Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Montana: REACH Air Medical Services unveils new helicopter



REACH Air Medical services in Helena has unveiled their new helicopter.

REACH Air medical services is an air ambulance company that transfers critical patients over long distances to the necessary hospital.

"My favorite part of my job is when you are going out and about and you see someone that you actually took one of their family members, and helped transfer them to a medical facility, and they show their appreciation, it's very rewarding," said Tim Swingle, Lead Pilot for REACH Air medical.

The new bright red helicopter is labeled Airbus H1-25.

REACH Air said it's an incredibly reliable aircraft.

Swingle said this particular helicopter requires less maintenance downtime - meaning more ready time to respond to emergencies and help patients.

"My favorite feature is probably the performance it has a high-performance capability that we can go anywhere in the state and do a mission," said Swingle.

The H1-25 can remotely reach rural areas fast in an emergency.  The helicopter can fly around 140 miles per hour, and be in the air for three hours.

It can reach Montana's major cities in the eastern and western parts of the states.

Swingle said this new helicopter is about helping the community:  "Just to get the appreciation of the feedback we provide our services to and they have a good response to their family members and a successful operation."

REACH Air medical also operates a fixed-wing aircraft from its Helena base and has another helicopter at its Bozeman base.

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

Vance T-6s return to the air after 'operational pause'



VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Vance Air Force Base T-6 Texan II aircraft and their crews returned to the air Tuesday after an "operational pause" lasting more than two weeks.

Vance placed its more-than 100 T-6 aircraft on the "operational pause" Nov. 15 after five aircrew in four separate incidents reported symptoms similar to hypoxia, or oxygen deprivation, according to press releases provided to the News & Eagle.

A two-week investigation into the aircraft's oxygen system ensued, drawing in resources from Air Education and Training Command, airframe and component manufacturers and other Air Force commands.

71st Flying Training Wing officials said Monday the cause of the hypoxia-like symptoms experienced in November was not identified during that investigation, but several possible causes were eliminated.

"No specific root cause for the physiological events was identified during two weeks of investigation by aviation, medical, functional and industry experts," said a wing press release. "However, specific concerns were eliminated as possible causes including maintenance and aircrew flight equipment procedures. 

"As technical and human performance data continues to be gathered, the Vance team will temporarily apply local procedures to mitigate risk to flight operations and aircrew," the press release stated. 

71st Flying Training Wing commander Col. Darrell Judy praised the investigation team for their efforts.

"The cross functional cooperation between agencies spanning the Department of Defense and industry has been outstanding," Judy said. "We are actively using lessons learned across the aeronautics enterprise to determine the cause of these events, and are confident implementing mitigation techniques will enable us to return to our primary mission of training the world's finest aviators."

Background to T-6 investigation

According to base officials, four instructor pilots and one student pilot reported physiological incidents while flying between Nov. 1-15.

Lt. Col. Eric Schmidt, Vance chief of safety, said the aircrew experienced "hypoxia-like symptoms in the airframe that caused the concern that what they felt was beyond the realm of normal operations."

Hypoxia is a condition in which the body is not receiving sufficient oxygen.

Schmidt said none of the aircrew lost consciousness, and in each case they were able to switch over to the aircraft's backup oxygen system, which operated as designed, and were able to safely land the aircraft.

According to Air Force safety protocol each aircrew member was met by medical personnel on the flight line, evaluated and released without any indications of long-term adverse effects, Schmidt said.

The T-6 flight stand-down was limited to Vance Air Force Base. Because the incidents were limited to the T-6 airframe, T-1 Jayhawk and T-38 Talon flight operations were not impacted.

The T-6 is the primary trainer used at Vance and other undergraduate pilot training bases for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard — Columbus AFB, Miss.; Laughlin, Randolph and Sheppard AFB and Corpus Christi Naval Air Station, all in Texas; and NAS Whiting Field in Florida.

The T-6 is a single-engine, two-seat turboprop aircraft manufactured by Raytheon Aircraft Co. The T-6 first was put into use as the Air Force’s primary trainer in 2000, at a cost of nearly $4.3 million per aircraft. The first T-6 arrived at Vance in March 2005.

Student pilots typically spend about 22 weeks going through 90 hours of flight training instruction in the T-6 before moving on to continue training in either the T-38 or T-1.

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

Giles L. Henderson of Charleston, Illinois | 1943 - 2017 | Obituary

CHARLESTON, IL – Dr. Giles Lee Henderson, age 74 of Charleston and formerly of Montana, passed away in a skydiving accident in Taylorville, Illinois on Saturday, December 2, 2017.  A reception for family and friends will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 8, 2017 at Adams Funeral Chapel in Charleston.  Memorial Services honoring and celebrating his life will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at the funeral chapel with Pastor Gary Henderson officiating.  In lieu of flowers, thoughtful donations in his honor may be made to the EAA Young Eagles Program or the International Aerobatic Club.  Gifts may be left at the reception or service or mailed in care of Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Dr., Charleston, IL 61920.

Giles was born July 19, 1943 in Aberdeen, South Dakota, a son of the late Elmer and Viola (Walworth) Henderson.  He married his childhood sweetheart, Linda M. “Lyn” Altenburg on September 22, 1962 in Great Falls, Montana.  In addition to Lyn, his loving wife of 55 years, Giles is survived by two sons, Kevin Henderson and wife Donna of Meridian, Mississippi and Garth Henderson and wife Laura of Rapid City, South Dakota; two grandchildren, Jessie Henderson (Toni) of Meridian and Cherilyn Henderson of Rapid City; three great-grandchildren, Kahlan, Olivia and Dezmond Henderson; his stepfather, Jim Meade of Great Falls, Montana; and a brother, Gary Henderson (Lynette) of Bonanza, British Columbia, Canada.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Greg Henderson.


Giles’ love for flying began at a very early age and when most young men his age were getting their driver’s license, Giles was getting his pilot’s license.  He owned a plane long before he owned a car!  Following high school he attended Montana State University in Bozeman where he obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees and later pursued his doctorate at Indiana University in Bloomington.   In 1966 he accepted a position as a Chemistry Professor at Eastern Illinois University where he taught until his retirement in 2000.  His employment as a college professor for nine months out of the year was ideal as it allowed him to take to the air the remaining three months to pursue his love of flying and his acrobatic competition career.  Giles reputation of being nationally known in aerobatic competition and precision flying has earned him honors such as being inducted into the International Aerobatic Club Hall of Fame in 2012 and the EAA Sport Aviation Hall of Fame in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  He also held recognition as a member of the Aerobatic Club of America and the Mid America Sport Parachute Club.  He made the cover of the January 2013 issue of Sport Aerobatics magazine and was the subject of a featured article.


Giles was a ham radio operator for many years and his love for the outdoors also allowed him to pursue other interests such as scuba-diving, backpacking, fishing, hunting, caving, mountain climbing or canoeing.   He dearly loved his family and looked forward to time spent with his sons, his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren.


Giles touched the lives of so many as he was a teacher at heart and will be fondly remembered by his many students both in and out of the classroom.  Many Coles County residents will remember him practicing sequences for aerobatic contests in his yellow and black Cassutt Racer as he streaked across the skies. His family will forever treasure their many memories of a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.


SERVICES


Visitation

Friday, December 08, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Adams Funeral Chapel

2330 SHAWNEE DR
CHARLESTON, Illinois 61920

Funeral Service

Saturday, December 09, 2017
1:00 PM

Adams Funeral Chapel

2330 SHAWNEE DR
CHARLESTON, Illinois 61920 

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


TAYLORVILLE (JG-TC) -- An area pilot and skydiver was killed in a skydiving accident at approximately 2:45 p.m. Saturday at the Taylorville Municipal Airport. 


Giles Henderson, 74, of Charleston and a woman had jumped out of a plane at the time of the incident. Taylorville Police Chief Brian Hile said when Henderson opened his parachute after he jumped, it got entangled with the other skydiver.


The two were able to break free from one another, however, Henderson was not able to recover to land successfully, Hile said. The woman was able to land and received non-life-threatening injuries.  


The Taylorville Police Department, Taylorville Fire Department and Federal Aviation Administration are still investigating the incident. 


According to the JG-TC archives, Henderson performed in airshows for more than 20 years until the 1990s, and he switched to skydiving performances about six years ago.


According to an August 2016 feature on the retired Eastern Illinois University chemistry professor, Henderson had even walked onto a plane's wing and then parachuted off during his act at the Coles County Airshow. 


Original article can be found here ➤ http://jg-tc.com

Helicopters to be used to capture Eastern Washington deer

State biologists will be surveying mule deer populations and using nets fired from a helicopter to capture some of them starting Saturday.

The work will be done in Walla Walla, Columbia and Garfield counties. It could continue for a few weeks, depending on the weather.

Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists will be gathering data to learn more about mule deer populations, including the percentages of bucks, does and fawns.

Information could be used to inform future management of the deer population and hunting seasons.

As many as 50 does will be captured and fitted with GPS/satellite collars to allow biologists to monitor migration patterns and doe survival.

Nets will be fired from a helicopter to capture the does. They will be collared and released where they are captured.

They may be captured on public land or private land, with the permission of landowners.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.tri-cityherald.com

Transportation Security Administration worker packed a lunch ... and a gun

A gun was found in the “lunchpail” of a Transportation Security Administration worker passing through a security checkpoint en route to work last Friday morning at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, a spokesman for the federal agency confirmed Monday.

Londonderry police were called at 9:50 a.m. on Dec. 1 for a report of a weapons offense. Transportation Security Administration spokesman Mike McCarthy confirmed Monday the call involved a TSA employee.

“The individual reported for work, and as is standard procedure went through security screening, where a firearm was detected,” said McCarthy. “The firearm was located in a sort of ‘lunchpail,’ where the individual had packed a meal in a sort of backpack.”

McCarthy said the employee was interviewed by Londonderry police, just as anyone else caught with a firearm in their carry-on luggage would be.

“No charges were brought against the individual,” said McCarthy. “As far as we can determine, there was no harm intended.”

McCarthy said he could not comment on whether the individual faces any disciplinary actions or fines as a result of the incident.

“It’s a personnel matter,” said McCarthy.

A request sent to Londonderry police for the TSA worker’s name involved in the incident generated no response.

People traveling with firearms in their carry-on luggage typically face penalties after the weapons are detected at security checkpoints. Fines for firearms range from $500 to $2,000, according to TSA’s website.

According to McCarthy, firearms have been detected at security checkpoints at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport three times so far in 2017, matching the number of incidents for 2016.

Nationwide, TSA reported 3,391 guns, including 83 percent that were loaded, were discovered in carry-on bags in 2016.

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

Yeager Airport (KCRW) serves the region’s aviation needs

By Nick Keller 

As someone who is deeply engaged in the daily operation of Yeager Airport (CRW) as assistant airport director, I can assure you we are not operating in disarray. Rather, the dedicated employees at Yeager Airport can be found working, oftentimes behind the scenes, 24 hours a day to ensure each passenger’s safety and security.

Yeager Airport is proud to provide reliable air service. According to data available from the U.S. Department of Transportation, between January 2016 and September 2017 over 78% percent of airline flights operated on time out of CRW, compared to 81% in Columbus and 82% in Cincinnati. Slightly over 2% of flights were canceled. As this measurable data indicates, Yeager Airport is reliable.

Airport staff remain in constant communication with our airline partners to expand and retain air service. We also work to obtain grants and provide other incentives to encourage carriers to provide service to CRW. Airline mergers and consolidation have led to fewer airlines; however, Yeager Airport has service from all major legacy carriers: American, Delta, and United. These airlines operate 18 flights daily. American Airlines recently upgraded to all jet service, and United will be doing so in January.

A new “regional” airport is unnecessary and not economically feasible. Yeager Airport is the regional airport and is centrally located — serving the needs of this region from Bluefield to Parkersburg, from Lewisburg to Pikeville, Ky. After years of study and consideration, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) determined over 10 years ago that a regional airport is unnecessary and not economically feasible in West Virginia. The entire state of West Virginia has a population of 1.8 million people, less than the metropolitan statistical area for Columbus, Ohio (2.5 million people). Even if a regional airport were approved and there was a viable location for it, construction would take 10-20 years, if not longer, to open. What would the state do for air service in the meantime?

Yeager Airport plays a vital role for the entire region providing access to the world economy through scheduled airline service, a general aviation facility with Customs that provides a world class terminal for business travelers, and the West Virginia Air National Guard’s 130th Airlift Wing.

Yeager Airport’s partnership with the West Virginia Air National Guard is a great benefit for both organizations and the state. The Air Guard provides 24-hour fire protection for the entire airport in exchange for leasing the base for one dollar a year. This arrangement allows the Department of Defense to keep the 130th Airlift Wing at Yeager Airport without paying to maintain their own airfield. Without this arrangement, the Department of Defense would not fund an airlift wing here.

Always forward thinking, the airport recognizes the need to extend our runway to meet the air service and aircraft demands forecasted for the next 20 years and for the Air National Guard, and we have the capacity to do so. Yeager Airport is planning to use available acreage for new hangars, air cargo, aircraft repair facilities, warehouses, shipping, etc. These facilities bring with them high wage, long term jobs, which our state desperately needs.

The creation of new jobs in this region must be a high priority and the airport would also like to be a part of the education of skilled employees. We are working towards establishing a post-secondary aviation school at Yeager Airport — where the airport and Air Guard base could be used as hands-on learning laboratories where students can complete internships and have job opportunities upon graduation. The school would provide a pipeline of workers for jobs in aviation and help us better attract aviation businesses.

As a young person, I was fortunate to return home to West Virginia after graduating from college. Many of my peers and countless others who want to live in West Virginia cannot do so due to a lack of jobs. Too many of our young people who want good paying jobs are forced to leave their families and the state they love for work elsewhere. Plans the airport is developing to improve our existing infrastructure, create a school and jobs in aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul will help move West Virginia forward.

I encourage the residents of our wild, wonderful state to use their local airports instead of driving and paying for hotel rooms in another city, as this would result in more flights and larger aircraft.

We welcome you to visit Yeager Airport Thursday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. for a celebration of both the anniversary of the first commercial flight out of Yeager Airport in 1947 and 15 years of our nonstop flight to Houston, Texas. Get to know us! #flyCRW

(Nick Keller is the assistant airport director at Yeager Airport.)

Original article  ➤ http://www.montgomery-herald.com

Piper PA-28-180, N747KM: Incident occurred December 05, 2017 near Brewton Municipal Airport (12J), Escambia County, Alabama

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Alabama and NW Florida

Aircraft reported engine failure enroute. Crashed 4.5 miles SE of runway. Sustained unknown damage.

http://registry.faa.gov/N747KM

Date: 05-DEC-17
Time: 18:57:00Z
Regis#: N747KM
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28 180
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
City: BREWTON
State: ALABAMA




EAST BREWTON, Ala. —   A plane registered to a Cullowhee man went down in south Alabama on Tuesday afternoon. Authorities said the pilot and passenger were able to walk away.

The Escambia County (Ala.) Sheriff's Office said the incident happened at the intersection of Travis and Woodchuck roads about four and a half miles southeast of Brewton Municipal Airport.

The PA-28 Cherokee, a single-engine plane registered to Van A. Stayton, lost its engine and sent a mayday to the Pensacola (Fla.) tower. The sheriff's office said the plane sustained minor damage because of a fence.

Authorities said the aircraft took off from DeKalb–Peachtree Airport in Atlanta with the pilot's destination being Pensacola. Authorities have not released the name of the pilot or passenger.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been assigned to the investigation.

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

EAST BREWTON, Ala. (WEAR) — Several people are on scene in Brewton after reports of a plane down.

The Escambia County Sheriff's Office in Alabama said that the incident happened at the intersection of Travis Road and Woodchuck Road about four and a half miles southeast of the Brewton Municipal Airport.


The Piper PA-28 Cherokee lost its engine and sent a mayday to the Pensacola tower. The sheriff's office said the plane sustained minor damage due to a fence.


The sheriff's office said the pilot and passenger are OK.


The Federal Aviation Administration has been assigned to the investigation.


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

The Piper PA-28 Cherokee contacted air traffic control at the Pensacola International Airport and advised that they lost their engine, according Mike Lambert, chief deputy of the Escambia County (AL) Sheriff’s Office.


The pilot then sat the plane down in a field about 4.5 miles southeast of the Brewton Airport, near the intersection of Travis and Woodchuck roads, just a few thousand feet from the Alabama-Florida state line.


Both the pilot and a passenger walked away from the crash with no injuries, Lambert said.


The Escambia County (AL) Sheriff’s Office secured the scene with the FAA responding to conduct an official investigation.


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

Reno-Tahoe International Airport (KRNO) reports 'at least a dozen' cases of pet adoption scam



Local residents are being warned about a fraudulent pet adoption scam claiming to work with the airport, a news release from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport said. According to spokesperson for the airport April Conway, there were "at least a dozen" reports of the scam happening this year.

"The airport has received several reports this year of companies contracting with individuals to adopt non-existent pets who are allegedly being sent via cargo or commercial air carrier to RNO," the release said.

Airport spokesman Brian Kulpin said the most recent case happened Sunday when a woman went to the airport to pick up two monkeys she purchased online. Kulpin said she wired $1,700 for the monkeys.

"It's been dogs and cats so far but this was the first time someone has tried to come and pick up monkeys," he said.

According to the release, the companies allegedly ask for money up front and tell the customer the pet will be shipped to the Reno area using the airport's address. Conway said people have "lost hundreds even thousands of dollars" on the non-existent pets. When the pets aren't at the airport, the customers realize they have been scammed, the release said.

"Customers attest that the companies communicate via text or email and if they do call on the phone, frequently have some sort of accent," the release said. "Complaints allege that the company websites look legitimate and some even post 'how to avoid pet scam' information. Some will also ask for extra monies if the animal 'is diabetic' or is 'in need of extra medical attention'."

According to a report from the Better Business Bureau, the pet scams appear to originate in Cameroon and "use workers in the U.S. to pick up wire payments sent through Western Union or MoneyGram."

“Our community is full of compassionate pet owners and it’s disheartening that some corrupt individuals are using our airport, and the good hearts of our local residents, in this way,” said President and CEO of Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Marily Mora.

As this type of fraud crosses state lines, the Federal Bureau of Investigations is involved and residents who may have been affected are encouraged to call 1-800-CallFBI (1-800-225-5324).

The Better Business Bureau offered the following tips for people looking to purchase pets:

Research any business and its owners carefully before paying any money. Check the company’s BBB Business Profile at bbb.org.

If possible, try to pick up the puppy in person. Puppy scams depend on buyers trusting that the animals will be delivered to them.

Be careful about buying a puppy from anyone you don’t know, and be especially skeptical if the price is much lower than normal.

Avoid wiring money or using prepaid cards or gift cards to pay for transporting animals. Instead pay by credit card in case you need to challenge the purchase later.

Research pet adoption requirements in your area. Get a good grasp on what fees, permits and licenses are required by your local government and know whether they should be collected by the seller or government.

Consider getting a rescue dog if having a purebred dog is not a priority. Generally, rescues are less expensive than purebred pets and often have fewer health problems.

Victims of this fraud can report it to BBB Scam Tracker

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

Committee seeks growth for Jefferson City Memorial Airport (KJEF), Callaway County, Missouri



The Jefferson City Airport Advisory Committee sought ways to promote future growth at the Jefferson City Memorial Airport during Monday's meeting.

Committee members will sit down with Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce and Federal Aviation Administration officials in the coming months to discuss ways to market the airport's assets and bring in additional revenue.

Former committee member Chip Gentry described the airport as a "hidden gem" that is a "necessary asset to our community."

However, a major hurdle the airport faces is lack of marketing.

"Most citizens don't know the resources they are or could be getting from this airport," said Gentry, who is an attorney for Call & Gentry Law Group in Jefferson City.

Gentry said the committee needs to talk with the Chamber of Commerce to see what resources are marketed to potential business owners and if general aviation is one of them. Gentry has been flying since 2008 and used general aviation to help expand his business. He said if business owners know the airport can be a resource to them, it might create more economic opportunities for business owners and the city.




"Knowledge is power," Gentry said. "So if folks don't know of an asset that is available to them or don't know of an opportunity available to them, just having that information in front of them potentially gives them the opportunity to use an asset that they never knew about to consider when asking whether or not to bring a new business to Jefferson City or to grow and expand an existing business here in Jefferson City using general aviation as part of that puzzle."

Other committee members suggested community events to attract residents to the airport, like the Commemorative Air Force AirPower History Tour that stopped at Jefferson City Memorial Airport in September.

Gentry recommended the committee investigate becoming an FAA-designated reliever so the airport can receive federal grants. A reliever airport relieves commercial service airport congestion and provides "improved general aviation access to the overall community," according to the FAA's website.

Being a designated reliever airport could attract some commercial flights to Jefferson City and increase revenue, Gentry said.

Committee member Ron Craft said airport staff has looked into becoming a designated reliever airport in the past and the FAA was not supportive. To be a designated reliever airport, Jefferson City Memorial Airport would need some facility upgrades; and due to lack of funding, the FAA wouldn't be in a position to provide grants for those upgrades.

Ward 2 City Councilman and Airport Advisory Committee council liaison Rick Mihalevich said the city was not in a position at this point to fund the upgrades.

Craft noted the FAA does not think Jefferson City Memorial Airport needs those upgrades to be a reliever airport for Columbia Regional Airport because Columbia already is a designated reliever airport.

Committee members said they still want to discuss the possibility with FAA and investigate other designations so to become eligible for federal funds.

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

Beech A36 Bonanza 36, N251E: Incident occurred December 04, 2017 in Rio Oso, Sutter County, California

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

Aircraft reported fire onboard. Emergency landing in a field.

http://registry.faa.gov/N251E

Date: 04-DEC-17
Time: 15:20:00Z
Regis#: N251E
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: A36
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: RIO OSO
State: CALIFORNIA

Cessna T210M, N6DE: Incident occurred December 04, 2017 at Monterey Regional Airport (KMRY), California

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

Aircraft sustained birdstrike damage.

http://registry.faa.gov/N6DE

Date: 05-DEC-17
Time: 01:45:00Z
Regis#: N6DE
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: T210M
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
City: MONTEREY
State: CALIFORNIA

Delta Air Lines, Airbus A320-200, N360NW: Incident occurred December 04, 2017 at Sacramento International Airport (KSMF), California

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

Flight DAL1384: On departure sustained birdstrike. Engine and wing damage. Returned and landed without incident. 

Delta Air Lines Inc:  http://registry.faa.gov/N360NW

Date: 04-DEC-17
Time: 14:18:00Z
Regis#: N360NW
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A320 212
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
City: SACRAMENTO
State: CALIFORNIA

Enstrom F-28A, N90775, DuBois Aviation Inc: Incident occurred December 04, 2017 in Chino, San Bernardino County, California

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

Rotorcraft made emergency landing in pasture.

DuBois Aviation Inc:  http://registry.faa.gov/N90775

Date: 04-DEC-17
Time: 18:56:00Z
Regis#: N90775
Aircraft Make: ENSTROM
Aircraft Model: F 28A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: CHINO
State: CALIFORNIA

Piper PA-28-161, N81021, Paris Air Inc: Incident occurred December 04, 2017 at Vero Beach Regional Airport (KVRB), Indian River County, Florida

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

Aircraft landed without incident. Upon parking experienced engine fire.

Paris Air Inc:  http://registry.faa.gov/N81021

Date: 04-DEC-17
Time: 16:42:00Z
Regis#: N81021
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28 161
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: VERO BEACH
State: FLORIDA

Cessna R182 Skylane RG, N52GV, Compass Aviation Maintenance LLC: Incident occurred December 04, 2017 at Shelby-Cleveland County Regional Airport (KEHO), Shelby, North Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Charlotte, North Carolina

Aircraft landed gear up.

Compass Aviation Maintenance LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N52GV

Date: 04-DEC-17
Time: 21:25:00Z
Regis#: N52GV
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: R182
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: SHELBY
State: NORTH CAROLINA

Sonex Aircraft Onex, N104SY: Incident occurred December 04, 2017 in Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Charleston, West Virginia

Experimental aircraft during takeoff veered off runway into grass.

http://registry.faa.gov/N104SY

Date: 04-DEC-17
Time: 19:15:00Z
Regis#: N104SY
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: SONEX ONEX
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
City: PARKERSBURG
State: WEST VIRGINIA

Beechcraft C90 King Air, N500KR: Accident occurred December 04, 2017 at Chicago Rockford International Airport (KRFD), Winnebago County, Illinois

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

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Plaines, Illinois
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas
Transportation Safety Board of Canada; Ottawa, Ontario, FN
Pratt & Whitney Canada; Longueuil, Qu├ębec, FN

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N500KR 

Location: Rockford, IL
Accident Number: CEN18LA047
Date & Time: 12/04/2017, 1802 CST
Registration: N500KR
Aircraft: BEECH C90
Injuries: 2 Serious, 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On December 4, 2017, about 1802 central standard time, a Beech C90 airplane, N500KR, impacted terrain near the Chicago/Rockford International Airport (RFD), near Rockford, Illinois. The private pilot and one passenger sustained serious injuries and two passengers sustained minor injuries. The airplane sustained substantial fuselage damage during the impact. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area about the time of the accident, and the flight requested a local instrument flight rules clearance (IFR) near RFD. The flight originated from the Kissimmee Gateway Airport, near Orlando, Florida, about 1342 and was destined for RFD.

According to preliminary information from the Federal Aviation Administration, the airplane's pilot requested and was given an IFR clearance as the airplane was nearing RFD. The pilot was cleared to perform a visual approach to runway 19. As the airplane approached the airport, the pilot requested the runway lights for runway 25 be turned on. The airplane was subsequently given a clearance to land on runway 25. The airplane was observed impacting terrain before the threshold for runway 25.

At 1754, the recorded weather at RFD was: Wind 190° at 18 kts gusting to 25 kts; visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition overcast clouds at 3,800 ft; temperature 16° C; dew point 9° C; altimeter 29.49 inches of mercury. Remarks: Peak winds 190° at 27 kts at 1731. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information


Aircraft Manufacturer: BEECH
Registration: N500KR
Model/Series: C90
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: Dusk
Observation Facility, Elevation: KRFD, 743 ft msl
Observation Time: 1754 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 18 knots/ 25 knots, 190°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 3800 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.49 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: ORLANDO, FL (ISM)
Destination: Rockford, IL (RFD)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious, 2 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious, 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 42.203056, -89.082500 (est)



ROCKFORD — Rockford dentist Dr. Edward B. Noakes III and his two daughters remained hospitalized Tuesday after the plane he was piloting crashed at Chicago Rockford International Airport on Monday, Noake’s father-in-law, Floyd Ramer of Rockford, said.

One family member was in critical condition, though Ramer declined to say who.

Noakes is a dentist with Camelot Endodontics, which has offices in Rockford, Freeport, Wheaton and Janesville, Wisconsin. A woman who answered the phone at the Rockford location said no information would be released. Noakes is married, to Cindi, and they have two daughters and three sons, according to Camelot’s website.

Cindi Noakes declined comment and asked for privacy for the family.

Raymer said his son-in-law piloted the plane. Four family members, including Noakes’ son, were returning from Orlando.

The Beechcraft C90 King Air crashed about 200 yards to the east of a runway it intended to land upon near Falcon Road, an airport official said Monday.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the aircraft was manufactured in 1977.

“Right now, RFD’s primary concern is for the four injured passengers and their families, and we extend our thoughts and prayers to those affected,” said Mike Dunn, executive director of the airport, in a news release.

Cause of the crash is under investigation by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.


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Noakes Family

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - The plane that crashed at the Chicago Rockford International Airport Monday night may have been running out of fuel. 23 news found a transmission from the pilot to the Rockford tower on liveatc.net which says in part:

ATC- "You said you were requesting priorities or something wrong with the aircraft?"

PILOT: "Yeah, I just lost the transfer pump here, so I might have a little less fuel on one side than I thought. I don't want to come in with one single engine."

We have confirmed through the FAA that the six-seater King Air C-90 airplane is owned by Edward Noakes III who is an endodontist in Rockford. Sources tell us that Noakes was flying the plane.

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - A plane crash at the Chicago Rockford Airport leaves passengers injured.

Chicago Rockford International Airport officials and first responders say a King C90 plane went down just off a runway around 6 p.m.

Officials say all four passengers were taken to the hospital. Investigators tell us two people were extricated, one of those was unconscious. One is considered "walking wounded" and another was assisted off the plane.

There is no information on the level of experience the plane's pilot has, but emergency crews believe Rockford was the aircraft's intended destination.

At this time it is unknown if wind played a factor in the crash or if the issue was mechanical.

The FAA says they will be investigating along with the NTSB which will close Falcon Road at least overnight.

The airport does not expect flight delays.


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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WLS) -- A small plane crashed upon landing at the Chicago-Rockford International Airport Monday evening.

Officials said at about 5:26 p.m. the Beechcraft C90 King Air was coming in for a landing when it crashed just short of airport property, but came to a stop on airport grounds.

"They struck the ground just east of Falcon Road. They bounced over the road through the fence, the perimeter fence of the airport, and that's where they landed," said Deputy Fire Chief Brian Kunce, Rockford Airport Fire Department.

It was unclear if the crash was mechanical or related to strong winds. The airport reported gusts of up to 35 miles per hour Monday night.

"Once our company arrived on scene they found that the plane ended up crash landing inside the airport grounds," Kunce said.

Airport officials said four people were onboard the plane, including the pilot. Emergency responders had to extricate the pilot and one of the passengers off the plane, and they remained hospitalized in serious to critical condition Monday night.

The other two passengers suffered minor injuries and were also taken to local hospitals for treatment.

The National Transportation Safety Board is leading the investigation.

Falcon Road is expected to remain closed overnight. The airport resumed normal operations Monday evening and experienced only minimal delays, officials said.

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ROCKFORD -- At least four people were injured, including two minors, after a two engine aircraft crashed at Chicago Rockford International Airport Monday evening.

According to airport officials, there were no signs of distress as the Beechcraft C90 King Air came in to land around 6 p.m. Monday, when it clipped the airport perimeter fence and landed short of the runway.

Officials said at least four people were onboard, including two adults and two minors that were hospitalized after the crash. At least two of them are believed to be in critical condition. There are unconfirmed report that A 17-year-old girl was ejected from the plane during the crash.

The plane remains on the runway as local investigators comb through the wreckage, trying to determine whether or not wind gusts had anything to do with the crash. The tail end of the plane has broken off and split into two, possibly indicating the force of the impact when it hit the ground. NTSB federal investigators will be on the scene Tuesday.

As of 9:45 p.m. Monday, there was no word on the state of the plane's pilot.

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ROCKFORD — Four people onboard a small airplane Monday were injured after the aircraft crashed at Chicago Rockford International Airport at about 6 p.m.

All four were taken to a hospital, though the extent of their injuries is not clear. Two people needed to be extricated from the Beechcraft C90 King Air, one of whom was unconscious. Those passengers remained in critical condition Monday night at a local hospital, said Deputy Chief Brian Kunce with the airport fire department. A third passenger was walking injured and the fourth passenger was assisted off the plane, Kunce said.

The names of the injured passengers were not released.

Kunce said the plane crashed about 200 yards to the east of a runway it intended to land upon near Falcon Road. He said the plane initially struck a ditch and bounced over a fence before coming to a stop on the airport grounds. He declined to describe the condition of the airplane, but said it did not catch fire.

It was not disclosed where the plane originated from but Michelle Cassaro, deputy director of finance and administration for the airport, said the Rockford airport was the plane’s intended destination.

Mark Ratzer, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said winds were gusting at 31 mph shortly before 6 p.m. Kunce said it’s too early in the investigation to determine any cause of the crash, including weather.

“There’s no indication that’s what caused it,” he said. “It’s very early on into this.”

Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory said investigations can take several months to a year or more to complete.

Kunce said the crash triggered an automatic response from several area fire departments including Rockford, New Milford, Stillman Valley and nine ambulances.

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