Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Pulaski County Sheriff's Office using drone for search and rescue operations



Little Rock (KATV) —   The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office will now have an eye in the sky by taking its search and rescue efforts to new heights.

On Monday, the department unveiled its new top of the line drone equipment.

“It’s going to benefit the good to help somebody,” said Capt. Mark Swagerty with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.

The drone, which is equipped with thermal imaging, was purchased with seized drug money and costs around $30,000.

The department plans to use the equipment to mainly aid in finding missing children or to find those who suffer from dementia and wander off.

“You can cover so much ground so much quicker. Grandparents if they are sick, they wander off. We put this up in the air and we find them quick. If one person gets found and saved with this, it paid for itself 100 times over,” said Capt. Swagerty.

Capt. Swagerty who is an FAA-certified drone pilot says the drone will also be used to take aerial shots of crime scenes and assist in active shooter situations.

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Cessna 182H Skylane, N8515S, registered to BON VOL LLC: Accident occurred November 12, 2017 at Tucson International Airport (KTUS), Pima County, Arizona

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona 

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/N8515S

Analysis

The pilot reported that, after he refueled his airplane, he was cleared by the tower controller to the runway. He added that, as he taxied west toward taxiway Delta, the asphalt was very rough, and he did not see the taxiway to his left nor the unmarked drainage ditch immediately in front of him. The airplane entered the ditch travelling about 5 knots.

Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed substantial damage to the empennage.

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

Review of the accident airport diagram revealed that the area around the ditch was not a depicted taxiway. Further review of satellite imagery revealed that there were two access points to taxiway Delta southwest of the refueling point.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to use taxiways shown on the airport diagrams and his subsequent failure to avoid a ditch.

Findings

Personnel issues
Monitoring environment - Pilot (Cause)
Use of available resources - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Rough terrain - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Taxi

Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Location: Tucson, AZ
Accident Number: GAA18CA051
Date & Time: 11/12/2017, 1230 MST
Registration: N8515S
Aircraft: CESSNA 182H
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Ground collision
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot reported that after he refueled his airplane, he was cleared by the tower controller to runway 21. He added that as he taxied west toward taxiway delta, the asphalt was very rough, and he did not see the taxiway to his left, nor the unmarked drainage ditch immediately in front of him. The airplane entered the ditch travelling about 5 knots.

A postaccident examination of the airplane revealed substantial damage to the empennage.

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

A review of the accident airport diagram revealed that the area around the ditch was not a depicted taxi way. A further review of satellite imagery revealed that there were two access points to taxiway delta southwest of the refueling point. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 78, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Unknown
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 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 11/04/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/28/2016
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 2290 hours (Total, all aircraft), 100 hours (Total, this make and model), 2031 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 16 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N8515S
Model/Series: 182H H
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1965
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 18256615
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/02/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2800 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4000 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O470
Registered Owner: BON VOL LLC
Rated Power: 230 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KTUS, 2555 ft msl
Observation Time: 1953 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 321°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 1°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: San Quintin, FN
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Tucson, AZ (TUS)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 0900 PST
Type of Airspace: Class B

Airport Information

Airport: TUCSON INTL (TUS)
Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 2643 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Unknown
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing:  None 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude: 32.114444, -110.939167 (est) 

Piper PA-28-180, registered to and operated by the pilot , N10GJ: Accident occurred November 08, 2017 in Carroll, Fairfield County, Ohio

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbus, Ohio 
 
Aviation Accident Factual 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/N10GJ


Location: Carol, OH
Accident Number: CEN18LA036
Date & Time: 11/08/2017, 1230 EST
Registration: N10GJ
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28-180
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel related
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On November 8, 2017, about 1230 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-28-180 airplane, N10GJ, was damaged during a forced landing following a loss of engine power near Carroll, Ohio. The pilot was not injured. The airplane received substantial damage to its left wing. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The local flight originated from the Fairfield County Airport(LHQ), Lancaster, Ohio, about 1200.

The pilot reported that he was performing takeoff and landing practice and while on the downwind leg of the airport traffic pattern he applied carburetor heat, 10° flaps, turned on the fuel pump, and reduced throttle to 1,500 rpm to set up for the base leg. He stated that the engine suddenly stopped producing power and was unresponsive to throttle input. He attempted to restart the engine without success. He turned the airplane onto a base leg but had insufficient altitude to make it back to the airport and landed in a field.

Subsequent examination of the airplane revealed that it had about 36 gallons of fuel remaining. A ground run of the engine was performed and the engine started and was run for several minutes at power setting from 1,500 to 1,700 rpm. Additional testing of the airplane's electric fuel boost pump and engine driven fuel pump revealed that both pumps were capable of pumping fuel. No anomalies were discovered that would explain the loss of engine power.

The temperature and dew point recorded at the accident airport about the time of the accident were 9° and 2° Celsius respectively. The recorded temperature and dew point were in the range of susceptibility for serious carburetor icing at any power setting. An article on carburetor icing published by Flight Safety Australia stated that if ice forms in the carburetor of a fixed pitch propeller aircraft, the restriction to the induction airflow will reduce power and force a drop in rpm, which might be accompanied or followed by rough running as the fuel/air mixture ratio is upset. Applying carburetor heat introduces less dense hot air which will cause a further drop in rpm.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 64, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/01/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 450 hours (Total, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N10GJ
Model/Series: PA 28-180 180
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1972
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 287205192
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-360
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: LHQ, 868 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 
Observation Time: 1753 UTC
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 10000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 60°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.24 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 9°C / 2°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: LANCASTER, OH (LHQ)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: LANCASTER, OH (LHQ)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1200 EST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: FAIRFIELD COUNTY (LHQ)
Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 868 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 10
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5004 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing

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:  39.755556, -82.657222

Location: Carol, OH
Accident Number: CEN18LA036
Date & Time: 11/08/2017, 1345 EST
Registration: N10GJ
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28-180
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On November 8, 2017, about 1345 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-28-180 airplane, N10GJ, was damaged during a forced landing following a loss of engine power near Carroll, Ohio. The pilot was not injured. The airplane received substantial damage to its left wing. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The flight originated from the Fairfield County Airport(LHQ), Lancaster, Ohio, at an undetermined time. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N10GJ
Model/Series: PA 28-180 180
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No 
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: LHQ, 868 ft msl
Observation Time: 1853 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / 1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 10000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots/ 14 knots, 30°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.23 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: LANCASTER, OH (LHQ)
Destination: LANCASTER, OH (LHQ)

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:

Kitfox Model 4-1200, N234PB: Accident occurred November 23, 2017 at Mogollon Airpark (AZ82), Overgaard, Navajo County, Arizona

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

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/N234PB

Location: Overgaard, AZ
Accident Number: GAA18CA056
Date & Time: 11/23/2017, 1100 MST
Registration: N234PB
Aircraft: BUEHLMANN PETER KITFOX MODEL 4 1200
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

Analysis

The pilot reported that, during the landing roll, the tailwheel equipped airplane veered to the right. He over corrected, the airplane exited the left side of the runway and ground looped to the left.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to fuselage and right wing.

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

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 the landing roll.

Findings

Aircraft
Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing
Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Attempted remediation/recovery

Runway excursion

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 60, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s):  Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Waiver Time Limited Special
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/26/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/18/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1767 hours (Total, all aircraft), 930 hours (Total, this make and model), 1566 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 20 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information


Aircraft Manufacturer: BUEHLMANN PETER
Registration: N234PB
Model/Series: KITFOX MODEL 4 1200 IV
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2002
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: ICU096
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/17/2017, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 900 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: 912
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 80 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSOW, 6411 ft msl
Observation Time: 1755 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 27 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 107°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C / -1°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots, 360°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.39 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: LAVEEN, AZ (AZ90)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Overgaard, AZ (AZ82)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0915 MST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information


Airport: MOGOLLON AIRPARK (AZ82)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 6657 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 21
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3420 ft / 50 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop 

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: 34.399444, -110.529444 (est)

Monday, November 27, 2017

Senate Tax Bill Targets Some Foreign Airlines: Georgia Republican’s proposal would have big impact on three Persian Gulf airlines that have grown rapidly in U.S.



TARGETS OF TAX PROPOSAL

A proposal in the Senate tax-overhaul bill would require airlines based in 14 nations or territories to pay U.S. corporate taxes on a portion of their profits:

British Virgin Islands
Cape Verde
Ethiopia
Fiji
French Polynesia
Jordan
Kuwait
Malaysia
Qatar
Samoa
Saudi Arabia
Serbia
Suriname
United Arab Emirates

The Wall Street Journal 
By Susan Carey
Updated Nov. 27, 2017 9:11 p.m. ET

Some overseas airlines would be forced to pay U.S. corporate taxes on part of their profits under a proposal in the Senate tax-overhaul bill that would upset decades of protocols governing international aviation.

In general, airlines only have to pay taxes in their own countries, not on income generated abroad. The U.S. and other nations have negotiated a web of tax treaties and formally recognized agreements that enshrine this principle.

The tax bill is due to go before the U.S. Senate in the coming days.

An amendment from Sen. Johnny Isakson (R., Ga.) could affect three big Persian Gulf carriers that have expanded rapidly in the U.S. in recent years from their home bases in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, according to people familiar with the provision. Those airlines—Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways—are already embroiled in a three-year old trade dispute with the three largest U.S. carriers, including Delta Air Lines Inc. 

Mr. Isakson, a longtime politician from Atlanta, home to Delta, said his proposal was intended to boost fairness and competition. “Foreign airlines should not receive preferential tax treatment if their countries choose not to open their markets to U.S. companies,” he said in a statement.

Critics said, however, it would hurt a system that has allowed airlines to operate international flights without having to pay taxes in multiple jurisdictions. The International Air Transport Association, the global trade group, opposes the proposal, saying it “would upend decades of precedent—which the U.S. has long supported—on the taxation of international aviation.”

The trade group also said foreign governments—even those not directly affected by the proposed language—“would be tempted to follow the U.S. example and impose reciprocal taxes.”

The Arab Air Carriers Organization, a regional trade group, also raised alarms at its annual meeting last week.

United and Delta recently dropped their daily flights to Dubai, flights that didn’t attract many passengers and fared poorly against the big connecting hubs operated by their Persian Gulf carriers in their home markets.

The proposed measure would need to pass the full Senate, then survive a reconciliation process with a House bill that lacks such language.

In addition to the three big Persian Gulf carriers, the proposed tax change would hit airlines in a dozen other nations including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, Fiji, Ethiopia and Malaysia, according to the people familiar with the proposed provision. That is because the language would apply to nations that don’t have full-fledged tax treaties with the U.S., and those that don’t attract at least two weekly round-trip flights by U.S. passenger airlines.

A spokeswoman for Mr. Isakson said the tax provision could raise $200 million in revenue from foreign airlines. The bipartisan Joint Committee on Taxation estimates the amendment would yield $100 million through 2022 and $200 million over a decade.

The trade spat with the three Persian Gulf carriers was started in 2015 by Delta, American Airlines Group Inc., and United Continental Holdings Inc. They have asked the U.S. government to amend its so-called open-skies air treaties with the U.A.E. and Qatar, alleging that the three carriers in those nations are backed by billions of dollars in state subsidies that allow them to expand without thought to earning a profit.

Such open-skies agreements have been negotiated by the U.S. and more than 120 other countries over the past 25 years. They give airlines on both sides unfettered access to the other’s countries and the ability to freely set prices and schedules.

The three Gulf carriers have denied they are subsidized and claim the U.S. airlines are being protectionist. Other U.S. passenger and cargo carriers have urged the U.S. government to stay out of the Gulf-airlines dispute and maintain its open skies strategy.

American, Delta and United declined to comment on the tax amendment, as did Emirates. Qatar Airways didn’t respond. Etihad, in a statement, called the amendment “inappropriate under U.S. law and contrary to several international agreements.”

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

Mooney M20E, N6002Q: Accident occurred November 26, 2017 near Ryan Field Airport (KRYN), Tucson, Pima County, Arizona

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

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/N6002Q


Analysis 

The pilot reported that, during the preflight inspection, in preparation for the local flight to accomplish three touch-and-go landings, he removed the fuel filler caps and visually confirmed what appeared to be an adequate amount of fuel in each tank. The pilot did not use the fuel dip stick to confirm the quantity.

The pilot reported that the fuel selector was selected to the right-side fuel tank before departure. After the second takeoff, about 600 ft above ground level (agl) and just before turning crosswind, the engine surged once or twice and then experienced a total loss of engine power. The pilot checked the engine controls and turned left back toward the runway. About 300 ft agl, he switched the fuel selector to the left fuel tank. Seconds later, the engine regained power; however, the airplane had descended low enough that the airplane collided with the tops of mesquite brush and then the ground.

Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that the right fuel tank was empty and that the left fuel tank contained about 10 gallons of fuel. There was no evidence of a breach or fuel leak.

The fuselage was substantially damaged.

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

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's inadequate preflight and in-flight fuel management, which resulted in an intermittent loss of engine power due to fuel starvation. 

Findings

Aircraft
Fuel - Fluid management (Cause)
Fuel - Fluid level (Cause)

Personnel issues
Preflight inspection - Pilot (Cause)
Use of equip/system - Pilot (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Takeoff
Fuel starvation (Defining event)

Initial climb
Loss of engine power (partial)
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Location: Tucson, AZ
Accident Number: GAA18CA059
Date & Time: 11/26/2017, 1600 MST
Registration: N6002Q
Aircraft: MOONEY M20
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel starvation
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that during the preflight inspection, in preparation for the local flight to accomplish 3 touch-and-go landings, he removed the fuel filler caps and visually confirmed what appeared to be an adequate amount of fuel in each tank. The pilot did not use the fuel dip stick to confirm the quantity.

The pilot reported that the fuel selector was selected to the right-side fuel tank prior to departure. After the second takeoff, about 600 ft above ground level (agl), and just before turning crosswind, the engine surged once or twice, and then experienced a total loss of engine power. The pilot checked the engine controls and made a left turn back toward the runway. About 300 ft agl, he switched the fuel selector to the left fuel tank. Seconds later, the engine regained power, however the airplane had descended low enough that the airplane collided with the top(s) of mesquite brush and then the ground.

A postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that the right fuel tank was empty, and the left fuel tank contained about 10 gallons of fuel. There was no evidence of a breach or fuel leak.

The fuselage was substantially damaged.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
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): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/12/2016
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/10/2016
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 2135 hours (Total, all aircraft), 300 hours (Total, this make and model), 1996 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: MOONEY
Registration: N6002Q
Model/Series: M20 E
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1966
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 860
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/31/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2575 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4260 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-360
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 0 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KRYN, 2418 ft msl
Observation Time: 2247 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 59°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / -2°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots, 310°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Tucson, AZ (RYN)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Tucson, AZ (RYN)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1555 MST
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: RYAN FIELD (RYN)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 2418 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 33
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4000 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Touch and Go; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: In-Flight
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  32.141667, -111.183333 (est)

Robinson R66, C-GARW: Incident occurred November 25, 2017 in Young, Gila County, Arizona

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

Rotorcraft landed in a field under unknown circumstances. Damaged a home.

T-Corp Companies Inc:  http://www.regosearch.com/GARW

Date: 25-NOV-17
Time: 19:30:00Z
Regis#: CGARW
Aircraft Make: ROBINSON
Aircraft Model: R66
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: YOUNG
State: ARIZONA

Quicksilver GT 500, N599RA: Accident occurred November 25, 2017 at Willows-Glenn County Airport (KWLW), Willows, California

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

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N599RA

Location: Willows, CA
Accident Number: WPR18LA036
Date & Time: 11/25/2017, 1515 PST
Registration: N599RA
Aircraft: DOSHIER WILBERT A GT-500
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On November 25, 2017, about 1515 Pacific standard time, a Doshier Wilbert (Quicksilver) GT-500, N599RA, was substantially damaged during forced landing following a loss of engine power at Willows-Glenn County Airport (WLW), Willows, California. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed no flight plan had been filed.

In a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge, the pilot reported he had departed runway 16 for a local flight. At about 70 feet above ground level, he experienced a momentary engine sputter followed by a complete loss of engine power. The pilot attempted to land straight ahead; however, he reported that it was likely he did not maintain proper airspeed which resulted in an aerodynamic stall and impact with terrain. Both fuel tanks were topped off prior to takeoff and no recent maintenance was performed on the airplane. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: DOSHIER WILBERT A
Registration: N599RA
Model/Series: GT-500 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: 
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: 
Condition of Light: 
Observation Facility, Elevation: KOVE, 190 ft msl
Observation Time: 1453 PST
Distance from Accident Site: 28 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots, 150°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.99 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Willows, CA (WLW)
Destination: Willows, CA (WLW)

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: 39.515833, -122.217222 (est)

Mooney M20C Ranger, N6852U: Incident occurred November 25, 2017 in Woodland, Yolo County, California

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

Aircraft on landing, gear collapsed.

http://registry.faa.gov/N6852U

Date: 25-NOV-17
Time: 20:00:00Z
Regis#: N6852U
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: WOODLAND
State: CALIFORNIA

Cessna 177RG, N34891: Incident occurred November 25, 2017 at Buchanan Field Airport (KCCR), Concord, Contra Costa County, California

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

Aircraft on landing, nose gear collapsed.

http://registry.faa.gov/N34891

Date: 25-NOV-17
Time: 01:29:00Z
Regis#: N34891
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C177
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: CONCORD
State: CALIFORNIA

Smith Aerostar 601P, N831GW, Aspen Flight Operations LLC: Incident occurred November 25, 2017 at Lake County Airport (KLXV), Leadville, Colorado

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

Aircraft landed gear up.

Aspen Flight Operations LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N831GW

Date: 25-NOV-17
Time: 17:40:00Z
Regis#: N831GW
Aircraft Make: SMITH
Aircraft Model: AEROSTAR 601P
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: LEADVILLE
State: COLORADO

Cessna 172G Skyhawk, N1171F, KP Aviation LLC: Incident occurred November 25, 2017 in Swainsboro, Emanuel County, Georgia

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

Aircraft force landed in a field.

KP Aviation LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N1171F

Date: 25-NOV-17
Time: 16:13:00Z
Regis#: N1171F
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: SWAINSBORO
State: GEORGIA