Friday, January 19, 2018

Students Get the Ultimate Show-and-Tell



Eagle Point, OR. -- Today students at St. John Lutheran school were surprised with a helicopter landing in the middle of their parking lot. 

The school says this is the biggest show-and-tell they've ever had. What makes it more special, is that the pilot is one of the student's grandfathers. 

The pilot, Craig Morrison, told NewsWatch12 his grandson, Malakai McFall, has been asking him for months to go by the school for show-and-tell. 

"I've always wanted to do it, with him," says Malakai. 

Morrison was planning on only going in his flight suit, but he says he then had a better idea. 

"We said, lets just bring the helicopter. All the kids would enjoy it," says Morrison. 

"It was very cool. I've never seen a helicopter this close, " says Matthew Butler, a student at St. John Lutheran school. 

Morrison says the helicopter normally works out of Ashland, and for the Jackson County Sheriff's Office. It does rescue work at Crater Lake, and helps with power lines and construction. 

Morrison says he took the time to do this because he knew it would make his grandson's day, "My grandson is just the biggest joy of my heart. I just love him so much. I'd do anything for him and it was just an absolute pleasure to come down and do this."

St. John Lutheran school says this is a STEM opportunity for students. STEM programs focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 

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Wichita Falls Regional Airport (KSPS) sees spike in casino charter flight passengers



WICHITA FALLS - Some passengers heading to the Wichita Falls Regional Airport are taking to the skies, not to go to Dallas but for a casino getaway.

Airport officials say they've seen a recent spike in those types of trips which has had some very positive effects on the city's balance sheet as well as overall exposure for the airport.

Several flights come and go daily at the regional airport. Inside the lobby is where we spoke to Alisha Croker and Diane Hays- two good friend boarding a flight, hoping to bring home the jackpot.

"We're going to Laughlin, Nevada for a gambling trip," Croker said. "They're so much fun, it's great."

Casino charter flights made their mark at the local airport back in 2015, with two carriers going to Laughlin and Wendover, Nevada. A third carrier was added to the list just six months ago.
    
"So far, we have seen an increase as far as passengers coming in for those flights." Airport operations supervisor Cortney Schaefer says they are flights that give the airport terminal more exposure, even making the city money.

Schaefer says the airport would pocket $42,000 to $50,000 thousand dollars a year.

"We want more people flowing in and out of our wonderful airport here," Schaefer said. But it also brings in revenue for our city and it brings another destination for the citizens of this community here and those surrounding us, to other locations for vacations."

Schaefer says some have even made the drive from the Dallas/Fort Worth area to board the Wichita Falls flight. Being an even bigger convenience for locals like Croker and Hays.

"It's just a quick vacation getaway and without having to, you know, mess with the traffic of Dallas and DFW," Croker said.

As long as the charters keep coming, travelers say they are betting on more trips out west very soon.

On average, the regional airport operates casino charter flights at least once a month.

For more information on the flights, click here.

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The Bahamas: Concerns Raised Over Enforcement Of Air Safety Regulations

Although fatal airplane crashes are rare in The Bahamas, in the wake of Wednesday’s tragedy that killed six people near Andros, Randy Butler, CEO of Sky Bahamas, told The Tribune existing regulations governing the industry may be stiff but are still inadequately enforced.

He said at least 28 planes operate illegal charters each day, a longtime problem that still plagues the industry.

Mr. Butler said: “Some might say the regulations are too strong in the industry but enforcement is an issue as the Civil Aviation Department or authority is supposed to have adequate, qualified personnel to go and perform oversight, inspections, to see whether people are properly licensed, medically fit and if the airplane is adequately maintained and if insurances are in place; they don’t always enforce the laws and regulations relating to these.”

A number of certifications and licenses are required before a commercial flight can take off, including an aircraft airworthiness certificate, valid airmen certificates which relate to the physical fitness of a pilot and aircraft maintenance licences, among others.

Officials yesterday said it is too early to say whether all the necessary licences were obtained and valid with respect to the downed twin-engine Piper Aztec plane.

Juliea Brathwaite, manager of safety oversight at the Department of Civil Aviation, said yesterday authorities are still compiling all necessary information related to the ill-fated flight.

“We’re still in preliminary stages and active investigations are taking place with representatives on the ground,” she said. “We are waiting on a preliminary report to be provided. There is no definite word on whether requirements were followed or whether licences were in place – we will need to know what all the team has obtained. We should be getting a briefing on that once they are back on the island on Friday and it’s not industry practice to give information without having all the facts,” she said.

Officials have said no flight plan was filed before the plane, which was destined for New Providence, took off. Flight plans are only mandatory if flying from Nassau or Freeport. This factor could have contributed to the length of time it took before officials were made aware that the plane was even missing.

The flight left Andros shortly after 8am for a trip that normally takes less than half an hour. According to reports, the Department of Civil Aviation learned around 11am that the plane was missing and had not reached its destination, nor returned to Andros.

“In Nassau and Freeport, they’ve made it a requirement to come in and out, that you have a flight plan,” Mr Butler said. “From island to island there is no air traffic control or traffic control services, so if you file it, it could be that you say ‘I’m taking off from Acklins, it would take 15 minutes and when I get there I’ll call you.’ We need to take a look at the whole system; it needs to be more robust.”

As far as he knows, Mr. Butler said, no one has ever been taken to court for failing to comply with civil aviation regulations, despite the fact that authorities have found people not in compliance.

“If you find something wrong,” he said, “you should follow it through to the court system.”

As for unauthorized charter flights, he said the Department of Civil Aviation still lacks the manpower and willpower to properly enforce all regulations.

The last time a person was killed during a flight that originated in The Bahamas was more than a year ago, on June 19, 2016 when two men died in a crash of a Piper Aztec 27 plane. Officials determined that the pilot in that plane was not licenced and had his licence revoked in 2001. Then Acting Director at the Department of Civil Aviation Keith Major said it was the responsibility of the pilot to ensure he had necessary documentation.

The second most recent fatal plane crash in the Bahamas involved a Learjet carrying nine people, including the late Dr Myles Munroe and his wife, Ruth, which crashed as it headed to Grand Bahama in November 2014. Officials determined the crash was the result of poor decision making from the pilots.

Although fatal crashes are relatively rare, it has not been uncommon over the years for planes to crash or make emergency landings. Just last week a plane crash-landed in swamp land shortly after taking off from Chub Cay airport in Great Harbour Cay, Berry Islands. The pilot received minor injuries during the crash.

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U.S. Air Force Weighs International Squadrons to Strike Terror Targets: Use of low-cost fighter planes would allow deployment of higher-tech jets to areas requiring their advanced capabilities



The Wall Street Journal
By Julian E. Barnes in Brussels and  Gordon Lubold in Washington
January 19, 2018 5:30 a.m. ET

The U.S. Air Force is considering forming international squadrons of low-cost fighter planes to strike terrorist targets in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, allowing deployment of higher-tech jets to areas requiring their advanced capabilities.

A new unit employing relatively inexpensive off-the-shelf aircraft could free up cutting-edge U.S. and allied jet fighters for deterrence missions in Europe and Asia, and could help relieve a critical pilot shortage the U.S. Air Force faces, military and congressional officials say.

As the U.S. transitions its fighter fleet to new advanced stealth planes, like the F-22 and F-35, it is confronted with the difficult cost equation of using a fighter jet that costs $150 million to buy and $35,000 an hour to fly to destroy a terrorist camp of tattered tents.

Now, as Russia and China invest in their militaries and assert themselves more, the U.S. faces the additional problem of how and where to deploy limited numbers of stealthy warplanes to deter so-called peer competitors.

Congressional defense experts are urging the Air Force to rethink its strategy. They want it to move more of its advanced aircraft to Asia and Europe and design a plane that is cheaper to build and operate in the Middle East and other terror hot spots.

The U.S.’s annual defense-policy bill, which was signed into law in December, called on the Air Force to spend as much as $1.2 billion over five years to purchase as many as 300 aircraft, at the insistence of Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.).

The Air Force is reviewing a study of using commercially designed light-attack planes, similar to the 20 A-29 Super Tucano planes the U.S. has been buying for the Afghan Air Force since 2016, U.S. Air Force officials say.




The Air Force is also considering a jet and two other turboprops. All have a sticker price below $20 million apiece and hourly operating costs ranging from roughly $500 for the turboprops to around $3,000 for the jet.

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said his service hopes this year to choose a plane for a combat demonstration. While the Air Force is enthusiastic, it could take another year before the Air Force budget would reflect the procurement of such planes, officials said.

Once the U.S. chooses a plane, and if it acquires a fleet, it plans to push allies to purchase the same airplane. Gen. Goldfein has appointed an Air Force team to study the possibility of creating international squadrons that could be deployed to support the fight against Islamic State or other terror groups.

“We have to be creative here,” said Gen. Goldfein. “I don’t know if it is feasible or not, but it gets the creative juices flowing.”

Gen. Goldfein, himself a fighter pilot, flew two light attack aircraft last summer during a visit to Holloman Air Force base in New Mexico, including the Super Tucano and the AT-6 Wolverine.

While the U.S. is still reviewing the plan and hasn’t formally approached other countries, Gen. Goldfein in September met with air chiefs from 12 countries who have been fighting Islamic State and raised the possibility of the international squadron to gauge interest.

One European military official called the idea interesting and said it was “a good idea to take a harder look.”

U.S. Air Force leaders particularly like the idea of relatively cheap, off-the-shelf aircraft because it would encourage partner nations not only in Europe but also in Africa and Latin America to contribute to the bigger counterterrorism fight, service officials said.

Even if European allies don’t buy the light attack planes, they could potentially contribute to the squadron by lending pilots.

“Maybe other countries can bring some of the manpower,” Gen. Goldfein said.

Some European military also face pilot shortfalls. Another complication is that training on light attack planes, particularly if the U.S. chooses a turboprop aircraft, doesn’t necessarily hone skills need to fly faster and more-sophisticated jet fighters. But training with U.S. pilots, widely considered the best in the world, is often an experience that partner nations are eager to embrace, allied officials say.

Pentagon and congressional aides say airstrikes are critical to keeping militant groups weak enough for local forces to manage. In countries like Afghanistan and Iraq, the airspace generally isn’t contested.

The most advanced U.S. planes, like the F-35 and F-22, also contain classified communications and network software that Washington is unwilling to share with all allies. Fielding a low-end plane wouldn’t only be more cost-effective, it would also allow the U.S. and allies to talk and share data more efficiently.

“The strategy is to drive violent extremism down so local police can manage it,” Gen. Goldfein said. “That is the strategy from the Philippines to Nigeria and everywhere in between. If that is the strategy, how do we get a platform-sensor weapon we can build into a coalition?”

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

ICON A5, N922BA, registered to N529PG LLC and operated by the pilot: Fatal accident occurred November 07, 2017 near New Port Richey, Florida

Roy Halladay:  Report of autopsy - autopsy findings





ST PETERSBURG, Fla. - Former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died from blunt force trauma, with drowning as a contributing factor, when his plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico near New Port Richey in November.


Halladay was found in about six feet of water with a blood-alcohol content level of 0.01. Evidence of amphetamine, morphine and a drug typically used to treat insomnia were found in his system.


Halladay's ICON 15 aircraft flew very close to homes and near the water before crashing on Nov. 8, the National Transportation Safety Board said.


Halladay, 40, was an all-star pitcher with the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies. He lived on Odessa and coached baseball at Calvary Christian High School, where his oldest son played.


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The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa, Florida
Rotax Aircraft Engines; Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
Icon Aircraft Inc.; Vacaville, California
BRS Aerospace; Miami, Florida

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

N529PG LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N922BA

Location: Clearwater, FL
Accident Number: ANC18FA007
Date & Time: 11/07/2017, 1204 EST
Registration: N922BA
Aircraft: ICON AIRCRAFT INC A5
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On November 7, 2017, about 1204 eastern standard time, an amphibious, light sport Icon Aircraft, Inc., A5 airplane, N922BA, impacted open water in the Gulf of Mexico while maneuvering at low level near New Port Richey, Florida. The private pilot sustained fatal injuries, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to N529PG LLC, and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 visual flight rules personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The local area flight departed from a lake near the pilot's home in Odessa, Florida, about 1147.

The airplane was equipped with a digital data module that recorded basic GPS, engine, and flight parameters. The airplane was also equipped with a Rockwell Collins engine control unit that recorded engine parameters. The data track from the accident flight showed that the airplane departed from a private lakeside home north of Lake Keystone in Odessa about 1147 and climbed to a GPS altitude of 1,909 ft and tracked north for 4 miles before turning to the west toward the coastline. The airplane then flew for 10 miles and crossed over US Highway 19 about 600 ft GPS altitude, then descended to 36 ft over the water before turning south. The airplane then flew on southerly track past Green Key Beach at 11 ft GPS altitude and 92 knots. The airplane then performed a right 360° turn while climbing to about 100 ft. The airplane continued on a southerly track, flying as close as 75 ft to the Gulf Harbor South Beach houses. The last data point recovered indicated the airplane at an altitude of 200 ft, a speed of 87 knots, and tracking 196°. Video footage taken of the airplane before the accident, shows the airplane in a descending left 45° banked turn and then maneuvering about 10 ft above the water. A witness to the accident stated, during an interview with a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator, that he saw the airplane perform a climb to between 300 and 500 ft on a southerly heading and then turn and descend on an easterly heading about a 45° nose-down attitude. He then saw the airplane impact the water and nose over.

The airplane came to rest in 4.5 ft of saltwater oriented on a 192° heading with the fuselage and wings inverted. The front fuselage and cockpit were highly fragmented. The empennage section separated from the airframe and came to rest forward of the wings in an inverted position. Two inflated life vests and numerous fragments were recovered within a 300-ft radius from the wreckage. All the flight controls and major components were located at the main wreckage site. The CAP ballistic parachute system was not deployed, and the handle pin was installed.

On November 8, 2017, the wreckage was recovered from the water and transported to a secure facility for further examination.

The airplane was a certificated light sport aircraft that was outfitted with a Rotax 912iS engine. The pilot accepted delivery of the airplane on October 10, 2017.

The pilot's logbook indicated that he had logged a total of 703.9 flight hours, of which 51.8 hours were in an Icon A5 airplane, and 14.5 hours were in the accident airplane.

The closest weather reporting facility was the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE), about 19 miles southeast of the accident site. At 1153, a METAR from PIE was reporting, in part: wind calm, visibility 10 statute miles, clouds and sky condition clear, temperature 83°F, dew point 67°F, altimeter 30.08 inches of mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: ICON AIRCRAFT INC
Registration: N922BA
Model/Series: A5 NO SERIES
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: PIE
Observation Time: 1153 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 19 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Odessa, FL
Destination: 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 28.218333, -82.769444 (est)

Robinson R66, N778TL, registered to Hynes Aviation Industries Inc and operated by Colorado Vertical: Accident occurred May 20, 2017 in Canon City, Fremont County, Colorado

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

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado
Robinson Helicopter; Torrance, California

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/N778TL



Location: Canon City, CO
Accident Number: CEN17LA192
Date & Time: 05/20/2017, 1340 MDT
Registration: N778TL
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER CO R66
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Settling with power/vortex ring state
Injuries: 5 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Business - Sightseeing 

On May 20, 2017, about 1340 mountain daylight time, a Robinson Helicopter Company R66 helicopter, N778TL, impacted terrain following a loss of control on approach to landing near Canon City, Colorado. The commercial pilot and four passengers were not injured, and the helicopter sustained substantial damage. The helicopter was registered to Hynes Aviation Industries, Inc, and operated by Colorado Vertical under provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a local air tour flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a company visual flight rules flight plan was filed for the local flight. The flight originated from a private helipad near Canon City about 1335.

The pilot reported to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge that after completing the local air tour flight, the helicopter approached the private helipad location from the south near highway route 50. After crossing over route 50 on approach about 50-60 kts, the pilot began to arrest the descent to view the wind sock and determine the proper approach to the helipad. The pilot reported the winds were from the south, so he decided to make the final approach from the north. About 200 ft above ground level and west of the helipad, the pilot initiated a left turn, and the helicopter started an uncommanded descent. The pilot applied power to stop the descent, but the helicopter continued sinking towards the terrain. Due to the low altitude, the pilot then committed to land and leveled the helicopter. During the landing, the back of the landing gear skids struck the terrain, which resulted in the main rotor blades contacting and severing in the tail boom. The helicopter came to rest upright and the occupants exited the helicopter.

Postaccident examination of the helicopter airframe and engine revealed no evidence of mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.

The pilot reported that the helicopter weight was 2,580 lbs at the time of the accident, and the pilot's calculated center of gravity was 92.92 inches.

A GoPro HERO3 Silver Edition camera was mounted on the helicopter windshield facing inward into the cabin. The camera was installed on the helicopter to provide passengers a video of their air tour flight. A copy of the accident flight video was recovered by the operator and provided to the NTSB. The video was reviewed by the NTSB's Office of Research and Engineering and a video study was completed. The study goal was to estimate the forward and vertical speeds of the helicopter before the hard landing.

The analysis of the video was based on a mathematical model of the camera. Four parameters, yaw, pitch, roll, and horizontal field of view angle, were estimated from video frames recorded before takeoff, when the helicopter was on the departure helipad. Parameter estimation was based on several reference points, which were visible through the helicopter windows and aerial images of the accident area.

According to the study calculations, the forward speed was estimated at 34+3 knots, and the highest estimated vertical descent speed was 570+60 ft/min. In addition, the helicopter experienced an elevated level of vibrations during a time interval of approximately seven seconds that ended just before ground impact. 

Pilot Information


Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 44, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Helicopter
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Helicopter
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/21/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/31/2015
Flight Time:  520 hours (Total, all aircraft), 95 hours (Total, this make and model), 412 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 31 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 7 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information


Aircraft Manufacturer: ROBINSON HELICOPTER CO
Registration: N778TL
Model/Series: R66 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Year of Manufacture: 2013
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 0469
Landing Gear Type: Skid
Seats: 5
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/15/2017, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2700 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Turbo Shaft
Airframe Total Time: 197 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Rolls-Royce
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: 250-C300/A1
Registered Owner: Hynes Aviation Industries, Inc
Rated Power: 300 hp
Operator:  Colorado Vertical
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan


Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: 1V6
Observation Time: 1300 MDT
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 101°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 16500 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 5°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots, 180°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Precipitation
Departure Point: Canon City, CO
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Destination: Canon City, CO
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1335 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information


Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 4 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 5 None
Latitude, Longitude:  38.290000, -105.190000 (est)

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA192
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 20, 2017 in Canon City, CO
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER CO R66, registration: N778TL 
Injuries: 5 Uninjured.

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

On May 20, 2017, about 1345 mountain daylight time, a Robinson R66 helicopter, N778TL, impacted terrain following a loss of control on approach to landing near Canon City, Colorado. The commercial pilot and four passengers were not injured, and the helicopter sustained substantial damage. The helicopter was registered to Hynes Aviation Industries, Inc, and operated by Colorado Vertical under provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a local air tour flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a company flight plan was filed for the local flight. The flight originated a private helipad near Canon City at an unknown time.

The pilot reported to the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge, that after completing the local air tour flight, the helicopter approached the private helipad. On approach about 50-60 kts, the pilot began to arrest the descent to view the windsock and determine the proper approach to the helipad. About 200 ft above ground level, the pilot initiated a left turn and the helicopter started an uncommanded descent. The pilot applied power to stop the descent, but the helicopter continued sinking towards the terrain. Due to the low altitude, the pilot then committed to land and leveled the helicopter. During the landing, the back of the landing gear skids struck the terrain, which resulted in the main rotor blades contacting and severing in the tail boom. The helicopter came to rest upright and the occupants exited the helicopter.

Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser, N4018H, registered to and operated by the pilot: Accident occurred June 17, 2017 in Skwentna Alaska

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

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N4018H


Location: Skwentna, AK
Accident Number: ANC17LA033
Date & Time: 06/17/2017, 1434 AKD
Registration: N4018H
Aircraft: PIPER PA 12
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 17, 2017, about 1434 Alaska daylight time, a float-equipped Piper PA-12 airplane, N4018H, sustained substantial damage following a loss of control while landing at a remote creek near Skwentna, Alaska. The pilot was uninjured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot, as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 visual flight rules external cargo load flight. Visual meteorological conditions were present at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed. The airplane departed from a private lake in Houston, Alaska about 1409.

According to the pilot, the purpose of the flight was to transport plywood to his cabin off Indian Creek, near Skwentna. He had plywood secured to the float struts of both floats, with 2 2x8 pieces of ½ inch plywood, for a total of 120 pounds of plywood. As the pilot was landing to the south with a "light wind" condition present, at about 200 feet above the trees, the airplane made an uncommanded turn to the left. The pilot reported he applied left rudder with no response and that the rudder was "locked to the left." The pilot was unable to maintain control, the airplane impacted trees, and came to rest in an open meadow. The pilot was able to egress from the airplane without further incident.

The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the engine. When asked about any preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airframe by the NTSB IIC, the pilot reported he had "no rudder."

In a written statement from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aviation safety inspector (ASI) assigned to the accident on June 27, the FAA ASI reported that the pilot did not have the required external cargo load permit on file for the accident airplane.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings, the fuselage, and the empennage. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information


Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N4018H
Model/Series: PA 12 NO SERIES
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: PATK, 356 ft msl
Observation Time: 2253 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 32 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C / 8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 9000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Light and Variable, Variable
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 12000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Houston, AK
Destination: Skwentna, AK

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:  61.922500, -150.838333 (est)

Rotorway Exec 162F, N123XZ, registered to North Indiana Rotor LLC: Accidents occurred September 16, 2017 (and) February 26, 2015 in Plymouth, Marshall County, Indiana

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Plaines, Illinois

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

North Indiana Rotor LLC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N123XZ

Location: Plymouth, IN
Accident Number: CEN17LA365
Date & Time: 09/16/2017, 1715 EDT
Registration: N123XZ
Aircraft: GADDIS MICHAEL EXEC 162 F
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On September 16, 2017, about 1515 eastern standard time, an amateur-built Exec 162-F helicopter, N123XZ, performed a forced landing to a field near Plymouth, Indiana. The pilot and passenger were not injured, and the helicopter was substantially damaged. The helicopter was registered to North Indiana Rotor LLC and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated without a flight plan. The local flight departed from Plymouth Municipal Airport (C65), Plymouth, Indiana.

Initial information collected by the responding Federal Aviation Administration inspector, reported that while approaching the airport, the helicopter's engine lost power. The pilot conducted a forced landing to a field. The helicopter was substantially damaged during the landing.

The helicopter was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: GADDIS MICHAEL
Registration: N123XZ
Model/Series: EXEC 162 F NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: Private Individual
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KOXI, 683 ft msl
Observation Time: 1715 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 17 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 15°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 6000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots, 200°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: PLYMOUTH, IN (C65)
Destination: PLYMOUTH, IN (C65) 

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:  41.345833, -86.291944 (est)

Prior accident occurred February 26, 2015 in Plymouth, Indiana

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Bend; Indiana

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

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

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

Location: Plymouth, IN
Accident Number: CEN15CA155
Date & Time: 02/26/2015, 1804 EST
Registration: N123XZ
Aircraft: GADDIS MICHAEL EXEC 162 F
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Powerplant sys/comp malf/fail
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

Analysis

The pilot reported that while in cruise flight the engine RPM of the helicopter suddenly increased to the point where the rev limiter activated. At this point the helicopter was about 700 ft above ground level and the pilot performed an autorotation to a baseball field. During the forced landing, the helicopter sustained substantial damage to its fuselage. Subsequent examination of the helicopter revealed that the main drive belt that transmitted engine power to the rotor system had failed.

Probable Cause and Findings
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The failure of the helicopter's main drive belt resulting in the pilot performing a forced landing, during which the helicopter's fuselage was substantially damage.

Findings

Aircraft
Engine/transmission coupling - Failure (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Enroute-cruise
Powerplant sys/comp malf/fail (Defining event)

Autorotation
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 46
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used: 
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/09/2014
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 12/04/2014
Flight Time:  169.4 hours (Total, all aircraft), 58.2 hours (Total, this make and model), 124 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 15.7 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3.2 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0.4 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: GADDIS MICHAEL
Registration: N123XZ
Model/Series: EXEC 162 F NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 6377
Landing Gear Type: Skid
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/14/2014, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 
Time Since Last Inspection: 8.5 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Rotorway
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: 162f
Registered Owner: NORTH INDIANA ROTOR LLC
Rated Power: 150 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: OXI
Observation Time: 2355 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 17 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 270°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: -12°C / -21°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots, 360°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting:  30.29 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point:  Plymouth, IN
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Plymouth, IN (C65)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  EST
Type of Airspace: Class G 

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: 41.365000, -86.300278

Cessna 172R Skyhawk, N537HF, Silver Express Company dba Flying Academy Miami: Accident occurred November 30, 2017 at Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport (KTMB), Miami-Dade County, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Miami, Florida

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

Silver Express Company dba Flying Academy Miami

http://registry.faa.gov/N537HF 

Location: Miami, FL
Accident Number: ANC18LA014
Date & Time: 11/30/2017, 2250 EST
Registration: N537HF
Aircraft: CESSNA 172
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On November 30, 2017, about 2250 eastern standard time (EST), a Cessna 172 airplane, N537HF, impacted taxiway lights after landing in the grass south of runway 9L at Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport (TMB), Miami, Florida. The private pilot and sole passenger sustained no injuries and the airplane was substantially damaged. The flight was being operated as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 visual flight rules personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The flight departed TMB about 2230 for a local area flight.

According to the pilot, while approaching TMB, he was issued a landing clearance by the air traffic control tower (ATCT) to land on runway 9L. The pilot stated that when entering the traffic pattern, he heard the ATCT controller state that the tower was closing. After turning onto the final segment of the traffic pattern and seeing the runway numbers, the ATCT controller said good night over the frequency just prior to the runway lights extinguishing.  The pilot then lost sight of the runway, but still saw blue taxiway lights to the right of the airplane. He continued for landing and after touching down impacted an object on what he perceived as the runway. When he exited the aircraft to investigate, he realized he landed in the grass and had impacted a taxiway light, which resulted in substantial damage to the left wing and lift strut.

The pilot stated there were no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.

The closest official weather observation station is TMB. At 2253, a METAR was reporting, in part, wind 010° at 6 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; clouds and ceiling clear; temperature 70° F; dew point 64° F; altimeter 30.05 inches of Mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N537HF
Model/Series: 172
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: SIVER EXPRESS CO DBA
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KTMB, 10 ft msl
Observation Time: 0353 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots, 10°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Miami, FL (TMB)
Destination: Miami, FL (TMB)

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:  25.651389, -80.439444

Velocity XL-RG, N787SB, registered to Cloud Catcher Properties Inc and operated by the pilot: Accident occurred January 15, 2018 in Santa Fe, New Mexico

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico

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

Cloud Catcher Properties Inc:  http://registry.faa.gov/N787SB

Location: Santa Fe, NM
Accident Number: CEN18LA077
Date & Time: 01/15/2018, 1935 MST
Registration: N787SB
Aircraft: BRYK STEVEN L VELOCITY XL RG
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 15, 2018, about 1935 mountain standard time, an experimental, amateur-built Velocity XL-RG single-engine airplane, N787SB, collided with terrain during a forced landing near Santa Fe, New Mexico. The private pilot sustained serious injuries, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to Cloud Catcher Properties, Inc, and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 with an activated flight plan. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the accident site. The personal flight departed Liberal Mid-America Regional Airport (LBL), Liberal, Kansas, about 1832 central standard time, with the intended destination of Santa Fe Municipal Airport (SAF), Santa Fe, New Mexico.

According to preliminary information, the pilot departed LBL under visual flight rules (VFR) and contacted air traffic control (ATC) for VFR flight following to SAF. The pilot subsequently told the controller that the airplane had encountered instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) and that the airplane was accumulating airframe structural icing at 9,000 ft mean sea level (msl). The pilot, who was instrument rated, requested an instrument flight rules (IFR) clearance to SAF. The controller issued a heading change and told the pilot to climb to 10,000 ft msl; however, the pilot reported that he was unable to maintain altitude and declared an emergency. The final radar return was recorded 8.5 miles southeast of SAF at 300 ft above ground level (agl).

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors, who responded to the accident site the following morning, the airplane had landed in rough terrain about 8 miles southeast of SAF. The FAA inspectors observed several accumulations of structural ice on the airframe and along the wreckage debris path. The FAA inspectors also reported that flight control continuity was confirmed at the accident site, the landing gear was found fully retracted, and that the composite propeller had fragmented during impact with terrain. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: BRYK STEVEN L
Registration: N787SB
Model/Series: VELOCITY XL RG NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night/Dark
Observation Facility, Elevation: SAF, 6349 ft msl
Observation Time: 1953 MST
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -3°C / -6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 21 knots/ 27 knots, 130°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 2000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.33 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR/IFR
Departure Point: Liberal, KS (LBL)
Destination: Santa Fe, NM (SAF)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  35.543056, -105.983056 (est)

SANTA FE — The National Transportation Safety Board continues their investigation of  the crash of a small plane on a flight from Kansas to New Mexico.

The fixed wing-single engine aircraft was unable to maintain altitude due to icing and crashed in a field approximately four miles southeast of Santa Fe, New Mexico, according to Lynn Lunsford with the Federal Aviation Administration.

Officials said the pilot called a regional emergency communications center about 8 p.m. Monday to report the crash.

First responders found the crash site just after 3a.m. Tuesday, according to Lunsford.

The pilot was transported to St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe, according to Sheriff Robert Garcia

The pilot remains hospitalized.  Garcia said they had not released the pilot’s name because they had not contacted the pilot’s relatives.  The aircraft is registered to Cloud Catcher Properties in Klamath Falls, Oregon, according to the FAA.

SANTA FE — The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash of a small plane on a flight form Kansas to New Mexico. The pilot was hospitalized in critical condition.

Santa Fe Sheriff’s officials say the pilot called a regional emergency communications center about 8 p.m. Monday to report the crash.

The man provided coordinates directing emergency personnel east of the Rancho San Marcos subdivision off State Road 14.

Sheriff’s deputies say the man was found at the crash site and complained of leg, back and arm injuries.

He told authorities he was flying from Kansas to Santa Fe and his single-engine aircraft iced up and lost lift as he flew through a storm toward the Santa Fe Airport.

The New Mexico State Police have not responded to a request for the pilot’s name.

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




A pilot is hospitalized in Santa Fe with serious injuries after crashing his single-engine plane south of Santa Fe while flying from Kansas to the Santa Fe Municipal Airport, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.

In a news release Tuesday, the sheriff’s office confirmed that the pilot had called the Santa Fe Regional Emergency Communications Center from his cellphone around 8 p.m. Monday and told dispatchers he had crashed.

It took rescue crews more than two and half hours to find the plane and the pilot in the cold darkness in an area east of the Rancho San Marcos subdivision off N.M. 14.

The pilot, who complained of injuries in his leg, back and arm, was taken to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, where he was still in critical condition Tuesday, Capt. Nathan Segura of the sheriff’s office said.

Segura said that after the pilot flew his 2003 Velocity aircraft through a storm, the plane iced over and lost altitude, which led to the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash, the news release said.

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