Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Van's RV-6, N6GH: Accident occurred August 30, 2017 at Orange County Airport (KMGJ), Montgomery, New York

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Teterboro, New Jersey

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA576
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 30, 2017 in Montgomery, NY
Aircraft: HUNTER GEORGE RV 6, registration: N6GH

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.

Upon landing Runway 3, aircraft struck visual approach slope indicator (VASI) lights and inverted.

Date: 30-AUG-17
Time: 17:40:00Z
Regis#: N6GH
Aircraft Make: VANS
Aircraft Model: 6
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

MONTGOMERY - A 90-year-old New City man crashed his airplane at the Orange County Airport, suffering non-life threatening injuries, federal and state authorities said Thursday. 

The plane struck runway lighting and flipped over while landing at the airport about 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.

The crash has been ruled an accident, the FAA said, and will be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board for a probable cause. Those investigations can take months to a year to complete, though a preliminary report could become available in a couple of weeks, the FAA said.

The FAA identified the plane as a Van's RV-6, a two-seat, single engine plane that is sold as a kit and assembled by the owner.

FAA regulations define the plane as "an amateur-built aircraft," most of which has been fabricated and assembled by a person "solely for their own education or recreation." 

The pilot's name has not been released by the FAA or the Orange County Sheriff's Office, which oversaw the initial investigation with assistance from the New York state Police Troop F in Middletown. Sheriff's Capt. Scott Hamill didn't return telephone calls for comment Thursday morning.

Trooper Steven Nevel said the pilot suffered cuts to his head. He was taken to the Orange Regional Medical Center in Walkill.

The airport moved the disabled aircraft to a nearby hangar for inspection by the FAA, which is part of the overall investigation.

There is no age limit to having a pilot's license, the FAA said in a statement. 

"As long as a pilot can meet the medical requirements for the class of certificate that the pilot holds, he/she can fly," the agency said.

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MONTGOMERY - A 90-year-old pilot was injured after his plane crashed at the Orange County Airport Wednesday afternoon, according to state police.

The man, from New City, was the only person on the plane, according to state police Spokesman Trooper Steven Nevel.

State police and emergency workers from Mobil Life Support Services were on scene as of about 2:20 p.m.

According to police, the man lost control of the plane on takeoff. The plane pulled left, hit an electronic marker box and flipped over.

The pilot suffered lacerations to the head and was taken to Orange Regional Medical Center in the Town of Wallkill.

The plane was removed from the runway after an investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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MONTGOMERY – Authorities are investigating the crash of a small airplane at Orange County Airport in Montgomery Wednesday afternoon.

The plane overturned on the side of a runway after it struck a utility box on the edge of the pavement, said Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Paul Arteta.

The pilot, a 90-year-old New City man, sustained a laceration to his forehead, he said.

The FAA was on the scene following the incident conducting an investigation.

State Police also assisted after the crash.

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Airport director talks McCarran’s capacity, goal of efficient passenger experience

Rosemary Vassiliadis, director of aviation, McCarran International Airport, speaks at a panel discussion at the Boyd Group International Aviation Forecast Summit at Wynn Las Vegas on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. She is flanked by Mark Thorpe, left, interim CEO Ontario International Airport Authority, and Scott Brockman, Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority.

A trio of airport executives addressed issues they’re set to face, ones that could prevent them from spreading their wings and soaring.

Speaking at the International Aviation Forecast Summit at the Wynn Tuesday, Michael Boyd, chief executive officer of Boyd Group International, moderated a chat session featuring McCarran International Airport’s Director of Aviation Rosemary Vassiliadis; Memphis-Shelby County Airport President and CEO Scott Brockman; and Ontario International Airport CEO Mark Thorpe, aired the problems the aviation industry is expected to face in the future.

Vassiliadis was on hand to explain what the biggest issues McCarran faces going forward.

“Besides terrorism? Capacity of the system,” Vassiliadis said. “From the air all the way down to the ground.”

McCarran is the eighth-busiest airport in the country, seeing a record 47.4 million visitors in 2016. The airport is on pace to break that count this year, as made evident by the all-time single-month record of 4.3 million visitors last month. The visitor count is 2.4 percent ahead of last year’s record pace.

Getting ahead of possible problems, the construction of Terminal 3 at McCarran in 2012 has enabled it to stave off overcapacity for the next several years.

Aside from Terminal 3, the addition of a new roadway system and ramp are among other small upgrades that help McCarran run smoother.

Despite doing all they can to stay ahead of capacity, Vassiliadis said problems at other U.S. airports affect McCarran's daily workings as well.

“If there are timing issues at another airport, it affects us,” she said. “We could meet capacity here at McCarran, but if the decline is in LaGuardia, if the decline is in LAX, it impacts our system and the entire day could be off.

“Airports have been very strong on the needs that we all have to have and even though I may have capacity now, I have to worry about the entire system.”

With airports relying on ways to get in and out of the airport area quickly and smoothly, especially in Las Vegas where travelers want to land and get to their hotel as quickly as possible, having adequate travel modes is vital.

With McCarran having limited ways that travelers can go to and from the airport, additional modes have been studied.

From light rail to a monorail extension to elevated expressways, various options have been brought up as alternatives.

“We have a discretionary passenger — we’re a destination airport … they want to come to Las Vegas,” Vassiliadis said. If they are stuck at a light for several turns (after landing and heading to their hotel), and they can see their hotel, they don’t know that (the travel could take that long).

“All they know is they took off from, say, Chicago at 2 p.m. and don’t get to their hotel until 8 p.m. and that is all a part of the experience.”

Beyond travel efficiencies, there are challenges to fund airport projects regarding passenger facility charges (PFC).

PFCs are fees added to airline tickets that raise money used to upgrade an airport that collects them, such as projects to increase traffic flow in and out of the airport.

The maximum PFC McCarran can charge is $4.50 per ticket. McCarran generated $85.6 million in PFCs in fiscal year 2016.

Airlines oppose PFCs because any added fee to a plane ticket can deter a passenger from flying. Despite that, the funds help pay for needed projects that end up benefiting the airport and air carriers.

One such project is the airport connector tunnel project that was completed in 1994, which was built using PFCs and not local tax dollars.

Despite the project creating an easier commute to and from the airport, it was initially contested by airlines because of the use of PFCs.

Now with the tunnel being a vital part of travel here, airline executives praise it.

“A Southwest executive says in his speech, thanks goodness we did that,” she said. “Because that gives us that additional capacity of going in and out of the airport. We had one way going in and out of the airport before then.”

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New drone flight-school designed to boost local businesses

State College, Centre County, Pa. - Drones are the future of flight school and class at South Hills School of Business and Technology in State College is in session.

Jeff Stachowski, Outreach Coordinator for the South Hills School, said drones are transforming from toys into a key tool for businesses.

For the first time, the school is offering a pilot certification class for drones.

The program is designed for anyone who wants to use the device for business.

"Drones are being used for surveys, mapping, for civil engineering types of work," Stachowski said.

A set of six classes are available in September and October and will take place during evenings and weekends .

The instructor, Chuck Ferrell, said it's a hands-on course to learn the essentials of flying.

"Learn to fly, get your license and when you go out don't be a drone cowboy flying past people's windows," Ferrell said.

Ferrell added that  with speeds up to 80 mph and hundreds of feet in the air, businesses may not realize the opportunities that come with drones.

"The 'a-ha!' moment is really coming to business that have gone 'ah-ha' we should use a drone, but they don't know how to use it yet," Ferrell said.

The course is $495.

 Students will learn flying techniques and the rules set by the Federal Aviation Administration to be part of the National Airbase System.

"You have to take into consideration, what airports are nearby, what helipads are nearby," Ferrell said.

After 18 total hours of class students should know what it takes to earn certification for commercial drone use.

And Ferrel said he's excited to share the air with fellow flyers.

"To teach people to fly legally, responsibly, and ethically," Ferrell said.

For more information on the course and enrollment, email Jeff Stachowski at

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Petition calls for airport board shake-up: Bridgeport Municipal Airport (KXBP), Wise County, Texas

A petition has been filed with the city of Bridgeport requesting the removal of Airport Board President Gaylon Rice and board member Butch Baker.

The petition, obtained by the Messenger through an open records request, alleges Rice and Baker are in violation of six rules or restrictions of the board, including “conflict of interest,” “questionable ethics,” “term lengths,” “decisions that are not in the best interest of the airport,” “favoritism of certain people” and “non FAA approved operations.”

Eighteen signatures are on the petition, but four individuals wrote notes indicating their signatures pertain to “Gaylon only.”

Dean Love, who filed the petition, did not return a call for comment by press time Tuesday.

Rice offered no comment when contacted by the Messenger Tuesday. Baker did not return a call for comment.

City Manager Jesica McEachern said Tuesday the city council was aware of the petition but added the document holds no legal merit. The council has the authority to appoint and remove members of the board, she said, and the petition will likely be considered by the council at a future meeting.

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Air and ground attacks help limit Dunsmuir Fire to 49 acres

Aviation resources and ground crews, including hot shot crews, helped limit the Bradley Fire in Dunsmuir to 49 acres Tuesday on a hillside west of town.

A hand line and hose line were established around it, and hot shot crews from Trinity and Feather River staffed it throughout Tuesday night, according to incident commander trainee Drew Graham of the US Forest Service in Mount Shasta.

The plan for Wednesday, Graham said, is to “hold what we have” while “mopping up the perimeter and securing it so it will withstand any winds.”

Three helicopters are available Wednesday, if needed in Dunsmuir or elsewhere in the area, Graham said. He said 275 personnel were returning to the Bradley Fire.

Smoke will continue to be visible for a while, and there may be pockets of fire inside the perimeter, “but we’ll have people on it all the time,” Graham said.

The fire that was first reported about 10 p.m. Monday started about two-tenths of a mile behind the Little League field in Dunsmuir and spread quickly uphill on steep terrain during a warm night with low relative humidity.

As many as four air tankers and four helicopters were used throughout the day Tuesday to drop retardant and water on the fire while ground crews created a line around it.

Graham, who is working with incident commander Todd Mack, said they are continuing to mitigate safety concerns because of snags and rolling rocks.

It was clarified Wednesday morning that there were no mandatory evacuations in Dunsmuir because of the fire. But the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office did issue evacuation warnings for residents along Simpson, Scarlett, Haven, and Goodsell roads Monday night.

Although the fire was reported to be only 25 percent contained, Graham said the fire’s growth had been stopped, but there was still the potential for fire to get outside the perimeter.

If that were to happen, he said they are confident the resources are in place to quickly deal with it.

Resources involved have included Forest Service, CAL FIRE, Dunsmuir-Castella Fire Department, Mt. Shasta Fire Department, and Yreka Fire Department, along with hot shot crews from outside the area.

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Why not build an airport at sea? Long Beach bosses once wondered this

Yes, there were plenty of complaints about airport noise 50 years ago. It’s not a new thing. Noise, air pollution, the all-around ever-present danger of jets falling from the sky. All those headaches made Long Beach look toward the sea as the solution to the problems in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Why not build an airport at sea, wondered the city bosses.

Well, it would be quite a ways out at sea, for one things. You haven’t heard loud until you’ve disturbed the slumber of residents on the coast. It’s one thing to put up with bellyaching of Bixby Knolls and Los Altos. It’s quite another when the homeowners in Naples, the Peninsula and Belmont Shore get into the fray. And that’s fair. Unlike the others, they didn’t move next to an airport.

So the initial plans for an offshore airport called for it to be at least seven miles out, well past the breakwater.

The cost would be enormous. Just building a seven- or eight-mile road from town to the airport would be plenty, and then there would be the airport itself.

Still, dreamers dreamt, and as cities grew out to engulf airports that were once out in the sticks, airport designers looked for land at sea.

In 1971, the Federal Aviation Administration commissioned a report on the feasibility of building an offshore airport. Ralph M. Parson Co., which completed the study, said it could be done if planned properly and managed to not get rammed by, say, a big ship.

A study of the Long Beach offshore airport in particular, made by Quinton Engineers Ltd., again showed that the airport would be “technically feasible.”

The Parsons engineers explored four offshore airport ideas from the one you’ve already thought of, which is just pouring dirt in the water until you have an island, to floating airports, in which floatable blocks of concrete or steel would be hauled out to the site where they would be assembled and anchored. The latter method would be the best, reported the report, although it had such drawbacks as “the entire structure may break up and/or sink.”

So, we’re talking somewhere between $7 billion and $13 billion, and this was back in 1971 when you could buy a lot for a billion dollars. It’s the equivalent of $42 billion to $79 billion in today’s dollars.

The cost could be mitigated in a few ways, including have passengers do all their check-in and other matters on land before driving out to the airport and, perhaps, there could be oil-drilling from the airport to bring in some dollars. But, as John Mansell, who was city manager in 1971, noted, “There’s not enough oil all over the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to pay for it.”

That’s a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much. Paul Deats, a city councilman and chairman of the council’s legislative committee, noted, “That represents every drop of oil that has been taken out of Signal Hill, and that’s a lot of money.” He added: “I don’t think it would do this city one bit of good.”

Mansell put the final kibash on the plan, saying that the city had no intention of developing the airport at sea and, at any rate, had never contemplated anything like the “gigantic proportions” of the proposed field.

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Watsonville Municipal Airport (KWVI) staffing shake-ups part of bold vision

WATSONVILLE >> The only public airport in Santa Cruz County is slated for a staffing shake-up that includes the creation of a new director position — part of a suite of changes that come as part of a city leaders’ vision to develop the aviation asset into a major economic driver.

At its Aug. 29 meeting, the Watsonville City Council approved the creation of the position of Airport Director to oversee the Watsonville Municipal Airport. The director will manage all airport staff and report directly to the city manager.

Also upcoming for the airport: A new runway lighting system to update the current approach indicators that have been in place since 1976. In the works for the past five years, the council Tuesday accepted a $222,000 federal grant to fund the lighting and accepted a bid for the installation from Royal Electric Company.

Owned by the city, the Watsonville Municipal Airport is the only public airport in Santa Cruz County. It serves about 40 percent of the aviation needs in the Monterey Bay Area, according to data provided on its website. The airport houses more than 300 planes, and its primary business use is for agriculture, according to the site.

The past year has have brought a number of changes to the airport as part of Watsonville City Manager Charles Montoya’s vision of developing the airport — which in recent years has struggled with debt — into one of the city’s major economic drivers.

In December of 2016, the council voted to reclassify the airport from a division of the department of public works to its own department. Tuesday’s staff changes come as part of that restructuring, according to a staff briefing.

In May, the council signed off on a development project to transform one of the airport’s hangars into an aviation-themed destination with a craft brewery, restaurants and outdoor seating.

But not everyone is pleased by the airport’s new flight plan. Knowlton Construction was served an eviction notice in the fall after 50 years of leasing airport property, according to owner Bill Knowlton.

And Granite Construction — one of the largest companies based in Santa Cruz County — announced plans to leave the airport earlier in August after nearly 100 years of use. It now plans to house its aviation operations out of Monterey Regional Airport, according to spokeswoman Jacque Fourchy.

“Our decision to exit the Watsonville airport was not easy given our nearly 100-year history with the airport but is in the best interest of the Company,” Fourchy said in a statement. She did not respond to a request to clarify Granite’s reason for the departure.

The public is invited to explore the airport Saturday at Wings Over Watsonville, an admission-free event featuring free flights for children ages 8 to 17 as well as introductory aircraft and helicopter rides, food, and an opportunity for pilots to showcase their own aircraft.

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Greater Rochester International Airport (KROC) receives Federal Aviation Administration grant

The Greater Rochester International Airport has received a $1.2 million grant for improvements.

The Federal Aviation Administration grant will be used to rehabilitate an apron, enhance security, improve the drainage of storm water runoff and install apron flood lighting and fencing.

“The Rochester airport supports more than 10,000 jobs and adds more than $800 million to our local economy. It is vital that it remains a safe and reliable hub for the businesses and travelers that rely on it every day,” said Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Perinton, in a statement. “I’m proud to announce this major award to fund airport improvements that will help get goods and people where they need to go safely and efficiently.”

In July the airport received a $1.1 million award from the U.S. Department of Transportation to reconstruct an existing deicing pad. Last year, the airport received a $1.9 million grant to build an 11,700-square-foot deicing containment facility.

Work continues on the airport’s $60 million renovation to transform it into a state-of-the-art transportation center. The project broke ground in April.

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Educators: Cooperation, collaboration key to filling South Carolina aerospace jobs

Lockheed Martin pilot instructor Chad Luntz (right) shows Royal D'Cunha, a research engineer with the University of South Carolina's McNair Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research, how to operate a T-50A flight simulator on display Wednesday at the S.C. Aerospace Conference and Expo in Columbia. 

COLUMBIA — With aerospace engineering courses under way in six South Carolina high schools this year, education experts at the South Carolina Aerospace Conference and Expo on Wednesday called for more collaboration with the industry to help prepare students for careers in the fast-growing field.

That includes mentoring teachers, letting educators know what specific skills the industry needs and having workers who are willing to visit classrooms to give first-hand accounts of the types of jobs that are available.

"It's one thing to hear about it, it's another thing to see the person who does the work every day," said Darrell Johnson, superintendent of Greenwood School District No. 5, where Emerald High is among the schools taking part in the new aerospace curriculum. "Students need to see real world opportunities."

The high school program is designed to appeal to students who are curious about the design and flight of aircraft and spacecraft vehicles. The curriculum, designed by the Southern Regional Education Board, consists of four courses: fundamentals of aerospace technology; advanced aerospace technology; aeronautics engineering application; and astronautics engineering applications.

Each school will receive $50,000 from the state Department of Education to cover startup costs.

Students taking the courses will be better prepared for training at the state's technical colleges for certificates in advanced manufacturing careers with companies like Lockheed Martin, which is moving production of its F-16 fighter jet to the S.C. Technology and Aviation Center in Greenville from Texas this year, and Boeing Co., which makes its 787 Dreamliner commercial airplanes in North Charleston.

Molly Spearman, the state's superintendent of education, said the program is already generating interest among students and other schools that want to participate. Spearman said she recently visited R.B. Stall High School in North Charleston, where the curriculum is being taught, and "was surprised to walk into a classroom where the students were on a simulator learning how to fly a plane."

"Their interest has been sparked, and we need to now supply a pathway for them all the way from elementary to high school so they can walk right into the technical training they need to be successful," she said.

For the curriculum to succeed, however, Spearman and others said they need the industry's feedback.

"We don't know it all," Spearman told industry leaders. "If we're going to get every child in the state ready, we need help. You have an open invitation to come into our schools."

Marty Conner Sr., associate superintendent of Orangeburg County Consolidated District No. 3, said interaction with industry leaders is important both for students and teachers.

"To have industry come in and provide mentorships to teachers who don't know what the industry needs — that is critical," Conner said, adding that industry also must help provide resources for classrooms.

"We have textbooks, but not equipment," he said.

South Carolina's aerospace industry employs about 55,000 people at an average wage of about $70,000 per year and has an annual economic impact of $19 billion. Steve Townes — who helped push for the high school curriculum as head of industry group SC Aerospace — told the conference that he expects the state's aerospace businesses will employ 200,000 people and top $35 billion in economic impact by 2027.

"We're the fastest-growing state in aerospace," said Townes, who is CEO of Greenville-based Ranger Aerospace.

Townes said the six high schools teaching aerospace courses is a good start, but not enough. He envisions 16 high schools with programs linked to each of the state's 16 technical colleges, with a coordinated curriculum between the two levels. He points to a new aeronautical training center at Trident Technical College as a "world class" example of the type of programs needed to fill the industry's employment pipeline.

Lockheed Martin is among the aerospace companies investing in technical college training. Don Erickson, site director for the defense contractor, said the company has been providing scholarship funds to Greenville Technical College since 2007 for the school's aviation maintenance and training facility.

"They're going to come in with high-paying entry-level jobs, working on something like an F-16 ... just doing cool stuff in aviation," Erickson said of students in the college's program.

Townes said the industry and educators need to do a better job of letting young people know about the opportunities in aerospace jobs throughout South Carolina.

"There is a huge premium in salary, benefits and future opportunities if you learn to work on or around airplanes," he said. "It's a cool industry. It's high tech."

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de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver Mk.I, N6LU, My Holdings Inc: Incident occurred August 25, 2017 - East Butterfly Lake, Alaska

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

Aircraft declared an emergency due to damage to #5 cylinder.

My Holdings Inc:

Date: 25-AUG-17
Time: 19:00:00Z
Regis#: N6LU
Aircraft Make: DEHAVILLAND
Aircraft Model: DHC-2 MK.1 BEAVER
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Operation: 135
Aircraft Operator: TRAIL RIDGE AIR
Flight Number: UKN

Piper PA-28R-180 Cherokee Arrow, N7623J: Incident occurred August 29, 2017 at McClellan–Palomar Airport (KCRQ), Carlsbad, San Diego County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Diego, California

Aircraft experienced a fire causing the pilot to evacuate the airplane on a taxiway.

Date: 29-AUG-17
Time: 22:15:00Z
Regis#: N7623J
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA-28R-180
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91

Piper PA-31-350, N4078J, Marianas Transportation Management Solutions Inc: Incident occurred August 30, 2017 at Saipan International Airport, Saipan Island, Mariana Islands

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Honolulu

Marianas Transportation Management Solutions Inc

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA570
Scheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 30, 2017 in Saipan, MP
Aircraft: PIPER PA 31, registration: N4078J

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 landing gear failed to lock in the down position.  Airplane landed gear up.

Date: 30-AUG-17
Time: 08:08:00Z
Regis#: N4078J
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA-31-350
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 135
Aircraft Operator: ISMA - STAR MARIANAS AIR
Flight Number: UKN

A Star Marianas aircraft made a successful emergency landing on runway 24 at the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport on Wednesday. The plane was cleared off the runway on Friday afternoon.

Commonwealth Ports Authority Executive Director Chris Tenorio said they are still working on a report on the cause of the emergency landing and will issue their findings as soon as the report is complete. CPA is glad that no one was hurt, he added.

The aircraft, a Piper PA-31-350 Chieftain, had five passengers and two crewmembers onboard when it made an emergency landing at the Saipan airport due to malfunctioning landing gear.

The aircraft departed from Rota airport on a scheduled flight at 4:45 p.m., Wednesday.

In a press statement, Star Marianas said there were no injuries to any of the people on board and that the passengers commended the pilot, Jun Shimada, for doing an exceptional job of landing the plane smoothly.

Shimada reported experiencing multiple bird strikes just after he departed Rota and was retracting the aircraft’s landing gear.

According to the pilot, the gear indicator light did not confirm that the gear had actually retracted and he also noted a decrease in his normal cruising airspeed.

As he was approaching Tinian, Shimada said the hydraulic pressure was insufficient when he attempted to extend the landing gear.

Shimada said he contacted the Star Marianas maintenance facility on Tinian and described his situation. The pilot then made several low passes that allowed the maintenance personnel to confirm that only the right gear was extended and that only partially.

After several attempts to lower the gear, he made the decision to continue the flight to Saipan and land on runway 24.

“The plane continued to fly for an additional 45 minutes to reduce its landing weight by using most of the fuel prior to landing. This also gave time for Saipan’s Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting personnel to prepare for the emergency.

“Upon landing, the aircraft’s right wheel was extended but the left main and nose wheels remained in the up position. This caused the aircraft’s left wing to contact the ground as the aircraft slowed to a stop, sliding onto the grass just past the Delta taxiway.”

Norman NDN-1 Firecracker, N182FR: Incident occurred August 25, 2017 at Upper Cumberland Regional Airport (KSRB), Sparta, White County, Tennessee

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office;  Nashville, Tennessee

Aircraft main gear would not extend.  Aircraft landed gear up.

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Date: 25-AUG-17
Time: 15:15:00Z
Regis#: N182FR
Aircraft Make: NDN AIRCRAFT
Aircraft Model: NDN-1 FIRECRACKER
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

Cessna R182 Skylane RG, N738LP, Dos Amigos Aviation LLC: Incident occurred August 29, 2017 in Memphis, Tennessee

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Memphis, Tennessee

Aircraft landed gear up.

Dos Amigos Aviation LLC:

Date: 29-AUG-17
Time: 17:30:00Z
Regis#: N738LP
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

Cessna T210F, N6761R, HydroCon Environmental LLC: Incident occurred August 29, 2017 at Southwest Washington Regional Airport (KKLS), Kelso, Cowlitz County, Washington

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle, Washington

Aircraft experienced a nose gear collapse and a prop strike.

HydroCon Environmental LLC:

Date: 29-AUG-17
Time: 17:00:00Z
Regis#: N6761R
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 210
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

Cessna 560XL Citation Excel, N503UP, registered to Textron Financial Corp and operated by the Gama Aviation Inc: Accident occurred August 28, 2017 at San Jose International Airport (KSJC), California

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Jose, California

Aviation Incident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Registered to Textron Financial Corp

Operated by the Gama Aviation Inc

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NTSB Identification: WPR17IA189
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Incident occurred Monday, August 28, 2017 in San Jose, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 560XL, registration: N503UP
Injuries: 5 Uninjured.

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

On August 28, 2017, about 1900 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 560XL, N503UP, veered to the right during landing roll at the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC), San Jose, California. The pilot subsequently corrected to the runway centerline and came to a stop on the taxiway. The two airline transport pilots and three passengers were not injured. The airplane sustained minor damage to the right wing main wheel well area. The airplane was registered to Textron Financial Corp., and operated by the Gama Aviation Inc., under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 as an on-demand air taxi flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed. The flight originated at Tucson International Airport (TUS), Tucson, Arizona, with a destination of SJC.

The flight crew reported that during the landing roll, the airplane veered to the right and the pilot corrected back to the runway centerline. They thought it was a flat tire on the right main landing gear due to the veering during landing roll and the right wing was positioned lower than the left. They completed the flight by parking on a taxiway, clear of the runway. The tower controller was contacted to report their situation and to ask for assistance in relocating the airplane. After the passengers disembarked and the luggage removed from the airplane, the flight crew examined the damage to the landing gear and right wing.

Initial examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the aft portion of the right main landing gear trunnion pivot pin was not in place. The separated aft portion of the right main gear trunnion protruded through the top of the wing and the landing gear strut and wheel were positioned out and aft in about a 45-degree angle from its original position. The trunnion pivot pin remained in the rear support and the pivot pin retaining bolt that was intended to restrain the pivot pin was in place and secured with a nut and cotter pin.

The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

United's Fare Cuts Spread, Fueling Risk of Airline Price War

A price battle between United Airlines and heavy discounters is spreading to other U.S. carriers, threatening to derail the industry’s nascent recovery in pricing power.

Competition that heated up this summer in United’s hub cities of Houston, Chicago and Newark, New Jersey, has extended to American Airlines in Dallas and to other carriers, airline executives said. Passenger revenue for each seat flown a mile, a proxy for airlines’ control over fares, had finally started rising this year after a slump triggered by a 2015 price war.

While the fare cuts are good news for travelers, they risk hurting earnings throughout the industry. The pain would be particularly acute at full-service carriers, which face higher costs after boosting wages in recent years. Southwest Airlines Co., the largest discounter, is among the carriers that have been pulled into the fray.

“There is definitely a broad-based discounting amongst certain carriers” that has expanded, Andrew Watterson, Southwest’s chief revenue officer, said in an interview after speaking at the International Aviation Forecast Summit in Las Vegas on Monday. “If one or two airlines go off on a price-cutting binge, other airlines go along for the ride. If one airline moves and another does not, you could lose an awful lot of volume and you’re worse off doing nothing.”

American Airlines Group Inc. and United Continental Holdings Inc. are matching -- and sometimes undercutting -- the heavy discounts of Spirit Airlines Inc., said Robert Fornaro, chief executive officer of the ultra-low-cost carrier. Its base tickets cover a seat and a small carry-on, like a purse. Seat assignments, water and bigger carry-ons cost extra.

American was charging $25 to fly from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, its biggest hub, to Denver International on Sept. 3, according to the carrier’s website on Monday. A round-trip ticket was $70. The availability of such fares typically is limited.

Basic Economy

United is using new basic-economy fares to match discounters’ prices, President Scott Kirby said Tuesday.

“Being competitive against anyone that we fly head-to-head against is critical and strategically important,” Kirby said in an interview Tuesday in Las Vegas. “A lot of our customers are price sensitive. Not all of them, but many of them.” A basic-economy ticket includes fewer amenities than a typical coach seat and usually requires passengers to board last and pay extra for more than one piece of carry-on luggage.

He said United is selling only “a handful of seats” at, for example, $20 and expressed doubt that ultra-low-cost carriers can remain viable if they take on the big airlines at their hubs.

“They are out of growth opportunities. The problem is, customers do not want to fly a ULCC if they can get the same price on a different carrier,” Kirby said.

An S&P 500 airline index has tumbled 18 percent since reaching a 16-year high on July 7. The gauge slid less than 1 percent at 3:30 p.m. in New York.

Frontier’s Shot

One of the initial salvos in this year’s fare war came in June as Frontier Airlines Inc. prepared to more than double its number of routes. Kirby responded at the time with a vow to stave off any attempt by Frontier to grab a bigger share of the Denver market, the discounter’s headquarters city and United’s most profitable hub.

If American and United undercut the ultra-low-cost airlines, “it’s a sign of a full-blown price war and is going to hurt earnings at all U.S. carriers,” said George Ferguson, a Bloomberg Intelligence analyst. “The full-service airlines and Southwest are more vulnerable than the smaller, low-cost and Alaska because they have already agreed to higher wages for their crews.” The big carriers’ price cuts indicate the importance of U.S. routes.

“Most of them are focused on expansion in the domestic market as it has the highest yields of any of their markets,” Ferguson said. “International markets are far too competitive.”

‘Strategic Asset’

American Airlines executive Don Casey said its pricing strategy hasn’t changed since mid-2015, when the company said it would match any fare in its hub airports, including those of ultra-low cost carriers.

“Our hubs are our most important strategic asset,” said Casey, senior vice president of revenue management. “We’re going to defend them all the time.”

Basic economy has given the largest airlines a weapon they lacked during the 2015 price war. It has allowed the carriers to limit the number of deeply discounted tickets and encourages customers to purchase more expensive fares to gain features like advance seat assignments.

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EC-121 “Warning Star" is moving to an air museum: Helena Regional Airport (KHLN), Lewis and Clark County, Montana

HELENA - A long-standing fixture at Helena Regional Airport is about to get a new home.

The Lockheed EC-121 “Warning Star,” a Cold War-era early warning radar aircraft, has been housed at the airport since 1981.

It was part of the Helena College Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics program.

The Warning Star was built on the airframe of the well-known Lockheed Super Constellation passenger plane, which flew passengers just before the advent of jet air travel.

Both the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy flew the Constellations in their EC-121 roles. The last aircraft was retired from service in 1982.

Now, a crew from Nebraska is preparing to disassemble the Constellation and ship it to Atwater, California.

Once there, this unique piece of aviation history will be restored and join a fleet of military aircraft on static display at a museum located near the former Castle Air Force Base.

“All of the radar stations and all of the stuff inside the aircraft is as complete as the day it was operational,” says Jeff Wadekamper, Helena Regional Airport Director. “There's even still spare parts back in the back of the airplane, so that's the unique ability of this aircraft, that it's so complete.”

Batura says disassembly and loading will take his team about two-weeks.

It'll take a caravan of big rigs and trailers to haul the Constellation to California.

Click here to visit the Castle Air Museum website.

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Ladies Love Taildraggers to host Fly-In: Poplar Grove Airport (C77), Boone County, Illinois

POPLAR GROVE — The Ladies Love Taildraggers will host its annual Fly-In on Sept. 7-10 at the Poplar Grove Airport, 11619 IL Route 76.

Female pilots from across America will land at the airport for the weekend. 

A pilot poker run to benefit the Oscar Mike Foundation, which aids wounded veterans, a hotdogs and brats lunch and a plane walk show-and-tell will be held Sept. 9. 

The weekend will end with a breakfast hosted by the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1414.

Free admission; meals have costs. 

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City seeks to urge Federal Aviation Administration to reject construction of Boston skyscraper

A resolution was put forward at the latest regular meeting of the Board of Alderman last week that the Administration update the Board regarding the request that the FAA reject any design of skyscraper at Winthrop Square in downtown Boston which would be 775 feet tall, as more traffic would likely be allocated to Runway 33L at Logan International airport if such a design is approved.

The primary concern is that such a tall building situated so close to the airport would likely lead to blocking of a particular takeoff and landing corridor and increase air traffic over Somerville. An issue that residents and civic leaders have been complaining about for some time.

The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) has already been grappling with the issue since earlier this year when it openly questioned the wisdom of allowing the development to proceed as proposed because of the restrictions imposed on Logan’s airspace.

The developer of the proposed tower, Millenium Partners, purchased the Winthrop Square property from the City of Boston last year, submitting several iterations in height ranging from 725 to 775 feet. Massport has said that it prefers the lower height, but at this time the higher range is the current working proposal.

The Somerville Board of Alderman’s resolution was sponsored and approved by the full Board.

As a Board member who has placed particular focus on the air traffic noise pollution issue, Alderman At-Large Mary Jo Rossetti was especially emphatic in her remarks on the matter. “We’ve been receiving multiple communications again over the summer as it related to the annoyance of the air traffic volume, and that’s an ongoing issue,” Rossetti told the Board. “What we have unfortunately learned is that in the Boston Common area there is a potential for this 775 foot building to be constructed.”

Rossetti indicated that she immediately spoke with the City of Somerville administration when it came to her attention and they were taken aback and communicated with the state delegation.

“If this building is constructed the noise we’re having now will increase dramatically, because the flights will now be positioned to go more in our direction, more than we’re already dealing with,” Rossetti said.

The alderman reported that on the very day of the Board meeting she received three “very angry” emails from neighbors who have had it.

“It’s very concerning that Boston pretty much has the authority, as I understand it, to go ahead and build it because legislation was already adopted,” Rossetti said. “And it kind of slipped through, quite honestly, from what I understand.”

Board President William A. White Jr. shared his understanding of the matter saying, “There was legislation that basically prohibited certain shadowing on the Boston Common and the Baker administration, because this was going to be such a good project for the City of Boston, basically shepherded that through so the shadowing restriction was eliminated.”

White went on to point out that there is still an issue about the building’s height and its intrusion into the airspace and whether the FAA can assert veto authority over it or not. “That is the question nobody has given a firm opinion on,” said White. “There are some people who don’t believe the FAA can, even though they do have control over the airspace, and there are others who say that the FAA does.”

In a pointedly tongue-in-cheek analogy, White said that in his view, if the FAA does not, in fact, have jurisdiction then what the City of Somerville should do is “get together with the City of Chelsea, find one of our developers here and have them build a thousand foot building in Chelsea, right in front of the runway, so that we won’t have any planes ever going over the City of Somerville.”

“So if that’s a possibility, it seems rather strange that communities will be able to block runways by building buildings, said White. “So I would think perhaps the FAA has jurisdiction over it.”

A conference call between city and state officials, along with legal experts was planned as a follow up, and the Board’s resolution was duly approved.

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