Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Super Petrel, Ormond Beach, Florida: Cities around the country sought the manufacturer



A light-sport, amphibious aircraft, called Super Petrel, is now being sold at Ormond Beach Municipal Airport, and city and business leaders are hoping the company eventually manufactures the planes here. The local operation, Super Petrel USA, is the U.S. headquarters of Scoda Aeronautica, of São Paulo, Brazil, which has sold 350 of the planes around the world.

At a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting for the company Oct. 10, President Rodrigo Scoda said the company “desires and hopes” to move the assembly operation here but it depends on the success of sales in the U.S.

The airplanes cost about $175,000 and require less training than the standard general aviation airplane. It can also run on automotive gasoline, which is less expensive than aviation fuel.

Jerry Angley, of the Ormond Beach Civil Air Patrol, summed up the attraction of the plane by saying, “It’s just fun to fly.”

The company has operated in a large hangar at the airport for about a year, and the business headed up by Ormond Beach resident Roger Helton, chief executive officer, who was introduced to the Scoda Aeronautica management by city Economic Director Joe Mannarino.

Helton worked for 15 years as a corporate pilot, 20 years for UPS and has been active with the Civil Air Patrol.

“I retired 10 years ago and I’ve been working ever since,” Helton said.

The local staff also includes a sales director and a pilot.

When a plane is sold, it is delivered to Ormond Beach from Brazil, and the customer can pick it up or it can be flown to them. A purchase includes training. Helton said they sold two of the aircraft when they attended the Sun and Fun Air Show in Lakeland.

Mannarino said many cities around the country were vying for the business and Ormond Beach was fortunate to be selected.

Mayor Bill Partington attended the ribbon cutting to show the city’s appreciation.

“Thank you for bringing this bold new business venture to Ormond Beach,” he said, speaking to Petrel management.

In other airport developments, Mannarino said the extension of the east-west runway to 1,000 feet to allow larger planes is still in the plans, and it’s now in an environmental study phase. He said the planes would take off toward the west, away from the neighborhoods, for noise abatement. The city also is planning to develop 138 more acres at the airport. Part of this development would be to add roads for direct access from the surrounding business park to the airport. 

Original article ➤ https://www.ormondbeachobserver.com

Shooter fired 'incendiary' rounds at fuel tank: McCarran International Airport (KLAS), Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada



(CNN)   Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock fired special "incendiary" bullets at a 43,000-barrel fuel tank in what investigators believe was an attempt to cause an explosion, two law enforcement sources told CNN.

Those types of rounds, meant to ignite what they hit, were found inside Paddock's room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and near the fuel tank a short distance away on the grounds of McCarran International Airport, the sources said.

Authorities have previously disclosed that Paddock fired at the tank and struck it with two rifle rounds, when he opened fire on the crowd below from his 32nd floor hotel room on October 1. They had not disclosed that he used incendiary rounds to fire at the tank, which contains jet fuel.

The sources, briefed on the investigation but not authorized to speak publicly, said the incendiary rounds were recovered in an area near the tank.
It is unclear if the rounds that struck the tank were also of the incendiary variety. Chris Jones, an airport spokesman, said he was unaware of any rounds being recovered other than those that struck the tank.

Paddock, 64, killed 58 people and wounded close to 500 others attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. He was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his hotel room.

Airport officials last week downplayed the potential of an explosion being caused by gunfire, noting that jet fuel is designed to withstand a brief exposure to flame without igniting.

"Contrary to speculation, there is almost zero likelihood gunfire damage could trigger a fire or explosion at a commercial fuel storage facility," an airport statement dated October 5 read. The statement did not reference an incendiary bullet or say whether it would have made a difference.

The new detail about the ammunition is one of several pieces of information that investigators are attempting to put together to determine Paddock's specific intent, precisely how he carried out the attack, and whether he intended to survive.

Investigators also recovered tracer rounds from Paddock's room. Those rounds produce a flame when fired and allow the shooter to follow the bullet's path for more precise aim, according to the sources, who requested not to be named because they are not authorized to speak publicly about such details. There is no evidence the tracer rounds were used during the attack, the sources said.

Investigators also found "survival gear" in Paddock's room, including bulletproof vests and a breathing apparatus, the sources said.

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

Sheriff calls for more protection of fuel tanks targeted by shooter: McCarran International Airport (KLAS), Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada



Two large jet fuel tanks near Mandalay Bay “need another layer of protection” in the wake of the deadly mass shooting outside the Strip resort on Oct. 1, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Tuesday.

The Review-Journal first reported last week that the shooter fired at the 43,000-barrel tanks from his Mandalay Bay room, striking and penetrating one of the tanks, but causing no fire or explosion.

“They’re going to have to develop some sort of shielding mechanism to make sure it doesn’t happen in the future,” Lombardo said in a wide-ranging interview about the mass shooting with the newspaper’s editorial board. “I think we have to act on it.”

Lombardo said the gunman may have tried to create an explosion or diversion when he fired at the tanks before he sprayed the crowd of 22,000 at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival east of Mandalay Bay. Fifty-eight people were killed and nearly 500 were injured, and the shooter later killed himself.

Last week, County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani said she would seek a security review of the jet fuel tanks the shooter targeted. Several other federal and county elected officials, including newly appointed Commissioner Jim Gibson, whose district includes Mandalay Bay, did not return phone calls last week seeking comment.

The tanks, which provide fuel to nearby private aviation companies, sit on property owned by McCarran International Airport.

Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak said he talked to Rosemary Vassiliadis, the airport’s director, about the tanks on Monday.

He said Vassiliadis told him she was contacting an “individual” who had previously evaluated the tanks.

“They have someone,” he said. “I’m leaving it in her hands. We continue in Clark County to take all precautions to protect our citizens and our tourists.”

McCarran officials last week confirmed the Review-Journal’s report on the shooter’s targeting of the tanks, which are about 1,100 feet from the Las Vegas Village venue, where the festival was held. Officials said jet fuel is hard to ignite.

Mike Boyd, a Colorado-based aviation consultant said Tuesday that a rifle-caliber bullet, even with a pyrotechnic charge, would not be powerful enough to blow up a jet fuel tank.


Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo discusses the Route 91 Harvest festival mass shooting during an exclusive interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal Tuesday, October 10, 2017


In a statement released late Tuesday, airport spokesman Chris Jones said Lombardo “has not contacted the Department of Aviation with any concerns. Given that, we cannot address whatever points he may have raised with the Review-Journal earlier today. As more information from this investigation is made available, it will be evaluated and we will take action where appropriate.”

“One round penetrated Tank 202, which was partially filled with jet fuel,” the airport said in a statement released last week. “A second round was found lodged within the same tank’s outer steel shell, and did not penetrate. This tank was subsequently evaluated by experts who found no evidence of smoke nor fire.”

The tank was being drained and will be reinspected and repaired, Jones said.

Several airplane hangars belonging to prominent corporations are near the tanks, which are operated by Swissport Fueling, the company that runs the jet fuel operations for the airport.

Stephen Paddock, the 64-year-old shooter from Mesquite, had broken two windows in his 32nd-floor Mandalay Bay suite, one in line with the concert site and the other with a direct view of the fuel tanks, a knowledgeable source told the Review-Journal last week.

Jones said McCarran’s fuel storage system meets all structural and safety requirements set by the National Fire Protection Association.

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

Maule M-7-235 Super Rocket, N81818: Accident occurred October 07, 2017 in Dillingham, Alaska

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

Aircraft force landed near picnic beach.

http://registry.faa.gov/N81818

Date: 07-OCT-17
Time: 23:00:00Z
Regis#: N81818
Aircraft Make: MAULE
Aircraft Model: M7
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: DILLINGHAM
State: ALASKA

Long EZ, N966EZ and Piper PA-28-180, N15664: Accident occurred October 07, 2017 at Ryan Field Airport (KRYN), Pima County, Tucson, Arizona

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

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

N966EZ  Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

http://registry.faa.gov/N966EZ

NTSB Identification: WPR18LA003A
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, October 07, 2017 in Tucson, AZ
Aircraft: BOROM MARCUS P LONG EZ, registration: N966EZ
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

N15664  Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

http://registry.faa.gov/N15664

NTSB Identification: WPR18LA003B
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, October 07, 2017 in Tucson, AZ
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28-180, registration: N15664
Injuries: 3 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 may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On October 7, 2017, about 1030 mountain standard time, an experimental amateur built Borom Long EZ, N966EZ, and a Piper PA-28-180, N15664, collided midair about 1 mile northwest of the Ryan Field Airport (RYN) Tucson, Arizona. The private pilot, sole occupant of the Long EZ, and the private pilot and passenger of the Piper, were not injured. The Long EZ sustained substantial damage to the left rudder and the Piper sustained minor damage to the landing gear assembly. Both airplanes were registered to private individuals and operated by the pilots as 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flights. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for either flight. The Long EZ departed RYN about 0950 and the Piper departed from Chandler Municipal Airport, Chandler, Arizona, about 0935.

The pilot of the Long EZ reported that he was on downwind when he observed another airplane on left base, slightly above him, off to his right side, and closing rapidly. Shortly thereafter, the airplanes collided.

According to the pilot of the Piper, he began his turn for a left base for runway 6L when he noticed an airplane coming from the east, on downwind. The pilot of the Piper stated that he attempted to avoid the other airplane, however, his airplane's landing gear struck the Long EZ. 

Both pilots declared an emergency and landed at RYN without further incident.

Beech 35-C33 Debonair, N7DU, Debonair LLC: Incident occurred October 09, 2017 at Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport (KMYF), San Diego, California

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

Aircraft on landing, struck the propeller.

Debonair LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N7DU

Date: 09-OCT-17
Time: 00:11:00Z
Regis#: N7DU
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: BE35
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: SAN DIEGO
State: CALIFORNIA

Air Creation Clipper 582S, N5138J: Incident occurred October 08, 2017 in Ramona, San Diego County, California -and- Accident occurred April 08, 2009 at Anacortes Airport (74S), Skagit County, Washington

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N5138J

Aircraft force landed in a field.

Date: 08-OCT-17
Time: 15:59:00Z
Regis#: N5138J
Aircraft Make: AIR CREATION
Aircraft Model: CLIPPER 582S
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: RAMONA
State: CALIFORNIA

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

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

NTSB Identification: WPR09CA186
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, April 08, 2009 in Anacortes, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/22/2009
Aircraft: AIR CREATION CLIPPER 58, registration: N5138J
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 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 the experimental weight-shift-control light sport aircraft (trike) experienced a partial loss of engine power during initial climb. The pilot noticed that the engine's throttle went to an idle setting upon climbing to a maximum height of 50 feet above the runway. The pilot made a forced landing on grass-covered terrain adjacent to the runway and the airplane collided with the airport's perimeter chain link fence. One of the trike's fabric wings was ripped over a foot-long span, and the cockpit enclosure was cracked. The pilot reported that no maintenance had been performed on the airplane since he purchased it about 2 months prior to the accident. According to the pilot, although the propeller continued rotating when the engine power loss occurred, insufficient power was produced to sustain flight. A Federal Aviation Administration inspector who examined the trike and interviewed the pilot reported that the trike's throttle is accessible to occupants located in both the front and rear seats. In his statement, the pilot opined that during takeoff the throttle was inadvertently retarded by the passenger in the front seat.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The partial loss of engine power due to the passenger's inadvertent movement of the engine throttle control.

The experimental weight-shift-control light sport aircraft (trike) experienced a partial loss of engine power during initial climb. The pilot reported that he noticed the engine's throttle went to an idle setting upon climbing to a maximum height of 50 feet above the runway. Thereafter the trike descended, and the pilot made a forced landing on grass-covered terrain adjacent to the runway. As the trike decelerated, it collided with the airport's perimeter chain link fence. The private pilot was not injured, and the passenger sustained a minor injury. One of the trike's fabric wings was ripped over a foot-long span, and the cockpit enclosure was cracked. 

The pilot reported to the National Transportation Safety Board investigator that no maintenance had been performed on the trike since he purchased it about 2 months prior to the accident. According to the pilot, although the propeller continued rotating when the engine power loss occurred, insufficient power was produced to sustain flight.

The Federal Aviation Administration coordinator who examined the trike and interviewed the pilot reported that the trike's throttle is accessible to occupants located in both the front and rear seats. The pilot opined that during takeoff, he did not notice that the throttle was inadvertently retarded by the passenger in the front seat.

Cessna 210G Centurion, N67EC: Incident occurred October 09, 2017 at Chino Airport (KCNO), San Bernardino County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Riverside, California

Aircraft on landing, nose gear collapsed.

http://registry.faa.gov/N67EC

Date: 09-OCT-17
Time: 18:24:00Z
Regis#: N67EC
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C210
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: CHINO
State: CALIFORNIA

Cessna 172M, N515RD, R & E Airways Inc: Incident occurred October 09, 2017 at Miami Executive Airport (KTMB), Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Miami, Florida

Aircraft on takeoff, went off the runway into the grass.

R & E Airways Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N515RD

Date: 09-OCT-17
Time: 17:13:00Z
Regis#: N515RD
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
City: MIAMI
State: FLORIDA

Delta Air Lines, McDonnell Douglas MD-90: Incident occurred October 08, 2017 at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (KATL), Georgia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

Flight DAL2534: Aircraft, on pushback from gate nose gear doors and lights sustained damage from tow bar. No injuries.

Date: 08-OCT-17
Time: 20:15:00Z
Regis#: DAL2534
Aircraft Make: MCDONNELL DOUGLAS
Aircraft Model: MD90
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: PUSHBACK/TOWING (PBT)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: DELTA AIRLINES
Flight Number: DAL2534
City: ATLANTA
State: GEORGIA

Gulfstream G550, N546QS: Incident occurred October 09, 2017 at Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport (KBHB), Trenton, Maine

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Maine

Aircraft on taxi, went off the runway and into the mud.

NJI Sales Inc (NetJets)
Rogers Air LLC
Grosvenor Holdings LLC

http://registry.faa.gov/N546QS

Date: 09-OCT-17
Time: 20:10:00Z
Regis#: N546QS
Aircraft Make: GULFSTREAM
Aircraft Model: G550
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
City: TRENTON
State: MAINE

Cessna T210M Turbo Centurion, N5EC, N5EC LLC: Incident occurred October 07, 2017 at Oakland County International Airport (KPTK), Pontiac, Michigan

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids, Michigan

Aircraft on landing, struck a tree, landed without incident.

N5EC LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N5EC

Date: 07-OCT-17
Time: 04:01:00Z
Regis#: N5EC
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C210
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: PONTIAC
State: MICHIGAN

Cessna T182T Turbo Skylane, N626LS, B2D LLC: Incident occurred October 09, 2017 at Oakland County International Airport (KPTK), Pontiac, Michigan

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Detroit, Michigan

Aircraft on landing, sustained wheel cover damage.

B2D LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N626LS

Date: 09-OCT-17
Time: 20:26:00Z
Regis#: N626LS
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: PONTIAC
State: MICHIGAN

Robinson R22 BETA, N878MC, Cass Aviation LLC: Incident occurred October 05, 2017 at North Las Vegas Airport (KVGT), Clark County, Nevada

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Las Vegas, Nevada

Rotorcraft on landing, sustained unknown damage.

Cass Aviation LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N878MC

Date: 05-OCT-17
Time: 14:30:00Z
Regis#: N878MC
Aircraft Make: ROBINSON
Aircraft Model: R22
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: LAS VEGAS
State: NEVADA

Globe GC-1A Swift, N90365: Accident occurred October 09, 2017 at Mid Valley Airpark (E98), Los Lunas, Valencia County, New Mexico

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico

Aircraft on takeoff, went off the runway into a ditch.

http://registry.faa.gov/N90365

Date: 09-OCT-17
Time: 20:25:00Z
Regis#: N90365
Aircraft Make: GLOBE
Aircraft Model: GC-1A
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
City: LOS LUNAS
State: NEW MEXICO

Aerostar International Raven S57-A, N155K: Incident occurred October 07, 2017 in Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico

Hot air balloon force landed on a street and struck vehicles and a light pole.

http://registry.faa.gov/N155K

Date: 07-OCT-17
Time: 14:46:00Z
Regis#: N155K
Aircraft Make: AEROSTAR INTERNATIONAL BALLOON
Aircraft Model: RAVEN S57A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: ALBUQUERQUE
State: NEW MEXICO

Piper PA-34-220T, N4142R, Dolphin Aviation NY LLC: Incident occurred October 08, 2017 at Republic Airport (KFRG), Farmingdale, Nassau County, New York

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Farmingdale, New York

Aircraft on landing gear collapsed.

Dolphin Aviation NY LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N4142R

Date: 08-OCT-17
Time: 20:32:00Z
Regis#: N4142R
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA34
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: FARMINGDALE
State: NEW YORK

PSA Airlines, Canadair CRJ-900, N598NN: Incident occurred October 09, 2017 at Wilmington International Airport (KILM), New Hanover County, North Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greensboro, North Carolina

Jetstream International Airlines flight JIA5224: On takeoff roll, struck an animal and damaged the nose gear. No injuries. Damage unknown.

American Airlines Inc:  http://registry.faa.gov/N598NN

Date: 10-OCT-17
Time: 00:08:00Z
Regis#: JIA5224
Aircraft Make: CANADAIR
Aircraft Model: CRJ9
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Aircraft Operator: JETSTREAM INTERNATIONAL
Flight Number: JIA5224
City: WILMINGTON
State: NORTH CAROLINA

Unregistered hang glider: Incident occurred October 05, 2017 in Mooresville, Iredell County, North Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Charlotte, North Carolina

Unregistered hang glider crashed into a wooded area.

Date: 05-OCT-17
Time: 02:15:00Z
Regis#: UNREG
Aircraft Make: HANG GLIDER
Aircraft Model: HANG GLIDER
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: MOORESVILLE
State: NORTH CAROLINA

The Cheapest Flights to Europe: Avoid the usual suspects and instead try one of these five alternative airlines that fly under the radar



The Wall Street Journal
By Barbara Peterson
Oct. 10, 2017 1:00 p.m. ET

Anyone who’s been hunting for fares to Europe lately may have stumbled across a few strange new names in their searches. Inspired by the success of upstart Norwegian Air, the basic formula goes like this: small, ambitious airline buys big planes and launches flights across the pond with prices so low they look like typos. The newest one debuts next spring: Danish carrier Primera Air plans to launch flights from Newark and Boston to London Stansted, Birmingham and Paris; recently it was hawking one-way fares of $99. Too good to be true? Like Norwegian, Primera will charge for everything that isn’t nailed down—in this case, $45 each way for a checked bag, $40 for a meal and $45 for an advance seat assignment.

But not all of Europe’s alternative airlines follow this draconian model. Some, like Germany’s Condor, throw in a free meal and checked bag. Others offer a premium cabin at well below typical business-class prices. “Few of these carriers hew to the same rules about anything,” said Joe Brancatelli, who runs the business travel website joesentme.com. Here, some noteworthy players in this budget-airline bazaar:



1. Level
Call it an ersatz startup—it’s really owned by one of Europe’s largest airline companies, IAG, parent of British Airways , Iberia and Aer Lingus. Last June, it launched with flights from Los Angeles and Oakland, Calif. to Barcelona, on Airbus A330s whose premium-economy sections offer wider seats and more legroom.

The Hook Premium-economy offers free hot meals, movies and a checked bag.

The Hitch The cheapest fares don’t include seat selection.

Sample Economy Fare $462 round-trip for Oakland-Barcelona, flylevel.com



2. La Compagnie
The anti-upstart: La Compagnie is a budget all-business-class airline. And it further bucks the trend by sticking to a single route—flying twice daily from Newark to Paris, using a Boeing 757 with 74 seats. (After a merger last year, it’s now part of France’s XL Airways, a former charter line.)

The Hook Angled lie-flat seats (just shy of fully flat), French food and wines, and airport lounge access.

The Hitch Limited frequencies; one route.

Sample Business-Class Fare $1,500 round-trip for Newark-Paris, lacompagnie.com



3. Condor/ Thomas Cook
These brands might seem like new players, but they’re not: Condor was formerly a German charter line, and Thomas Cook is best known for leading group tours. Now they’re one airline company with a growing fleet of wide-body jets, adding flights to the U.S. from their bases in Germany and the U.K.

The Hook Free checked bag and hot meals, plus business-class sections.

The Hitch Cheapest fares don’t include seat selection.

Sample Economy Fare $619 round-trip for San Diego-Frankfurt, condor.com



4. WOW
This Icelandic line burst on the scene a few years ago with an extreme low-fare, no-frills strategy. It now flies to Reykjavik from 13 U.S. airports, connecting to dozens of European cities and beyond.

The Hook Hard-to-beat fares on long-haul flights like from the U.S. to Tel Aviv; a stopover program allows for a few extra days in Iceland.

The Hitch With an eye-popping $50 one-way bag check fee, Wow’s aggressive a la carte pricing can quickly raise the tab.

Sample Economy Fare $349 round-trip for Boston-Tel Aviv (via Reykjavik), wowair.us



5. Norwegian Air
The quintessential Northern invader keeps pumping out new routes that have little connection with its brand name (L.A. to Rome nonstops start next month). Fueling its rise: teaser fares, like a $65 one-way from Newburgh, New York to Dublin.

The Hook Most long-distance flights operate on new Boeing 787 Dreamliners, with a premium class that offers free meals.

The Hitch Many fees; some flights are on single-class, single-aisle 737s.

Sample Economy Fare $338 round-trip for Fort Lauderdale-Barcelona, norwegian.com

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

Ercoupe 415-C, N3538H: Accident occurred October 06, 2017 near near Penns Cave Airport (N74), Centre Hall, Centre County, Pennsylvania

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

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N3538H

NTSB Identification: ERA18LA007
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, October 06, 2017 in CENTRE HALL, PA
Aircraft: ERCOUPE 415, registration: N3538H
Injuries: 1 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 may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On October 6, 2017, about 1415 eastern daylight time, an Ercoupe 415-C, N3538H, experienced a partial loss of engine power after takeoff and was substantially damaged during the subsequent forced landing near Penns Cave Airport (N74), Centre Hall, Pennsylvania. The private pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight which was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The pilot reported that the airplane had climbed to 200 ft above ground level after takeoff from N74 when it experienced an "appreciable" loss of engine power, the flight controls became "sluggish," and the airplane would no longer climb. He noted the engine was operating about 2,000 rpm, which was 275 rpm below the nominal full-power setting of 2,275 rpm at takeoff.

The pilot elected to perform a forced landing to a field directly off the departure end of the runway. During the landing roll, the airplane struck fences which resulted in substantial damage to both wings.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single engine land. His most recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) third-class medical certificate was issued December 30, 2015. The pilot reported 276 total hours of flight experience, 121 hours of which were in the Ercoupe.

According to FAA records, the airplane was manufactured in 1946. Its most recent annual inspection was completed November 12, 2016 at 1,712.8 total aircraft hours.

At 1253, the weather recorded at University Park Airport (UNV), State College, Pennsylvania, 11 miles west of N74 included an overcast ceiling at 2,400 ft and wind from 190° at 5 knots. The temperature was 20°C, and the dew point was 17°C. The altimeter setting was 30.12 inches of mercury.

The wreckage was examined at the accident site, and all major components were accounted for at the scene. Both wings were substantially damaged. The left, right, and fuselage fuel tanks were intact and contained fuel. Flight control, engine control, and fuel system continuity were confirmed.

The engine was rotated by hand at the propeller and compression was confirmed on all cylinders but the No. 2 cylinder using the thumb method. Removal of the No. 2 cylinder valve cover revealed the No. 2 exhaust valve in the open (compressed) position without rocker-arm contact. The valve remained in the open position through several rotations of the crankshaft.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Bellanca 17-30A Super Viking, N8234R: Accident occurred October 06, 2017 in Sweetwater, Nolan County, Texas

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

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock, Texas

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N8234R

NTSB Identification: CEN18LA010
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, October 06, 2017 in Sweetwater, TX
Aircraft: BELLANCA 17-30A, registration: N8234R
Injuries: 2 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 may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On October 6, 2017, at 1329 central daylight time, a Bellanca 17-30A, N8234R, experienced a total loss of electrical power, and about 18 minutes later, a total loss of engine power during cruise flight. The pilot performed a forced landing to a field near Sweetwater, Texas. The airplane received substantial damage on impact with terrain. The airplane was registered to and operated by an individual under the Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight originated from Midland International Air and Space Port Airport (MAF), Midland, Texas, and was destined to Abilene Regional Airport (ABI), Abilene, Texas.

Piper PA-28R-201T, N39646: Incident occurred October 07, 2017 in Adrian, Oldham County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock, Texas

Aircraft force landed on a highway.

http://registry.faa.gov/N39646

Date: 07-OCT-17
Time: 18:40:00Z
Regis#: N39646
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: ADRIAN
State: TEXAS

Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub, N929SC: Incident occurred October 08, 2017 at Sunnyside Municipal Airport (1S5), Yakima County, Washington -and- Accident occurred March 01, 2014 at Eugenio Maria de Hostos Airport (TJMZ), Mayaguez, Puerto Rico -and- Accident occurred October 15, 2011 at DeLand Municipal Airport (KDED), Volusia County, Florida

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

Aircraft on landing, went off the runway and into the embankment.

http://registry.faa.gov/N929SC

Date: 08-OCT-17
Time: 23:02:00Z
Regis#: N929SC
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA18
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: SUNNYSIDE
State: WASHINGTON

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Juan, Puerto Rico

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

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

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

NTSB Identification: ERA14CA140
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, March 01, 2014 in Mayaguez, PR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/21/2014
Aircraft: PIPER PA 18-150, registration: N929SC
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 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.

According to a written statement provided by the pilot to a Federal Aviation Administration inspector, he performed a three-point landing in the tailwheel equipped airplane. The airplane "bounced two times," and then it veered to the right. According to a written statement from the passenger, the "approach was normal, [but the] problems started after touchdown." The airplane turned to the right, the pilot initiated a go around; however, the left wing rose up, and the airplane "lost control" to the right. The airplane came to rest in the grass on the right side of the runway, and incurred substantial damage to the firewall and fuselage. A postaccident examination of the airplane revealed no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's loss of directional control of the airplane during landing, which resulted in a runway excursion.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida 
 
Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

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

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

NTSB Identification: ERA12CA037
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, October 15, 2011 in Deland, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/06/2012
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18-150, registration: N929SC
Injuries: 1 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 was practicing a three point landing in the tailwheel-equipped airplane when the airplane veered to the left after touchdown. The pilot stated that when he tried to correct to the right, he heard an abnormal noise from the tailwheel, and the tailwheel locked. Examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane had exited the right side of the runway, hit a taxiway sign, traveled 50 more yards, and nosed over. Examination of the airplane revealed that the fabric was torn in numerous places, the propeller was broken, the forward left wing strut was bent, the right landing gear was broken and bent up under the fuselage, and the fuselage was twisted. The examination revealed no evidence of any preimpact failure or malfunction of the flight controls; the tailwheel moved freely to the left and right with rudder pedal application, and no binding was noted.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's inadequate directional control during the landing roll.

While practicing three point takeoffs and landings in the tail wheel equipped airplane for a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) required examination, the pilot experienced a loss of control when the airplane veered to the left after touchdown. The pilot stated that he tried to correct to the right but that he heard an abnormal noise from the tailwheel and then it locked. Examination of the accident site by an FAA inspector revealed that the airplane had run off the right side of the runway, hit a taxiway sign, traveled 50 more yards, and nosed over. Examination of the airplane revealed that its airframe was substantially damaged. The fabric was torn in numerous places, the propeller was broken, the forward left wing strut was bent, the right landing gear was broken and bent up under the fuselage, and the airframe exhibited evidence of torsional deformation. Further examination revealed no evidence of any preimpact failure or malfunction of the flight controls. No binding was discovered and the tailwheel would move freely to the left and right with rudder pedal application.