Thursday, October 26, 2017

Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, N143WA, Wright Air Service Inc: Incident occurred at Edward G. Pitka Sr. Airport (PAGA), Galena, Alaska

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

Aircraft on taxi, wingtip struck an object.

Wright Air Service Inc:  http://registry.faa.gov/N143WA

Date: 25-OCT-17
Time: 18:40:00Z
Regis#: N143WA
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C208
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: OTHER
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Aircraft Operator: WRIGHT AIR SERVICE
Flight Number: WRF1460
City: GALENA
State: ALASKA

Cessna T210M Turbo Centurion, N6025N, GV Air Inc: Incident occurred October 25, 2017 in Erie, Colorado

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

Aircraft force landed in a field.

GV Air Inc:  http://registry.faa.gov/N6025N

Date: 25-OCT-17
Time: 15:35:00Z
Regis#: N6025N
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: T210
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: OTHER
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: ERIE
State: COLORADO

Williams T-51 Mustang, N151TA: Incident occurred October 25, 2017 at Sioux Gateway Airport (KSUX),Sioux City, Iowa -and- Accident occurred August 07, 2012 at Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH), Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wisconsin

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Moines, Iowa

Aircraft on landing, went off the side of the runway and struck a light.

http://registry.faa.gov/N151TA

Date: 25-OCT-17
Time: 16:34:00Z
Regis#: N151TA
Aircraft Make: TITAN
Aircraft Model: T51 MUSTANG
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: SIOUX CITY
State: IOWA



Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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

Docket And Docket Items - National Transportation Safety Board: http://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms 

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N151TA

NTSB Identification: CEN12LA530 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 07, 2012 in Oshkosh, WI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/27/2013
Aircraft: WILLIAMS JOHN T-51 MUSTANG, registration: N151TA
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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

Shortly after takeoff for a test flight, the pilot noticed that the airplane was not climbing as expected and the engine was slowly losing power. The coolant temperature was 225 degrees and the airplane was only 250 to 300 feet above ground level. During the return to the airport, the pilot heard and felt an explosion behind him and felt a burning sensation on his back. During the forced landing, the right main landing gear collapsed. Examination of the airplane revealed that a cooling line had separated from the radiator behind the pilot during the accident flight. The examination also revealed that the radiator hose line clamp for a different cooling hose was overtightened and not seated properly in its pipe bead. A replacement engine had been installed as a result of a blown head gasket during a previous flight; however, the cooling system was not replaced, and it could not be determined when the clamp was overtightened. An examination of the remaining systems revealed no anomalies.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

The separation of an engine cooling hose from the radiator.

On August 7, 2012, about 1620 central daylight time a Williams T-51 Mustang airplane, N151TA, conducted a forced landing at the Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH), Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The commercial pilot was seriously injured and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a test flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight which operated without a visual flight rules flight plan. The local flight was originating at the time of the accident.

According to the pilot, the purpose of the test flight was to trouble-shoot the lower engine power and higher than expected operating temperatures encountered during the previous test flight. After takeoff, the airplane was not performing as expected and the engine was slowly losing power. The pilot observed that the coolant temperature was 225 degrees and the airplane was only 250 to 300 feet above ground level. The pilot communicated with air traffic control that he wanted to return to the airport and started a turn. During the turn, the pilot heard and felt an explosion behind him and felt a burning sensation on his back. The pilot lost all forward visibility as the windscreen was black with smoke, but he was able to see a small amount out the left side of the windscreen.

The pilot stated that he continued to try and fly the airplane, though he was limited by the inability to see outside of the airplane and the pain associated with the burning sensation on the left side of his body. The pilot extended the landing gear and conducted a forced landing in the grass, just short of the general aviation ramp.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector who traveled to the accident scene, the right main landing gear collapsed during the forced landing. The airplane continued an additional 300 feet before coming to rest. The left wing and left flap were wrinkled during the forced landing.

The airplane was recovered and relocated to the owner’s hangar in Ohio for further examination. The FAA inspector who provided oversight for the examination reported that there were no negative properties or operational failures observed during the testing of the cooling system. The number four spark plug was severely damaged. According to the pilot, an examination of the engine revealed no further anomalies. The pilot added that a cooling hose separated from the radiator which was located behind him. The radiator and cooling lines had not been boxed in, which would isolate the cooling system from the cockpit.

Several days prior to the accident flight, the engine and cooling system operated at a higher than normal power setting and coolant temperature. After the flight, the coolant temperature reached the maximum range of 250 degrees Fahrenheit and coolant purged itself from the system. On a subsequent flight, the coolant temperature gauge did not function and shortly after takeoff the pilot observed smoke in the cockpit. As the pilot returned to the airport to land, he noticed that the engine oil temperature was high and the oil pressure was low. An examination revealed an oil leak between the cylinder head and the engine block. Following this flight, a replacement engine was installed; however, the cooling system was not replaced.


 NTSB Identification: CEN12LA530 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 07, 2012 in Oshkosh, WI
Aircraft: WILLIAMS JOHN T-51 MUSTANG, registration: N151TA
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.

On August 7, 2012, approximately 1620 central daylight time a Williams T-51 Mustang, N151TA, was substantially damaged while landing at Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH), Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The commercial pilot was seriously injured. The flight was being conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 without a flight plan. The local flight has just departed KOSH and was landing when the accident occurred.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration inspector who traveled to the accident scene, shortly after takeoff steam and radiator coolant started entering the cockpit and burned the pilot. The pilot returned to the airport for a forced landing. During the landing the right main landing gear collapsed. The airplane continued an additional 300 feet before coming to rest short of the general aviation ramp. The left wing and left flap were wrinkled.

Cessna 180J, N9789G, Oneida Wood Products LLC: Incident occurred October 24, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Aircraft on landing went off the runway and struck a light.

Oneida Wood Products LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N9789G

Date: 24-OCT-17
Time: 22:45:00Z
Regis#: N9789G
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C180J
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: NEW ORLEANS
State: LOUISIANA

Piper PA-28-181, N52326, Lehigh Valley Flying Club Inc: Incident occurred October 25, 2017 at Lehigh Valley International Airport (KABE), Allentown, Hanover Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania

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

Aircraft on landing, wing leading edge sustained birdstrike damage.  Landed with incident.

Lehigh Valley Flying Club Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N52326

Date: 25-OCT-17
Time: 15:18:00Z
Regis#: N52326
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: ALLENTOWN
State: PENNSYLVANIA

Cessna 152, N422JP, U S Aviation Group LLC: Incident occurred October 25, 2017 at North Texas Regional Airport (KGYI), Denison, Grayson County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fort Worth, Texas

Aircraft on landing gear collapsed.

U S Aviation Group LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N422JP

Date: 25-OCT-17
Time: 23:20:00Z
Regis#: N422JP
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C152
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: SHERMAN
State: TEXAS

Cessna P210N Pressurized, N507HH, MWM Interest Inc: Incident occurred October 25, 2017 at Waco Regional Airport (KACT), McLennan County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fort Worth, Texas

Aircraft on takeoff, gear collapsed and went off the runway.

MWM Interest Inc:  http://registry.faa.gov/N507HH

Date: 25-OCT-17
Time: 16:14:00Z
Regis#: N507HH
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C210
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
City: WACO
State: TEXAS

Bellanca 7KCAB Citabria, N53735, Vermont Flight Academy: Incident occurred October 25, 2017 at Burlington International Airport (KBTV), Chittenden County, Vermont

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

Aircraft on final, wing sustained bird strike damage. Landed without incident.

Vermont Flight Academy:  http://registry.faa.gov/N53735

Date: 25-OCT-17
Time: 19:10:00Z
Regis#: N53735
Aircraft Make: BELLANCA
Aircraft Model: 7KCAB
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
City: BURLINGTON
State: VERMONT

Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser, N4409M: Accident occurred October 06, 2017 in Webster, Burnett County, Wisconsin

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Minneapolis

Aircraft on takeoff, went off the grass strip onto the brush area.

http://registry.faa.gov/N4409M

Date: 06-OCT-17
Time: 20:11:00Z
Regis#: N4409M
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA12
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
City: WEBSTER
State: WISCONSIN

Cessna 182, N9350X: Fatal accident occurred August 09, 2008 near Young Lake, Juneau, Alaska

In August 2008, a Cessna 182 airplane took off from Young Lake about 15 miles south of Juneau en route to the Juneau International Airport. It never made it. 

On board were 56-year-old Brian Andrews and his 24-year-old son Brandon. Brian Andrews was the deputy commissioner for the Alaska Department of Revenue at the time. The wreckage — along with the two men in the plane — remained missing.

This past Wednesday, that might have changed.

A man reported to the Alaska State Troopers that he and a group of friends and family found the wreckage of a float-equipped Cessna 182 airplane on Admiralty Island and that he found human remains inside as well, Alaska State Troopers Spokesperson Tim DeSpain said Friday.

“We’re reasonably certain, from his description and documentation, that it is that (Andrews’) plane,” DeSpain said.

National Transportation Safety Board Chief Clint Johnson said that the Andrews family has been notified of the discovery.

Brent Andrews, Brian’s son and Brandon’s brother, wrote a blog post Saturday about the discovery, saying that the people who found the plane are “lifelong friends” of the Andrews family.

“I understand that this news has been, and will be, a shock to some,” Brent wrote. “For some, and for my family, it has lead to a resurgence in all the feelings that arose when Dad and Brandon went missing, especially as we still miss your presence every day.”

The wreckage was found near Young Lake, Johnson said.

Members of the Juneau Mountain Rescue Group, a State Trooper and Mike Hodges from the NTSB are investigating the crash site, having flown to Young Lake on a U.S. Forest Service flight.

Johnson said the team arrived on Admiralty Island on Saturday afternoon, too late in the day to make the hike to the wreckage. They spent the night at a nearby cabin and started their journey to the wreckage Sunday morning. Johnson said that from the report Troopers receieved, there appears to have been a post-crash fire. They’re not sure how much of the plane remains, Johnson said.

They will seek to identify not only the plane but the remains, DeSpain said. There will be a tentative identification of the remains, he said, but it could take some time for the state medical examiner’s office to positively identify the remains.

On his blog post, Brent said the group of investigators were able to identify both the plane and the remains, though Johnson said Saturday that the group hasn’t been able to fully investigate.

According to the NTSB crash report filed in 2008, the men on board were flying supplies back from a family camping trip. Andrews’ youngest son reported that at the conclusion of the family’s camping trip, they determined that they had too much camping gear to safely take it to Juneau on one trip. They decided that three of them would fly back to Juneau and then Brian and Brandon would make one more round-trip flight to bring back the additional gear.

The plane departed the airport in Juneau at about 3:40 p.m. on Aug. 9, according to the report, and was expected to be back around 4:30 p.m. When the plane still wasn’t back at 7:15 p.m., the youngest son reported the plane overdue.

The Coast Guard, along with Alaska State Troopers and Civil Air Patrol, searched a 1,000-square mile area for the plane in 2008, but found nothing. A four-member team from Juneau Mountain Rescue hiked to the cabin the family was at, and found that the gear had been retrieved. The NTSB crash report said the two men were “presumed to have been killed.”

“I know that their disappearance was a very rare case,” Brent wrote Saturday, “and I’m glad that since 2008 there have been improvements in aircraft emergency signal requirements, photo reconnaissance, and other technologies, so that families in the future won’t have to conduct such searches for their loved ones.”

http://juneauempire.com

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

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances. The two (2) souls on board were fatally injured. Subject of an alert notice issued August 09, 2018. Missing aircraft wreckage located October 25, 2017

http://registry.faa.gov/N9350X

Date: 09-AUG-08
Time: 00:00:00Z
Regis#: N9350X
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C182
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: JUNEAU
State: ALASKA

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

NTSB Identification: ANC08FAMS01
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, August 09, 2008 in Juneau, AK
Aircraft: CESSNA 182E, registration: N9350X
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

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

HISTORY OF FLIGHT

On August 9, 2008, about 1600 Alaska daylight time, a float-equipped Cessna 182 airplane, N9350X, departed from a remote lake about 15 miles south of Juneau, Alaska, en route to the Juneau International Airport Seaplane Base, Juneau. When the airplane did not arrive in Juneau, it was reported overdue. The airplane remains missing and is presumed to have crashed about 1615 while en route to Juneau. The airplane was being operated as a visual flight rules (VFR) personal flight under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91, when the accident occurred. The private certificated pilot, and the sole pilot-rated passenger, are presumed to have been killed. Instrument meteorological conditions were reported along the airplane's anticipated flight path, and no flight plan was filed.

An Alaska State Trooper that participated in the search reported that family members said that the accident flight was the second of two round trip flights between Young Lake and Juneau, intended to shuttle people and supplies back to Juneau following a family camping trip. The Trooper said about 1915, the pilot's youngest son, who was on board the first round trip flight, walked into the Juneau Flight Service Station to report that the airplane had not returned to Juneau, and to inquire about any radio contact from the overdue airplane. The airplane was officially declared overdue at 1932. The son said that he had expected the accident airplane to return to Juneau about 1630, but he thought that the flight might have been delayed due to poor weather conditions around the Juneau area. 

During a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC) on August 28, the missing pilot's youngest son reported that on Saturday, August 9, at the conclusion of a family camping trip, the group discovered that they had too much camping gear, which required an additional round trip flight between Young Lake and Juneau. He said that after discussing various options, it was collectively decided that all three would fly back to Juneau together, then one of them would stay behind in Juneau, while the other two returned to pick up the remaining camping gear. After arriving in Juneau, the son decided to wait at the Juneau International Airport Seaplane Base until the airplane returned. He said that the airplane departed from Juneau about 1540, with an anticipated return time of 1630. 

The son reported that his father and older brother on board the missing airplane were both experienced pilots, but said that his father was seated in the left seat when the airplane departed Juneau. He said that he was confident that his father was flying the airplane at the time of their disappearance. 


During a telephone conversation with the NTSB IIC on August 12, an Alaska State Trooper that participated in the search reported that a witness recalled seeing the accident airplane depart from Young Lake about 1600. Also, search and rescue personnel reported that the camping gear that had been left behind at Young Lake was gone. 

The missing airplane's anticipated flight path would have been over about 15 miles of ocean. The terrain around the Juneau area is characterized by tree-covered steep mountainous island terrain, numerous ocean channels, and an extensive shoreline, containing small coves and bays. The area frequently has low ceilings and reduced visibility due to rain, fog, and mist. 

Search and rescue personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard, Air Station Sitka, surface vessels, aerial and ground search volunteers participated in search operations. Coast Guard personnel suspended the official search on August 20, 2008. 

PERSONNEL INFORMATION

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with airplane single-engine land and single-engine sea, and instrument ratings. His most recent third-class medical certificate was issued on May 1, 2008, and contained no limitations.

No personal flight records were located for the pilot, and the aeronautical experience listed on page 3 of this report was obtained from FAA records on file in the Airman and Medical Records Center located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. On the pilot's application for medical certificate, dated May 1, 2008, he indicated that his total aeronautical experience was 1,200 flight hours, of which 5 flight hours were accrued in the previous 6 months.

METEOROLOGICAL INFORMATION

The closest weather reporting facility was the Juneau International Airport, the accident airplane's intended destination. At 1629, a weather observation from the Juneau Airport was reporting, in part: Wind, 230 degrees (true) at 5 knots; visibility, 2.5 statute miles with rain and mist; clouds and sky condition, 200 feet scattered, 1,300 feet broken, 2,000 feet overcast; temperature, 53 degrees F; dew point, 53 degrees F; altimeter, 29.90 inHg. 

COMMUNICATIONS

After the airplane departed from Juneau there were no reports of communications with the missing airplane. 

No emergency transmitter locator (ELT) signal was received by search personnel.

SEARCH AND RESCUE / SURVIVAL ASPECTS

The U.S. Coast Guard, and the Alaska State Troopers, Juneau, conducted extensive air, water, and ground searches. The official search was suspended by Coast Guard personnel on August 20, 2008. Family members and volunteers continued to search for the missing airplane. 

Search personnel reported that survival time, in water less than 40 degrees F, is typically less than one hour.

Texas ranches air freight cattle to Vietnam




Ten Brahman bulls sat patiently in 10-by-8-foot crates as the doors were drilled shut. They peeped through slats when lifted some two stories into the air and onto a Boeing 747 cargo plane at Bush Intercontinental Airport. They would go much higher and farther during the 30-hour-plus journey to Vietnam.

International sales of Texas cattle are not new, but they are increasing as population growth and rising incomes around the world have more people introducing beef, pork and other meat-based proteins into their diets.

"As their incomes go up, people eat more meat," said David Anderson, a professor and agriculture economist at Texas A&M University. "And so there are countries who want to upgrade their quality of meat production and quantity of meat production."




In Vietnam, specifically, beef production has been relatively stagnant while demand has increased. Imported beef made up 19 percent of consumption in 2016, compared with 5 percent in 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Seeing the strong demand, Vietnamese producers have been investing in their herds. The USDA reports the value of U.S. shipments of live cattle and bovine semen reached $11.6 million and $1.1 million, respectively, between January and August.

Houston-area exports of live animals to Vietnam was worth $731,554 last year, according to WISERTrade data provided by the Greater Houston Partnership.




The 10 Texas Brahmans flown out Wednesday will be bred with local cows to improve Vietnamese beef's quality and quantity. Texas cattle have more meat with better marbling and tenderness.

And since one bull produces 30,000 units of semen throughout his lifetime - about two units of semen are required to inseminate a cow - each of these 10 bulls could produce 5,000 calves.

Alfredo A. Muskus, of the family-owned Santa Elena Ranch in Madisonville, first went to Vietnam a year ago on a trade mission with the American Brahman Breeders Association, based in Houston, and Holstein Association USA. Santa Elena sent its first shipment of bulls to Vietnam in March.




"I think a lot of cattlemen in the United States need to start realizing that there's a lot of international markets," Muskus said.

Eight of the bulls headed to Vietnam were from Santa Elena Ranch. The other two were from Detering Red Brahmans.

After the cattle were loaded onto the plane in their two crates, Muskus climbed aboard himself. As the livestock attendant for the flight, he would sit on the 747's upper deck while the cattle, with some room to lie down inside their crates, are in the bottom portion of the plane. Muskus will feed the animals and be available should they need anything.




He compared it to flying in first class with food and a few lie-flat beds. The cattle might as well be flying first class, too, as the cost to ship a bull to Vietnam is similar to the cost of a premium airline ticket.

The 747 departed Wednesday for Anchorage, Alaska, and will then fly to Taipei, Taiwan. The crates are unloaded in Taipei and placed onto another plane that will travel to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and then their ultimate destination in Hanoi.

The cattle will be taken to a breeding station that, according to an article in the Brahman Journal, is run by the Vietnamese government. It collects semen from beef and dairy bulls to sell to local producers.




Vietnam is just one of the markets where Texas cattle are being sent. Muskus said 60 percent of his ranch's business is with international customers. He's sent live Brahman cattle, frozen semen or frozen embryos to countries including Thailand, Pakistan, Venezuela, Paraguay, Colombia and Mexico.

The Texas Department of Agriculture has also expanded international agriculture trade programs. It has coordinated activities on every continent, except Antarctica, and the department said trade missions to countries like China have opened new markets for Texas.

The department's Livestock Export Facility at Bush Intercontinental Airport was built in 1978 to export cattle. But the focus shifted to exporting horses about a decade ago, said Dr. Netia Abercrombie, a veterinary medical officer with the USDA.




Cattle began coming through the export facility again about a year ago, and Wednesday's flight marked the fifth cattle shipment in the past year to go through the site. In general, animals pass through the export facility two to three times a week.

But only certain cattle are worth first-class tickets.

"They have to be really expensive, high-dollar breeding stock," Anderson said. "Meaning they're going to be some really special bulls or cows."

The Brahmans exported Wednesday are a good fit for Vietnam because they're a resilient breed that does well in hot, humid weather.

"They truly thrive where it's harsh," said William Bunce, executive vice president of the American Brahman Breeders Association.

Muskus will spend four days working with his counterparts in Vietnam. He'll make sure the bulls are settled, check on the bulls his ranch previously sent and make suggestions that could improve the program.

Gordon Thornhill, general manager for T.K. Exports, which specializes in livestock, said Muskus will be able to teach them some tricks of the trade.

"You have an opportunity to take what you've learned and share it with somebody else," he said.

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Horizon pilot shortage reduces flight schedules

Alaska Air Group’s Horizon Air unit will continue flying a reduce schedule for some time, the Seattle-based company acknowledged Wednesday.

Alaska CEO Brad Tilden said regional airline pilots took jobs with legacy airlines in greater numbers than anticipated in recent months. That created a shortage of pilots for Alaska’s Horizon fleet during the summer, resulting in hundreds of flight cancellations as well as dropped routes. The introduction of regional jets to Horizon’s fleet didn’t help.

“We’ve now adjusted our schedule to match pilot availability, and cancellations have dropped dramatically,” Tilden said.

Horizon remains the top carrier in both flights and passenger count in Medford, where it bases some of its crews.

In an effort to improve control and cut costs, Horizon’s operations center was moved to Seattle from Portland.

“We got behind hiring initially last year because we were simply not competitive from a pay standpoint,” Horizon Chief Operations Officer David Campbell said. “We’re now hiring 30 pilots a month, so I feel really good about that, but it’s going to take us another 90 days to really catch up on the backlog of training, and moving forward, I feel very comfortable that we have a solid plan in place. It’s going to work.”

Despite operational challenges and intense competition, the airline posted a third-quarter net profit of $266 million, or $2.14 per share, up from $256 million, or $2.07 per share a year ago.

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

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt, N1345B, registered to PT-17 Inc and operated by American Airpower Museum: Fatal accident occurred May 27, 2016 in Hudson River near New York, New York


Bill Gordon


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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Farmingdale, New York 

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

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

Registered Owner: PT-17 Inc
Operator: American Airpower Museum

http://registry.faa.gov/N1345B 



NTSB Identification: ERA16LA195
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, May 27, 2016 in New York, NY
Aircraft: REPUBLIC P 47D, registration: N1345B
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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

HISTORY OF FLIGHT

On May 27, 2016, about 1930 eastern daylight time, a Republic P-47D, N1345B, ditched in the Hudson River near New York, New York, following a total loss of engine power. The commercial pilot was fatally injured and the airplane was substantially damaged. The experimental, exhibition-category airplane was registered to a corporation and was operated by the American Airpower Museum under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an aerial observation flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The local flight originated from Republic Airport (FRG), Farmingdale, New York, about 1900.

The accident airplane was part of a three-ship formation participating in a photo shoot. The #2 pilot in the formation reported that they flew along the beach, on the south side of Long Island, then into the visual flight rules corridor next to John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK). They were about 1,100 ft above the water and proceeding north along the Hudson River about 140 knots. Over the radio, he heard the pilot of the accident airplane report that he had "smoke." (The pilot made a distress call to the Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) air traffic control tower.) The #2 pilot subsequently saw smoke from the accident airplane then saw the propeller "seize up." The accident pilot maneuvered the airplane for a forced landing in the Hudson River. The #2 pilot observed that the accident airplane's canopy was only partially open; as the airplane descended, touched down on the water, and sank a few seconds later in the Hudson River south of the George Washington Bridge. Attempts by first responders to rescue the pilot were unsuccessful.



Bill Gordon

PERSONNEL INFORMATION

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with airplane single- and multi-engine land, airplane single-engine sea, rotorcraft-helicopter, and instrument airplane ratings. He also held a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airframe and powerplant mechanic certificate. The pilot held an FAA second-class medical certificate and reported 6,400 total hours of flight experience on his application for that certificate, dated August 5, 2015.

AIRCRAFT INFORMATION

The airplane was a low-wing, single-seat, World War II-era fighter airplane with retractable landing gear in a tailwheel configuration. It was powered by a Pratt and Whitney R2800-69, 18-cylinder radial engine and a Hamilton Standard four-bladed, constant-speed propeller.

According to maintenance logbook entries, a condition inspection was completed on May 9, 2015, at a Hobbs time of 553.0 hours. At that time, the engine oil was changed and the oil screen was inspected; no contaminants were observed.

A representative of the corporation that owned the airplane reported that the engine was "low time, less than 400 hours" and that the airplane was due for its next condition inspection on June 1, 2016. The airplane was maintained in a hangar, and the engine "ran well with no recent complaints."

METEOROLOGICAL INFORMATION

EWR was located about 9 miles southwest of the accident location. The 1951 weather observation included wind from 150° at 8 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, few clouds at 5,500 ft, scattered clouds at 18,000 ft, a broken ceiling at 25,000 ft, temperature 28°C, dew point 19°C, and altimeter setting 29.99 inches of mercury.



WRECKAGE AND IMPACT INFORMATION

The wreckage was recovered from the river the following day near the 79th Street Boat Basin and transported to the West 30th Street Heliport, New York, New York. An initial examination of the wreckage revealed that the airframe was generally intact. The engine remained attached to the airframe. A cursory examination of the engine revealed that the No. 18 cylinder was damaged, consistent with an in-flight occurrence. Oil was present on the exterior of the engine.

The wreckage was moved to a storage facility where additional examinations were performed by an FAA inspector. The inspector noted that the engine was internally seized and would not rotate. He tried to remove the cylinders; however, all cylinders were damaged and could not be removed from the crankcase. Metallic debris and oil were found inside the supercharger. Four intake manifolds were removed for examination; they were also oil-soaked and contained metal particles. Due to the internal damage to the engine and the inability to remove cylinders, further examination of the engine was not attempted.



MEDICAL AND PATHOLOGICAL INFORMATION

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, City of New York, performed an autopsy of the pilot. The cause of death was drowning, and the manner of death was accident.

The FAA's Bioaeronautical Research Sciences Laboratory, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, performed toxicology testing on specimens from the pilot. Diphenhydramine was detected in the blood and urine at levels too low to quantify.

Diphenhydramine is a sedating antihistamine used to treat allergy symptoms and as a sleep aid and carries the following Federal Drug Administration warning: "May impair mental and/or physical ability required for the performance of potentially hazardous tasks (e.g. driving, operating heavy machinery)."

SURVIVAL ASPECTS

An examination of the cockpit seat belt/harness restraints and the canopy system was performed by the NTSB Survival Factors Group Chairman. When examined at the wreckage storage facility, the cockpit canopy was in the full-open position. The cockpit control stick and instrument panel were undamaged. The pilot seat, which was designed to move up and down by engaging a lever adjacent to the seat, operated in a normal manner. The four-point seat belt restraint system consisted of a lap belt and shoulder harness. The system was fastened and unfastened by the investigator and functioned in a normal manner.

The cockpit canopy was designed to be operated by hand, by a motor controlled from an internal switch in the cockpit, or by an external switch located forward of the left of the cockpit window in an access panel. The extremes of travel were limited by two limit switches mounted on the deck behind the pilot seat. The entire operating mechanism was covered by the aft portion of the canopy while in the closed position.

To operate the canopy from inside the airplane, the internal lock release is pushed forward to the full stop. This action disengages the clutch on the canopy motor. While holding forward pressure on the lock release, the pilot can manually move the canopy freely on its rails. To automatically move the canopy, the pilot would select the open or closed position on the canopy switch, which was located in front of the lock release on the left cockpit sidewall.

An examination of the internal and external lock release mechanism was performed. Both lock releases disengaged the motor and allowed the canopy to move freely on its rails. The automatic motor switches were not tested due to flammable fluids in the area and lack of a power source.

To jettison the canopy, the pilot was required to pull the jettison T-handle mounted on the front frame of the canopy. This action allowed the locking pins to be pulled from the two jettison fittings that held the canopy to the roller assemblies. All three fittings would then be free, and the canopy could be jettisoned in-flight or removed on the ground. An examination of the jettison handle was performed. The T-handle was pulled by the investigator and the canopy subsequently released from the rail and departed the cockpit area.

The procedures for ditching the airplane were found in the pilot's Flight Operating Instructions (AN 01-65BC-1A). Section IV, bullet 8 on page 37 described the procedures for ditching:

"If it becomes necessary to abandon the airplane over water and it is not desirable to bail out, the following procedure is suggested. (1) Make sure safety belt and shoulder harness are secure. (2) Lower flaps. (3) Jettison canopy. (4) Make normal approach glide into the wind. Hold off until stall speed is reached, then set down tail first. (5) Ditch into the wind on upslope wave."

The pilot's flight helmet was recovered at the accident scene. The flight helmet shell showed no signs of impact damage and all functions of the helmet operated normally.











NTSB Identification: ERA16LA195
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, May 27, 2016 in New York, NY
Aircraft: REPUBLIC P 47D, registration: N1345B
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On May 27, 2016, about 1930 eastern daylight time, a Republic P-47D, N1345B, ditched in the Hudson River following a reported loss of engine power. The commercial pilot was fatally injured and the airplane was substantially damaged. The experimental, exhibition-category airplane was registered to a corporation and was operated by the American Airpower Museum under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an aerial observation flight. Day, visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The local flight originated from Republic Airport (FRG), Farmingdale, New York, about 1900.

The accident aircraft was part of a three-ship formation and the pilot was participating in a photo shoot. During the flight, the pilot made a distress call to Newark air traffic control tower and subsequently ditched the airplane in the Hudson River, south of the George Washington Bridge.

The airplane impacted the water and sank. Attempts by first responders to rescue the pilot were unsuccessful. The wreckage was recovered from the river the following day and was transported to the West 30th Street Heliport, New York, New York. An initial examination of the wreckage revealed that the airframe was generally intact. The engine remained attached to the airframe. A cursory examination of the engine revealed that the number 18 cylinder on the Pratt and Whitney R-2800 radial engine was damaged, consistent with an in-flight occurrence. Oil was present on the exterior of the engine. 

The airframe and engine were retained for further examination.

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with airplane single engine land, airplane multi-engine land, airplane single engine sea, rotorcraft-helicopter, and instrument airplane ratings. He also held a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airframe and powerplant mechanic certificate. The pilot held a FAA second class medical certificate and reported 6,400 total hours of flying experience on his medical certificate application that was dated August 5, 2015.

Ultramagic SA T210, N123UT: Accident occurred October 06, 2017 in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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NTSB Identification: GAA18CA016
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, October 06, 2017 in Albuquerque, NM
Aircraft: ULTRAMAGIC SA T210, registration: N123UT

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

Former Whiteside County Airport (KSQI) manager lands at Dixon Municipal Airport (C73): Mike Dowell will offer charter service, training, aircraft rental



DIXON – The Dixon Municipal Airport got a new arrival Wednesday that officials hope will bring more traffic to the facility.

A group of pilots led by M&M Aviation Services owner Mike Dowell, who managed the Whiteside County Airport for 21 years, flew four planes to their new home in Dixon.

Dowell is bringing his charter service, flight training and aircraft rental business, and is renting four hangars and office space in the terminal. The flight school includes private pilots as well as students from Sauk Valley Community College.

The decision to move came after more than 2 months of contentious talks at Whiteside – the airport board hired new leadership over Dowell in August and denied his request to continue doing business there last week.

He said he wanted to stay in the area and continue serving the client base he built in the past 2 decades, so he went back to his roots where he first started his business doing flight instruction in 1995.

“For us, it’s not only a welcome here, it’s coming home,” he said.

Dixon Airport Board President Dan Ruckman said Dowell’s business and knowledge of airport operations will be a boon to the airport.

There had been talk that the airport could be on the city’s chopping block a year ago when the City Council was looking into whether it would be worth it to improve the facility or close it down.

“I think it’s going to be good for the airport and for Dixon,” Ruckman said. “This will increase traffic, fuel sales and maintenance and create more of an aviation presence here.”

The hope is that it also will encourage more students to become pilots in a field that’s high in demand. The number of pilots has dropped significantly since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the industry is now faced with a shortage.

Dowell told the Whiteside Airport Board last week that denying him rental space violated Federal Aviation Administration guidelines that say an airport can’t give exclusive rights to a business that could hinder competition, and that the matter should be decided in court.

Dowell hasn’t decided whether he’ll pursue litigation.

He will join other fixed-base operators at the airport, Breneman Aircraft Services and Crystal Aero Services, which offer fuel sales, maintenance and flight training.

“We’re just glad to be here,” he said. “We can already see the support from people who want us here.”

MORE INFORMATION


M&M Aviation Services has moved to the Dixon Municipal Airport, 1650 Franklin Grove Road.

Go to mmaviation.net for more information.

The company's corporate headquarters is at 2910 W. Rock Falls Road/U.S. Route 30 in Rock Falls.

Go to discoverdixon.org for more information on the airport.

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