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 Manokotak, Alaska

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N81818

Analysis 

The pilot reported that, during takeoff from a beach, a wind gust pushed the airplane down, and he was unable to arrest the descent. Subsequently, the right wing impacted the beach first, then the left wing, the left landing gear collapsed, and the airplane came to a stop.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings.

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

According to the pilot, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 40° at 10 knots, gusting to 18 knots, and visibility was 10 miles. It is unknown from which direction the airplane was departing. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during takeoff in gusting wind conditions.

Findings

Aircraft
Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Gusts - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Takeoff
Other weather encounter
Loss of control in flight (Defining event)
Landing gear collapse
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Location: Manokotak, AK
Accident Number: GAA18CA006
Date & Time: 10/07/2017, 1430 AKD
Registration: N81818
Aircraft: MAULE M 7
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that during takeoff from a beach, a gust of wind pushed the airplane down, and he was unable to arrest the decent. Subsequently the right wing impacted the beach first, then the left wing, the left landing gear collapsed, and the airplane came to a stop.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings.

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

According to the pilot the weather about the time of the accident was wind from 40° at 10 knots, wind gusts at 18 knots, and visibility of 10 miles. Its unknown which direction the airplane was departing. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport
Age: 36, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/27/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/05/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) , 8450 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 125 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 75 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: MAULE
Registration: N81818
Model/Series: M 7 235
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1987
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 4047C
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/04/2017, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2500 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3434 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-540-33A5
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 235 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAMB, 52 ft msl
Observation Time: 2208 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 18 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 59°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 300 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 3°C / 3°C
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 1700 ft agl
Visibility:  8 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots/ 18 knots, 40°
Visibility (RVR): 
Altimeter Setting: 29.7 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: Light - Rain
Departure Point:  DILLINGHAM, AK (DLG)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Manokotak, AK
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1300 AKD
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries:  2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  58.830000, -159.531944 (est)

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: Accident occurred October 07, 2017 at Oakland County International Airport (KPTK), Pontiac, Michigan

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Belleville, Michigan

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

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

Analysis

The pilot of the airplane reported that, while on an instrument flight rules approach to land in instrument meteorological conditions at night, he was "a little late descending" on the glideslope. He added that, during the approach, he increased the descent rate and became "a little right of course." He noticed approach lights but became "fixated" on the instruments while attempting to correct for being off course. Subsequently, the airplane struck the tops of trees, and he immediately pulled up. He landed without further incident.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing, empennage, and fuselage.

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

The automated weather observation system at the accident airport reported, about the time of the accident, that the wind was from 140° at 5 knots, visibility 3/4 statute mile, light rain, and clouds overcast at 200 ft. The pilot landed on runway 9 and flew the RNAV GPS runway 9 approach. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's unstabilized approach at night, which resulted in collision with trees. 

Findings

Aircraft
Descent/approach/glide path - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Tree(s) - Effect on operation (Cause)
Dark - Effect on personnel

Factual Information

History of Flight

Approach-IFR final approach
Course deviation
Altitude deviation
Collision during takeoff/land (Defining event)

Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Location: Waterford, MI
Accident Number: GAA18CA007
Date & Time: 10/06/2017, 2355 EDT
Registration: N5EC
Aircraft: CESSNA T210
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Miscellaneous/other
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot of the airplane reported that, while on an instrument flight rules approach to land in instrument meteorological conditions at night, he was "a little late descending" on the glide slope. He added that, during the approach, he increased the descent rate and also became "a little right of course". He noticed approach lights, but became "fixated" on the instruments while attempting to correct for being off course. Subsequently, the airplane struck the tops of trees and he immediately pulled up. He landed without further incident.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing, empennage and fuselage.

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

The automated weather observation system at the accident airport reported, about the time of the accident, that the wind was from 140° at 5 knots, visibility ¾ statute mile, light rain, clouds overcast at 200 ft. The pilot landed on runway 9, flying the RNAV (GPS) runway 9 approach.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 74, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/09/2017
Occupational Pilot:  No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/28/2017
Flight Time: (Estimated) , 3611 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)
  
Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N5EC
Model/Series: T210 M
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1977
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 62373
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 11/10/2016, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3800 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4386.7 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: TSIO-520-R11B
Registered Owner: N5EC LLC
Rated Power: 310 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Night/Dark
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPTK, 976 ft msl
Observation Time: 0253 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 86°
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 16°C
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 200 ft agl
Visibility: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots, 140°
Visibility (RVR): 
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV): 
Precipitation and Obscuration: Moderate - Mist
Departure Point: WINCHESTER, IN (I22)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Waterford, MI (PTK)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time: 2230 EDT
Type of Airspace:  Class D

Airport Information

Airport: OAKLAND COUNTY INTL (PTK)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 980 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 09R
IFR Approach: Global Positioning System; RNAV
Runway Length/Width: 6521 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  42.664722, -83.423056 (est)

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: Accident occurred October 05, 2017 at North Las Vegas Airport (KVGT), Clark County, Nevada

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Las Vegas, Nevada

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

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

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

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Las Vegas, NV
Accident Number: GAA18CA030
Date & Time: 10/06/2017, 0720 PDT
Registration: N878MC
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER R22 BETA
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Hard landing
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

The purpose of the training flight was to practice auto rotations with power recovery.

The flight instructor reported that as the helicopter descended through about 40 ft, he instructed the student to increase the landing flare and roll on throttle for power recovery. As the helicopter continued to quickly descend to about 8 ft, they raised the collective and the flight instructor felt resistance in the collective. The rpms began to drag down and he tried rolling on the throttle to bring the rpms back up. The flight instructor reported that he believed that the student had tensed up on the throttle and collective as he tried to keep the helicopter level and cushion for the landing.

The student pilot reported that in hindsight, he was pulling up on the collective, but his hand (wrist) was locked which prevented the governor to roll on and increase power.

The helicopter subsequently landed hard, substantially damaging the fuselage.

The flight instructor reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation. 

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 29, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Helicopter
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Helicopter
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/26/2016
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/06/2016
Flight Time: (Estimated) 935.6 hours (Total, all aircraft), 815 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 91.5 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 60 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 35, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Unknown
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:  
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 20 hours (Total, all aircraft), 20 hours (Total, this make and model) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: ROBINSON HELICOPTER
Registration: N878MC
Model/Series: R22 BETA BETA
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Year of Manufacture: 2005
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 3782
Landing Gear Type: Ski;
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/30/2017, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1370 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5259.8 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: O-360 SERIES
Registered Owner: Matt Binner
Rated Power: 124 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KVGT, 2203 ft msl
Observation Time: 1353 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 315°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / -7°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 15 knots, 10°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Las Vegas, NV (VGT)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Las Vegas, NV (VGT)
Type of Clearance: Unknown
Departure Time:  PDT
Type of Airspace: Class D 

Airport Information

Airport: NORTH LAS VEGAS (VGT)
Runway Surface Type: Unknown
Airport Elevation: 2205 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Simulated Forced Landing 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 36.209444, -115.192778 (est)

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

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

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N90365

NTSB Identification: CEN18LA012
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, October 09, 2017 in Los Lunas, NM
Aircraft: GLOBE GC 1A, registration: N90365
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 9, 2017, about 1425 mountain daylight time, a Globe Swift GC-1A airplane, N90365, impacted a steel culvert structure following a loss of control during takeoff from the Mid Valley Airpark (E98), Los Lunas, New Mexico. The private pilot sustained serious injuries, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and a flight plan was not filed. The flight was originating from E98 at the time of the accident and was destined for Las Vegas, Nevada.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration inspector who responded to the accident site, the airplane arrived to E98 to refuel the day before the accident after attending a Swift airplane event in Texas. During the subsequent takeoff from E98, the airplane ground looped and sustained unknown damage to the airplane. Over the course of that day and the day of the accident, the pilot, who was also a mechanic, completed repairs to the airplane. A portion of the repairs included welding to the right main landing strut assembly, and any additional repairs to the airplane were unknown.

During takeoff from runway 36 (4,332 ft long by 37 ft wide) at E98 on the day of the accident, the airplane veered to the left of the runway and struck a berm. The airplane became airborne and then impacted a steel culvert structure adjacent to the runway. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and wings. 

Examination of the airplane by the FAA inspector revealed the left main landing gear strut assembly was broken.