Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Tupelo Regional Airport (KTUP) narrows choice to two airlines

TUPELO – While Contour Airlines has proven it can provide reliable and affordable service flying passengers between Tupelo and Nashville – and as some Tupelo Regional Airport officials admit it has "restored trust in the community"  – that doesn't necessarily mean Contour is a shoo-in to continue service.

Contour is one of six airlines bidding to continue air service for another two years starting next March. The Smyrna, Tennessee-based airline has been providing service in Tupelo since April of last year, and its current two-year contract expires next spring. 

At a meeting of the Tupelo Airport Board on Tuesday, four of the airlines' bids were dismissed, leaving Boutique Air and Contour as the finalists.

San Francisco-based Boutique, which now provides service for Greenville and Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is making a strong push to replace Contour in Tupelo.

On Friday, Boutique officials will make their presentation to the airport board. Contour is expected to make its pitch early next week.

The U.S. Department of Transportation hopes to hear from Tupelo later this month on its preference. The DOT subsidizes air service in Tupelo for about $4.2 million a year through the Essential Air Service program.

A look at the two finalists' bids:

BOUTIQUE AIR – It is offering proposals using either eight Pilatus PC-12 or Beechcraft King Air 350 aircraft.

For the twin-engine Beechcraft, Boutique is offering 30 weekly flights in four options:

Five flights daily between Tupelo and Nashville for $3.92 million
Four flights per day to Nashville as well as once per day to Atlanta for a little over $4 million
Four flights per day to Nashville and once a day to Dallas/Fort Worth for $4.23 million
Three flights a day to Nashville and twice a day to Atlanta for nearly $4.17 million

For the single-engine Pilatus, Boutique also is offering 30 weekly flights in several forms:

Five times a day to Nashville for $3.7 million
Five times a day to Atlanta for $3.7 million
Four times a day to Nashville and once a day to Atlanta for $3.71 million
Four times a day to Nashville and once a day to Dallas/Fort Worth for $3.76 million
Four times a day to Atlanta and once a day to Dallas/Fort Worth for $3.76 million
Four times a day to Atlanta and once to Nashville for $3.7 million.

CONTOUR – The company has three "service pattern" options for its next bid:

Pattern A – 30 weekly flights to Nashville
Pattern B – 24 weekly to Nashville as well as six weekly flights to Atlanta
Pattern C – 18 weekly flights to Nashville and 12 weekly to Atlanta

And no matter which pattern is chosen, Contour is asking for the same EAS subsidy: $3.932 million, some $300,000 cheaper per year than its current contract.

At the board meeting Tuesday, incoming board chairman Larry Decker said he likes what Contour has done, but wishes more seats or bigger planes were offered.

However, under the current EAS plan, nine-seat planes are the maximum allowed.

Airport executive director Cliff Nash said Boutique, "doesn't necessarily add to anything we already have." However, he said Contour, while doing an exemplary job, hasn't followed up on its pursuit of what's called Part 121 certification, which would allow the use of bigger planes. Nash also noted that Contour's initial promise of keeping a second aircraft at Tupelo in case of maintenance issues has been "a little spotty." 

"Now, they've done a yeoman's effort," Nash said of Contour. "But we've milked a 9-seat aircraft about as much as we can."

The main concern is meeting the DOT's subsidy cap of $200 per passenger in order to maintain EAS funding. With Contour, that number is now a little more than that. But passenger counts are at the highest in three years, and there's still a little room to grow. And it has to in order to meet that gap.

Boutique's choices are intriguing to some airport board members because of the Dallas and Atlanta options, in addition to Nashville. And airport officials say Boutique is willing to locate a maintenance shop in Tupelo if it's selected as the provider.

However, using an eight-seat plane will reduce the number of available seats, which won't help with the subsidy cap. Still, Boutique's offer has merits, supporters say.

Decker has long preferred Atlanta as the preferred destination, and said the airport is losing business travelers because Contour is currently going to Nashville only.

"We've established credibility with the leisure traveler, but not the business traveler," he said.

But the added option of Atlanta in one of Contour's new bids could sway him.

However, some board members think what Contour has done is enough to keep it as the provider. Why risk losing the leisure market in hopes of getting a larger business traveler market (who, statistics show, are more profitable customers for airlines) that may or may not use Boutique, they ask.

Both airlines will get their chance to answer any and all questions in the next few days, board members hope.

Nash said comments can be emailed to him at c.nash@flytupelo.com

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

Hotel at iconic TWA terminal will evoke glamour of jet age




NEW YORK

When it opened in 1962, the sleek TWA terminal at New York's Kennedy Airport was the embodiment of jet-age style. Now, construction is underway to transform the landmark into a $265 million hotel that will conjure the same glamour, smack in the middle of an airport better known for controlled chaos than comfort.

The hotel, being built by New York-based MCR Development, will include two new buildings with 505 rooms, a rooftop pool, an observation deck where guests can watch planes take off and a museum stocked with artifacts, including uniforms lent by former TWA flight attendants.

But the starring feature will be the long-closed TWA Flight Center, designed by architect Eero Saarinen. The center will be preserved, along with its Charles Eames furniture and Noguchi fountain, as the hotel's lobby.

"I've loved the TWA building since as far back as I can remember. It's such an incredible structure," said Tyler Morse, CEO of MCR Development. "It's this cacophony of midcentury modern design all under one roof," he said. "To bring that back to life was very exciting."

The gull-winged terminal, which looked like something out of the TV show "The Jetsons" and opened the same year as the animated series, was a symbol of flight and a favorite project of Saarinen, who also designed the St. Louis Gateway Arch. It closed in 2001 when TWA was acquired by American Airlines.

The iconic structure is protected by the city as a landmark and can't be torn down, but its destiny was uncertain before the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the region's major airports, began soliciting bids for a hotel operator several years ago.

MCR, which owns 94 hotels in 24 states, was the winning bidder with JetBlue, a 5 percent minority owner.

The hotel is scheduled to open in early 2019. It will be the first hotel at the airport property since the Ramada Plaza, fairly distant from the terminals, closed in 2009. The only other hotels near the airport are budget accommodations a short drive away by shuttle bus or taxi.

The rooms will start at $250 a night. The target clientele, Morse said, will include business travelers as well as aviation "geeks" interested in the landmark TWA terminal and in the location.

Tourists are unlikely to use it as a base for exploring the city. It is a long subway ride or drive from Manhattan, but just minutes from all of the airport's terminals by monorail.

A scale model of the hotel, built for marketing purposes, opened last month at One World Trade Center in lower Manhattan.




It was filled with retro items like swizzle sticks and a front page from John Glenn's 1962 space flight. A sound track featuring Frank Sinatra singing "Fly Me to the Moon" and The 5th Dimension's "Up, Up and Away" plays on a continuous loop while a telescope pointed at Kennedy Airport, 12 miles to the east, links the space to its parent terminal. A mini-fridge is stocked with Tab.

TWA memorabilia includes first-class china and flatware and uniforms worn by pilots and flight attendants. Of particular interest are the paper "Italian toga," ''French maid" and "English wench" outfits from the summer of 1968, when TWA experimented with disposable hostess uniforms.

Chris Betz, event coordinator for the space, said some of the artifacts will go to the museum at the hotel when it opens.

Many of the uniforms and other items came from organizations of former TWA employees that formed after the airline shut down.

"I'm pleased that the building is being taken care of and put to a special, good use, and I really hope they are successful with it," said Judy Gerling, president of TWA Clipped Wings, a group of former flight attendants.

Gerling, who worked for TWA from 1965 to 1989, said air travel was special in the era the hotel will evoke.

"Everybody dressed up," she recalled. "The women wore dresses, hats and gloves. The men wore suits."

First-class passengers were served their meals in courses with linen napkins.

"Even in coach we always had a choice of two or three entrees," Gerling said. "Now you get a choice of peanuts or not."

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

Casper Police Demonstrate New Drone

Police officer Tanner Rockwell launches the new drone as officer Lyle Berg spots during a public demonstration at Lake McKenzie Dog Park on Wednesday afternoon in Casper. The two officers are both FAA certified to fly the new drone, which will help in search and rescue and crime scene investigations.



The Casper Police Department held a public demonstration of their new drone on Wednesday afternoon at the Lake McKenzie Dog Park.

Casper EMT participated in the demonstration to show the capabilities of the new tool.

The drone, a Phantom IV Pro, has a number of practical uses for police and rescue according to police officer Justin Edberg. The rescue scenario demonstrated the drone’s speed and maneuverability by speeding across the North Platte River and examining a cluster of reeds and grass on the edge.

Other uses for the drone include accident scene photos, which now typically require a ladder truck to block traffic for extended periods of time as investigators make evidence photos. The drone can be used to gather those in a fraction of the time and cost, according to Edberg.

Drone operators must have an FAA license, which requires a 20-hour class and passing an FAA test. Two officers, Tanner Rockwell and Lyle Berg, are currently licensed to operate the drone. The plan is to eventually have certified operators in all departments that can use the drone for more efficient rescue and investigation work, according to Edberg.

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Lessons from General Electric, an American loser

General Electric or GE, once the symbol of American success in business, is now an American loser.

And the reasons for its demise go to the heart of what has gone wrong with many of Australia’s leading companies.

On Wall Street GE was replaced by new symbols of American success like Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon or even GE rivals like Honeywell and United Technologies, which also boomed.

In Australia, apart from CSL, we did not give birth to enormous success stories that went on to dominate our market and replace the struggling icons.

Accordingly our share market has not matched Wall Street.

So let’s look at GE. This week GE shares tumbled to a two-year low. GE has lost a quarter of its value — roughly $70 billion — so far this year. A few months ago the company showed long-running chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt the door and other executives, including this week’s surprise exit of Jeffrey Bornstein as chief financial officer, have followed him. The new CEO is cutting costs but he will need to do a lot more than that.

GE has a severe dose of what Australians might call the BHP, Telstra and big bank disease — GE’s dividend has become the most important driver of strategy. Much to the dismay of shareholders who invested for income, BHP and Telstra have woken up that you must reinvest in the business and so have cut dividends and linked future moves to earnings. In time the banks will follow.

GE has not reduced its dividend since the 1930s recession (BHP had similar pride in its dividend record) but GE’s free cash flow has deteriorated for six consecutive years so the market knows the inevitable is ahead — hence the fall in share price. I can remember on several occasions meeting and questioning the legendary Jack Welch, who built GE. Jack’s charisma drove GE but he was a compulsive buyer of businesses, which was always going to give his successor a headache. That successor, Jeffrey Immelt, decided to exit some of Jack’s jewels and in the process presided over GE’s dismantling.

Immelt disposed of GE’s media arm, NBC Universal, and sold off most of GE Capital, which had been a brilliant financial arm. He even sold off GE’s well-known appliance business last year to China’s Haier Group. Now, it’s trying to unload the iconic light bulb business. Just imagine the turmoil that regular selling has created among managers. Who will be next?

The Immelt goal was to focus GE on businesses where it could win, and to get rid of the ones that were so called “distractions”.

Not surprisingly GE’s remaining businesses, which include aviation, transportation, healthcare and energy, are not winning. In fact given the fall in operating cash flows GE actually had to sell businesses to keep up the dividend.

In today’s world, corporate might is no longer enough. Technology is enabling rivals from around the world to enter businesses that were once the province of giants. GE in the Welch era attracted the world’s best and brightest talent. Talents today are also attracted to the exciting companies but GE is low on the list because today’s generation has seen their predecessors trashed in the GE sale process.

The new GE CEO, John Flannery, is getting rid of the corporate jets and executive cars (in former times BHP was big on corporate jets but they have gone and these days you see BHP’s Andrew Mackenzie in the Qantas lounge).

The GE CEO better act quickly on costs because to win he has to bring excitement back to the company by investing in the business on a much larger scale and start recruiting the best people to compete in the new world.

That’s also the task facing many Australian large companies.

Original article ➤ http://www.theaustralian.com.au

Scaled Composites flies out experimental aircraft for first time




MOJAVE, Calif. - Scaled Composites announced that they rolled out the first flight of their most recent project, which was experimental aircraft Model 401. 

The company worked with others to construct two different aircraft that showed advanced, and low-cost manufacturing techniques. They were both designed the same on the outside and as well as in performance. 

They are both capable of flying with a service ceiling of 30,000, have a wingspan of 38 feet and are 38 feet long. 

The first flight was part of the test phase for the first vehicle. The team plans on continue expansion of the first aircraft as they get closer to flying the second aircraft. 

Story and video ➤ http://www.turnto23.com

Aircraft plans grounded: Wisconsin taking legal action against Kestrel Aircraft; Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board loan sits untouched

Alan Klapmeier, then the president and CEO of Kestrel Aircraft, stands with a mockup of a Kestrel in a hangar at the Bong Airport in Superior in March 2013. The state of Wisconsin is taking legal action against Kestrel, which received $4 million in state loans in 2012 to build a plant in Superior.



The state of Wisconsin is taking legal action against an airplane manufacturer that received $4 million in state loans and millions more in tax incentives in 2012 to build a plant in Superior that was to employ 665 people.

Five years after the loans were made to Kestrel Aircraft, the manufacturing plant hasn't been built, there are no aircraft manufacturing jobs in Superior and Kestrel — now part of ONE Aviation, headed by Northland aviation mogul Alan Klapmeier — hasn't made a loan payment to the state in 11 months.

In a memo from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. requested by the News Tribune, state officials on Monday told the company they are "moving forward with legal action against the company" due to "Kestrel's inability to show measurable progress toward obtaining financing."

"We will pursue any and all remedies available to us to protect the state's investment," the memo notes.

Meanwhile, one year after being offered $1.5 million in public financial incentives to expand to the Grand Rapids airport, a subsidiary of ONE Aviation still hasn't accepted the money.

Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board officials confirmed this week that Albuquerque, N.M.-based ACC Manufacturing Inc., which makes composite airplane parts for its parent company, ONE Aviation, hasn't used the $1.5 million IRRRB loan.

ONE Aviation — formed in 2015 by the merger of Kestrel Aircraft and Eclipse Aerospace — also hasn't moved any work into a vacant hangar at the airport purchased by the Grand Rapids Economic Development Authority last year with a $293,000 loan from the IRRRB to the city. ACC had pledged to build a manufacturing plant in the empty hangar employing at least 20 people making composite parts for ONE Aviation's Eclipse jet by now.

IRRRB officials and state lawmakers on the IRRRB board even expressed hope that Klapmeier would not just build the parts plant but also decide to build his long-developing Kestrel business airplane in Grand Rapids.

So far, neither has happened.

"We're being cautious. But we're still hopeful," IRRRB Commissioner Mark Phillips told the News Tribune. "The latest we've heard is that they're still trying to get their financing organized. We aren't out anything to let them have more time."

Klapmeier is the former co-founder and head of Duluth-based Cirrus Aviation who left that company in 2009 and struck out on his own to build the Kestrel. He has said he still maintains a home near Cloquet and a cabin near Iron River. He did not return News Tribune requests to comment on the status of Kestrel.

Wisconsin legal action

WEDC officials say the state has fulfilled all of its contractual obligations and tried to work with Kestrel, the company's bank and local officials in Superior, but to no avail.

According to the WEDC memo, Kestrel repaid $865,490 of the $4 million but hasn't made a payment since Nov. 15, 2016.

ONE Aviation is based in Albuquerque, N.M., where it produces the Eclipse business jet.

So far, the company's planned Kestrel turboprop aircraft has not received federal certification for manufacturing, and it remains unclear if or where the business aircraft will be built. In July, Klapmeier told the AIN Online aviation news site that plans for the Kestrel had been shelved.

"Everyone's working on Canada," Klapmeier said, referring to ONE Aviation's new Eclipse Canada model jet aircraft.

Wisconsin officials last December notified Kestrel that the company was in default. The state gave official notice of the default in February, with the company behind in payments by $180,450. In May, WEDC agreed to delay legal action to give the company one last chance to get current on the loan, setting an Aug. 31 deadline.

The company failed to meet the deadline.

In 2012, Kestrel received both a $2 million business expansion loan and a $2 million small-business credit loan through WEDC.

The company also was offered $18 million in state job-creation tax credits but earned only $717,500 of those because employment promises were never met. Kestrel reportedly has about 25 employees in Superior, far short of the 665 promised.

Locally, Douglas County gave Kestrel a $500,000 loan. The city of Superior offered Kestrel free land and $1.125 million in tax-increment financing as well as a $2.4 million loan. Jason Serck, the city's director of economic development and planning, did not return requests from the News Tribune to explain how much the company may still owe the city.

Grand Rapids hangar

In Grand Rapids, ONE Aviation subsidiary ACC does employ four people at a different mold-making facility across from the airport, said Rob Mattei, Grand Rapids economic development director. The company also has stored a single Eclipse jet at the Grand Rapids hangar.

Because the city owns the hangar purchased for ACC, there's no public money lost.

"We're still hopeful that they can get things going and use our facility," Mattei said, noting the startup aircraft company has been slow to attract private financing. "That's not uncommon in that business."

Eviction in Maine

The slow progress at Grand Rapids is just the latest in a string of unfulfilled projects as the Kestrel project has struggled for years to get off the ground.

Last week the Portland Press Herald newspaper in Maine reported that Kestrel Aeroworks has been evicted from its facility in Brunswick, Maine, for not paying rent.

The company, headed by Klapmeier, in 2010 promised to create 600 jobs in Brunswick developing the all-new turboprop business aircraft. That never happened, and last week Kestrel's lease at a 64,000-square-foot facility in Brunswick was terminated by the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, the quasi-governmental agency that operates the former Navy air base.

Kestrel reportedly owes about $360,000 in back rent, and the paper reported that the authority was considering court action to seek the past-due amount. The company reportedly had about 12 employees in Maine.

Layoffs in Albuquerque

ONE Aviation is producing the corporate Eclipse jet in Albuquerque. Klapmeier said last year that the company is focused on bringing the Eclipse to full production and the second-generation "Eclipse Canada" jet to market before it starts producing the planned Kestrel turboprop.

The Eclipse 500 is a small, six-seat business jet in the works since the mid-2000s. Last month Klapmeier announced that faster, larger "Eclipse Canada" version had been successfully tested in flight.

"This is a key milestone in the path to making a very good airplane a great airplane," Klapmeier said in a September statement.

But sales of the Eclipse have not gone as planned. In January, ONE Aviation announced an undisclosed number of layoffs at the Eclipse plant in Albuquerque, according to AIN Online.

Airline industry analysts "expects quarterly sales to be down for aircraft deliveries, and we're seeing that throughout this market space," Ken Ross, ONE Aviation president, told AIN at the time. "We have primarily realigned our production, service and engineering capabilities to be more efficient."

Klapmeier returned to Minnesota one year ago with the promise of some related jobs. The parts made in Grand Rapids would be used in the Eclipse assembly line in New Mexico. But it's still not clear if or where the Kestrel will be built.

The Kestrel 350 is planned to be an all-composite, single-engine turboprop aircraft that could carry up to eight people at high speed over long distances and designed to be "far more versatile" than jet aircraft. It would burn less fuel, and be able to maintain approach speeds at large busy urban airports yet land on short, grass or gravel strips in rural areas, according to the company's website.

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

Aaron McCartan: Iowa Pilot Three-Time National Aerobatic Flying Champion



ALGONA, Iowa -   Aaron McCartan is often seen flying his aerobatic plane based in a hangar at the Algona Airport.

In late September, McCartan won the U.S. Advanced Nationals Champion, which is the most difficult category of this type of flying. This was his third national title, in five tries. He was also named as Captain of the U.S. Advance Aerobatic Team, which will compete next summer in Europe.

“I’m a competition aerobatic pilot,” said McCartan. “It’s a little different in the air shows, it's not the wild tumbling and rushing at the ground, it's a little bit more disciplined, kind a like ballet versus breakdancing.”

McCartan flies Panzel aircraft, which is made in Michigan. The plane is very lightweight 1240 pounds, but with a 330 horsepower engine, maneuvers are no problem.

“This aircraft is called a Panzl,” said McCartan.“They're made up in Michigan, it's a steel tube roll cage around the fuselage, the wing is actually a combination of different types of wood, and then there some carbon fiber hardeners inside.”

Cloth is also used to cover the aft section of the plane, and parts of the ailerons are covered in cloth as a way to keep the plane light weight.

“It is the ultimate challenge it aviation it is the hardest most disciplined study of aviation,” said McCartan. “This is one of the most challenging things you can do with an airplane and I absolutely love it!”

McCartan normally flies his aircraft to competitions. But next summer to get his plane to Europe, he will have to disassemble it and ship it by boat to the competition site.

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Former Chula Vista airplane broker gets prison for heading money-laundering ring

An airplane seized as part of the investigation into Vicente Contreras Amezquita. 
(Courtesy of U.S. Attorney's Office)


On December 19, 2011, $248,820 cash was seized as part of the investigation into Vicente Contreras Amezquita and his money-laundering ring. 
(Courtesy of U.S. Attorney's Office)


Those who contracted with Vicente Contreras Amezquita for his unique services not only had their illegal profits laundered, but they got an airplane in return — presumably to traffic more drugs and earn more dirty money.

For his role as head of a Chula Vista-based money laundering organization, a San Diego federal judge on Wednesday sentenced Contreras to five years in prison.

The scheme moved $3.6 million over a five-year period, from 2007 to 2012, with the money split into 525 cash deposits to buy 35 small planes and plane parts for exportation to Mexico, according to court documents.

The bulk of the planes were Cessna 206 and 201 models — reliable, fast and able to carry heavy payloads, the kind of aircraft favored by drug-trafficking organizations, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Sherri Hobson.

Some of the planes were outfitted with heavy-duty tires and landing gear for clandestine airstrips, or extra fuel tanks for long flights, Hobson said.

Contreras, 46, grew up in Sinaloa, Mexico and later moved with his mother and siblings to Tijuana, according to court documents. In 1998 he moved to Chula Vista with his wife and their children, who are U.S. citizens. Contreras had a visa that allowed him to legally cross the border but not to live in the U.S., prosecutors said.

He started his legitimate business out of his dining room, buying and selling airplane parts, and later got his pilot’s license and began refurbishing whole planes and also brokering sales, said his defense attorney, Frank Ragen.

Prosecutors say as of 2007, at least, there doesn’t appear to be anything legitimate about the business.

A wiretap in 2011 and 2012 revealed Contreras would pick up cash in bulk in an alley in Los Angeles or in a fast food parking lot, according to prosecutors.

The money would then be divided up among his crew who would travel the country, making a flurry of deposits into multiple bank accounts under various names. The deposits would be “structured” in amounts under $10,000, therefore avoiding the mandatory reporting requirement by banks.

Alleged associates made deposits in California, Arizona, Texas, Michigan and Georgia, prosecutors said.

The money would then be transferred to other accounts, and later combined into yet different accounts, where it would be withdrawn for the purchase of an airplane through one of Contreras’ companies, Aeropartes Baja or Vekve Corporacion, the investigation showed.

Contreras himself used 46 different personal and business accounts at five banks, prosecutors said.

During the wiretap investigation, authorities seized a plane in Florida and $350,000 in cash.

Contreras pleaded guilty to conspiracy to launder money and conspiracy to launder more than $10,000 of criminally derived property.

But whether Contreras knew the true source of that money was subject to intense debate in court.

“There is absolutely no evidence all this money came from drugs,” Ragen said, listing a host of other crimes in Mexico that also generate profits — from kidnapping to oil theft to human smuggling.

U.S. District Judge Michael Anello asked: “What other source could there be?” He later ruled that Contreras either knew or should have known about the true source of the funds and that there was “overwhelming circumstantial evidence he knew what was going on here.”

Contreras apologized to the court and his family in the front row: “None of this was done with any malice. I saw it as something like my daily work. I apologize if it was wrong. I’m remorseful and I’ve learned my lesson.”

Contreras’ wife, who is also charged in the scheme, remains in Mexico and has a warrant for her arrest, along with most of the other alleged accomplices, Hobson said.

Hector Hernandez, owner of Pacific Coast Aero in Torrance, was also arrested and has pleaded guilty.

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

TEAM Airbike, N7566D: Accident occurred October 11, 2017 near Ocean Springs Airport (5R2), Jackson County, Mississippi

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Jackson, Mississippi

Aircraft crashed short of the runway.

http://registry.faa.gov/N7566D

Date: 11-OCT-17
Time: 15:00:00Z
Regis#: N7566D
Aircraft Make: TEAM ULTRALIGHT
Aircraft Model: AIRBIKE
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: OCEAN SPRINGS
State: MISSISSIPPI



The pilot of an ultra light-weight plane escaped injuries when he made a crash landing in the yard of a home in Gulf Park Estates, officials said.

The one-seat plane, with a 4-gallon gas tank, was having mechanical problems before the crash Wednesday morning, Jackson County Emergency Services Director Earl Etheridge said.

The plane crashed into a wooden privacy fence at a home on Marguerite Drive.

“The pilot tried to make it into an open field and unfortunately, he didn’t make it. He’s not hurt. He just ran into a fence,” Etheridge said.

James Hitterman had departed from the Ocean Springs Airport to test-fly the plane and was in the air about 15 minutes when the plane lost power, Sheriff Mike Ezell said.

A homeowner in the neighborhood near Ocean Springs heard a loud noise and went outside to discover a crashed plane in the yard, he said.






JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -  An ultralight aircraft fell out of the sky and crashed into the backyard of a home on Marguerite Dr. in the Gulf Park Estates area of Jackson County, according to county emergency services director Earl Etheridge.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said the pilot took off from Ocean Springs Airport on Wednesday morning to test fly the single-seat plane and was in the air for about 15 minutes when the aircraft lost power.

Ezell said the pilot was unable to make it back to the airport and was forced to perform an emergency landing.

The pilot was shaken up but not injured, Etheridge said.

A witness said he was standing outside talking on the phone when he saw the plane circling overhead. Minutes later, he heard the crash.

The aircraft crashed into a fence, but no other residential damage has been reported. We're told officials with the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash.

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Piper PA-28-181, N4403Z, CAE Oxford Aviation Academy Phoenix Inc: Incidents occurred October 10, 2017 & April 30, 2017 & July 29, 2016 at Falcon Field Airport (KFFZ), Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona

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

Aircraft on final, bird struck the wing. Landed without incident.

CAE Oxford Aviation Academy Phoenix Inc

http://registry.faa.gov/N4403Z

Date: 10-OCT-17
Time: 17:00:00Z
Regis#: N4403Z
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR):
Aircraft Operator: CAE OXFORD AVIATION
Flight Number: OXF176
City: MESA
State: ARIZONA

Aircraft on landing, ground looped, went off the runway and struck a windsock.

Date: 30-APR-17
Time: 13:20:00Z
Regis#: N4403Z
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: MESA
State: ARIZONA

Aircraft on landing, went off the runway and struck a sign.

Date: 29-JUL-16
Time: 17:48:00Z
Regis#: N4403Z
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Activity: Instruction
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: MESA
State: Arizona

Southwest Airlines, Boeing 737-800: Incident occurred October 10, 2017 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (KPHX), Maricopa County, Arizona

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

Flight SWA922: Aircraft while parked at the gate deplaning, ground power unit caught fire and was extinguished. No injuries. Damage minor.

Date: 10-OCT-17
Time: 14:48:00Z
Regis#: SWA922
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: B737
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: STANDING (STD)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: SOUTHWEST AIRLINES
Flight Number: SWA922
City: PHOENIX
State: ARIZONA

SkyWest Airlines, Canadair CRJ-200, N468CA: Incident occurred October 10, 2017 at Colorado Springs Airport (KCOS), El Paso County, Colorado

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Flight SKW4630: Aircraft on takeoff, blew a tire. Returned and landed without incident. No injuries. Damage minor. 

SkyWest Airlines Inc:  http://registry.faa.gov/N468CA

Date: 10-OCT-17
Time: 15:37:00Z
Regis#: N468CA
Aircraft Make: BOMBARDIER
Aircraft Model: CL600
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Aircraft Operator: SKYWEST AIRLINES
Flight Number: SKW4630
City: COLORADO SPRINGS
State: COLORADO

Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N92324: Incident occurred October 10, 2017 at Miami Executive Airport (KTMB), Miami-Dade County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

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

Registered to Air Christian Inc
Operated by Dean International Inc dba Dean International Flight School

http://registry.faa.gov/N92324

Date: 10-OCT-17
Time: 11:50:00Z
Regis#: N92324
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWNActivity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
City: MIAMI
State: FLORIDA

Piper PA-23-250 Aztec, N6711Y, Aero-Graphics Inc: Incident occurred October 09, 2017 at McCall Municipal Airport (KMYL), Valley County, Idaho

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho

Aircraft on taxi, struck the propeller.

Aero-Graphics Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N6711Y

Date: 09-OCT-17
Time: 15:30:00Z
Regis#: N6711Y
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA23
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
City: MCCALL
State: IDAHO

United Parcel Service, Boeing 757-200, N420UP: Incident occurred October 09, 2017 at Chicago Rockford International Airport (KRFD), Illinois

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Chicago, Illinois

Flight UPS555: Aircraft on final approach. Birdstrike damaged the landing light. No injuries.

United Parcel Service Co:  http://registry.faa.gov/N420UP

Date: 09-OCT-17
Time: 03:53:00Z
Regis#: UPS555
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: B757
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: CARGO
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Aircraft Operator: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE
Flight Number: UPS555
City: ROCKFORD
State: ILLINOIS

Bellanca 17-31ATC Super Viking, N8798V: Incident occurred October 10, 2017 in Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico

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

Aircraft on takeoff, ground looped.

http://registry.faa.gov/N8798V

Date: 10-OCT-17
Time: 17:06:00Z
Regis#: N8798V
Aircraft Make: BELLANCA
Aircraft Model: 17-31
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
City: ALBUQUERQUE
State: NEW MEXICO

Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy, N679MS, ExcelAire LLC: Incident occurred October 10, 2017 at Long Island MacArthur Airport (KISP), Ronkonkoma, Suffolk County, New York



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

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

MS600 LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N679MS

Date: 10-OCT-17
Time: 08:30:00Z
Regis#: N679MS
Aircraft Make: EMBRAER
Aircraft Model: EMB135
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMUTER
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Aircraft Operator: EXCELAIRE
Flight Number: XLS972
City: RONKONKOMA
State: NEW YORK





No one was injured when a Legacy corporate jet with nine aboard, including crew, rolled off a taxiway Tuesday morning at Long Island MacArthur Airport, ending up stuck in a sodden patch of an adjacent grassy area, an official said. 

The incident occurred at about 5:30 a.m. on a taxiway in the southeast corner of the Ronkonkoma airport, near Runway 10-28 and Runway 33. 

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

RONKONKOMA - News 12 has learned a plane went off a runway this morning at MacArthur Airport. 

Chopper 12 was over the Ronkonkoma airport after the 5:30 a.m. corporate jet was taxiing to takeoff.

The FAA is investigating why the plane ended up on grass.

None of the nine people on board were hurt.

No other flights were impacted

Story and video ➤ http://longisland.news12.com

Beech B35, N5271C, Bird of Prey LLC: Incident occurred October 10, 2017 at Portland-Troutdale Airport (KTTD), Multnomah County, Oregon

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Aircraft landed gear up.

Bird of Prey LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N5271C

Date: 11-OCT-17
Time: 03:15:00Z
Regis#: N5271C
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: BE35
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: TROUTDALE
State: OREGON