Sunday, August 27, 2017

Bellanca 14-19-3 Cruisair Senior, N36KC: Incident occurred August 27, 2017 at Redding Municipal Airport (KRDD), Shasta County, California

http://registry.faa.gov/N36KC

Nose gear collapsed. 

FAA FSDO: AWP 

Date: 27-AUG-17
Time: 03:15:00Z
Regis#: N36KC
Aircraft Make: BELLANCA
Aircraft Model: 14
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: REDDING
State: CALIFORNIA




REDDING, Calif. - No one was injured when a personal aircraft had a suspected technical issue which caused it to go off the runway at the Redding Airport Saturday night. 

According to Redding Fire Chief Gerry Gray, it is believed that the nose gear collapsed, causing the crash. 

Two occupants were in the plane at the time of the incident, but both were reported as being uninjured. 

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

Southwest launches airlift to rescue stranded Houston customers

(CNN)    Southwest Airlines has launched a humanitarian rescue mission to airlift more than 500 of its customers out of closed Houston Hobby Airport Sunday, according to airline and US government sources with knowledge of the operation.

The Southwest customers were stranded inside the airport when the FAA closed it earlier Sunday morning. All roads to and from the airport were also closed. It was unclear how many others were stuck at the airport.

The rescue mission underscores the severity of Hurricane Harvey's impact on the Houston area.

Five of the airline's stranded Boeing 737s are scheduled to fly out of the flooded airport Sunday evening back to Love Field in Dallas, according to one of the sources.

Southwest did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The airline received clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration to operate out of the closed airport, according to the two sources. Hobby Airport is expected to remain closed to all non-emergency air traffic until August 30 at the earliest, according to the FAA.

Without working airport lights at Hobby Airport, the Southwest aircraft are going to have to move quickly.

Separately, if all flights are able to depart Sunday, the airline still has 10 remaining aircraft on the ground at Hobby, according to the sources.

Hobby is the smaller of two main Houston-area commercial airports.

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

North American Navion A, N8695H: Incident occurred August 27, 2017 near Rohnerville Airport (KFOT), Fortuna, Humboldt County, California

http://registry.faa.gov/N8695H

Engine lost power resulting in off airport landing.

FAA FSDO: AWP
Date: 27-AUG-17
Time: 23:20:00Z
Regis#: N8695H
Aircraft Make: NAVION
Aircraft Model: NAVION
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: FORTUNA
State: CALIFORNIA




Just before 4 p.m., a 1947 North American Navion plane had an accident near the intersection of Drake Hill Road and Hillcrest Drive in South Fortuna which is near the Rohnerville Airport.

The details are unclear but according to Shellie Mendes, a witness, “There was no engine sound at all while [the] plane was coming down.”

The pilot received no injuries in the incident. And, according to Mendes, the horses in the field were all okay.

At this time we don’t know if the owner of the plane who is listed as a John Norberg of Eureka was the pilot.

Bureau of Land Management, Fortuna Police, and Fortuna Fire on the scene, Mendes said.

Story, photos and comments  ➤ http://kymkemp.com





Word came across the police scanner roughly an hour ago, that a small aircraft went down in the Fortuna area.

Kym Kemp reports that no injuries were suffered during the crash, which happened down the road from the Rohnerville Airport, near the intersection of Drake Hill Road and Hillcrest Drive in Fortuna.

According to FAA records, the aircraft tail number given by an on-scene officer over the scanner, belongs to a 1947  North American Navion A, fixed-wing single-engine aircraft owned by John Norberg of Eureka.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://lostcoastoutpost.com

Unregistered Tukan Trike: Fatal accident occurred August 27, 2017 in Nicholasville, Jessamine County, Kentucky

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Louisville, Kentucky


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

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA297
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, August 27, 2017 in Nicholasville, KY
Aircraft: Tukan Trike, 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 may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On August 27, 2017, about 1330 eastern daylight time, an unregistered, amateur-built, Tukan Trike, collided with terrain during takeoff in Nicholasville, Kentucky. The two-place, weight shift-control special light-sport aircraft was substantially damaged. The non-certificated pilot was fatally injured. Day, visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time, and no flight plan was filed for the local, personal flight. The flight was operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91.

According to a witness, the pilot purchased the aircraft last fall, and the accident flight was the pilot's first flight. He observed the aircraft take off from a grass field and it did not appear the pilot gained enough airspeed or altitude. The aircraft climbed to about 25 ft above the ground, then veered left and impacted a dumpster. He reported the engine ran "fine" during the takeoff.

Examination of the aircraft by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed it was equipped with a second seat and a NorthWing M-Pulse 2 wing. The aircraft was also equipped with a 12-gallon fuel tank on a plywood board that was underneath the passenger seat.

The fuselage came to rest nose low on its left side. Except for some structural tube bending, it remained largely intact. The wing remained attached to the main structure and was heavily damaged.

The aircraft was equipped with a Rotax 447, two-stroke, 40-horsepower engine. A Rotax placard on the engine stated, "This engine is for use in experimental and ultralight uncertified aircraft only." According to an FAA inspector, the accident aircraft, as equipped did not meet the requirements contained in 14 CFR Part 103 to be considered an Ultralight Vehicle.

No maintenance records or pilot logbooks were located. A search of FAA airman records revealed that the pilot did not hold a pilot's license. His most recent FAA third-class medical certificate was issued in conjunction with a student pilot certificate on February 23, 1989. He reported 40 total hours of flight experience at that time.

Weather reported at the Blue Grass Airport (LEX), Lexington, Kentucky, about 9 miles north of the accident site, included variable winds at 3 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, clear skies, temperature 26° C, dew point 15° C, and an altimeter setting of 30.13 inches of mercury.

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



NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Jessamine County man is dead after a hang gliding accident this afternoon.

The man crashed at Rosenwald Dunbar Elementary, right off Wilmore Road.

According to the Jessamine County Coroner, 56-year-old John Collins was piloting his hang glider when he had to make an emergency landing.

The coroner says he does not believe the crash was caused by mechanical issues. He says Collins did not have enough altitude to keep the glider in the air.

“There was a wind shift possible, according to a witness,” said Jessamine County Coroner Michael Hughes. “One wing dipped low and he more or less lost control and was trying to put it on the ground when he struck the dumpster.”

Hughes says he spoke with family members who say Collins was an avid pilot.

“Flying was apparently his passion and he was trying to spend the afternoon doing what he loved and it just turned into a horrible tragedy,” said Hughes.

Hughes says Collins died of blunt force trauma from hitting the dumpster. However, he says he does not know that the outcome would have been any different had the dumpster not been there.

Hughes says Collins was a father to three Jessamine County teens.

The coroner says Collin’s family has requested that an autopsy not be performed since the cause of death is already known.

https://www.wtvq.com


JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - 56-year-old John Collins died on Sunday when his the ultralight plane went down near Rosenwald Dunbar Elementary School in Jessamine County. The coroner says the crash happened when one of Collins' wings dipped low and that he possibly didn't have enough altitude to correct it.

Friends say Collins loved flying for sport, but his passions also included working with young people. Collins was very active at West Jessamine HIgh School with the soccer team.

"He told me, that there is no other feeling; that being up in the air, soaring through the air.”

Leo Labrillazo is the principal of Hogsett Elementary School in Danville. He says Collins was not only a good friend to him but many others as well.

"For me, and I think our community, I think the legacy that John is going to leave is going to be one of just self-less giving. When I say that he wouldn't think twice of serving or doing, that is not an understatement," Labrillazo said.

“I have seen him sponsor kids so that they could take part in an activity when they would not normally have that.”

Collins's friends are planning a moment of silence at the next West Jessamine soccer game in his memory.

A public visitation service is scheduled for Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Clark Legacy Center in Brannon Crossing. His funeral service will follow.

Nicholasville Police are still investigating the crash; The FAA does not regulate ultralight aircraft.


Story and video:  http://www.wkyt.com



NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - One man is dead after the ultralight glider he was flying crashed.

It happened around noon Sunday near Rosenwald Dunbar Elementary School, off Wilmore Road in Jessamine County.

Police say the man was dead when they got to the scene.

Jessamine County Coroner Michael Hughes identified the victim as John Collins, 55, of Jessamine County.

The coroner says one of Collins' wings dipped low and when he tried to land he crashed into a dumpster.


"The gentleman was just out trying to enjoy the day with his recently purchased ultralight and things just went wrong for him," Hughes said. "It went tragically wrong."


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




A man died in Jessamine County Sunday when the glider that he was flying crashed, said Jessamine County Deputy Coroner Len Kirschbaum.

The accident that killed John Collins, of Nicholasville, 55, happened at 12:15 p.m. Sunday near Rosenwald Dunbar Elementary School, off Wilmore Road in Jessamine County.

Michael Hughes, Jessamine County coroner, said Collins crashed into a dumpster behind the school and was probably killed instantly.

Hughes said Collins was flying a ultralight trike, which is a type of motorized hang glider steered by shifting weight.

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

Niagara Falls International Airport (KIAG), New York: Additional airlines not in foreseeable future




It is an emerging part of the tourism transportation system in the Falls, but the continuing growth of operations at the Niagara Falls International Airport will depend largely on the business plans of the airlines that currently service the facility. 

That's the opinion of the folks who are charged with overseeing the airport and growing and marketing the services there.

"The most logical growth is in the carriers that are there now," said Pascal Cohen, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s manager of aviation business development. "They understand the market best."

And that market, according to Cohen, is tourism. 

"Business travelers are going to use the Buffalo airport," he said. "Niagara Falls is a tourist market, not a business market."

That sentiment is shared by the folks who are charged with bringing tourists to town. Destination Niagara USA president and CEO John Percy believes the local airport is well suited for tourists.

"I think it's a perfect match," he said. "The airlines providing service there are leisure-based and we are a leisure destination."

Percy also noted that the two airlines flying out of the airport, Spirit Airlines and Allegiant Airlines, carry loads of passengers to primarily Florida destinations. That has led Destination Niagara to step up marketing in the Sunshine State. 

"We launched a Florida marketing initiative," Percy said, "and (Florida) has now become one of our top five states for in-bound passengers."

Cohen said there are no other airlines immediately on the horizon that seem likely to locate to the Falls airport. He noted that Spirit and Allegiant are two of the best tourist-focused carriers in the airline industry.

"No one wants to compete with Spirit and Allegiant," he said 

Though Cohen did note that both airlines are expanding their fleets and that could bring additional flights here. 

"As the tourism market improves (in the Falls) and as the attractions improve, we'll see in-bound (passenger levels) improve," Cohen said. 

Percy said his agency will do it's best to bring people here.

"There's been a steady increase (in passenger use of the new terminal that opened in 2009)," Percy said. "It's been a collaborative effort, working with the airport and the airlines, to help them be as successful as they can be."

While the Falls airport was once a popular place for charter flights, Cohen said the segment of the airline business is in decline.

"Charter worked really well years ago," he said. "But now, charters just aren't that popular."

William Vanecek, aviation director of the NFTA, said the Falls airport continues to enjoy steady growth in both both in-bound and out-bound passengers,

"We've had 1.5 million passengers through the doors (since the new terminal opened)," Vanecek said.

Original article ➤ http://www.niagara-gazette.com

Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (KPHF), Virginia: People Express aftermath drains cash reserve


Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport burned through much of its reserves of cash and easy-to-cash-in investments last year, as it struggled with the aftermath of its bailout of People Express Airlines.

The airport’s cash holdings declined by $2.2 million during the year ended June 30, according to financial records it provided in response to a request from the Daily Press.

It used up all the $1 million of investments it held as current assets — that is, as securities that can be converted into cash within 12 months.

And a cut-off of state funds, after Daily Press reports that the Peninsula Airport Commission used $4.5 million of public funds to pay off People Express’ debt to TowneBank, slashed income from that source by $667,000, to $1.3 million, interim executive director Sandy Wanner said.

“We continue to meet our operating obligations,” he said. “In addition we have an outstanding FAA receivable of $815,000 for money spent on the Consolidated Security Checkpoint project.” That’s the new $14.6 million consolidation of the checkpoints that used to be located at the entrances to each of the airport terminal’s two concourses into a single facility in the center of the terminal.

Wanner said the airport’s budget for this year should deal with the cash drain. He declined to comment when asked if the airport would need to borrow money, cut back operations or shed assets.

Airport commission Chairman George Wallace said he was concerned about last year’s cash drain, but believes this year’s budget will bring stability.

“I’m confident this will restore us to financial and operational integrity,” he said.

One key to the commission’s financial plan is a projected 52 percent increase in revenue from its terminal operations, reflecting a 20 percent increase in the per-passenger rental rate for airlines’ office space in the terminal. Rent payments are based on the number of passengers boarding at the airport.

The increase in terminal revenue also reflects a 33 percent increase in counter and office rental rates for rental car companies. Fees for rental car lots and buildings will also rise.

Another key to the budget is a planned 20 percent — or $560,000 — cut in administrative expenses.

These ballooned last year because of big bills for consultants working on efforts to woo airlines, advertising and marketing expenses incurred with the since-postponed launch of Elite Airways, and legal bills.




Spending on professional services — mostly for the consultants — jumped by 69 percent, or $107,000 last year.

Advertising and marketing expenses rose by 18 percent, or $56,000, to $371,106. The airport’s plan for this year calls for a 47 percent drop in this spending.

The airport saw a 580 percent, or $290,000, increase in legal fees, to nearly $340,000, related to the People Express deal and efforts to recover those funds, the firing of former Executive Director Ken Spirito and a lawsuit challenging the commission’s decision to terminate the lease of its longtime restaurant and bar concessionaire.

The commission decided to go into the restaurant business itself, and expects to make about $32,000 from that operation this year, after covering expenses. Last year, its revenue from food concessions totaled just over $70,000.

The budget also projects operating costs of just under $135,000 for its new airline services operation — the new ground handling business it set up as part of the incentives offered to Elite, and that Spirito had said he hoped would eventually generate income from other airlines, too.

One financial strain that should ease soon involves the state funds.

Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne has said the state would resume paying half the funds the airport’s traffic entitles it to receive, putting the rest in escrow until the commission recovers the $3.5 million in previous state payments it used to pay off the bulk of the People Express IOU.

The airport has hired former U.S. District Court Judge Walter D. Kelley Jr., whose firm specializes in working for companies seeking recovery of funds, to help get the money back.

He is not related to former airport counsel and TowneBank Peninsula board member Herbert V. Kelly Jr., who had advised the commission that using public funds to guarantee a TowneBank loan to People Express was legal. It was because of that guarantee and that opinion that the commission paid off People Express’ debt to the bank. Attorney General Mark Herring has since held that the state constitution bans such guarantees.

Original article ➤ http://www.dailypress.com

Atlantic City International Airport (KACY), Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey: Miss Vermont Erin Connor pilots plane to arrive in Atlantic City for Miss America



With less than two weeks until the Miss America competition gets underway, contestants will soon be making their way from all areas of the United States to Atlantic City.

Miss Vermont Erin Connor arrived at Atlantic City International Airport on Sunday morning in a single-engine 200 horsepower Arrow airplane. Connor wasn’t just arriving in unique style, but she was actually behind the controls, piloting the plane.




“It’s was a great day to fly,” said Connor. "What a great way to start off my 2018 Miss America journey". 

After a more than 350-mile flight, with one stop in upstate New York, Connor was all smiles walking on the Tarmac. Wearing blue aviator sunglasses and her grandfather's World War II uniform shirt, Connors not only looked like a seasoned pilot, but has the credentials to back it up.

At 16, Connors got her pilot's license, graduating from the Vermont Flight Academy at Vermont Technical College and receiving credits toward her high school diploma. Connor’s love of aviation is the inspiration for her platform, “Tailwinds: training a new generation of women scientists.”



“I thought, what’s a better way to highlight my platform of encouraging women to enter into STEM fields and aviation than to fly down myself?” Connor said.

Co-piloting with Connor was Vermont Flight Academy board member Doug White, who said it was a great experience to fly with Connor.

“Erin has been a good driving force with the Vermont Flight Academy to get more girls interested in flying. You can see her excitement for flying and it’s great for the programs.”




Meeting her at the airport was her father, Paul, who drove from Bridport, Vermont, and friend Caroline Bright, Miss Vermont 2010.

Bright not only shares the pageant bond with Connor but also an interest in flying and travel, working on the commercial side as a flight attendant for American Airlines.

“It’s so cool that she could do this,” Bright said. “She’s not the first Miss Vermont with a pilot’s license, but we believe she’s the first ever contestant to fly herself to Miss America.”

Connor now has a few days of rest and relaxation with family before the competition week duties begin. The contestants will officially check in Wednesday and the Miss America Arrival Ceremony will begin 5 p.m. at Kennedy Plaza on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

Story and photo gallery ➤ http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com

Shumway Innernational Airport (IL05), Effingham County, Illinois: Fly-in luncheon to benefit aviation programs





SHUMWAY — More than 60 small aircrafts landed at the Shumway “Inner”national airport starting around 9:30 a.m. Sunday for a pulled pork luncheon to support the local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association, including the Young Eagles pilot program.

Hosted by Jack and Charlene Poff the event fed more than 200 people for a free-will donation between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. when pilots started heading back to their home airports. This fundraiser event is held on the last Sunday in August each year. They also host a fly-in breakfast on the last Saturday of June.

Planes flew in from Illinois, Missouri and Indiana including several from surrounding cities. Other visitors came by car to support the cause.

Original article ➤ http://www.effinghamdailynews.com

Canada's airport runways aren't as long as they need to be (and the feds' plans won't fix them)

Ten years ago, a Transportation Safety Board investigation recommended extending safety areas on Canadian runways. It still hasn't happened— despite several accidents.



The 297 passengers and 12 crew members were at the end of their eight hour trip from Paris to Toronto’s Pearson Airport on Aug. 2, 2005 when the landing went wrong.

In heavy rain, Air France’s Airbus 340 landed too far down the 9,000-foot runway, skidded and then all 185-tonnes of aircraft shot off the end at almost 150 kilometres an hour.

Miraculously, when the plane crashed into a ravine and caught fire, no one was killed, but 10 passengers and two crew members were seriously injured.

Twelve years later, 10 years after a Transportation Safety Board (TSB) investigation called for runways to have longer end-safety areas, Transport Canada, which actually sets the rules for airports, is only now consulting on possible extensions.

There have been at least 16 other runway-overrun accidents in that time.

Despite the board's suggestions, Transport Canada is also only calling for a 150-metre safety area -- half of what the accident report called for and below international recommendations.

“There is risk to passengers and property, because Canada doesn’t meet the international standard,” said Kathy Fox, chair of the Transportation Safety Board.

Today, Canadian airports must have 60-metres at the end of runways and are encouraged to have an additional 90-metres. Transport Canada’s proposed recommendation would make that 90-metres mandatory for a total of 150 metres of space.

Safety areas are essentially buffers of level ground that aircraft can slow down in when things go wrong. Ideally, planes land on runways, but ideal situations aren’t the TSB’s concern.

In the Air France investigation, TSB recommended extending runway end-safety areas to 300 metres. Air France came to a stop within that distance, but was in the ravine.

The 300-metre distance aligns with a recommendation the International Civil Aviation Organization made in 1999 and it’s standard at American and most European airports.

Fox said they firmly believe airport runways should have the full 300-metre buffer, which they identified after looking at a U.S. study.

“They found that in 90 per cent of all of the runway overruns the aircraft came to a stop within 1,000 feet or 300 metres of the runway end,” she said.

The Air Canada Pilots Association, the largest association of pilots in the country, agrees with the board.

“It’s very disappointing to see Transport Canada come up with the minimum required,” said Daniel Cadeaux, chair of the organization’s flight safety division.

He said even where airports might not have the physical space, there are engineered stopping systems, already in use at American airports, that could do the job.

“The systems are there. The engineering is there. The technology is there. We just have to apply it.”

Cadeaux said the money collected from passengers should go to this kind of upgrade instead of renovating terminals with more retail space. 

“We have those airport improvement fees, but we should call them terminal improvement fees.”

Transport Canada spokesperson Pierre Manoni said while the agency is consulting it would be too early to comment. In an email, he stressed the international standard is only a suggestion.

“The 300-metre runway end safety area length was a recommendation made by the International Civil Aviation Organization, but the standard length remains at 150 metres.”

He also argued Transport Canada is taking other steps as well to make landings safe.

“Runway end-safety areas are one part of the overall safety requirements.”

Some Canadian airports have made the upgrades, but most haven’t. Fox believes the cost and uncertainty on the rules might be behind those delays.

“Until they develop those standards airports may be reluctant to implement something that might not meet the standard.”

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.metronews.ca

Watch live feed of memorial for Marines killed in plane crash

August 27, 2017 — Nine Marine Corps Aviators who were killed when their New York-based transport plane crashed in Mississippi in July will be honored during a memorial service at their former air base at 1:00 pm Sunday, August 27th.

The service at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh is closed to the public, but you can watch it live-streamed here as the Marine Corps honors the memory and legacy of the nine fallen Marines of Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 452, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Forces Reserve.

The plane was headed for pre-deployment training in Arizona when it crashed.

The cause remains under investigation.

Hamptons Airport Limits Flights to Families Who Owned Planes

Amateur pilots and commercial aviators alike descended on a local airport Sunday as news broke of a plan to turn the small public transportation hub into a private flying facility. Police were on hand to keep an eye on the protesters in case tempers flared.

At issue for the demonstrators was the plan announced last week for a group of wealthy investors, led by billionaire Whitney Ogden Oates III, to buy the airport (which is currently owned by the municipality) and to make it into an exclusive “gentlemen’s flying club.”

According to plans leaked to the media and published over the weekend, the group of investors has plans to limit membership of the new club to “only those local families who can prove that one or more of their grandfathers owned aircraft and operated them in the Hamptons.”

Protesters say this so-called “Grandfather Rule” would severely restrict access to the club and render the airport the “plaything of an elite class of privileged airplane hobbyists,” forcing many local aviation services to go out of business.

“This is just outrageous,” said one commercial pilot who was on hand for the demonstration and who preferred to remain anonymous. “It’s just the latest example of the wealthy people coming in and claiming all the marbles for themselves. My grandfathers could barely afford a Dodge Dart, let alone a private plane, and here you have Whitney Oates saying that means I can’t use the airport? I think you know where he can stick that!”

Oates, who appeared under heavy guard at the protest to defend his group’s proposals, was dismissive of such arguments.

“My grandfather Whitney owned a fleet of Lockheed Constellations and was able to fly his friends and family to and from this area—they called it ‘Oaty Air,’ but of course it was just for laughs—and I’d like to be able to do the same for my friends without having to vie for space with other planes. I don’t understand what all of this fuss is about.”

The protests broke up late Sunday without incident.

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

Quinter, Gove County, Kansas: Project aims sky high

ISSUE: The town of Quinter was without reliable air service for locals and during emergency situations.

LOCAL IMPACT: A nearly $4 million project will aid the Gove County town while providing additional life-saving assistance.



QUINTER — From the newly finished blacktop road, the large concrete slabs and parking area surrounded by a cornfield might not look like much. But a bit further in is a 4,000-foot runway that will enable air service in Gove County for the first time — and possibly help save lives.

The approximately $4 million airport project began as a community initiative due to a need for air ambulance service. The fundraising and construction is organized by the Gove County Healthcare Endowment Foundation, but the community has been supportive, said Carol Kinderknecht, executive director of the foundation.

“The nice thing about this project, when we had our town hall meetings, the turnouts that we had and people were so in favor of it,” Kinderknecht said.

The project was made possible by a mix of public and private contributions, most notably $2.7 million in grants from the Kansas Department of Transportation’s aviation division. The foundation is obligated by the state to own the airport for 10 years and must ensure it is available for public use.

And for trauma patients needing urgent care, the airport literally could help make the difference between life and death, said Coleen Tummons, CEO of Gove County Medical Center.

The airport will enable the county to accommodate air ambulance service, which is a faster way to transport critical patients to a larger medical center. Currently, patients must be transported by ground to WaKeeney or Oakley to access air service.

The Gove County hospital also delivers babies, which is another important consideration. Babies who are born premature or having significant health concerns after birth often require air ambulance services.

“It’s very important,” Tummons said. “Time is a huge factor when you have someone’s life on the line.”

The hospital does have a helicopter pad, but that service is not able to operate if wind speeds are too high. It’s also risky for a pilot to make the long trip to and from Quinter, as there is no place nearby to refuel, she said.

The new airport also will offer a fueling station and a place for helicopters to land.

The airport project had been in the works since 2011, when KDOT Aviation identified Gove County as one of only five counties in the state that was underserved regarding air transportation access. There was a gap of 60 miles between WaKeeney and Oakley from east to west, and a gap of 65 miles between Hoxie and Dighton from north to south.

The need for an airport, however, first was identified by the endowment foundation in the 1990s.




“We knew it was going to cost so much,” Kinderknecht said. “We didn’t know where to start or where to begin. And finally it resurrected again 22 years later, with it being finished now.”

Gove County has a population of approximately 2,900 people and covers approximately 1,072 square miles.

In addition to air ambulance services, the new airport will make it possible for medical specialists to fly in and out of Quinter to provide services. Air access also is beneficial to economic development, and the airport can be used by aerial spraying services and residents with private aircraft.

The airport is approximately 1 mile south of Quinter and sits along a blacktop road provided by Gove County.

While the land has been purchased and the concrete poured, fundraising is continuing for final details such as GPS instrument outfitting, lighting, entry signs and a possible pilots’ building. Hangars also will be constructed by residents needing a place to store their aircraft.

Organizers are hoping to get another grant, and private donations are welcome and tax-deductible. An estimated $600,000 is needed. For more information or to donate, contact the endowment foundation at (785) 754-3740.

The endowment foundation already has raised approximately $300,000 for the airport design, water well, electrical lines and zoning. The trustees are hoping to raise the needed money without the project becoming a burden for county taxpayers, Kinderknecht said.

It’s not yet clear when the airport will open, as government approval will be needed after the remaining details are completed.

“The endowment has done a wonderful job coordinating all of this,” Tummons said. “I know it’s a tremendously big project they’ve undertaken.”

Story and photo gallery ➤ http://www.ottawaherald.com

Williamsville, Erie County, New York: Ravi Bansal sets record with solo flight to India



WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB)- Ravi Bansal took off from Buffalo July 4 on a journey to his rural mountain hometown in India, near the border with Pakistan.

The flight, which took around six weeks, was all in a effort to raise money for an MRI machine; it’s technology the small rotary hospital in his hometown badly needs.

“I raised so far about $160,000 but money is still coming in,” Bansal told News 4.

The machine costs around $750,000.

This cause hits close to home for the Williamsville businessman, who lost his sister-in-law to breast cancer.

Early detection in India he said, is challenge because rural areas don’t have the technology they need.

“Everybody is scared of cancer. But it is not that it cannot be treated, especially if it is early detected.”

The MRI machine will provide the technology needed to save lives.

Bansal, who moved to western New York from India in 1977, flew almost 20,000 miles during this trip.

He made stops in dozens of international cities along the way; logistics, he said, was the biggest challenge.

“Most of this trip, the planning really requires all of your permits, it is a lot of documentation,” he explained.

Bansal was also prepared for anything; flying solo in a plane his size, he said you have to be.

“In a plane which has a single engine, you are flying over thousands and thousands of miles over water.”

Prior to takeoff, Bansal went through any possible landing scenario; a water landing was a possibility.

His successful journey makes him the only Indian to complete this trip solo in a single engine plane.

Bansal, who keeps himself busy playing the drums when he’s not flying, will continue raising money for the hospital until he has enough to buy it’s MRI machine.

He’s hopeful his personal journey sparks awareness and motivation that anyone can make a difference.

“A lot of people ask me, why do you do this? You’ve got to be a little crazy you know. Why do you climb a mountain? Because it’s there.”

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

Millville Municipal Airport (KMIV), Cumberland County, New Jersey: Wings of Freedom Tour

A room full of WWII veterans in the Millville Army Air Field Museum at Millville Municipal Airport, enjoyed great camaraderie, media interviews, and lunch on September 1, 2016, after viewing the Collings Foundation WWII warbirds.


MILLVILLE, New Jersey -

The Millville Municipal Airportwill host a squadron of rare World War II aircraft as the Millville Army Air Field Museum (MAAFM) honors World War II Veterans.

The Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour will visit the airport on Wednesday, August 30th, through Friday, September 1st. The event will honor the aviation history of the Millville Army Air Field, which was dedicated by the United States War Department in 1941 as "America's First Defense Airport."

The MAAFM will hold a special ceremony, on Thursday, August 31st, at 10:30 a.m. where air and ground crews will talk about their experiences during the war.

All WWII veterans will be honored as a well.

“The Millville Army Air Field Museum is a true living history museum,” said Bob Trivellini, vice president of the MAAFM Board of Directors. “Last year, when these amazing aircraft visited, we welcomed a group of 14 Army Air Corps ground and flight crew members, all in the nineties, who shared fascinating stories about their experiences during the war. This year, we hope that all area WWII veterans who are able will come out to see these vintage warbirds and stop by the museum for a visit.”

A room full of WWII veterans in the Millville Army Air Field Museum at Millville Airport, enjoyed great camaraderie, media interviews, and lunch on September 1, 2016, after viewing the Collings Foundation WWII warbirds. (Photo courtesy of  MAAFM.)

Some of the aircraft expected is the "Nine O Nine," a restored B-17 Flying Fortress renamed after a World War II bomber that completed a record 140 combat missions and never lost a crewman.

There will also be a B-24J Liberator bomber, a B-25 Mitchell bomber, and a P-51 Mustang.

There is no charge to visit the Millville Army Air Field Museum and observe the ceremony. Walk-through tours of the aircraft are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 years and younger. The Collings Foundation is waiving the fee for all World War II veterans.

All proceeds benefit the Collings Foundation mission to organize and support “living history” events that enable Americans to learn more about their heritage through direct participation. 

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

Black Rock City Municipal Airport (88NV), Pershing County, Nevada

Burning Man airport emerges in Nevada desert




BLACK ROCK CITY, Nev. -- Volunteers in a matter of days have built what will become one of Nevada's busiest airports -- in the middle of an ancient dry lakebed. 

The airport serves the temporary Black Rock City, the formal name of the weeklong Burning Man gathering that will draw 70,000 people to the desert two hours north of Reno. 

Volunteers each year build the airport and city from scratch, then tear them down at week's end. Formally known as 88NV, the airport has a control tower, landing strip, customs and immigration, and a pirate flag flying above it all. 

During its busiest periods this week, when it serves both Burners arriving by air and scenic flights, the airport will average as many as 800 takeoffs and landings a day. 

"It's the smoothest, easiest landing you could ever have on a background strip," said Jim Collins, a commercially rated pilot who on Saturday was giving free rides. 

The lakebed upon which the airport sits is a fine dust, compacted by wind and water, and only a few weeks ago was covered in standing water. 

"A month ago, this was underwater. It wasn't even drivable," said Dean "Hawk" Siracusa, a commercial pilot who this week is helping coordinate charter flights from the control tower. 

The FAA doesn't directly manage the airport's traffic, and pilots are responsible for announcing their departures and arrivals via radio to any other planes in the area. 

Siracusa said he remembers when only 12 pilots flew their planes onto the playa, when today nearly 100 planes are expected, in addition to the nearly hourly arrivals from Reno and California. 




Burning Man organizers have encouraged attendees to fly in, to help reduce vehicle traffic on the site. Last year, just over 1% of burners surveyed arrived by plane; significantly increasing the number of flights or the size of the aircraft past today's numbers could bring the airport under FAA jurisdiction. 

The largest planes that fly into 88NV are Beechcraft 1900s, which can seat about 20 people and are making charter runs. Most of the planes, however, are small Cessnas flown in by private pilots who hang out at the airport about a mile away from the main Burning Man encampment.

Saturday, ramp workers, baggage handlers and "immigration" officials went about their jobs like their civilian counterparts, albeit with more costumes. 

Collins said the runway's sheer length makes it easy to land and take off -- if you can find it. Aside from a single chevron marking the upwind end, there's not much to distinguish the runway from the rest of the lakebed, especially at 2,000 feet above the ground. The airport only operates during daylight hours. 

"I remember the first time I flew in,  couldn't see the dang thing," Collins said, a story he told only after landing a sightseeing flight Saturday. 

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John Roska: Law developing about drones over property

John Roska is a lawyer with Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation. Send your questions to The Law Q&A, 302 N. First St., Champaign, IL 61820. Questions may be edited for space.


Q: In a recent column, you said a property owner controls the airspace directly above their land. What can a property owner do about drones? If they're directly over my property, can I shoot them down?

A: There's no clear answer. The law is developing, and in its early stages. Even where it's not an illegal discharge of a firearm, shooting down a drone would be testing the limits.

The recent column said a property owner can cut branches that hang over onto their property, from a tree whose trunk is completely on a neighbor's property.

That right to "self-help" traces back to a basic principle of Roman law, that the property owner's legal rights extend "ad coelum et ad inferos." While commonly translated as "to the heavens and to hell," some picky classicists say "hell" embellishes it — "inferos" just means "below."

The Federal Aviation Administration regulates "navigable airspace," which is generally 400 feet and above. Arguably, then, that lets the property owner control up to 400 feet above their ground.

Unlike overhanging branches, which neighbors have been arguing over for ages, suits over drones — and the legal rules developed by court cases — are pretty new. Nothing's clear yet. In some ways, it's the Wild West.

Drones are unmanned aircraft. They can be commercial or purely recreational. If they're recreational, and under 55 pounds, they're "model aircraft," and very lightly regulated.

If they stay under 400 feet, within the line of sight of an operator who isn't reckless and gets permission to fly within 5 miles of any airport, model aircraft are OK with the FAA.

A federal regulation that required even recreational drones to register with the FAA was struck down in May. The federal court of appeals said federal law clearly prohibits the FAA from regulating model aircraft.

But what's beyond the reach of the FAA could still get a drone operator in legal trouble. That trouble wouldn't be prosecution by the government, but civil liability, from a lawsuit between private citizens.

Tort law provides several possibilities. Tort liability requires a breach of legal duty that causes damages. Some examples are liability for car accidents, defective products and defamation.

Possible torts are nuisance, invasion of privacy and trespass. Like with a car accident, you could sue for money damages. Unlike car accidents, if it's a continuing problem, you could also sue for an order to make it stop.

Trespass would require invasion of your airspace, but nuisance and invasion of privacy could result just from noise and spying from off your property.

What about self-help? If a property owner can eliminate encroachments by trimming branches, why can't they shoot down drones?

Maybe they can. It's uncharted territory. The costs may exceed the benefits, and if you want to be a test case, don't rely on a newspaper column. Talk to a lawyer.

The Kentucky "drone slayer" got the criminal weapon charges against him dismissed — and then got sued for damages in federal court by the drone operator. That suit got dismissed, in part because the right to shoot down a drone isn't clear enough to enforce in federal court.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.news-gazette.com