to help defray costs until it reaches a final agreement with Defense Department negotiators.

Story and video ➤ http://www.star-telegram.com

Confusion About Who Was in Charge During Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (KFLL) Shooting Response: Report



Confusion about who was in charge and an uncontrolled self-evacuation added to the chaos during the January shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, according to a new report released Tuesday.

The 82-page report, prepared by a consulting firm and released by the Broward County Aviation Department, analyzed the response to the January 6 shooting, which left five people dead and six wounded.

The report said a unified command was "never established causing confusion as to who was in charge." The lack of unified command led to "a lack of information regarding resource needs and disjointed, misinformed, and conflicting mission development."

Police say 27-year-old Esteban Santiago flew from Alaska to the airport and opened fire in a crowded baggage claim area. Santiago has pleaded not guilty to a 22-count indictment in the shooting.

"Speculation of additional firearm discharges in other areas within FLL caused an uncontrolled self-evacuation throughout the airport," the report said. "The self-evacuation of people into secure areas led to the complete closure of FLL, passenger delays, traffic control issues, and personal property claim issues."

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel strongly disputed the report, saying he, airport manager Mark Gale and the FBI agent in charge quickly took command of the situation shortly after the shooting. He conceded he hadn't read the report, saying he had received it Monday night.

"It's just not accurate," Israel told a press conference Tuesday. "Critics are going to criticize, but I was out there."

He admitted there was no plan for staging and deploying that many officers at the airport, but said a lot of the confusion and perceived lack of command was caused by the overwhelmed radio system. He said staging plans are being improved and a new radio system is being purchased.

"Command was unified, we knew what was going on (but) it wasn't perfect," he said.

Authorities say Santiago, an Iraq war veteran from Anchorage, Alaska, surrendered 85 seconds after the first shot was fired. The report praises the initial response and capture of Santiago, who admitted the shooting to investigators.

But chaos broke out again 90 minutes after Santiago's barrage when false reports of a second shooter sent people stampeding, injuring 40. The report says that could have been largely avoided if police officers had earphones to listen to their radios without civilians overhearing them.

More than 12,000 passengers were at the airport during the shooting. Many of them ran out through emergency exits onto the airfield after the false second report. There was also terror caused by plainclothes police and deputies, some wearing masks to protect their identities, running through the airport with their guns drawn as they responded to the false report. That could have resulted in uniformed officers accidentally shooting them.

Overall, Israel, Gale and county officials said they are proud of the response but will implement the report's 132 recommended changes as needed.

"It is clear we have some work to do," Gale said. "That is not to say we performed poorly that day, not by a long shot. But we do recognize that as professionals we need to continually improve our performance."

The FBI says Santiago admitted committing the shootings in recorded interviews with agents. His federal trial has been delayed until at least January as prosecutors decide whether to seek the death penalty. Santiago, a diagnosed schizophrenic, told FBI agents he acted under government mind control and then claimed inspiration by the Islamic State extremist group. No terrorism links have been found.

Story and video ➤ http://www.nbcmiami.com

Cessna 182 Skyhawk, N689SP: Pilot landed aircraft downwind on grass airstrip and went off end of airstrip into a plowed field resulting in the aircraft flipping over












AIRCRAFT:   1999 Cessna 182 Skyhawk, N689SP, serial number 172S8099

ENGINE- M&M, S/N:  Lycoming IO-360-L2A, serial number L-28011-51A

PROPELLER – M&M, S/N: McCauley 1A170E/JHA 7660

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

ENGINE:   As of last annual inspection of 5/20/2015, Tach Time 2864.7, TSMOH 280.8

PROPELLER: As of last annual inspection of 5/20/2015, Tach time 2864.7, TTSN 1309.1                

AIRFRAME: As of last annual inspection of 5/20/2015, Tach Time 2864.7, AFTT 2864.7.                      
     
OTHER EQUIPMENT:  KMA 26, KLN 893, (2) KX155A's, KR 87, KT 76C, KAP 140

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  Pilot landed aircraft downwind on grass airstrip and went off end of airstrip into a plowed field resulting in the aircraft flipping over.

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES: Tail vertical fin is damaged and was cut for transport. Nose gear separated. Engine separated off mounts from impact. Prop strike. Tail and wing flight controls appear relatively undamaged.

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT: Atlanta Air Recovery & Storage, Inc., Griffin, Georgia           

REMARKS: No airworthiness certificate was located in the wreckage and is missing. Contact adjuster for permission to inspect wreckage. Aircraft logbooks located in adjuster office, Atlanta, GA.

Read more here:  http://www.avclaims.com/N689SP.htm

Aviation and aerospace bring $11.6 billion annually to Tulsa economy

Richard McKnight (left) and J.R. Ramirez apply a decal of Oklahoma State University mascot Pistol Pete to the side of an MD-80 on at the American Airlines Tulsa Maintenance Base. Oklahoma has about 1,100 aerospace- and aviation-related business-related companies. 



Tulsa International Airport and surrounding off-airport and aviation and aerospace businesses in the Tulsa Metropolitan Statistical Area generate an annual economic impact of $11.6 billion, a report shows.

According to an Oklahoma Aviation & Aerospace Economic Impact Study released Monday, on- and off-airport activity also produce 58,917 jobs, $3 billion in annual payroll and $8.5 billion in annual spending.

Jones Riverside Airport has an annual economic impact of nearly $95 million.

All told, aviation and aerospace businesses in the state generate $43.7 billion annually in economic activity, according to the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission report, making aviation and aerospace the second-largest economic engine in the state behind oil and gas.

“Oklahoma is one of the world’s premier destinations for the aerospace and defense industries,” Gov. Mary Fallin said in a statement. “It is centrally located with developed infrastructure, a highly skilled workforce, competitive incentives and low cost of doing business.”

Since 1994, the industry has grown by 250 percent, said Vic Bird, director of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission. Of the $43.7 billion in economic activity, some $19.3 billion came from military aviation, according to the report.

“Aviation and aerospace is extensive in Oklahoma,” Bird said in a statement. “It includes the 109 public airports that comprise the system, the tenants of those airports such as American Airlines and the FAA Monroney Aeronautical Center, the three air force bases and off-airport aerospace businesses like Boeing, NORDAM and FlightSafety.”

The state has about 1,100 aerospace and aviation business-related companies, Fallin said. The average salary in aviation and aerospace is just over $73,000, according to the report.

In a two-part look at Oklahoma’s public airports, including civilian and military, the study measured the total economic impact of each individual airport and then combined these individual airport impacts to determine the overall economic impact of the 109 airports in the Oklahoma Airport System and the state’s three Air Force bases: Altus, Tinker, and Vance.

The last comprehensive study of the state’s airport system was conducted in 1994.

To make the study possible the aeronautics commission received a $245,000 system-planning grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. The agency was then able to match that amount with its own funds and received additional financial support from the Oklahoma City Airport Trust, Tulsa Airport Improvement Trust and the Tulsa Regional Chamber.

Tulsa International, which offers nonstop service to 17 cities, supports 18,369 direct jobs. In the Tulsa MSA, 286 businesses are related to aviation or aerospace. Tulsa is home to American Airlines’ largest maintenance facility, as well as NORDAM, a notable manufacturer of aviation equipment, and the Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology. Also, Oklahoma Air National Guard’s 138th Fighter Wing is based on the northeast corner of the airport.

With 15 capital improvement projects planned for fiscal years 2018-22, the Tulsa airport has plans to spend $86 million, according to the study.

Terminal building rehabilitation will upgrade the fire suppression system, reduce unscheduled maintenance on utilities by improving utility racks, replace aging escalators and replace the terminal’s roof.

The terminal building rehabilitation will cost $11.5 million, with 85 percent of the funding from the airport’s collection of passenger facility charges.

Other projects include taxiway reconstruction and runway safety area improvement.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.tulsaworld.com

Mooney M20E, N2585W: Gear Collapsed in hangar; aircraft jacks went through the wings















AIRCRAFT:     1965 Mooney M20E, N2585W           s/n 940

ENGINE - M&M, S/N:      Lycoming IO-360-A1A     s/n L-19157-51A

PROPELLER – M&M, S/N:     Hartzell HC-C3YR-1RF     s/n DY4221AHH

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

 ENGINE:         2,785 TT   1001 SMOH   

 PROPELLER:      848 TT                        

 AIRFRAME:     4945 TT                                  

OTHER EQUIPMENT:     Garmin GTX327, King KX155, King KMA24, Northstar M1

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  Gear Collapsed in hangar. Aircraft jacks went through the wings

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES:    Damage includes, but not limited to prop strike, nose gear doors, both wings punctured by jack stands.

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:   Santa Maria, CA Airport

REMARKS:  Sold AS IS/WHERE IS.

STARR ADJUSTER CONTACT:   Erik Janas   erik.janas@starrcompanies.com  

OTHER CONTACT:  Sarah at Coastal Aviation 

Read more here:  http://www.avclaims.com/N2585W.htm

Piper PA-22-150, N3664Z: Fatal accident occurred August 09, 2017 near San Miguel Ranch Airport (NM53), Las Vegas, San Miguel County, New Mexico

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N3664Z

NTSB Identification: CEN17FA315 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 09, 2017 in Las Vegas, NM
Aircraft: PIPER PA 22-150, registration: N3664Z
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 August 9, 2017, about 1025 mountain daylight time, a Piper PA-23-150 airplane, N3664Z, impacted terrain near Las Vegas, New Mexico. The private pilot was fatally injured and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated without a flight plan. The cross-country flight departed Dalhart, Texas, and was en route to Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The airplane was reported overdue and a search was conducted. The wreckage was located in mountainous terrain on August 13. Impact signatures were consistent with the airplane striking trees before impacting terrain. The right wing was separated from the airplane and wrapped around a large tree. The remainder of the wreckage came to inverted.


The airplane was retained for further examination.

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.

Sunday, New Mexico State Police, in conjunction with Search and Rescue, located a downed aircraft north of State Road 104, near Trementina, in eastern San Miguel County. An elderly man was found deceased inside.

Saturday evening, around 9 p.m., a Federal Notice to Airmen management system employee notified the New Mexico State Police of a possible downed aircraft in San Miguel County.  The plane had departed from Texas three or four days prior. A family member of the pilot contacted NOTAM because the pilot had not checked in with the family.

GPS coordinates placed the aircraft near a private runway in a rural location of San Miguel County. A representative from the United States Air Force Rescue Coordination Center reported it appeared the plane crashed near the runway.

A search and rescue mission was promptly initiated, but the plane wreckage wasn’t located until around 11 a.m. Sunday in a rugged mountainous area, roughly a mile from the runway.  

The Office of the Medical Investigator is still working to identify the deceased. 

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the cause of the crash.

Murphy Renegade, N210SQ: Accident occurred August 15, 2017 in Guilford, New Haven County, Connecticut

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Bradley, Connecticut

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N210SQ

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA276
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 15, 2017 in Guilford, CT
Aircraft: BRADLEY RODERICK W MURPHY RENEGADE, registration: N210SQ
Injuries: 1 Minor.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On August 15, 2017, about 1620 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur built Bradley Murphey Renegade, N210SQ, was substantially damaged during a forced landing at the Guilford Fairgrounds, Guilford, Connecticut. The airline transport pilot received minor injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed for the flight that departed Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN), New Haven, Connecticut, about 1550.

According to preliminary Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic control information, the pilot reported that he was about 10 miles east of HVN when he - declared an emergency. He advised the tower controller that the engine lost power and that he was going to perform a forced landing to the local fairgrounds. While on approach, the airplane struck powerlines and came to rest in a field.

According to the FAA inspector who responded to the accident site, the forward section of the fuselage was substantially damaged. The propeller was not damaged and there was fuel present in the fuel tanks.

The airplane was retained for further examination.




GUILFORD, CT (WFSB) - A day after a crash landing at the Guilford fairgrounds, a plane is in pieces inside the pilot’s garage.

His wife is relieved her husband Roderick Bradley was able to walk away from the crash, now recovering at home with only a sprained neck.

“He fortunately had his hard helmet on. That saved him a lot I think because otherwise, he may have had a concussion I think,” said Pat Bradley.

Roderick Bradley, who was a commercial pilot for 30 years, took off from Tweed-New Haven Airport on Monday, before he had to make a hard landing around 4 p.m.

The Murphy Renegade plane is home-made and took him five years to build.

“He doesn’t know himself. Just the engine quit. It was flying fine from New Haven until he got to Guilford,” Pat Bradley said.

After making numerous phone calls and emails to officials from the Federal Aviation Administration, Eyewitness News obtained a report that shows the same aircraft had been cited as losing engine power in a previous incident, which appears could have also been the problem in the sky on Monday.

In 2004 that same plane ended up crashing into trees, according to an FAA document.

It states the plane’s engine lost power shortly after takeoff, but the cause of the power failure couldn’t be determined.

Bradley’s wife says the plane just passed a bi-annual review earlier this year.

“He can’t understand it because he’s very, very particular of checking before he goes flying he does all the checklist. He’s a lot more particular than a lot of people flying around,” she said.

Eyewitness News wanted to see a what a pre-flight check list looks like. 

Joseph Boruch, who has been flying for 11 years, says every inch of the plane gets inspected by a pilot. 

There are more than 30 things on this list, including checking the lights, engine and fuel tank.

“As a private pilot, you need to have a bi-annual flight review, and typically if you’re renting a plane you’re sharing a club of some type there’s even more stringent requirements,” Boruch said.

In 2017 alone, there have been four deadly plane crashes in Connecticut.

And just since last Friday, there have been three crashes with injuries.

However, Boruch says it won’t keep him from flying up in the sky.

“It’s all about lessons learned and continuous improvement. Something else to keep in mind as you move forward in your progression as a pilot in your learning,” he said.

The FAA will be heading over to take a closer look at the plane to determine what may have gone wrong in Monday’s crash.

A spokesperson says FAA investigators treat each crash as its own unique case.

Story and video ➤ http://www.wfsb.com


A plane made an emergency landing at the Guilford Fairgrounds on Monday afternoon.

The pilot built the plane, a Murphy Renegade experimental aircraft.

Police said no one was injured during the emergency landing around 4 p.m. at the fairgrounds on Lovers Lane in Guilford.

The plane left from Tweed-New Haven Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

"I just looked over and he hit the wires and then nose-dived," a witness, Karen Rosenthal, said.

Rosenthal said she rushed to the plane, avoiding the downed power lines. She reports the pilot got out himself and was walking around, a little sore and shaken.

After a hard landing, the pilot called his wife. 

The pilot was identified as Roderick Bradley, of Guilford, his wife Pat told NBC Connecticut. 

"I was coming back from the grocery store. He said he had a bit of a problem. He’s always very low-key," Pat Bradley said.

She said Bradley retired after a long career as a commercial pilot and built the aircraft himself. 

"He’s going to fly (again). It’s his passion," Pat Bradley said about her husband.

On Monday night, Bradley returned to the fairgrounds and dismantled his plane with some help from others.

In 2004, Bradley's plane was involved in a crash in Stow, Massachusetts, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) website. Two people had no injuries in that crash.

The plane took down some power lines by the fairgrounds, according to Eversource. Crews responded to restore power to more than a dozen customers.

FAA said they will investigate. 

Story and video ➤ http://www.nbcconnecticut.com 





GUILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Guilford police confirm to News 8 that a plane made an emergency landing at the Guilford fairgrounds Monday afternoon.

It is unclear what caused the pilot to make an emergency landing. Officers say that the plane was able to land safely at the Guilford fairgrounds, located on Lovers Lane, just after 4:30 p.m.

Only the pilot was on board. The pilot was not seriously injured in the landing, and no one on the ground was hurt, according to Guilford police.

A few homes in the area are without power as the plane snapped power lines as it was coming down. Power crews are on the scene working to restore service.

Neighbors tell News 8 that the pilot, who has not been identified, was a retired commercial pilot, and lives in the area.

Officials are conducting their investigation to determine what may have caused the pilot to have to make the emergency landing.

Story and video ➤ http://wtnh.com