Thursday, February 8, 2018

Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N1409U, Airgo Inc: Accident occurred February 08, 2018 at Centralia Municipal Airport (KENL), Illinois

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; St. Louis

Aircraft crashed on departure.

Airgo Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N1409U

Date: 08-FEB-18
Time: 17:45:00Z
Regis#: N1409U
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: CENTRALIA
State: ILLINOIS





CENTRALIA  -  A plane has crashed at the Centralia Municipal Airport.

Centralia Police Chief Brian Atchison says the only person in the plane was the pilot. The man's name has not been released.

Centralia Fire Officials say he was taken to SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital and later airlifted to a St. Louis Hospital. He appeared to have sustained head and leg injuries and possible internal injuries.

Atchison reports the Centralia Municipal Airport was closed pending completion of the investigation. Atchison says it's too early to speculate on what may have happened.

Centralia Police and Fire Officials along with State Police handled the accident scene. The National Transportation and Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration have been contacted, but Atchison says it was not immediately clear what type of investigation would be conducted.

Airgo officials at the airport are not releasing any information on the crash.

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

Incident occurred February 08, 2018: Teterboro Airport (KTEB), Bergen County, New Jersey • Stewart International Airport (KSWF), Orange County, New York

A Learjet that had problems with the nose landing gear diverted safely from New Jersey to Stewart International Airport in Orange County late Thursday morning, authorities said. 

The troubled jet landed just before noon at the public/military airport nearly 57 miles north of Teterboro, the Port Authority's Joseph Pentangelo told Daily Voice.

Hasbrouck Heights firefighters and Port Authority responders were at Teterboro Airport as the Learjet, with five people aboard, began circling to burn off fuel around 10:30 a.m., Pentangelo said.

The decision was made soon after to head to Stewart International Airport, where, as pilot Joseph Bar-Nadav explained, "the runways are at least twice as long as the ones at Teterboro and would make landing an aircraft with gear issues much safer.

"The long runways afford the pilot lots of room to get low and slow and then gently land on the runway surface without landing gear and leave enough room to slide as long as it needs," Bar-Nadav said.

Original article ➤ http://clarkstown.dailyvoice.com

A Learjet bound for Teterboro Airport (KTEB) in New Jersey reported issues with its landing gear on Thursday morning and was able to safely divert to Stewart International Airport in Orange County, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

None of the five passengers aboard the private plane were injured, Port Authority spokesman Joseph Pentangelo said.

The pilot reported having a problem with the “nose landing gear” at around 11 a.m., he said, and the plane was redirected to Stewart. It landed without incident at 12:51 p.m.

Pentangelo said planes count on a network of airports, noting that Stewart can handle planes big and small but it doesn’t often happen.

“It’s unusual,” he said, “but it’s not remarkable.”

Since it was a private flight, Pentangelo said he wasn’t sure where the plane had taken off from.

He said he was thankful for a safe landing and that no one was injured.

Original article ➤ https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com

JetBlue, Airbus A320: Incident occurred February 08, 2018 at Charleston International Airport (KCHS), South Carolina

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) -  Federal Aviation Administration officials say a plane bound for Boston made an emergency landing in Charleston Thursday evening after the crew reported fumes in the aircraft. 

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, JetBlue Flight 170, which is an Airbus A320 aircraft, landed safely at Charleston International Airport around 6:30 p.m.

"The flight departed from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and was headed to Boston," emergency officials said.

JetBlue says the plane was diverted to Charleston in an abundance of caution after reports of an odor on board. 

"The flight landed safely at approximately 6:30 p.m. local time, and customers deplaned normally," said Morgan Johnston with JetBlue. 

Customers will be accommodated on another aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating. 

Emergency crews including the North Charleston Fire Department and EMS responded to the airport for the incident.

Story and video ➤ http://www.live5news.com

Thorp T-18, N600HH, registered to and operated by the pilot: Accident occurred February 08, 2018 at Woodland Airstrip (MU89), Troy, Lincoln County, Missouri

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

Additional Participating Entity: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; St. Louis, Missouri

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/N600HH


National Transportation Safety Board - Aviation Accident Factual Report 

Location: Troy, MO
Accident Number: CEN18LA095
Date & Time: 02/08/2018, 1152 CST
Registration: N600HH
Aircraft: HENDERSON THORP T 18
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Controlled flight into terr/obj (CFIT)
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On February 8, 2018, at 1152 central standard time, an amateur-built T-18 airplane, N600HH, collided with trees and terrain during landing at Woodland Airstrip (MU89), Troy, Missouri. The private pilot, who was the sole occupant, sustained serious injuries and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan had been filed. The flight departed Creve Coeur Airport (1H0), St. Louis, Missouri, about 1030.

The plot reported that upon arrival at MU89 he made one pass over runway 27 and noted a crosswind from 230° at 10 to 20 knots. The pilot continued into the traffic pattern for a full stop landing on runway 27. During final approach while aligned to the left side of the runway and about 90 mph, the pilot extended the flaps "one notch." The pilot added that he wanted a little speed due to the crosswind on final. The pilot looked down at the instrument panel to check the rate of descent and when he looked back outside he saw a small tree tip near the airplane's right wing tip. He initiated a left control input, but the right wing tip collided with the tree and the airplane turned slightly right. The airplane continued into several trees and then nosed down into the ground. The pilot reported that there were no airplane mechanical malfunctions or failures.

The responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector performed a postaccident examination of the airplane and accident site. There was evidence of broken tree limbs about 30 to 40 yards east of the main wreckage. The airplane came to rest next to a tree line in a nose low, vertical attitude (figure 1). Flight control continuity was confirmed and no preimpact anomalies were evident.

Figure 1 – Accident airplane 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 75, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/03/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: HENDERSON
Registration: N600HH
Model/Series: THORP T 18 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1974
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 600
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/10/2015, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1465 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 682 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT:  C91  installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-320
Registered Owner: Mike & Linda Fleming
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: KFYG, 489 ft msl
Observation Time: 1155 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 20 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 175°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 5°C / -7°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.4 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: ST LOUIS, MO (1H0)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: ST LOUIS, MO (1H0)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1030 CST
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information

Airport: WOODLAND AIRSTRIP (MU89)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 656 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 27
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 1750 ft / 80 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

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: 38.912222, -91.033333 (est)

Location: Troy, MO
Accident Number: CEN18LA095
Date & Time: 02/08/2018, 1152 CST
Registration: N600HH
Aircraft: HENDERSON THORP T 18
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On February 8, 2018, at 1152 central standard time, a Henderson Thorp T-18 amateur-built airplane, N600HH, collided with trees and terrain during landing at Woodland Airstrip (MU89), Troy, Missouri. The private pilot, who was the sole occupant, sustained serious injuries and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan had been filed.

The first responders reported that after the accident the pilot stated that a gust of wind pushed the airplane into the trees during landing.

The responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector performed a postaccident examination of the airplane and accident site. There was evidence of broken tree limbs about 30 to 40 yards east of the main wreckage. The airplane came to rest next to a tree line in a nose low, vertical attitude (figure 1). Flight control continuity was confirmed and no preimpact anomalies were evident.


Figure 1 – Accident airplane 


Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: HENDERSON
Registration: N600HH
Model/Series: THORP T 18 UNDESIGNATED
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: KFYG, 489 ft msl
Observation Time: 1155 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 20 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 5°C / -7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.4 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Troy, MO (MU89)
Destination: Troy, MO (MU89) 

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:  38.912222, -91.033333 (est)



LINCOLN COUNTY, Mo. — A single-engine plane crashed into some trees near Wolf Creek Road and State Highway U Thursday afternoon in Lincoln County.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department reports that the pilot suffered a broken arm and was taken to the hospital.

There is no word yet on what caused the crash.

A pilot was hospitalized after his small plane crashed Thursday afternoon in Lincoln County.

The pilot was the only person on board when the single-engine plane came down and skimmed some trees before crashing.

The plane crashed nose down on a gravel road parallel to a private landing strip. It happened just before noon in an unincorporated area of Lincoln County near Wright City. Several fire departments and the Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to the scene.

By the time they got there, a neighbor was helping get the pilot out of the plane. The neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said he heard two loud noises and saw the pilot's wife running to the crash.

"He was still in the plane he was standing up out on his our the front of it where the front windscreen would be and he says, 'I need to get out of here, but I can't because my hand hurts.' So I went over there and he put his arm around my shoulders and we lifted him up," the man said.

The pilot was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. His name has not been released.

"He has a fractured arm and a head injury of some sort. As far as the rest of the extent of his injuries, I don't know," said Wright City Fire Protection District Chief Ron MacKnight.

The FAA was on the scene trying to determine the cause of the crash.

Story, video and photo ➤ http://fox2now.com





LINCOLN CO. (KMOV.com) – A pilot suffered a broken arm after a small plane crashed in Lincoln County Thursday.

Missouri State Highway Patrol officials said pilot Mike Fleming was the only person on the plane when it crashed at Wolf Creek Road and Highway U around noon. According to authorities, the narrow private road doubles as a private airstrip.

"I was in the house making lunch and I heard what sounded like an empty dump truck coming down a gravel road," said Fleming's neighbor, who wanted to remain anonymous.

The crash happened just a few feet from the man's home. 

"I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I just stood over here," he said. "So I went over there and he put his arm around my shoulders and we lifted him up and got him out over it."

Following the crash, Fleming was taken to the local hospital for treatment. Despite the heavy damage done to the aircraft itself, Fleming suffered only a broken hand and arm. 

"Could definitely have been a lot worse. when we got over there fuel was pouring out and it could've caught on fire," said Ron MacKnight, Fire Chief for Wright City. "We always prepare for the worst and hope for the best and this is one of those best case scenarios."

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

Learjet 35A, N452DA, registered to A&C Big Sky Aviation LLC and operated by Trans-Pacific Air Charter LLC: Fatal accident occurred May 15, 2017 near Teterboro Airport (KTEB), Bergen County, New Jersey

Jeffrey Alino 
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Jeffrey Alino, 33, of Union, New Jersey, was the first officer and William Ramsey, 56, of Salt Lake City, Utah, was the captain.


National Transportation Safety Board lead investigator Jim Silliman speaks at a press conference updating the status of the investigation into the plane crash that occurred in Carlstadt, New Jersey.


Adam Gerhardt, an air safety investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board, holds the cockpit voice recorder recovered from the wreckage of a fatal plane crash in Carlstadt on May 15, 2017.



National Transportation Safety Board Opens Docket on Teterboro Aviation Accident Investigation

February 07, 2018

​WASHINGTON (Feb. 7, 2018) — The National Transportation Safety Board opened the public docket Wednesday on its ongoing investigation of a Gates Learjet 35A crash that occurred during a circling approach to a runway at Teterboro Airport, Teterboro, New Jersey, killing both crewmembers.

The docket contains over 900 pages of factual information including: investigative group reports, witness statements, interview summaries and a transcript of the cockpit voice recorder.  It does not provide analysis, findings, recommendations or probable cause determinations.  No conclusions about how or why an accident occurred should be drawn from the docket.

The docket opening marks a transition in the investigative process where the majority of facts needed for the investigation have been gathered and the NTSB can move ahead with analysis of those facts.  Opening the docket affords those with a need and desire for its contents the opportunity to review what factual information has been gathered about the accident.  Any analysis, findings, recommendations, or probable cause determinations related to the accident will be issued by the Board at a later date.

The docket can be viewed at https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Teterboro, New Jersey
Bombardier; Montreal, Quebec
Honeywell; Phoenix, Arizona

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N452DA



Location: Teterboro, NJ
Accident Number: CEN17MA183
Date & Time: 05/15/2017, 1529 EDT
Registration: N452DA
Aircraft: GATES LEARJET 35A
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Positioning 

On May 15, 2017, at 1529 eastern daylight time, a Gates Learjet 35A, N452DA, operated by Trans-Pacific Jets, departed controlled flight while on a circling approach to runway 1 at the Teterboro Airport (TEB), Teterboro, New Jersey, and impacted a commercial building and parking lot. The captain and first officer died; no one on the ground was injured. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces and postcrash fire. The airplane was registered to A&C Big Sky Aviation LLC and operated by Trans-Pacific Air Charter LLC under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a positioning flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan was filed. The flight departed from the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, about 1504 and was destined for TEB.

The accident flight was the crewmembers' third flight of the day. The first flight departed TEB about 0732 on a Part 91 positioning flight and landed about 0815 at the Laurence G. Hanscom Field (BED), Bedford, Massachusetts, where they refueled and boarded a passenger. They departed BED about 1009 on a Part 135 on-demand charter flight and landed at PHL about 1104.

The captain filed an IFR flight plan to TEB planning a 28-minute flight at a cruising altitude of flight level 270 (27,000 feet) with a cruise speed of 441 knots and a departure time of 1430. After departure about 1504, the flight was cleared to climb to 4,000 feet above mean sea level (msl). The flight reached a maximum altitude of 4,000 feet msl. About 1515, the flight was cleared to descend to 3,000 ft msl. The New York Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) cleared the flight for the TEB ILS Runway 6 Approach, circle to land runway 1. TRACON instructed the flight to switch frequencies and contact TEB air traffic control (ATC) about 9 miles from the airport; however, the flight did not check onto the ATC's frequency until 4 miles from the airport. ATC cleared the flight to land on runway 1 and issued the TEB winds of 320 degrees at 16 knots, gusting to 32 knots.

Radar track data indicated that the flight did not start its right circling turn until it was less than 1 mile from the approach end of runway 6. According to TEB ATC, aircraft typically start the right turn at the final approach fix for runway 6, which is located 3.8 nm from the approach end of runway 6.

A TEB ATC controller reported that he observed the airplane bank hard to the right and he could see the belly of the airplane with the wings almost perpendicular to the ground. The airplane then appeared to level out for just a second or two before the left wing dropped, showing the entire top of the airplane. Other ground witnesses also reported that they observed the airplane in a right turn with the wings in a high angle of bank. Some witnesses described seeing the airplane's wings "wobbling" before the left wing dropped and the airplane descended to the ground. Security video cameras installed at numerous commercial buildings also captured the last moments of the flight, showing the airplane at high angles of bank. One security camera showed the airplane in a steep right wing low, nose down attitude at impact.

The accident site was located on a 180-degree bearing about 1/2 nautical miles from the threshold of runway 1 at TEB. The main wreckage was distributed in the parking lots of commercial businesses. The wreckage path and debris field was about 440 ft. long on a 135-degree heading, and 3 buildings and 16 vehicles were damaged by impact or fire. Although impact forces and postcrash fire destroyed and consumed much of the airplane, the examination of the wreckage revealed that all components of the airplane were located at the accident site.

The cockpit voice recorder (CVR) was located in the wreckage and was sent to the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) Vehicle Recorder Laboratory. The CVR was auditioned by NTSB senior management staff and found to be operating at the time of the accident. A CVR Group will be formed and a transcript of the flight will be produced.

Four other airplane components that store non-volatile memory (NVM) and an iPhone were collected and sent to the NTSB Vehicle Recorder Laboratory for examination. All 4 components and the iPhone exhibited impact and fire damage. The 4 components were: 2 Honeywell N1 Digital Electronic Engine Controls (DEEC); 1 Flight Management System (FMS); and 1 Honeywell KGP-56 Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS).

At 1452, the surface weather observation at TEB was: wind 350 degrees at 20 knots gusting to 30 knots; 10 miles visibility; scattered clouds at 4,500 ft; temperature 19 degrees C; dew point 6 degrees C; altimeter 29.75 inches of mercury.

The TEB automated terminal information services (ATIS) Z was in effect at the time of the accident. The 1451 ATIS Information Z stated that the current weather was: wind 350 degrees at 18 knots gusting to 29 knots; visibility 10; light rain, 5,500 ft scattered; temperature 18 degrees C; dew point 6 degrees C; altimeter 29.74 inches of mercury. ILS Runway 6 circle approach in use…Low level wind shear advisory in effect… ." 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: GATES LEARJET
Registration: N452DA
Model/Series: 35A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Trans-Pacific Air Charter LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135)
Operator Does Business As: Trans-Pacific Jets
Operator Designator Code: 1QUA 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: TEB, 8 ft msl
Observation Time: 1452 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 4500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 20 knots/ 30 knots, 350°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.75 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Philadelphia, PA (PHL)
Destination: Teterboro, NJ (TEB) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire:  On-Ground
Ground Injuries:  N/A
Aircraft Explosion: On-Ground
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 40.829444, -74.060278

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Published on February 05, 2018

Boeing in Talks to Buy Aerospace-Parts Maker Woodward: Talks underscore the takeover appetite of Boeing; Woodward has market value of $5.1 billion



The Wall Street Journal
By Dana Mattioli,  Bradley Hope and  Doug Cameron
Updated February 8, 2018 5:41 p.m. ET


Boeing Co. is in talks to buy aerospace parts maker Woodward Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.

The companies have held talks over the past several months, according to one of the people. Should there be a deal, it would be substantial. Woodward had a market value of $5.1 billion at Thursday’s close. Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company by revenue, was valued at $196 billion.

There is no guarantee the two sides will manage to strike a deal, and one doesn’t appear to be imminent.

Several hours after The Wall Street Journal reported on the talks, Woodward issued a news release saying that it “is not in discussions with Boeing over a possible acquisition of Woodward.”

The shares, which gained 7.5% to close at $82.93, gave back that and more after hours. Boeing shares fell 4.8% to $329.66 in regular trading amid a broad market decline.

After the statement, the people familiar with the matter said the companies remained in talks.

The talks underscore the takeover appetite of Boeing, which also is trying to buy part or all of Embraer SA, the Brazilian maker of smaller commercial jetliners and business jets.

A deal for Woodward would further Boeing’s effort to in-source more aircraft parts and cut costs to better compete with rival Airbus SE in a commercial-jetliner market worth an estimated $140 billion this year.

Boeing is pressing suppliers for better terms and building more of its own parts, including cockpit systems and actuators, the motors that control wing flaps and other systems.

Woodward, based in Fort Collins, Colo., makes both of these products for commercial and military aircraft, as well as an array of other items including engine parts, pumps and valves. The company, which also has an industrial-machinery business focused on the energy and utility sectors, had sales of $2.1 billion in fiscal 2017.

It isn’t clear what Boeing would do with this business, which had sales of about $750 million last year, if it bought Woodward.

Producing more in-house could help Boeing avoid some of the supply-chain snags affecting plane makers—many stemming from late delivery of engines and aircraft seats—and give it a bigger cut of the high-margin services and support market.

Boeing is flush with over $10 billion of cash and has become increasingly active in the deal arena as it boosts production to work through a backlog of more than 5,800 jetliners as well as defense equipment.

The Chicago company last year bought closely held Aurora Flight Sciences Corp., a maker of drones and pilotless flying systems.

Boeing Chief Financial Officer Greg Smith said at an investor event on Wednesday that talks with Embraer were progressing. Though the Brazilian company is viewed as a good strategic fit, he said a deal wasn’t a “must-do” unless it secured the right structure and terms.

In December, Boeing and Embraer confirmed that they are in talks after the Journal reported on the negotiations. The two sides remain in talks and are looking for ways to address the Brazilian government’s concerns about the potential tie-up. The government has a golden share in Embraer, giving it veto power over any transaction that would transfer control of the business.

Boeing is aiming to increase annual sales at its new services arm to $50 billion within a decade from $15 billion last year, though Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg said last month that this will be mainly through organic growth rather than acquisitions.

A deal, if one were to be struck, would come at the same time aerospace companies are transacting at an unprecedented rate. Last year, there was $55 billion worth of deals in the sector, according to data provider Dealogic. That is the highest volume on record. Among the deals struck last year, United Technologies Corp. signed a $23 billion agreement to buy Rockwell Collins Inc. Northrop Grumman Corp. agreed to buy fellow defense contractor Orbital ATK Inc. for $7.8 billion.

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

Piper PA-28-180, N8475W: Accident occurred February 05, 2018 at Metter Municipal Airport (KMHP), Candler County, Georgia

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N8475W

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Metter, GA
Accident Number: GAA18CA121
Date & Time: 02/05/2018, 1045 EST
Registration: N8475W
Aircraft: PIPER PA28
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The student pilot reported that, during landing, he added "too much left rudder and/or brake", and the airplane veered off the left side of the runway and struck a taxiway sign.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

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

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 36, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
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: 10/20/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 86 hours (Total, all aircraft), 30 hours (Total, this make and model) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N8475W
Model/Series: PA28 180
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1965
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28-2717
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/09/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2400 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5953 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-360-A3A
Registered Owner: JOHN EDWIN JONES JR
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCWV, 112 ft msl
Observation Time: 1555 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 134°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C / 5°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots, 280°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.21 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Metter, GA (MHP)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Metter, GA (MHP)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1025 EST
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information

Airport: METTER MUNI (MHP)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 197 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 28
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5001 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Stop and Go 

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:  32.373889, -82.079722 (est)

Piper PA-24-260 Comanche, N9360P, registered to Vic's Aircraft Sales LLC and operated by the pilot: Accident occurred February 07, 2018 at Hector International Airport (KFAR), Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration; Fargo, North Dakota 

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/N9360P

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Fargo, ND
Accident Number: CEN18LA097
Date & Time: 02/07/2018, 1800 CST
Registration: N9360P
Aircraft: PIPER PA 24-260
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Electrical system malf/failure
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On February 7, 2018, about 1800 central standard time, a Piper PA-24-260 airplane, N9360P, had a runway excursion when its landing gear collapsed during landing on runway 18 at the Hector International Airport (FAR), near Fargo, North Dakota. The pilot and passenger were uninjured. The airplane sustained substantial wing damage when it contacted a runway sign. The rental airplane was registered to Vic's Aircraft Sales LLC and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Dusk light visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from FAR about 1740.

In an interview with a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, the pilot reported that he'd taxied the airplane to the Jet Center to pick up a passenger. When leaving the Jet Center, the airplane's engine would not start. A ground power unit was used to start the airplane's engine. The pilot ran the airplane's engine in an attempt to charge the battery and verified the charging system by checking the ammeter. The pilot taxied the airplane out to the runway and performed a run-up; however, he did not verify the ammeter indication before takeoff.

After departure, the pilot noticed that he did not receive a radio call from the tower controller and saw that all the radios were inoperative. He subsequently re-entered the traffic pattern at FAR and rocked the airplane's wings to indicate to the tower controller that he was experiencing radio difficulties. The controller gave him a green light to land and the pilot selected the gear down using normal procedures, and then due to the electrical failure, initiated the emergency gear extension. The pilot was unable to remove the cover plate over the emergency gear handle, so he bent the cover back. He then placed the emergency extension rod into the right hole on the torque tube and rocked the rod back and forth. The pilot checked the mirror on the wing tip and the landing gear appeared to be down. On touchdown on the runway, the landing gear collapsed, and the airplane slid off the runway where it impacted a runway sign.

The pilot was not able to see the emergency gear extension instruction printed inside the cover plate as he could not open it, and he did not use the emergency procedures in the airplane flight manual or abbreviated check list to properly extend the gear.

According to the flight instructor who conducted the pilot's checkout in the accident airplane, he'd explained to the pilot how the electrical system fails to charge a battery that has gone completely dead even when you use external power start the engine. The instructor further explained that "for the battery to be charged by the alternator you first need to get at least a minimal charge in the battery to provide enough voltage to open the field for the electricity from the alternator to flow to the battery to fully charge it."

The instructor also explained the emergency landing gear extension and how it would require a mechanic to reset the gear. Once the emergency landing gear extension had been accomplished the pilot cannot retract the gear. The instructor and pilot then pulled the floor panel for the landing gear and visually discussed the landing gear and emergency gear extension for a second time. This included pulling the removable extension handle from its position and demonstrating how it inserted into the socket. The instructor advised that the pilot would feel a positive movement and physical locking of the gear into place when the emergency procedure was completed. He pointed out that during an electrical failure, the pilot would not have a gear down light illuminated but there was the mirror on the left wing that would show at least two of the gear down.

An FAA inspector interviewed a mechanic that troubleshot the aircraft electrical system following the accident. It was determined that the alternator was the cause of the electrical charging failure and that the battery was not fully charged before takeoff. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 18, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/10/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 111 hours (Total, all aircraft), 5.7 hours (Total, this make and model), 29.5 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 12.3 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 0.3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N9360P
Model/Series: PA 24-260
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1969
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 24-4860
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: TIO-540-D4A5
Registered Owner: VIC'S AIRCRAFT SALES LLC
Rated Power: 260 hp
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: KFAR, 899 ft msl
Observation Time: 1757 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 37°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: -16°C / -20°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility : 10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots, 190°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.3 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Fargo, ND (FAR)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Fargo, ND (FAR)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1740 CST
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: HECTOR INTL (FAR)
Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 901 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 18
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 9001 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  46.920556, -96.815833 (est)

Incident occurred February 07, 2018 at Muskogee-Davis Regional Airport (KMKO), Oklahoma

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Will Rogers

Experienced strong crosswind on landing, aircraft was blown off runway into grass.

Date: 07-FEB-18
Time: 21:00:00Z
Regis#: N8290W
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: VELOCITY STANDARD FG
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MUSKOGEE
State: OKLAHOMA

Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche, N7192Y, Cornerstone BC Inc: Incident occurred February 07, 2018 at Fort Worth Meacham International Airport (KFTW), Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Texas

Gear collapsed after landing.

Cornerstone BC Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N7192Y

Date: 08-FEB-18
Time: 00:48:00Z
Regis#: N7192Y
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 30
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: FORT WORTH
State: TEXAS