Thursday, November 30, 2017

PA-18-125, N1386A, State of Alaska - Department of Public Safety Alaska Wildlife Troopers: Accident occurred November 29, 2017 near Tatitna, Alaska

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

Aircraft on landing, sustained substantial damage.

State of Alaska - Department of Public Safety Alaska Wildlife Troopers: http://registry.faa.gov/N1386A  

Date: 29-NOV-17
Time: 21:02:00Z
Regis#: N1386A
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA18
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PUBLIC USE
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Aircraft Operator: STATE OF ALASKA
City: TATITNA
State: ALASKA

McDonnell Douglas MD-11F, N986AR, Centurion Cargo: Incident occurred November 29, 2017 at Sacramento Mather Airport (KMHR), California

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

Aircraft on landing, struck the wingtip on the runway.  

http://registry.faa.gov/N986AR

Date: 29-NOV-17
Time: 13:30:00Z
Regis#: N986AR
Aircraft Make: MCDONNELL DOUGLAS
Aircraft Model: MD11
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: OTHER
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Aircraft Operator: CENTURION CARGO
Flight Number: KYE948
City: MATHER
State: CALIFORNIA

Southwest Airlines, Boeing 737: Incident occurred November 29, 2017 at Sacramento International Airport (KSMF), California

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

Flight SWA158:  Aircraft on departure, sustained birdstrike damage. Returned and landed without incident.

Date: 30-NOV-17
Time: 01:45:00Z
Regis#: SWA158
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: B737
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: SOUTHWEST AIRLINES
Flight Number: SWA158
City: SACRAMENTO
State: CALIFORNIA

Cessna 172N, N172SX, Personal Aviation Inc: Accident occurred November 20, 2017 at Montgomery Field Airport (KMYF), San Diego, California

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

Aircraft on landing, struck a bird.

Personal Aviation Inc:  http://registry.faa.gov/N172SX

Date: 20-NOV-17
Time: 19:21:00Z
Regis#: N172SX
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C172
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: SAN DIEGO
State: CALIFORNIA

Cessna 177RG, N81RP, Dart Sim Inc: Incident occurred November 29, 2017 at Gillespie Field (KSEE), El Cajon, San Diego County, California

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

Aircraft on landing, struck a bird.

Dart Sim Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N81RP

Date: 29-NOV-17
Time: 19:40:00Z
Regis#: N81RP
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C177
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: EL CAJON
State: CALIFORNIA

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N474SP, Goddard Aircraft Club Inc: Accident occurred November 30, 2017 near Freeway Airport (W00), Bowie, Prince George's County, Maryland

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland

Goddard Aircraft Club Inc:  http://registry.faa.gov/N474SP

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA074
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, November 30, 2017 in Mitchellville, MD
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N474SP

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.

Aircraft destroyed .5 mile north of airport.

Date: 30-NOV-17
Time: 22:45:00Z
Regis#: N474SP
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C172
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: MITCHELLVILLE
State: MARYLAND



A single-engine plane crashed in a field in Bowie Thursday evening, Maryland State Police said, leaving the pilot injured but alert and able walk out of the woods.

At around 6:20 p.m., police found the Cessna 172 upside down in the trees in the field off Church Road at Fairview Vista Road.

The pilot, Michael Paul Pillsbury, 72, of Washington, D.C., was returning from Ocean City and trying to make the final approach to Freeway Airport, police said. Pillsbury told troopers there was no lighting and he could not see the tree line. The plane hit the tree line, overturned and crashed.

Pillsbury was taken to University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. No signs of impairment were observed, police said.

There were no other injuries and no signs of fuel leakage or hazardous materials, police said. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The plane will remain in the field overnight until arrangements can be made for a salvage company to remove it, police said.


Earlier this month a Marine Corps pilot made an emergency crash landing on the ramp off Interstate 97 near Annapolis. The pilot and two children aboard were not injured. They were returning to Tipton Airport.

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




BOWIE, Md. - A small plane crashed nearby an airport in Prince George’s County Thursday evening, the Federal Aviation Administration says.

According to officials, a Cessna C172 aircraft crashed in a field about a half-mile north of Freeway Airport in Bowie at around 6:20 p.m. The male pilot was the only person onboard the plane.

Maryland State Police say the pilot was returning from Ocean City and was attempting his final approach to the airport when his plane made contact with a tree line causing the aircraft to overturn and crash.

The pilot was alert, responsive and able to walk out of the woods, police say. He was transported to Prince George’s Hospital Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Story, video and photo gallery ➤ http://www.fox5dc.com

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N75919, Eagle 64 LLC: Accident occurred November 16, 2017 at Pompano Beach Airpark (KPMP), Broward County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Eagle 64 LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N75919

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA064
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, November 16, 2017 in Pampano, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N75919


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.

Aircraft on landing, sustained substantial damage.

Date: 17-NOV-17
Time: 12:00:00Z
Regis#: N75919
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C172
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: POMPANO BEACH
State: FLORIDA

Drone prompts diversion of wildfire surveillance plane

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Forestry officials diverted a surveillance plane from its assigned path because a drone hovered above a northern Arkansas wildfire, prompting them to caution people that airborne efforts to take unique photographs endanger pilots and those working below.

State Forester Joe Fox said Wednesday that he doesn't believe a drone operator deliberately interfered with firefighting efforts in Tuesday's incident, but he is worried that the danger will increase as more hobbyists obtain aircraft.

"When there's a fire, people drive out and want to watch it. It's just a natural curiosity," Fox said. "Drones are new and people are trying to figure out what they'll do."

A months-long drought in Arkansas and Oklahoma has made the landscape ripe for wildfires. More than 270 wildfires have occurred in Arkansas since the start of November, and for the year the state has had nearly 40 square miles burn. In Oklahoma, a single fire in March burned 51 square miles.

Firefighters are known to use drones, too, so they can determine where to move resources while coordinating with pilots to ensure the portable aircraft are out of the sky before larger aircraft arrive.

Mark Goeller, Oklahoma's state fire management chief, said the agency has often found out afterward that a drone was above a wildfire. He said agency officials "maybe see it posted on Facebook or someone tells us."

After a fire chief in Sharp County said Tuesday that a privately owned drone was above a wildfire, the state Forestry Commission diverted a surveillance flight elsewhere to ensure its safety, commission spokeswoman Adriane Barnes said. The state has 13 single-engine planes based at Malvern that are used to detect wildfires in a system that formerly used foresters perched atop fire towers.

"A plane will leave at 10 a.m. and start a pre-routed flight through an area, radioing back to the ground where they see signs of smoke," Barnes said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday it works with forestry agencies to warn people about the danger.

"Drones and emergency operations don't mix," FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford of Fort Worth, Texas, wrote in an email.

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

Cessna 172P Skyhawk, N5495K, Aerosim Academy Inc: Incident occurred November 29, 2017 at Orlando Sanford International Airport (KSFB), Orange County, Florida

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

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

Aerosim Academy Inc:  http://registry.faa.gov/N5495K

Date: 29-NOV-17
Time: 14:10:00Z
Regis#: N5495K
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Aircraft Operator: AEROSIM ACADEMY
Flight Number: CONN229
City: ORLANDO
State: FLORIDA

Take Me Home Huey: Special Vietnam War helicopter in Palm Desert helping veterans heal




PALM DESERT, Calif. - A U.S. Army Huey helicopter that served to transport wounded servicemen during the Vietnam War and was later remade into a sculpture dedicated to those killed in the war will be on display in Palm Desert through the weekend, starting Thursday.

"Take Me Home Huey" will be on display through Monday at Freedom Park, 77400 Country Club Drive.

The sculpture is made from a retired UH-1 Huey helicopter that was shot down during a medical rescue in 1969, killing crew chief Gary Lynn Dubach and medic Stephen Lawrence Schumacher.

Artist Steve Maloney transformed the 47-foot-long helicopter into its current form, serving as a work of art, memorial to fallen soldiers, and vehicle for PTSD awareness.

The sculpture will be installed at Freedom Park this morning and its five-day exhibit will include an opening ceremony Saturday, to be attended by Maloney and Mayor Jan Harnik. The ceremony will also include a screening of the "Take Me Home Huey" documentary, a companion piece to the installation, and an event with veterans and military organizations, food, kids' activities and more.

For Vietnam veteran Gene Hobdy, the helicopter brings back vivid memories.

“When I stand here and look at this, I can smell the flight line and the jet fuel. 2 o' clock a.m. when the flight line lit up like downtown New York," he said.

Its appearance in Palm Desert is not the sculpture's first in the Coachella Valley. It has made previous appearances in Palm Springs, including its debut at the Palm Springs Air Museum in 2015.

More details on the documentary and art piece can be found here.

Story, video and photo ➤ http://www.kesq.com

Robinson R44 II, N744WT, New Orleans Helicopters LLC: Accident occurred November 29, 2017 at Lakefront Airport (KNEW), New Orleans, Louisiana

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

New Orleans Helicopters LLC:    http://registry.faa.gov/N744WT

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA066
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, November 29, 2017 in New Orleans, LA
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY R44, registration: N744WT

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.

Rotorcraft on landing, rolled onto its side.

Date: 29-NOV-17
Time: 22:30:00Z
Regis#: N744WT
Aircraft Make: ROBINSON
Aircraft Model: R44
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: NEW ORLEANS
State: LOUISIANA

Ossipee, Carroll County, New Hampshire: Commissioners shoot down Eastern Slope Regional Airport donation

Carroll County Commissioners David Babson (R-Ossipee, left) and Mark Hounsell (R-Conway) argue about a county donation to the Eastern Slope Regional Airport in Fryeburg. 



OSSIPEE — Carroll County commissioners on Wednesday declined to give the Eastern Slope Regional Airport in Fryeburg, Maine, the $3,000 donation that County Commissioner Mark Hounsell had sought.

Hounsell (R-Conway), a member of the airport authority member who represents the county, had said the authority wanted to build a new hangar.

He, along with members of the airport executive committee, argued that the airport generates activity in Carroll County, noting that the owners of Cranmore Mountain Resort would not have bought and expanded their property if not for having a general aviation airport nearby.

Oxford County, Maine, also is also being asked for $3,000.

Hounsell said the new condos going up at Cranmore will bring  over $12,000 in tax revenue to the county. Travelers who use the airport visit hotels and other local businesses.

"Their arrival into the Mount Washington Valley, or the northern part of Carroll County or Carroll County spurs on a lot of positive economic activity," said Hounsell, adding the condo users will not be sending children to school but will be paying school and town taxes to Conway as well. "We want to see our tax bases grow."

But the other commissioners — chair Amanda Bevard (R-Wolfeboro) and David Babson (R-Ossipee) — felt that the airport serves only the northern half of the county. Babson pointed out there is an airport in Moultonborough as well as air strips in Wolfeboro and Ossipee.

"My feeling is I represent all the taxpayers of Carroll County, not just one area," said Babson. "I don't care if the airport is in Maine or New Hampshire ... That's not a factor."

Bevard said she agreed with Babson.

Whereupon Hounsell said it seemed he was "speaking to deaf ears." Babson, who is somewhat hard of hearing, took umbrage.

"Excuse me, Commissioner Hounsell, I found that very abusive," said Babson. "I don't have deaf ears; I can't hear little sounds once in a while, but if you are considering my thoughts, I think that's out of order."

Hounsell responded that he found it "disrespectful" that the commissioners were disregarding his information.

Bevard attempted to end the discussion, as there was no motion per Robert's Rules of Order, but Hounsell kept going.

"You folks, and I apologize for the deaf ear comment, I would say are inattentive to my words ... but anyway, here is the thing, Madam Chairman, chuckle all you want, but I am going to get this message out in public ...

"My objection is we talk about things based on wants and needs, and this is an opportunity we don't seem to want to consider, but last week I saw you two jump all over the board to support a want, a want of a grandfather clock" at the county-run Mountain View Nursing Home.

Hounsell noted that the clock cost $4,000.

Bevard replied that the clock was intended to make the nursing home feel more homelike.

Toward the end of the meeting, after commissioners finished their proposed 2018 budget, to be forwarded to the county delegation of state lawmakers, Hounsell again brought up the airport.

He said Eastern Slope airport will likely ask for money again next year, and at that point perhaps commissioners could consider a lesser amount than $3,000 so the airport could be put on the delegation's agenda.

"The resistance to the conversation boggles me at times," said Hounsell, while adding, "You are good people; you are well-intended, and if I offended you in any way, I apologize."

Babson replied that he had met with an airport board member who asked him if he would support $300 for the airport and Babson said he would.

Babson then moved to put $300 in the proposed 2018 budget, but since the proposed budget had just been completed, the commissioners agreed to hold the request for next year.

Commissioners said their 2018 proposed budget would not raise county taxes.

Hounsell added that the authority's $3,000 request was made late to the county.

The Sun asked Babson why he didn't bring up the $300 at the start of the meeting, and Hounsell took the blame, saying, "That is what happens when someone like me who gets passionate gets off focus and doesn't offer an amendment in a reasonable time," said Hounsell.

"That isn't any fault except my misstep because sometimes I get unfocused. ... That was a procedural misstep that I take responsibility for."

Story and photo ➤ https://www.conwaydailysun.com

Aero Commander 112, N690RU: Accident occurred November 29, 2017 at Clearview Airpark (2W2), Westminster, Carroll County, Maryland

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland

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


http://registry.faa.gov/N690RU
 


Location: Westminster, MD
Accident Number: ERA18LA034
Date & Time: 11/29/2017, 0930 EST
Registration: N690RU
Aircraft: AERO COMMANDER 112
Injuries:  None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On November 29, 2017, about 0930 eastern standard time, an Aero Commander 112, N3187V, owned and operated by the student pilot, was substantially damaged during a precautionary landing at Clearview Airpark (2W2), Westminster, Maryland. The student pilot was not injured. The solo instructional flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the flight that originated from Martin State Airport (MTN), Baltimore, Maryland, about 0900. The flight was destined to Eastern WV Regional Airport (MRB), Martinsburg, West Virginia.

The student pilot reported that 2W2 was his second checkpoint during the cross-country flight. Upon reaching 2W2, the airplane experienced an electrical failure that affected the communication radios and GPS. The student pilot then elected to divert to 2W2 and entered the airport traffic pattern for runway 32, a 1,840-foot long, 30-foot wide asphalt runway. While completing landing procedures, the student pilot extended the landing gear, but did not observe the corresponding green indicator lights in the cockpit. He could not be certain if he did not see the lights due to the electrical failure or because of sun glare. While on the left base leg of the traffic pattern, the student pilot lowered the nose of the airplane to cease the stall warning horn and the airplane flew beyond the extended runway centerline; however, the student pilot corrected and aligned the airplane on final approach. While on short final approach, the airplane descended suddenly and the student pilot immediately compensated by increasing engine power, but the landing gear contacted a grass area before runway and all three landing gear separated. The airplane came to rest upright just prior to the runway.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed substantial damage to the fuselage. When the inspector tested the airplane's electrical system, it functioned, but the avionics panel extinguished after approximately 10 seconds of operation.

The recorded wind at an airport located about 10 miles north of the accident site, at 0925, was from 230° at 6 knots. The student pilot reported that the wind at 2W2 was from 140° at 8 knots, gusting to 12 knots, at the time of the accident. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: AERO COMMANDER
Registration: N690RU
Model/Series: 112 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No 
Operator: SHELTON STEVEN
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: DMW, 789 ft msl
Observation Time: 0925 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C / 0°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots, 230°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.17 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Baltimore, MD (MTN)
Destination: Martinsburg, WV (MRB)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 
Latitude, Longitude:  39.466944, -77.017500 (est)

Hawker Beechcraft B300 King Air, N411WC, Wilson Construction Company: Incident occurred November 28, 2017 at Aurora State Airport (KUAO), Marion County, Oregon

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

Aircraft on climb, windshield cracked. Returned and landed without incident.

http://registry.faa.gov/N411WC

Date: 28-NOV-17
Time: 21:12:00Z
Regis#: N411WC
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: B300
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: INITIAL CLIMB (ICL)
City: AURORA
State: OREGON

Titan Tornado, N50F: Accident occurred November 29, 2017 in Mechanicsville, Hanover County, Virginia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Richmond, Virginia

Aircraft crashed in a field and flipped over.

http://registry.faa.gov/N50F

Date: 29-NOV-17
Time: 20:30:00Z
Regis#: N50F
Aircraft Make: TITAN
Aircraft Model: TORNADO
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: MECHANICSVILLE
State: VIRGINIA




HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - One man was injured after a plane crashed in a field in Hanover on Wednesday.

It happened near River and Williamsville roads. The plane reportedly crashed on takeoff in the field, injuring the pilot and causing a minor leak.

The pilot, Merlin Wayne Myers, 77, of Mechanicsville, Virginia, says he had to make an emergency landing due to mechanical issues. The plane flipped while Myers was trying to land the plane.

Myers was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

The FAA and Virginia State Police continue to investigate the crash.

Story and photo ➤ http://www.telemundoamarillo.com

Williamsport Regional Airport (KIPT) welcomes new 50-seat jet with water salute



A Montoursville woman was one of the first passengers aboard the Williamsport Regional Airport’s new aircraft, which flew into town with a water cannon welcome from Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon.


Kim McCloskey, who was visiting family in Florida for Thanksgiving, was more than pleased with the new Embraer 145 regional jet, which can seat 50 passengers, and is more modern and more quiet, she said.


“It was a very nice flight, very smooth,” McCloskey said, adding she and her husband travel often. “We always try to fly out of here and support the airport. Now it’s even more convenient.”


She added that some passengers knew ahead of time their plane would arrive to fanfare and a water wall, thanks to fire trucks parked on either side of the runway. Others, however, were surprised, she said with a laugh.


McCloskey was one of a handful of people who flew on the jet’s maiden voyage to Montoursville before it was reloaded with new passengers to fly back to Philadelphia. The airport now will solely be served by the Embraer 145s. The jets add 16 seats from the 34-seat Dash 8 turboprops previously used.


It also flies at higher altitudes, allowing pilots to bypass some weather problems that may have kept the Dash 8s grounded, airport officials said.


“We fly a lot faster, so we have to react quicker,” said pilot Patrick Balagot. “We also fly at higher altitudes.”


Balagot added it is common to have a water cannon salute to celebrate the retirement of pilots or aircraft, as well as to “christen” new aircraft. Though he prefers flying the jets, he said, the Dash 8s will be missed.


“We flew them for such a long time and they mean a lot to a lot of our pilots,” Balagot said.


Chris Logue, chairman of the Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority, said having the jets will be a great advantage to the travelling public.


“These improvements place us on the cutting edge of design and service,” he said. “This speaks to the confidence American Airlines puts in our airport.”


His cohort on the authority, Frank Pellegrino, added the airport will continue to push for new destinations, specifically naming an American Airlines hub in Charlotte, North Carolina.


“It’s within the jet’s capabilities,” Pellegrino said.


“One step at a time,” Logue smiled.


Story, comments and photo ➤ http://www.sungazette.com





MONTOURSVILLE -- Passengers looking to book a flight at the airport near Williamsport are in for an upgrade.

American Airlines is bringing jets to Lycoming County.

"Today is a milestone in the 88-year history of the Williamsport Regional Airport," said Chris Logue, chairman of Williamsport Municipal Authority Board.

It's the first of many landings at the Williamsport Regional Airport for American Airlines jets.

"It's kind of interesting. I didn't know what was going on, and then the water cannons salute, that was kind of neat," said Dean Kistner of Boston.

"The aircraft is a 50-seat Embraer EMB 145 regional jet," Logue explained.

Across the board, American Airlines is decommissioning its Dash 8 prop airplane.

J. Miller of Williamsport sent us a picture of the plane after one of its last flights into Williamsport.

The propeller plane has now been replaced with a much faster, more efficient jet.

"This is the first time we've been served by a true jet service," Logue said.

Elaine Rodman didn't know she'd be taking a brand new jet until she arrived at the terminal.

"It's exciting to be the very first one in a brand new seat in a brand new plane," Rodman said.

The new jet can hold about 30 more passengers.

Dean Kistner lives in Boston now. He used to live in Williamsport and took the flight in to visit family.

"It's kind of small, you know, but it's nice and new, clean. It was a good flight."

The American Airlines jet may be the newest addition to the airport right now, but it won't be for long. Workers recently started constructing a brand new terminal.

"Once capacity goes up and more and more people use the airport, other airlines become more and more interested in that market share. It's certainly a possibility," said Logue.

For now, this jet will be flying to and from Philadelphia twice a day, seven days a week.

You can check the status of your flight at the WNEP Flight Tracker.

Story and video ➤ http://wnep.com

Executive Flight Services Receives Federal Aviation Administration Approval for 10 Seats or More and Travel Worldwide


NEWS RELEASE
November 30, 2017

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Greteman Group                                                      
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Executive AirShare
816.410.8084
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APPROVED FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Executive Flight Services Receives FAA Approval for 10 Seats or More and Travel Worldwide

LENEXA, Kan. – Answering the marketplace demand for expanded travel options, Executive Flight Services announces today its certification and capability to manage and fly FAR Part 135 aircraft with 10 seats or more, as well as the ability to operate flights to Europe, across the Pacific and throughout the world. 

Executive Flight Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Executive AirShare, has recently completed its comprehensive certification process by the Federal Aviation Administration to operate jets with 10 seats or more over ocean routes. The thorough vetting by the FAA included a validation flight made by Executive Flight Services pilots in June on a Hawker 4000 aircraft from Bangor, Maine to Shannon, Ireland. The “10 or More” certification allows longer flights on larger EFS-flown aircraft, such as a 2016 Embraer Legacy 500, for charter or managed-aircraft customers.

“This process represents the fulfillment of our most-requested service,” says Harry Mitchel, chief operating officer of Executive Flight Services and Executive AirShare. “Many departments came together with preparation, focus, execution and teamwork to ensure that customers have the greatest range of travel options and services.”

While Executive Flight Services’ formal application process started in March, its operational procedures to meet FAA requirements began much longer ago as part of already implemented best practices. Quality-control checks, such as International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Stage 2 certification, and maintenance accreditation as an Embraer Service Center, offer customers advantages over other aircraft management providers. 

To achieve the “10 or More” designation for Part 135, which covers charter and commercial operators, Executive Flight Services pilots received training in international flight courses. They worked in conjunction with both the FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency, its counterpart across the Atlantic. The certification also opens up routes for customers to popular Pacific locations, such as the Hawaiian Islands.  

The “10 or More” approval follows a recent expansion of Executive Flight Services’ managed fleet which now includes the technologically advanced Legacy 500 and two spacious Hawker 4000s. Upgraded and expanded hangar facilities at Executive Flight Services’ Fort Worth Meacham Airport location provide greater value to managed aircraft clients.

ABOUT EXECUTIVE FLIGHT SERVICES

Executive Flight Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Executive AirShare, manages and charters professionally piloted aircraft for personal and business use in the Americas. EFS provides professional pilots, precise and detailed flight scheduling and dispatch, exclusive aircraft maintenance, comprehensive financial services, concierge, fuel, hangar space, substantial buying power and other services through its bases to customers in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas; Kansas City and Wichita, Kansas. For more information about its services, please visit www.execflightservices.net. 

Cirrus SR20, N612DA, Aerosim Academy Inc: Incident occurred November 29, 2017 at Orlando Sanford International Airport (KSFB), Orange County, Florida

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

Aircraft on landing, struck a bird.

http://registry.faa.gov/N612DA

Date: 29-NOV-17
Time: 16:45:00Z
Regis#: N612DA
Aircraft Make: CIRRUS
Aircraft Model: SR20
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: SANFORD
State: FLORIDA

Cessna 182P, N7111S: Accident occurred November 22, 2017 at Bolingbrook's Clow International Airport (1C5), Will County, Illinois

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

Additional Participating Entity:

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N7111S

Location: Bolingbrook, IL
Accident Number: CEN18LA041
Date & Time: 11/22/2017, 1100 CST
Registration: N7111S
Aircraft: CESSNA 182P
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On November 22, 2017, about 1100 central standard time, a Cessna 182P airplane, N7111S departed the runway and impacted terrain while taking off from the Bolingbrook's Clow International Airport (1C5), Bolingbrook, Illinois. The pilot, sole occupant, was not injured and the airplane was substantially damaged during the accident. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time.

The pilot reported to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector that during the takeoff run the airplane turned right. He was unable to correct the turn or stop the airplane before the airplane exited the side of the runway. The airplane became airborne momentarily, then descended into a ditch and came to rest inverted. The wings, and fuselage sustained substantial damage during the accident. The pilot added that the nose wheel steering had recently undergone maintenance.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N7111S
Model/Series: 182P P
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:KLOT
Observation Time: 1055 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -1°C / -9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots, 240°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.37 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:
Destination:

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:

Cessna T210N Centurion, N5300A, Runzel Brothers Aviation LLC: Accident occurred November 12, 2017 at Campbell Airport (C81), Grayslake, Lake County, Illinois

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

Additional Participating Entity:

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

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


Runzel Brothers Aviation LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N5300A

Location: Grayslake, IL
Accident Number: CEN18LA031
Date & Time: 11/12/2017, 1730 CST
Registration: N5300A
Aircraft: CESSNA T210N
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Positioning

On November 12, 2017, about 1730 central standard time, a Cessna T210N airplane, N5300A, experienced a loss of engine power and landed short of runway 09 at Campbell Airport (C81), Grayslake, Illinois. The commercial rated pilot, who was the sole occupant, was not injured and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane wa
s registered to and operated by Runzel Brothers Aviation LLC under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a positioning flight. Night instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and the flight was operated on an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan. The airplane departed Pierre Regional Airport (PIR), Pierre, South Dakota, about 1440 and was en route to Chicago Executive Airport (PWK), Wheeling, Illinois.

The responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector stated that the pilot noticed a slight decrease in oil pressure, then heard a "bang" and noticed smoke in the cockpit. The pilot diverted to C81 and landed in a field short of runway 09. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left horizontal stabilizer. A large hole was found in the engine crankcase near the No. 4 cylinder.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N5300A
Model/Series: T210N
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:  No 
Operator: RUNZEL BROTHERS AVIATION LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPWK, 646 ft msl
Observation Time: 1652 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 4°C / 3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots, 320°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 700 ft agl
Visibility:  5 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.36 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: PIERRE, SD (PIR)
Destination: CHICAGO/PROSPECT HEIGHTS/WHEELING, IL (PWK)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 42.324167, -88.081389 (est)


GRAYSLAKE, Ill. (WLS) -- A Cessna 210 with engine trouble made an emergency landing Sunday night near Campbell Airport in Grayslake, the FAA said.

The aircraft had departed from Pierre, South Dakota, and was headed toward Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling.

The plane landed at about 6 p.m. about 100 to 150 feet short of the runway, skidding into a farm field and across a bridge before stopping on the far west end of the runway, according to the Grayslake Fire Protection District which responded to the scene.

The pilot, of Cary, Ill., did not report injuries, the fire protection district said. Fire crews mitigated a small fuel spill on the ground and turned the scene over to the Lake County Sheriff's Office and the Federal Aviation Administration.

The aircraft was a 1979 single-engine Cessna.

Weather may have played a role in the crash.

The aircraft was registered to Runzel Brothers Aviation LLC in Bensenville, according to the FAA.

Campbell Airport is located at 22731 W. Town Line Rd.

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