Sunday, September 10, 2017

Cessna 172 Skyhawk, N5703A: Accident occurred September 10, 2017 at Cavanaugh Bay Airport (66S), Coolin, Bonner County, Idaho

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

Investigation Docket National Transportation Safety Board:  https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

Location: Coolin, ID
Accident Number: GAA17CA526
Date & Time: 09/10/2017, 1444 PDT
Registration: N5703A
Aircraft: CESSNA 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of lift
Injuries: 1 Serious, 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

Analysis

The pilot reported that he completed a normal landing to the south at a grass airstrip near a lake that was surrounded by 75-ft-tall pine trees. He added that he and his passengers ate lunch at the airstrip, and during that time, he noticed "mostly calm" wind with an "occasional gust from the south." The pilot further reported that, due to the runway gradient, he decided to take off downhill to the north because the wind sock was indicating a calm wind.

He reported that, during the soft field takeoff, the takeoff roll was normal, but that, about 100 ft above ground level, he noticed that the "climb had slowed" and the "airspeed was dropping." The pilot lowered the nose, the airplane "descended quickly," and then touched down on the runway with about 30 ft remaining. Subsequently, the airplane overran the runway, crossed a road, and impacted a dumpster and trees.

The fuselage and both wings sustained substantial damage.

The pilot reported that the airplane was 25 lbs under maximum gross weight.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

An automated weather observation station (AWOS) 13 nautical miles from the accident site, reported, about the time of the accident, wind from 240° at 6 knots. A review of four hourly AWOS recordings, south and east of the accident site, around the time of the accident, revealed that the wind was variable from the southwest to west at 5 to 10 knots, gusting 15 to 18 knots. The pilot reported that the takeoff was on runway 33. The calculated density altitude was 3,700 ft. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) density altitude Koch Chart, the airplane would have likely experienced a 32% decrease in the normal climb rate and a 50% increase in the normal takeoff distance.

The FAA's Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, FAA-H-8083-25B, contained a section titled, "Effect of Obstructions on Wind," which stated in part:

"Another atmospheric hazard exists that can create problems for pilots. Obstructions on the ground affect the flow of wind and can be an unseen danger. Ground topography and large buildings can break up the flow of the wind and create wind gusts that change rapidly in direction and speed. These obstructions range from man-made structures, like hangars, to large natural obstructions, such as mountains, bluffs, or canyons. It is especially important to be vigilant when flying in or out of airports that have large buildings or natural obstructions located near the runway.

The intensity of the turbulence associated with ground obstructions depends on the size of the obstacle and the primary velocity of the wind. This can affect the takeoff and landing performance of any aircraft and can present a very serious hazard."

It is likely that, during the initial climb in high-density altitude conditions, the airplane encountered a quartering tailwind gust as the airplane climbed above the trees, which resulted in a loss of lift and an inability to gain altitude during the initial climb. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's decision to take off in high-density altitude and gusting quartering tailwind conditions, which resulted in a loss of lift and an inability to gain altitude during the initial climb. 

Findings

Aircraft
Altitude - Attain/maintain not possible (Cause)

Personnel issues
Decision making/judgment - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Tailwind - Decision related to condition
Crosswind - Decision related to condition
Gusts - Decision related to condition
High density altitude - Decision related to condition
Tree(s) - Contributed to outcome

Factual Information

History of Flight

Initial climb
Other weather encounter
Loss of lift (Defining event)
Abnormal runway contact
Landing-landing roll
Runway excursion

Pilot Information

Certificate:Private
Age: 63, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/16/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/05/2016
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 325 hours (Total, all aircraft), 176 hours (Total, this make and model), 289 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 21 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 9 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)
  
Pilot-Rated Passenger Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 71, Male
Airplane Rating(s): 
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): 
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): 
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: None None
Last FAA Medical Exam: 
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/01/1987
Flight Time: (Estimated) 1008 hours (Total, all aircraft), 115 hours (Total, this make and model), 945 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)
  
Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N5703A
Model/Series: 172 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1956
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28303
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/08/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:  
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2810 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-300
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 145 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSZT, 2131 ft msl
Observation Time: 2155 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 16 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 140°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 3°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots, 240°
Visibility (RVR): 
Altimeter Setting: 30.21 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV): 
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Coolin, ID (66S)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: SPOKANE, WA (SFF)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1445 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: CAVANAUGH BAY (66S)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 2484 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 33
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3100 ft / 120 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 3 None
Latitude, Longitude: 48.518611, -116.822222 (est)

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Spokane, Washington


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

http://registry.faa.gov/N5703A

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA526
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, September 10, 2017 in Coolin, ID
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N5703A
Injuries: 1 Serious, 3 Uninjured.

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

The pilot reported that he completed a normal landing to the south at a grass airstrip, near a lake and surrounded by 75 ft. tall pine trees. He added that he and his passengers ate lunch at the airstrip, and during that time, he noticed "mostly calm" wind with an "occasional gust from the south." The pilot further reported that, due to the runway gradient, he decided to takeoff downhill to the north, as the windsock was indicating a calm wind.

During the soft field takeoff, he reported that the take-off roll was normal, but about 100 ft. above ground he noticed that the "climb had slowed" and the "airspeed was dropping." The pilot lowered the nose, the airplane "descended quickly," and touched down on the runway with about 30 ft. remaining. Subsequently, the airplane overran the runway, crossed a road, and impacted a dumpster and trees.

The fuselage and both wings sustained substantial damage. 

The pilot reported that the airplane was 25 lbs. under maximum gross weight. 

The pilot did not report that there were any preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

An automated weather observation station (AWOS), about the time of the accident, 13 nautical miles from the accident site, reported wind from 240° at 6 knots. A review of four, hourly AWOSs, south and east of the accident site, around the time of the accident, recorded wind variable from the southwest to westerly direction, at 5 to 10 knots, gusting 15 to 18 knots. The pilot reported that the takeoff was on runway 33. The calculated density altitude was 3,700 ft. According to the Federal Aviation Administration density altitude Koch Chart, the airplane would have likely experienced a 32% decrease to the normal climb rate, and a 50% increase to the normal takeoff distance. 

The Federal Aviation Administration's Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, FAA-H-8083-25B, contains a section titled "Effect of Obstructions on Wind" which stated in part:

"Another atmospheric hazard exists that can create problems for pilots. Obstructions on the ground affect the flow of wind and can be an unseen danger. Ground topography and large buildings can break up the flow of the wind and create wind gusts that change rapidly in direction and speed. These obstructions range from man-made structures, like hangars, to large natural obstructions, such as mountains, bluffs, or canyons. It is especially important to be vigilant when flying in or out of airports that have large buildings or natural obstructions located near the runway.

The intensity of the turbulence associated with ground obstructions depends on the size of the obstacle and the primary velocity of the wind. This can affect the takeoff and landing performance of any aircraft and can present a very serious hazard."




COOLIN, Idaho - A Cessna 172 with four people onboard crashed while taking off from the Cavanaugh Bay Airport around 2:45 p.m. on Sunday near the south banks of Priest Lake.

The Spokane pilot and his three passengers walked away from the crash with minor injuries.

The pilot told KXLY he encountered windshear (a phenomenon that can affect a plane's airspeed) during takeoff. He declined to provide any further comments.

Witnesses described seeing a plane struggling to takeoff. At one point, the plane pitched 90 degrees, struck its wing on the pavement and slid across Cavanaugh Bay road on its nose. The Cessna came to a stop feet away from a propane tank and several buildings. 

"The fact that they walked out of there alive was amazing," said Gena Costa, who was bartending in a restaurant nextdoor to the crash site. Employees and customers rushed to help those inside. Costa said one man had a cut on his head.

"I'm so happy that they are alive," said Costa. "To see the actual collision and crash in front of your eyes, it's just crazy. How did they live?"

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




COOLIN, Idaho -  Firefighters are investigating after a small plane crashed near Priest Lake in Coolin, Idaho, Sunday afternoon.

Coolin Fire Chief Peggy Smith reports four people were in the plane when it crashed trying to take off from a grass air strip at Cavanaugh Bay. Smith says there were minor injuries as a result of the crash, but no one was taken to the hospital. 

The plane landed nose down up against a fence.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation Sunday.

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

American Airlines grounds plane after scorpion hitches a ride

A scorpion on board a plane caused the cancellation of an American Airlines flight at Sacramento International Airport this morning, according to airline officials.

More than 100 passengers were told of the scorpion as they lined up at the gate for the 10:40 a.m. flight, said Jim Zuber, a passenger on the flight. The flight crew was trying to decide what to do, he said.

The Boeing 737 had been in Phoenix, Ariz. the night before, said American Airlines spokesperson Leslie Scott.

“The flight was canceled because we want passengers and crews to feel comfortable,” she said.

According to the Mayo Clinic, scorpion stings hurt but are rarely life-threatening. Most stings do not require treatment among adults, but children are at risk for complications.

It is unknown if the scorpion is still on board so the plane will go to a maintenance facility in the Dallas Fort Worth area to be fumigated, Scott said.

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

Lake LA-4-200, N80125: Incident occurred September 10, 2017 in Gordonsville, Virginia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Richmond, Virginia

Aircraft force landed in a field.

Harry Shannon dba Amphibians Plus

 http://registry.faa.gov/N80125

Date: 10-SEP-17
Time: 23:30:00Z
Regis#: N80125
Aircraft Make: LAKE
Aircraft Model: LA4
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: GORDONSVILLE
State: VIRGINIA





LOUISA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -  A pilot and his family are safe after their plane crashed this evening along Route 15 in Louisa County.
    
A pilot from New York and his family came crashing down around 7:30 p.m. on September 10. 

Emergency responders on the scene say the engine failed in the family's plane, and they had to perform an emergency landing.

"As the pilot came into the field, he did an excellent job of landing in this field right here. You can see the only damage that occurred was to the fence right here. He has to be commended for keeping the plane under control and bringing it in safely," said Michael Schlemmer, Louisa County fire captain. 

The family of four was flying from Buffalo, New York to Greene, North Carolina when the pilot says he was having engine trouble.

Emergency crews say the pilot was trying to land the plane at a nearby airport, but it began to go down.

The plane crashed in a field and then bounced into a fence.

Everyone on-board the plane escaped without injuries, and no one was hurt on the ground.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.nbc29.com

Without option to "flightshare," students left high and dry relying on traditional airlines: Out-of-state students would largely benefit from having more flight opportunities

Following Labor Day, many students’ Instagram and Twitter feeds are awash with travel photos. Images of sandy beaches and the bright lights of Vegas are posted to advertise just how much out-of-town fun people are having.

However, for some, it seems impossible to travel that far and that often for leisure. The costs associated with driving and flying are too high, and this problem is further exacerbated for out-of-state students, who are almost guaranteed two cross-country trips to go home for Christmas and the summer. 

This problem could have been easily resolved through the concept of "flightsharing," which was birthed from the minds of Alan Guichard and Matt Voska a few years ago when they founded Flytenow. However, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)'s regulations proved too costly. 

Flytenow aimed to help private pilots trim down the cost of flying while opening up a unique and inexpensive method of transit.Unfortunately for Flytenow, these FAA regulations were based on faulty logic, and now the ruling is essentially irreversible.

The service would work like a digital bulletin board for pilots, where they can also post their pre-scheduled flights. On Flytenow, pilots can also maintain public profiles containing information about their credentials and aircraft.

They also can include a price per seat, which, due to FAA regulations banning them from turning a profit, would almost always be cheaper than flying commercial.

The wonderful thing about this service, besides the cost, is the convenience. Never again would you be subject to the pat downs and gropes of the TSA. No longer would you have to navigate large crowds in sprawling airports. Instead, just fly into the small, private airfields that are three times as plentiful as public ones. This means more direct flights, and flying closer to your destination than previously possible.

“(Whether the flight is) cheaper or more expensive, people would definitely want to fly into a place that is closer to home,” Andrew Fox, a sophomore economics major at ASU, said.

Brennan Garnett, a junior accountancy major, saw specific benefits for his social life. 

“I have friends in Irvine, California that I would love to visit, but there is no cheap way to do so," Garnett said. "A flight sharing service would be interesting and helpful.”

The bottom line is, this company, or any other that could offer a similar service with more competitive pricing, would benefit a large part of the population, especially out-of-state students who travel a lot and are not necessarily enrolled in an airline rewards program.

I say “would have” because Flytenow is no longer in operation, despite it being a novel idea that meets a common demand. This is because the FAA arbitrarily decided in 2015 that they should not exist.

The FAA argues that programs like Flytenow pose a safety issue that prevents them from green-lighting flight sharing services, which would be compelling if their enforcement was not entirely arbitrary. 

While it is illegal to post flight details on a digital bulletin board called Flytenow, it is not illegal to do so on a digital wall with Facebook. Pilots can just use physical bulletin boards, or any other type of advertising that occurs offline, so the flight-sharing company should pose no new safety issues. 

The FAA does not want private pilots flying with people that are not friends and acquaintances. Yet, they do not actually stop that from happening, as a physical bulletin board can attract anyone capable of reading and paying for a seat.

Michael Pearson, a lawyer with expertise in aviation law, spoke about the inconsistencies in the FAA's reasoning. 

“I don’t see any legitimate rationale and I think it slows down trade and impinges transportation," Pearson said. "I think it’s an artificial barrier and it should be removed. It would reduce the price of flight so you’re gonna get Airlines for America ... and in fact the National Business Aviation Association may come out against it (flightsharing), because what they’re gonna try to do is protect the box, protect their livelihood.” 

The fact is, this decision by the FAA does nothing more than enforce a soft monopoly on behalf of commercial airlines and private charters, showing that our government is more concerned with protecting corporate interests than the citizens’ well-being. 

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

SES Bets on New Fleet of Smaller, Flexible Boeing Satellites: Move toward cheaper design reflects industry uncertainty about demand for global internet connectivity

SES Chief Executive Karim Sabbagh, shown in 2015, said the satellites will add capacity and replace some bandwidth now provided by big, high-flying spacecraft.




The Wall Street Journal
By Robert Wall in London and  Andy Pasztor in Los Angeles
Sept. 10, 2017 3:03 p.m. ET


Satellite-services provider SES SA on Monday intends to announce a deal for a new fleet of smaller, easily reprogrammable Boeing Co. satellites, reflecting widespread industry uncertainty about demand for global internet connectivity.

The Luxembourg-based company, the world’s largest commercial communication satellites operator, is opting for a less-expensive, lower-altitude design to seek an edge in the intensifying battle to beam web access to remote regions. SES expects to spend more than $1 billion on the seven Boeing satellites and associated ground systems. Each satellite is projected to cost less than half the amount for the biggest, high-altitude versions.

Like other parts of the satellite industry, SES faces depressed prices for its current offerings and also has been hurt by growing competition from legacy rivals, as well as anticipated challenges from aggressive startups with deep pockets.

The new spacecraft, significantly smaller and more flexible than older models, are slated to be put into orbit starting in 2021. They will be deployed primarily to serve mobile users in developing regions, but with prospects for such markets still unclear, SES seeks to maximize its maneuvering room and reduce capital expenditure risks.

Chief Executive Karim Sabbagh said the satellites will add capacity and replace some bandwidth now provided by big, high-flying spacecraft that need replacement. Indicating that the emphasis on smaller spacecraft built to be swiftly reconfigured in orbit is gaining momentum, he said the constellation will be “radically different” from traditional concepts because it is designed to be “more flexible and scaleable.”

In an interview, Mr. Sabbagh said the principle of smaller satellites, optimized to seamlessly supplement each other as customers and markets change, is “what we have been missing for three decades in our industry.”

The move comes at a time cash flow and profitability for operators is under pressure, so they generally have been reticent to make investments in large, more-expensive satellites that have traditionally dominated the telecommunications segment. Advisory firm Euroconsult says big satellites have experienced a “dramatic downsizing of traditional pricing” for their primary services.

At the same time, an abundance of available bandwidth and questions about the future direction of the market have contributed to a protracted and sharp drop in orders for big satellites, some of which can cost about $400 million to build, launch and insure.

Such procurement contracts have slumped 50% below historic levels, with Boeing and Space Systems Loral, a unit of Canada’s  MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. , among the satellite makers that have laid off staff in recent years. Industry officials said manufacturers, SES and a big chunk of its competitors are all considering smaller, less costly models.

Budding rivals are focusing on launching swarms of hundreds—or even thousands—of still-smaller satellites to pipe fast, inexpensive connectivity to remote locations. This increasingly contested segment includes OneWeb Ltd., the startup backed by European aerospace heavyweight Airbus SE and Japanese internet and telecommunications giant SoftBank Group Corp.

Entrepreneur Elon Musk and his high-profile Space Exploration Technologies Corp., commonly called SpaceX, are actively planning to compete. Google parent Alphabet Inc. also has publicly expressed interest in providing space-based web links.

At the same time, long-time rival Inmarsat PLC is positioning its Global Xpress constellation of traditional, high-altitude satellites to connect planes with high-capacity internet. Intelsat SA and ViaSat Inc. also are developing ever larger, more-powerful spacecraft to reduce customer access costs. Yet industry experts increasingly emphasize the benefits of faster connections and enhanced productivity from hybrid constellations such as the one SES favors, featuring a blend of high-earth orbit and lower-positioned satellites.

The company’s next-generation spacecraft are designed to beam highly tailored signals to serve many more but smaller customers, according to Steve Collar, another senior SES official.

Both Intelsat and Canada’s closely held Telesat, another major operator with 15 satellites, have made modest moves to embrace lower-orbit satellites to target similar market segments.

SES, which built its reputation with top-of-the-line satellites hovering 23,000 miles above a specific point on the globe, initially increased its bet on smaller spacecraft last year. It acquired the 49.5% in O3b Networks Ltd. it didn’t already own in a $710 million transaction.

The latest decision doubles down on the strategy of targeting O3b’s network for growth. The additional satellites are being designed to be more powerful than O3b’s existing models, enabling SES to tap fast-growing mobile and transportation markets. “We can build a mobile network in a country without having to lay any fiber,” according to Mr. Collar.

O3b already operates 12 spacecraft with plans to loft eight more in the next two years. Funds for all the satellites already are incorporated in SES’s long-term spending blueprint.

SES last year announced plans to launch a big satellite to provide aviation coverage over busy trans-Atlantic routes. But Mr. Collar said the expanded constellation of smaller spacecraft would cover 80% of the globe.

The market to deliver in-flight Wi-Fi is expected to grow rapidly, with some estimates showing connections to roughly 17,000 commercial aircraft by 2021, versus less than 7,000 today. Some current offerings have failed to attract as many passengers as anticipated, however, largely because they remain capacity constrained and the connectivity is relatively slow.

For his part, Mr. Sabbagh said SES isn’t abandoning big satellites entirely despite the growing investment in O3B. He said the company still plans one-for-one replacements for some of its big spacecraft, which can remain in use for 15 years or more. But he emphasized the downsized versions require only a “fractional investment” of what a traditional fleet would cost.

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

Prosecutors: Man Flew Plane To Ohio For Sex With 13-year-old

CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities say a 34-year-old California man has been indicted after flying a company plane to Ohio to have sex with a 13-year-old girl during a business trip.

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office says Ryan Johnson, of Camarillo, California, drove a rental car to a planned rendezvous with the teen Aug. 30 but was instead arrested by police and members of the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Johnson was indicted Friday on charges that include importuning and attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

Prosecutors say Johnson had explicit online conversations and sought nude photos from someone he thought was the teen and that he planned to meet her for sex during a business trip to Akron.

A message seeking comment was left Saturday with Johnson’s attorney.

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

False fire alarm causes evacuation at Mineta San Jose International Airport (KSJC)

SAN JOSE — Travelers evacuated a terminal at Mineta San Jose International Airport on Sunday morning in response to an apparently false fire alarm.

Airport officials said the alarm was triggered on the airport tarmac around 11:30 a.m., sounding an alarm in Terminal B and prompting travelers to briefly evacuate.

The alarm came from a station on the tarmac in an area not accessible to the general public, said airport spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes.

“We believe it was someone working on the tarmac,” Barnes said.

Barnes said firefighters investigated and found no evidence of fire. A tweet from the  airport said that the “Initial finding is fire warning intentionally activated.”

“At this time, we have everyone back in the terminal and are focused on getting everything back to normal,” she said.

Barnes did not have an estimate on how many travelers “self-evacuated” upon hearing the alarm. She added that only Terminal B was affected, and that a fire door between the two terminals closed as a result of the false alarm.

Passengers in the Southwest terminal were startled by the alarm and an announcement over loudspeakers that there was an emergency and they needed to evacuate. With the security doors shut, some congregated by a stairwell exit but those who went in came back out, finding no egress.

People did not appear to be panicking, but were getting frustrated when police showed up. A sound was heard, like the door was being rammed open, and then people began to file out.

Barnes said one outbound Alaska Airlines flight was delayed by about 15 minutes because of the alarm, but other flights were not affected.

Less than a month ago, travelers in Terminal A were delayed after a security scare involving unsecured baggage prompted authorities to re-screen every passenger.

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

Gulfstream Aerospace jets find safe haven at Fort Smith Regional Airport (KFSM)



The Fort Smith Regional Airport has become a safe haven for over a dozen Gulfstream Aerospace aircraft flown in last week from Savannah, Ga., for protection from Hurricane Irma.

Heidi Fedak, director of corporate communications for Gulfstream, said by phone Saturday that pilots ferried the aircraft to the Fort Smith airport starting Wednesday after the company’s “severe weather action team” made arrangements.

“It’s unusual, or at least not typical, to see that many Gulfstreams in one spot unless there is a big event like a conference or something,” Fedak said. “We still have some at our facility that either can’t be flown yet or are in service. It’s a balancing act to not leave any of the aircraft outside during a hurricane.”

The arrival of the gleaming Gulfstream aircraft was enough to prompt a post on the airport’s Facebook page. The ensuing chatter from local airplane geeks on other channels was topped off with an aerial shot from a local photographer.

Several of the aircraft still have a protective green coating that signals that are just off the assembly line. The green coating is sanded off before a final paint job, Fedak noted.



Last year, during Hurricane Matthew, Gulfstream sent many of their aircraft to an airport in Alabama, she added. Pilots with Gulfstream flew the jets into Fort Smith beginning Wednesday. They were then ferried back for more planes.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration database, the aircraft’s N-numbers indicate there are several G500s and G550s, as well as a G400 and G450, and at least one G600 on the tarmac next to TAC Air.

And according to Gulfstream’s website, the G600 has a long-range cruise speed of Mach 0.85, or about 652 mph, and the ability to fly an “unrivaled 4,800 nautical miles/8,890 kilometers at a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.90.” Along with the Gulfstream G650ER, Gulfstream G650 and the “all-new Gulfstream G500,” the G600 shares a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.925, or about 709 mph. The new G500 and G600 were unveiled to the public in 2014, according to an article in AOPA Magazine.

The G500 has a base price of about $43.5 million, while the G600 goes for about $54.5 million pending options, the AOPA article adds.

“The G500′s nonstop reach connects distant cities such as Istanbul to Cape Town, South Africa; Los Angeles to London; and San Francisco to Tokyo,” the Gulfstream Aerospace website notes.

A Gulfstream product support semi-truck and trailer was also seen at the Fort Smith airport Saturday, but it was more likely the trailer was full of water bottles headed for Houston as assistance to recovery efforts after Hurricane Harvey, Fedak said.

In addition to the manufacturing facility and service center at Savannah, Gulfstream Aerospace has service centers at Brunswick, Ga., and West Palm Beach, Fla. All of the facilities were closed Thursday with plans to reopen Monday, Fedak said.

Gulfstream delivered about 130 mid- and large-cabin aircraft to customers last year. The Savannah facility employs about 10,000 people.

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

Raytheon G36 Bonanza, N7215J, registered to Vallee Development Corporation and operated by the pilot: Fatal accident occurred September 09, 2017 in Benicia, Solano County, California

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

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

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

Vallee Development Corp: http://registry.faa.gov/N7215J 

NTSB Identification: WPR17FA200
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 09, 2017 in Benicia, CA
Aircraft: RAYTHEON AIRCRAFT COMPANY G36, registration: N7215J
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On September 9, 2017, about 1413 Pacific daylight time, a Raytheon Aircraft Company G36, N7215J, sustained substantial damage when it impacted terrain about 9 miles northwest of the Buchanan Field Airport (CCR) Concord, California. The private pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was registered to Vallee Development Corporation and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed for the cross-country flight. The flight departed CCR about 1408, and was destined for Arcata Airport, Arcata/Eureka, California. 

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an Alert Notice (ALNOT) for the missing airplane after a family member reported that the flight was overdue. A search ensued and the wreckage was located near the top of a hillside by the Civil Air Patrol the following morning.

Examination of the accident site by the National Transportation Safety Board, investigator-in-charge, revealed that all the major components of the airplane were contained within a confined area. The airplane was recovered to a secure facility for further examination.

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


Preston Vallee, far right, is shown in a photo from high school. He attended Arcata High and graduated in 1991.


When the program coordinator for the Humboldt County airport in McKinleyville got a call stating an aircraft was missing she got a bad feeling. Emily Jacobs knew it was Terry Vallee’s plane but she didn’t know his co-pilot was his son, her friend from elementary school in Arcata.

“I found out the next day,” Jacobs said.

The flight crashed Sept. 10 and left not only a father and son dead, but also left two holes in the community.

“It’s been devastating for all of us,” Jacobs said.

Terry Vallee, 67, was said to have worn many hats at Lima’s Pharmacy in Eureka. Although Terry Vallee’s co-workers said it was too early to discuss his death, they remembered him as a community member who was a friend to all in his life.

His son, Preston Vallee, 42, grew up in Humboldt County and graduated from Arcata High School in the class of 1991.

Jacobs recalled cheering for him as a cheerleader while he played basketball. Preston Vallee began learning to fly about 15 years ago and Terry Vallee flew as long as she can remember.

“Nobody knows what happened and why the aircraft failed,” Jacobs said.

According to Ian Gregor, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman, a preliminary report focused on what was found in the wreckage will be released by the National Transportation Safety Board within seven to 10 days after the incident.

“It usually takes the NTSB months if not over a year to determine a probable cause for an accident,” Gregor wrote in an email. “The NTSB is the lead investigative agency. The FAA is a party to the investigation.”

Fourth District Supervisor Virginia Bass is the former sister-in-law of Terry Vallee. She said that while she isn’t a blood relative, he would always make her feel that way. She remembered always seeing a Terry Vallee around the community and the large smile he carried.

“No matter when I saw him, it felt like I was always part of the family,” Bass said.

Around 11 p.m. Sunday, Bass said she received a call from her ex-husband telling her the news that Terry and Preston Vallee were the pilots in the crash. She said when you hear about these things you never think it’s going to be someone you know, until it is.

“That’s not what I was expecting” said Bass, who remembered Terry Vallee as a “bundle of happiness.”

Bass also remembered Preston Vallee as a well-loved community member, although she said he didn’t know him too well. She said she always looked at Preston Vallee as a role model for her kids when they were younger.

“There’s going to be a big piece missing for the community,” Bass said.


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BENICIA, Calif. --  Officials are investigating after a father and his son died in a small plane crash near Benicia in Solano County on Saturday.

A 67-year-old man and his 43-year-old son were the only two people on board.

A ground team located the plane early Monday morning in Solano County north of Benicia, Civil Air Patrol officials said.

The Beechcraft BE-36 airplane took off from Buchanan Field Airport in Concord Saturday afternoon on its way to Arcata-Eureka Airport in McKinleyville, but had not landed by Saturday night.

The Civil Air Patrol was activated Saturday night to search for the aircraft.


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BENICIA, Calif. (KTVU) - A father and son were killed when a small plane crashed in Benicia on Saturday, according to officials.

Terry Vallee, 67, of Arcadia, and Preston Vallee, 42, were identified as the passengers on board. The crash site was discovered on Sunday.

A spokesman for the FAA says a single-engine Beechcraft BE36 crashed sometime Saturday after departing from Buchanan Field in Concord. The FAA says the passengers were on their way to the Arcata-Eureka Airport.

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BENICIA- A small plane that left the Bay Area heading to the Arcata-Eureka Airport crashed killing a father and son.

The single engine Beechcraft BE 36 took off from Buchanan Field in Concord on Saturday and was in the air for about ten minutes before crashing in Benicia.

The plane was found Sunday morning.

Terry Vallee, 67 of Arcata and 43 year-old Preston Vallee of Concord both died in the crash.

The cause is under investigation by the  Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation and Safety Board.

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BENICIA, Calif. (KCRA) —  A father and son were killed after their plane crashed in Benicia Saturday, the Solano County Sheriff’s Office said.

Terry Vallee, 67, of Arcata, and Preston Vallee, 43, of Concord, were identified as the two people on board when the plane crashed Saturday.

The plane was found Sunday.


The plane was flying from Buchanan Field in Concord to Arcata-Eureka Airport Saturday when it crashed for unknown reasons, the Federal Aviation Administration said.


The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation and Safety Board will investigate.


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

Loaded gun found in woman's luggage at Greater Rochester International (KROC)

This loaded handgun was found in a carry-on bag at Greater Rochester International Airport on Saturday.
(Photo: U.S. Transportation Security Administration)  



A loaded handgun was found in the carry-on luggage of a woman passing through security at Greater Rochester International Airport Saturday.

The woman, whose name was not released, told authorities she had no idea the .357-caliber revolver, which allegedly belonged to her boyfriend, was in her duffel bag. The weapon was found as her bag passed through an x-ray machine at a security checkpoint, according to a U.S. Transportation Security Administration news release.

The woman, who lives in Whitakers, N.C., was arrested by Monroe County Sheriff's deputies and faces an unspecified weapons charge, the TSA said. 

It was the fourth time this year that screeners had detected a gun at airport security checkpoints in Rochester this year. There were no such cases last year, five cases in 2015 and three the year before that, according to the TSA.

The agency news release said the incident was "a stark reminder of the importance that passengers play in making sure that they stop and think about what they have in their carry-on bags to ensure that they do not bring any prohibited items to an airport checkpoint.”

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Unregistered powered parachute: Incident occurred September 09, 2017 in Halifax, Plymouth County, Massachusetts

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boston, Massachusetts

Unregistered powered parachute crashed into a lake.

Date: 09-SEP-17
Time: 20:00:00Z
Regis#: UNREG
Aircraft Make: POWERED PARACHUTE
Aircraft Model: POWERED PARACHUTE
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: HALIFAX
State: MASSACHUSETTS

The pilot of an powered parachute was taken to a hospital after the aircraft went down in some water.

Quincy Fire Capt. Matt Cunningham told WATD, it happened late Saturday afternoon, when the powered parachute, flying at an altitude of 300 feet, lost engine power and went into West Monponsett Pond.

The powered parachute had taken off from the airport in Hanson.

The unidentified operator was picked up by a boat and taken to the state boat ramp, where an ambulance took him to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://959watd.com

Alabama community colleges hire aviation program director

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -   The Alabama Community College System has hired a new director for aviation programs.

Michael "Mac" McDaniel was hired to the post, Al.com reported. The hiring is part of ACCS ramping up its programs to help fill what officials say is a surging demand for aircraft mechanics.

McDaniel takes on the new position at ACCS after a stint with ExpressJet Airlines as a general manager of aircraft maintenance training in Atlanta. He says aviation education programs need to connect with employers and make sure students are attaining the skills to launch and advance their careers.

"This is a great chance for somebody who's been in the industry 30 years to step on the other side of the fence, to get into the educational environment, to try to address the needs of the workforce community through the school system, to align our students with the needs of the workforce, with the needs of the employers all through the state." McDaniel said.

Three Alabama community colleges include Coastal Alabama, Enterprise State and Snead State. Each offers aviation technology programs certified by the Federal Aviation Administration include airframe maintenance and technology, power plant technology, avionics technology, aviation composite materials and general aviation technology.

Baker said Boeing, Airbus, GE Aviation and other major aviation companies have a presence in Alabama.

"There are different companies in the Huntsville area that are literally looking for hundreds of folks," Snead State President Robert Exley said.

Jeff Lynn, senior executive of workforce and economic development for the ACCS, said aviation and companies already in the state create about 300 new jobs annually.

"We'll be meeting with all of our companies across the state, working to make sure that they have a steady pipeline from our colleges at the caliber that they need to hire them," Lynn said. "We'll also be working with our Department of Commerce to recruit more companies similar to them and grow that industry in the state."

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