Monday, February 5, 2018

Idaho Transportation Department budget for next year includes replacing an aging state airplane

Idaho Transportation Department Director Brian Ness makes his budget presentation to lawmakers on Monday, February 5, 2018.



The budget request for the Idaho Transportation Department for next year includes a request to replace one of the airplanes in the state’s three-plane fleet, a 45-year-old Cessna 182, “replacing an aging 45-year-old single prop airplane with a modern aircraft that will be safer for our customers,” ITD Director Brian Ness told the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee this morning. “Triple prop planes have a much better safety rating” and are better suited for use in emergencies such as search and rescue, he said.

ITD’s current fleet includes a King Air, a Cessna 206 and a Cessna 182. The King Air, which can carry 10 passengers, can be flown in all types of weather, and can reach most places in Idaho within an hour, is used the most. The Cessna 206 was purchased in 1978, can carry five passengers and is capable of carrying oversized cargo. The Cessna 182, which was purchased in 1972, can carry three passengers.

More than 40 state agencies use the state planes, ITD reports, including for emergency transportation for the Idaho State Police and the state Department of Correction; for search and rescue; for emergency transport of hazardous materials; and for non-emergency transportation of state employees.

Ness requested that the $2 million for the purchase of the plane come from the Aeronautics Fund, which comes from aviation fuel taxes, aircraft licensing fees, fines and penalties. Gov. Butch Otter recommended a $1.475 million transfer from the state general fund to the Aeronautics Fund next year, with the fund then making transfers back to the general fund annually until the transfer is fully repaid. Because of that “gymnastics,” Ness said, the budget request appears to show a total of $3.475 million, but only $2 million is being requested to buy the new plane.

JFAC members had few questions about the plane replacement during this morning’s budget hearing, though Rep. Phylis King, D-Boise, asked a legislative budget analyst to explain the transfer mechanism.

Read more here ➤ http://www.spokesman.com

Sonex Trainer, N543SX: Fatal accident occurred February 05, 2018 near Carrabelle-Thompson Airport (X13), Franklin 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; Tampa, Florida

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

Gregory W. Newman: http://registry.faa.gov/N543SX 

Location: Carrabelle, FL
Accident Number: ERA18LA083
Date & Time: 02/05/2018, 1125 EST
Registration: N543SX
Aircraft: GREGORY NEWMAN SONEX TRAINER
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On February 5, 2018, at 1125 eastern standard time, an experimental, amateur-built Sonex Trainer airplane, N543SX, sustained substantial damage when it collided with terrain after a loss of engine power during the initial climb after takeoff from the Carrabelle-Thompson Airport (X13), Carrabelle, Florida. The private pilot, who was also the owner/builder of the airplane was fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed near the airport at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed for the flight that was being conducted as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The flight was originating at the time of the accident with intentions to stay in the local area.

A witness stated the pilot had been having some mechanical issues with the engine and the purpose of the flight was to test the engine. On the morning of the accident, the witness heard the pilot start the airplane's engine and taxi to runway 5. Everything sounded normal. The airplane then departed. When it was about halfway down the 4,000-foot-long runway, he heard the engine lose power. There was no sputter or sound of a rough running engine, the rpm just decelerated. The witness looked up and saw the airplane about 100 ft above the runway. The pilot then made an "aggressive bank" to the left and the airplane stalled and descended straight down toward the ground. The witness did not see the impact.

The airplane came to rest upright in a nose down attitude in heavily wooded and swampy terrain about 250-yards north of the airport. There was no postimpact fire.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. His last Federal Aviation Administration third-class medical was issued on May 3, 2016. At that time, he reported 571 total flight hours.

Weather at Apalachicola Regional Airport-Cleve Randolph Field, Apalachicola, Florida, located about 18 miles west of the accident site, at 1053, was reported as wind from 050° at 9 knots, clear skies, temperature 15° C, dew point 8° C, and an altimeter setting of 30.23 inches of mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information


Aircraft Manufacturer: GREGORY NEWMAN
Registration: N543SX
Model/Series: SONEX TRAINER 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: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: AAF, 19 ft msl
Observation Time: 1053 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 18 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C / 8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots, 50°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.23 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Carrabelle, FL (X13)
Destination: Carrabelle, FL (X13) 

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: 29.841944, -84.701111 (est)

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.


Greg Newman


· Franklin County Sheriff's Office  - A.J. "Tony" Smith, Sheriff 


Tremendous effort this morning by the Carrabelle Police Department, FCSO and the EMS in response to a small aircraft crash. The victim went down in the woods near the Carrabelle airport. Thank you to all who rushed out to search for the plane. Help came to the victim quickly and wouldn’t have been possible without such a rapid effort. Please keep this man in your thoughts and prayers.


Special thank you to Mark Nobles for taking his personal plane out to search from the sky. Teamwork!





FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - A man died in the hospital after his plane crashed in Franklin County on Monday morning. 

Greg Newman, 68, was airlifted to a hospital. His small plane went down in woods near the Carabelle airport, deputies said. 

"The Carrabelle Aviation Advisory Board lost their dear comrade this evening," Carrabelle Mayor Brenda La Paz said in a Facebook post. "The loss is a tragedy to our community. We are all heartbroken. ... Deepest sympathy to Greg’s beloved wife, Laurel."

The Carrabelle Police Department, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and EMS responded to the crash.

Story, video and photos ➤ http://www.wtxl.com



A 68-year-old Carrabelle man was injured Monday morning, after the small plane he was piloting went down in the woods near the Carrabelle Airport.

Greg Newman was unconscious inside of his Sonex two-seater aircraft when Carrabelle Office Brice Carlson and Sheriff’s Deputy Wade Blevins found him in Tate’s Hell State Forest about 250 yards from the runway, said Amber Jochim, Carrabelle’s assistant police chief.

She said a Weems ambulance responded to the call, and that Newman was flown by helicopter to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

Carlson and Blevins responded to the call about 11:25 a.m, Jochim said.

“People in the hangar said they saw the plane having engine troubles and it went down near the northeast end of the runway,” Jochim said.

Private pilot Mark Nobles flew overhead and helped identify where officers needed to go,” she said.

The officers trekked into the woods, and then carried him about 250 yards on a spinal board back to the airport.

Tim Sullivan, chairman of Carrabelle aviation advisory board, said the Federal Aviation Administration has been notified and will investigate the crash.

Story and photos ➤  http://www.apalachtimes.com

· Carrabelle Police Department

At approximately 11:25 am on February 5th, 2018, Officer Brice Carlson assisted by Deputy Wade Blevins, FCSO responded to a report of a plane crash at Carrabelle Airport off Airport Road.


Upon arrival Ofc. Carlson learned from witnesses that a single passenger plane was observed having engine trouble and going down approximately 200 yards off the northeast end of the runway. 


With air assistance from pilot Mark Nobles, Carlson and Blevins located the wreckage in the wooded area of Tate's Hell Swamp.


The pilot, Gregory Newman of Carrabelle suffered unknown injuries and was unconscious when located. 


CPD, FCSO and Franklin Co. EMS were able to get Newman on a backboard and carry him 200 yards back out of the woods. 


Newman was life-flighted to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.  His condition is unknown at this time.

Helio H-295-1200 Super Courier, N5072K, Univest Aviation LLC: Incident occurred February 03, 2018 in Scottsdale, Maricopa County, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale

Aircraft nose gear collapsed on landing.

Univest Aviation LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N5072K

Date: 03-FEB-18
Time: 20:50:00Z
Regis#: N5072K
Aircraft Make: HELIO
Aircraft Model: H 295
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: SCOTTSDALE
State: ARIZONA

Cessna T210N Turbo Centurion, N828RJ: Incident occurred February 04, 2018 at San Diego International Airport (KSAN), California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Diego

Aircraft landed gear up.

http://registry.faa.gov/N828RJ

Date: 04-FEB-18
Time: 04:23:00Z
Regis#: N828RJ
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: T210N
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SAN DIEGO
State: CALIFORNIA

Southwest Airlines, Boeing 737-700, N7726A: Incident occurred February 04, 2018 at Sacramento International Airport (KSMF), California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento

Flight 1987:  Reported a bird strike on takeoff. Returned to airport and landed without further incident.

Southwest Airlines Company: http://registry.faa.gov/N7726A

Date: 05-FEB-18
Time: 03:30:00Z
Regis#: N7726A
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 737
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: SOUTHWEST AIRLINES
Flight Number: 1987
City: SACRAMENTO
State: CALIFORNIA

Piper PA-46-310P Malibu, N46WX, TBBC Aviation LLC: Incidents occurred December 06, 2017 and February 23, 2017 at Wimauma Air Park (FD77), Hillsborough County, Florida

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

12/06/17:  Aircraft nose gear collapse during takeoff.

TBBC Aviation LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N46WX

Date: 06-DEC-17
Time: 16:30:00Z
Regis#: N46WX
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 46 310P
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: WIMAUMA
State: FLORIDA

02/23/17:  Aircraft on takeoff roll, nose gear collapsed.  


Date: 23-FEB-17

Time: 20:20:00Z
Regis#: N46WX
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA46
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
City: WIMAUMA
State: FLORIDA

Frontier Airlines, Airbus A320-200, N205FR: Incident occurred February 04, 2018 near Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa

Flight 1883:  Experienced a battery fire from a laptop in the cabin. Fire contained. Two (2) people treated for minor burns and released.

http://registry.faa.gov/N205FR

Date: 04-FEB-18
Time: 02:39:00Z
Regis#: UNK
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A320
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: FRONTIER AIRLINES
Flight Number: 1883
City: TAMPA
State: FLORIDA

Piper PA-28R-180 Cherokee Arrow, N3718T: Incident occurred February 04, 2018 at Waterloo Regional Airport (KALO), Black Hawk County, Iowa

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Moines

http://registry.faa.gov/N3718T


Aircraft struck a bird on approach. Landed without incident.


Date: 04-FEB-18
Time: 22:15:00Z
Regis#: N3718T
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28R 180
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
City: WATERLOO
State: IOWA

Cessna T303 Crusader, N303TL, Pegasus Aviation Inc: Incident occurred February 04, 2018 at Walter J. Koladza Airport (KGBR), Great Barrington, Berkshire County, Massachusetts

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Bradley 

Aircraft past taxi runway entrance and went down an embankment.


Pegasus Aviation Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N303TL


Date: 04-FEB-18

Time: 23:15:00Z
Regis#: N303TL
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: T303
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: GREAT BARRINGTON
State: MASSACHUSETTS




GREAT BARRINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS — Walter J. Koladza Airport is temporarily closed to all air traffic except in an emergency after a plane overshot the west end of the runway upon takeoff Sunday evening and crashed into a hayfield on a neighbor's land.

It appears there were no injuries; according to the town police incident log, the occupants of the plane refused medical treatment. The number of passengers is still unclear. 

The plane was still sitting upright Monday morning in the ice-encrusted field below the end the 2,600-foot runway, where an investigator from the Federal Aviation Administration was seen climbing out of the twin propeller aircraft. 

He declined comment, citing the investigation.

The airport's business manager, Mark Roggen, told The Eagle he had not yet heard of the incident but was about to call the airport.

At about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, police received a call for a "plane crash," and soon fire and rescue trucks were sent to the scene, and the National Transportation Safety Board was contacted, according to the police incident log.

Claudia Shapiro and Daniel Bell own the land beyond the runway, and their home sits about 100 feet from where the plane came to a rest.

Shapiro declined to speak to The Eagle, but gave permission to take photographs from her property.

Holly Hamer, who lives near the airport, is again raising concerns about the Federal Aviation Administration-required "Runway Safety Area" at Koladza. 

"The pilot bailout shouldn't be someone's backyard," she said.

In Massachusetts, only 49 percent of airports meet this Federal Aviation Administration standard, according to a state Department of Transportation report.

The small airport off Route 71 and Seekonk Cross Road has, over the last two years, been the center of zoning and environmental controversies after filing for a permit to build three hangars. 

The runway safety area has been just one of many issues of concern to the airport's neighbors.

Original article and photo ➤ http://www.berkshireeagle.com

Beech 95, N128W, operated by Sheble Aviation as an instructional flight: Accident occurred February 02, 2018 at North Las Vegas Airport (KVGT), Clark County, Nevada

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Las Vegas, Nevada

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N128W

Location: North Las Vegas, NV
Accident Number: WPR18LA082
Date & Time: 02/02/2018, 1105 PST
Registration: N128W
Aircraft: BEECH 95
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On February 2, 2018, about 1105 Pacific standard time, a Beech 95, N128W, departed runway 30L after landing at the North Las Vegas Airport (VGT), Las Vegas, Nevada. The airplane was operated by Sheble Aviation as an instructional flight under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The flight instructor and student pilot were not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local area training flight that departed VGT at 0830; No flight plan had been filed.

According to the flight instructor, the student was practicing single-engine approaches to runway 30L, with a simulated engine out of the number 2 (left engine). The airplane was low on the approach, and the student was instructed to add power to the number 1 engine (right). The student advanced the throttle for the right engine, but there was no increase in power/thrust. The flight instructor told the student to push both throttles full forward and make a go-around. The right engine returned to full power; however, the left engine failed to produce any thrust. The airplane entered a VMC (minimum control speed) roll condition toward the critical engine (left), and impacted terrain.

The airplane was recovered for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: BEECH
Registration: N128W
Model/Series: 95 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: SHEBLE JOSEPH F II
Operating Certificate(s) Held:  None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: VGT, 2205 ft msl
Observation Time: 1053 PST
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / -3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots, 120°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.24 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: North Las Vegas, NV (VGT)
Destination:  North Las Vegas, NV (VGT) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  36.210556, -115.194444 (est)

Beechcraft Beechjet 400A, N570TM, Aircraft Holding Company One LLC: Incident occurred February 04, 2018 at Burke Lakefront Airport (KBKL), Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cleveland

On landing, aircraft slid off departure end into the Engineered Material Arresting System.

Aircraft Holding Company One LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N570TM

Date: 05-FEB-18
Time: 00:30:00Z
Regis#: N570TM
Aircraft Make: RAYTHEON
Aircraft Model: 400A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: CLEVELAND
State: OHIO


Incident occurred February 04, 2018 at Burke Lakefront Airport (KBKL),  Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio


Frozen Lake Erie on February 4th. 


CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A plane slid of a runway at Burke Lakefront Airport Sunday night, closing the facility temporarily.

According to airport officials, the incident happened around 7:30 p.m.

There were four people on board, but there were no injuries reported.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The airport has since reopened.

Original article  and video ➤ http://fox8.com

Czech Sport Aircraft SportCruiser, N542SC, N815DH LLC: Incident occurred February 04, 2018 at Addison Airport (KADS), Dallas County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Texas

Aircraft nose gear collapsed on landing.

N815DH LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N542SC

Date: 04-FEB-18
Time: 22:40:00Z
Regis#: N542SC
Aircraft Make: CZECH SPORT
Aircraft Model: SPORTCRUISER
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: DALLAS
State: TEXAS

Mooney M20E, N2138R: Incident occurred February 03, 2018 in Plains, Yoakum County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock

Aircraft landed in a field.

http://registry.faa.gov/N2138R

Date: 03-FEB-18
Time: 18:27:00Z
Regis#: N2138R
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20E
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: PLAINS
State: TEXAS

Cessna 182 Skylane, N505PD: Accident occurred February 04, 2018 at Pearson Field Airport (KVUO), Vancouver, Clark County, Washington

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland

Aircraft landed and ran off the runway.

http://registry.faa.gov/N505PD

Date: 04-FEB-18
Time: 23:30:00Z
Regis#: N505PD
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: VANCOUVER
State: WASHINGTON

Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee Archer, TI-BEP, Aerotica Flight School: Accident occurred February 04, 2018 in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Same Guanacaste province as Nature Air crash and wind a factor.






Avioneta con 4 personas se estrella en Tamarindo

El fuerte viento impidió que pudiera despegar

Los bomberos locales confirman que solo se reporta un derrame de combustible.

No hay fuego ni personas heridas.

"El avión chocó con la barrera perimetral y hay derrame de combustible, pero todos los ocupantes están ilesos", indicaron los rescatistas.

Los fuertes vientos le impidieron alzar vuelo y ocasionaron el accidente.

http://www.repretel.com