Monday, February 12, 2018

Autogyro Cavalon, C-GYRC: Accident occurred February 12, 2018 at Victoria International Airport (CYYJ), North Saanich, British Columbia, Canada

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A pilot was taken to hospital after his Autogyro Cavalon crashed at the Victoria International Airport Monday afternoon. The crash resulted in two cancelled flights and delays.

A man was taken to hospital after an Autogyro Cavalon crashed shortly after taking off from Victoria International Airport Monday afternoon. The crash on the airport’s main runway caused some flights cancellation and delays.

The Autogyro Cavalon was 15 feet off the ground when it crashed at about 12:30 p.m., causing pieces of the aircraft to scatter across the runway, said Ken Gallant, the airport’s director of operations and safety.

“The pilot was departing when something happened to cause it to come back down to the ground,” he said.

The airport’s emergency response team, Sidney/North Saanich RCMP and North Saanich Fire responded. The pilot, the sole person on board, was taken to Victoria General Hospital with undetermined injuries.

The crash caused a small fuel spill which was contained with foam.

The pilot is from Greater Victoria and keeps the Autogyro Cavalon in a hangar at the airport, Gallant said.

Windows of the Autogyro Cavalon were shattered and its front wheel collapsed.

The crash closed the airport’s primary runway, which resulted in two cancelled flights and several delays.

The Autogyro Cavalon was moved into a hangar at 2:30 p.m., which allowed the airport to resume normal operations.

The Transportation Safety Board was notified and the airport has passed all relevant information to the board for an investigation, Gallant said.

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




The lone occupant of a Autogyro Cavalon was taken to hospital after a hard landing this afternoon at Victoria International Airport.

The Director Operations & Safety for the ‎Victoria Airport Authority, Ken Gallant says the incident happened at 12:30 this afternoon and forced the closure of two runways.

Gallant says a pair of commercial flights were cancelled as a result of the crash and several other flights were delayed.

The Autogyro Cavalon was cleared and regular service restored by about 2:30 Monday afternoon.

No word at this point on what caused the hard landing or the condition of  the pilot.

Story and video ➤ https://www.cheknews.ca

Fiji Link, Avions de Transport Regional ATR-72-212A, DQ-FJX, Flight FJ-7: Incident occurred February 12, 2018 at Nadi International Airport, Fiji

A Fiji Link ATR 72-600 aircraft on its way to Suva from Nadi was forced to the Nadi International Airport this morning after the right engine developed problems shortly after take-off.

In a statement issued by the airline, Fiji Link said pilots were alerted to an engine fire and activated the fire extinguishing system on board to bring the situation under control.

"Following protocol, they shut down the engine and returned the ATR 72-600 aircraft safely to Nadi without further incident or injury to guests and crew," the airline said.

"An emergency was declared initially but cancelled once the situation was contained."

Fiji Link said all guests were met and assisted by Fiji Link personnel upon return to Nadi.

Authorities are investigating the incident and passengers were booked on subsequent flights to Suva.

Fiji Link apologized for the incident and maintained that safety continued to be a priority for the airline.

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

Cessna 180, N2347C: Accident occurred February 11, 2018 in Nenana, Alaska -and- Incident occurred April 02, 2016 at Chena Marina Airport (AK28), Fairbanks, Alaska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fairbanks 

http://registry.faa.gov/N2347C

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA126

14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Sunday, February 11, 2018 in Nenana, AK
Aircraft: CESSNA 180, registration: N2347C

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Crashed while landing on straight skis.  

Date: 12-FEB-18
Time: 00:01:00Z
Regis#: N2347C
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 180
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: KANTISHNA RIVER
State: ALASKA

Previous Incident: 

Aircraft on takeoff, went off the runway.


Date: 02-APR-16

Time: 20:20:00Z
Regis#: N2347C
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 180
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Activity: On Demand
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 135
City: FAIRBANKS
State: Alaska

Piper PA-28-181 Archer, N914PA and Piper PA-28-181, N425PA: Incident occurred February 11, 2018 at Chandler Municipal Airport (KCHD), Maricopa County, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale

Aircraft's wing tip struck prop of N914PA.


Bird Acquisition LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N425PA

Date: 11-FEB-18

Time: 15:45:00Z
Regis#: N425PA
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28 181
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: CHANDLER
State: ARIZONA

Aircraft experienced a prop strike from wing tip of N425PA.

Bird Acquisition LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N914PA

Date: 11-FEB-18
Time: 15:45:00Z
Regis#: N914PA
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28 181
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: CHANDLER
State: ARIZONA

N914PA - Previous Incident:

Aircraft on landing, bounced and struck the propeller. Phoenix Deer Valley Airport (KDVT), Arizona

Bird Acquisition LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N914PA

Date: 28-OCT-16

Time: 17:30:00Z
Regis#: N914PA
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: PHOENIX
State: Arizona

Beech G35, N4654D, Contingency LLC: Accident occurred February 08, 2018 at Batesville Regional Airport (KBVX), Independence County, Arkansas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock

Aircraft experienced elevator issues on descent, landed without incident, pilot became aware of damage after landing.

Contingency LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N4654D

Date: 08-FEB-18
Time: 20:15:00Z
Regis#: N4654D
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: G35
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
City: BATESVILLE
State: ARKANSAS

Rutan VariEze, N944X, registered to and operated by the pilot: Accident occurred February 11, 2018 at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (KSMO), Los Angeles County, California

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Los Angeles, California 

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

Marcarian Technologies Inc:  http://registry.faa.gov/N944X

Location:  Santa Monica, CA
Accident Number: WPR18LA089
Date & Time: 02/11/2018, 1258 PST
Registration: N944X
Aircraft: SHANKS V ROGER VARI EZE
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On February 11, 2018, at 1258 Pacific standard time, an experimental amateur-built Roger V Shanks (Rutan Aircraft Factory) VariEze, N944X, struck a hangar during its landing rollout at Santa Monica Municipal Airport, Santa Monica, California. The private pilot and pilot rated passenger were not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the nose structure and canard. 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. The local flight departed Brackett Field Airport, La Verne, California, about 1240. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

The pilot reported that the landing approach to runway 21 was uneventful, and that he landed about 200 ft beyond the runway numbers. As soon as the nosewheel touched down, the pilot applied brake pressure and the airplane began to swerve to the left. He released the brakes and countered with right rudder, and then applied brake pressure again, but the airplane continued to veer left. He then proceeded to alternately cycle the brakes and right rudder as the ground roll progressed. The airplane had not appreciably slowed down, and, aware that the terrain dropped off beyond the runway end, he decided to apply full braking. The airplane then veered rapidly to the left, crossed over the adjacent taxiway, and struck a hangar.

The airplane was equipped with a free-castering nosewheel, with ground steering accomplished through differential braking once rudder effectiveness diminished at lower speeds. The design did not incorporate conventional toe-brakes, but instead brake pressure was applied directly via the rudder pedals once they had been pushed beyond the pedals' rudder travel limits.

Skid marks on the runway indicated that the airplane departed the runway surface just before taxiway B2, about 500 ft short of the runway end, and 1,300 ft before the end of the runway apron where the terrain dropped away (Photo 1,2). Runway 21 slopes downhill, with a gradient of 1.2%.

Photo 1 - Skid Marks on Runway

Photo 2 - Collision with Hangar 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: SHANKS V ROGER
Registration: N944X
Model/Series: VARI EZE 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: KSMO, 174 ft msl
Observation Time: 1302 PST
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots, 240°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.87 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: LA VERNE, CA (POC)
Destination: Santa Monica, CA (SMO) 

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: 34.012500, -118.453889

Piper PA-28-181, N2226N: Incident occurred February 09, 2018 at Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport (KMYF), San Diego, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Diego

After landing the aircraft drifted off the runway and struck taxiway light and incurred propeller damage.

http://registry.faa.gov/N2226N

Date: 09-FEB-18
Time: 01:00:00Z
Regis#: N2226N
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28 181
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: SAN DIEGO
State: CALIFORNIA

Beech 95-B55 (T42A) Baron, N7941K Aeroplanes2 LLC: Incident occurred February 10, 2018 at Orlando Executive Airport (KORL), Orange County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando

Aircraft landed with left landing gear retracted, veered off the runway.

Aeroplanes2 LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N7941K

Date: 10-FEB-18
Time: 16:30:00Z
Regis#: N7941K
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 95 B55
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ORLANDO

State: FLORIDA

Aircraft landed with landing gear retracted, veered off the runway.

Date: 10-FEB-18
Time: 16:30:00Z
Regis#: N7941K
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 95 B55
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ORLANDO
State: FLORIDA

Beech D-50 N261B, Winnie Mae Inc: Incident occurred February 10, 2018 at Tallahassee International Airport (KTLH), Leon County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Unknown

Aircraft landed and landing gear collapsed.

Winnie Mae Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N261B

Date: 10-FEB-18
Time: 02:10:00Z
Regis#: N261B
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: D 50
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: TALLAHASSEE
State: FLORIDA

Beech B-60, N6033C, DCM Aircraft LLC: Incident occurred February 09, 2018 at Friedman Memorial Airport (KSUN), Hailey, Blaine County, Idaho

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise

Nose gear collapse on landing.

DCM Aircraft LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N6033C

Date: 09-FEB-18
Time: 16:20:00Z
Regis#: N6033C
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: B 60
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONEN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: HAILEY
State: IDAHO

Friedman Memorial Airport was closed for about 50 minutes on Friday, Feb. 9, after the front landing gear of a twin-engine propeller plane collapsed after the plane landed. There were no injuries.

According to airport Manager Chris Pomeroy, the nosewheel of a Beechcraft Duke collapsed around 9:20 a.m. after the plane had landed and was “rolling out after a long distance.” Pomeroy wrote in an email that first responders from the Hailey Fire Department were at the scene in less than a minute, but that the pilot—the plane’s lone occupant—was uninjured.

Aircraft incidents typically prompt a response from the Hailey Fire Department, Wood River Fire & Rescue and the Bellevue Fire Department. Hailey Fire Chief Craig Aberbach, who is also Wood River Fire & Rescue’s assistant chief, said he was near the airport when the call was paged out, and he was the first to arrive on scene. When he saw that the pilot wasn’t injured and the plane had no fluid leakage, he said, he alerted other agencies that they did not need to respond.

The airport removed the aircraft with a crane, Pomeroy wrote, and no commercial flights were affected by the approximately 50-minute runway closure. There were “only a few delays to general aviation aircraft,” he wrote.

Though the cause of the landing gear failure is under investigation by the FAA, Pomeroy wrote, the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board ruled the event an “incident,” not an accident, “based on the minor nature of the event.”


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Dassault Falcon 20F, N715WS: Incident occurred February 12, 2018 at University-Oxford Airport (KUOX), Lafayette County, Mississippi

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Jackson

Landed on runway and experienced braking problem, veered off the end of runway.

MCB Aviation LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/715WS

Date: 12-FEB-18
Time: 22:01:00Z
Regis#: N715WS
Aircraft Make: DASSAULT
Aircraft Model: FAN JET FALCON SER F
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: OXFORD
State: MISSISSIPPI

Kitfox IV 1200 , N76478: Accident occurred February 11, 2018 at Carson Airport (KCXP), Carson City, Nevada

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno

http://registry.faa.gov/N76478

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA123
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, February 11, 2018 in Carson City, NV
Aircraft: OLIVER LAWRENCE R KITFOX IV 1200, registration: N76478

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft lost control during landing.

Date: 11-FEB-18
Time: 20:40:00Z
Regis#: N76478
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: KITFOX IV 1200
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: CARSON CITY
State: NEVADA

Kitfox Series 7, N377KJ: Accident occurred February 09, 2018 at Carson Airport (KCXP), Carson City, Nevada

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno

http://registry.faa.gov/N377KJ

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA125
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, February 09, 2018 in Carson City, NV
Aircraft: BAKER VICTOR R KITFOX, registration: N377KJ

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft inverted on taxiway under unknown circumstances.

Date: 09-FEB-18
Time: 09:45:00Z
Regis#: N377KJ
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: KITFOX SERIES 7
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: CARSON CITY
State: NEVADA

Cessna 182P Skylane, N3QZ: Incident occurred February 10, 2018 at Will Rogers World Airport (KOKC), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Will Rogers

Aircraft was taxiing to runway and reported a tire on fire, fire extinguished, no injuries.

http://registry.faa.gov/N3QZ

Date: 10-FEB-18
Time: 00:50:00Z
Regis#: N3QZ
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182P
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: OKLAHOMA CITY
State: OKLAHOMA

United Airlines, Boeing 737-900, N811UA: Incident occurred February 11, 2018 at Portland International Airport (KPDX), Oregon

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland

Flight 1884: Encountered bird strike.

United Airlines Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N811UA

Date: 11-FEB-18
Time: 05:46:00Z
Regis#: N811UA
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A319
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: UNITED AIRLINES
Flight Number: 1884
City: PORTLAND
State: OREGON

Cessna 120, N2892N: Incident occurred February 09, 2018 in Keller, Tarrant County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Texas

Aircraft was departing and lost lift tail wheel and struck perimeter wall, returned and landed without incident.

http://registry.faa.gov/N2892N

Date: 09-FEB-18
Time: 14:15:00Z
Regis#: N2892N
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 120
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: KELLER
State: TEXAS

Army sergeant who 'tried to kill his skydiver wife by tampering with her parachute before she jumped from 4,000 ft' appears in court ahead of new trial

An army sergeant accused of trying to kill his wife by tampering with her parachute before she jumped from 4,000 ft today appeared in court.

Emile Cilliers, 37, faces a retrial in April where he is accused of twice attempting to murder Victoria Cilliers, 40.

Cilliers is said to have sabotaged his wife's parachute before it failed to deploy when she made the jump in Wiltshire in 2015.

Mrs. Cilliers, an experienced army physiotherapist and parachute instructor, suffered near-fatal injuries after the dive on Easter Sunday in April.

She sustained a broken leg, collarbone and cracked ribs when the main and reserve chute failed to deploy properly, causing her to spiral out of control on Salisbury Plain.

Prosecutors claim South African-born Cilliers tampered with the parachute just days after deliberately damaging a gas valve at the family home in Amesbury, Wiltshire, in a bid to kill his wife.

The jury in the first trial failed to reach a verdict having poured over the evidence for approximately 30 hours at Winchester Crown Court following a seven-week trial.

Cilliers was based in Aldershot, Hampshire, and worked with the Royal Army Physical Training Corps - attached to the Royal Engineers.

The a father-of-six, attended the Old Bailey today dressed in a smart black suit for hisbrief pre-trial review hearing in front of Mr Justice Sweeney. 

Cilliers, of the Aldershot Barracks, denies two counts of attempted murder and one count of criminal damage as to recklessly endanger life.

Story and photos ➤ http://www.dailymail.co.uk

Frozen body of a stowaway -Kenya Airways



A body of a stowaway was on Sunday, February 11 found in a Kenya Airways Flight from Kinshasa when the plane landed.

Eyewitnesses said he seemed to have frozen and died.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.update.co.ke

The body of a stowaway was found in a Kenya Airways flight from Kinshasa in the DRC on Sunday.

The body was found after the plane landed at the JKIA, preliminary reports indicating the person froze to death.

The victim was not identified immediately as there were no identification documents at the scene.

Police took the body to a mortuary and launched investigations.

On Sunday evening, at least four flights were diverted from the JKIA after a plane stalled on the runway for almost an hour.

The Phoenix plane destined for Ukunda, Kwale county, developed landing gear troubles.

Emergency services at the airport responded swiftly and cleared the runway, enabling the resumption of operations after about 40 minutes.

Kenya Airports Authority officials said flyers affected were those in two Kenya Airways and one Emirates flights to Mombasa.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.the-star.co.ke

Port Authority to Vote on $30 Million Expansion of Stewart International Airport (KSWF): Project would upgrade facilities in hopes of boosting international arrivals

A parking lot at Stewart Airport in Orange County, N.Y. 


The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will meet this week to vote on a $30 million expansion of Stewart International Airport, a project aimed at increasing international arrivals at the facility 60 miles north of New York City.

Passenger numbers at the airport, nestled in the mountains near Newburgh, rose more than 60% last year to almost 450,000 people, fueled by an increase in budget flights to Europe, according to the Port Authority.

The expansion proposal includes a new dedicated arrivals area, known as a federal inspection station, for international passengers. Currently, the airport lacks a dedicated area to process overseas passengers. So when trans-Atlantic flights land, airport staff pull out an accordion wall and quarantine the arrivals hall and baggage claim section of the terminal.

Meanwhile, domestic passengers must pick up luggage at their airline’s ticket counter.

“It makes us look pretty unprofessional,” said Louis Heimbach, chairman of the Stewart Airport Commission, an advisory body. “And it just isn’t tenable in the long run to continue operating the way it is.”

Commissioners of the Port Authority, which owns the airport, will vote on the proposal at a board meeting Thursday. They will also vote on a controversial proposal to rename the facility.

“A permanent new federal inspection station at Stewart Airport will build on its recent success and support its potential to grow flight activity and passenger volume,” a Port Authority spokesman said Monday. “It will further provide an inviting gateway to the Mid-Hudson Valley region, New York City and the metropolitan area.”

The Port Authority previously approved a project to build a new federal inspection facility at Stewart in 2011. But that plan was shelved as passenger numbers failed to recover after two now-defunct low-cost domestic carriers, Skybus Airlines Inc. and AirTran Airways Inc., ceased operations at Stewart.

Between 2011 and 2016, arriving and departing passengers fell 33% to 275,000 passengers, according to the Port Authority.


Bjoern Kjos, chief executive officer of Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA.


Last year’s surge in passengers was driven by Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA. In June, the budget carrier launched direct routes to destinations in northern Europe including Scotland and Ireland.

During the seven months through the end of last year, the airline carried 141,000 passengers to and from Stewart, according to the Port Authority, accounting for almost a third of the total.

This year, a spokeswoman for the airline said, Norwegian will reduce its flights to Edinburgh to four days a week, while increasing its service to Dublin to two flights a day.

In December, Gov. Andrew Cuomo suggested renaming the facility New York International Airport at Stewart Field, which he said would better reflect its proximity to the city.

But the proposal drew opposition from the Stewart family, which donated the land for the airport during the 1930s. In response, Mr. Cuomo said he is open to suggestions and will leave it to the Port Authority and the airport to decide.

https://www.wsj.com

Airbus Says One Third of Pratt-Powered A320neo Jets Are Faulty




Airbus SE said almost a third of its Pratt & Whitney-powered A320neo aircraft are affected by a new engine glitch that has forced the European planemaker to halt some deliveries of the popular narrowbody jet.

Of the 113 Pratt-powered aircraft in operation worldwide, about 30 percent are equipped with either one or two faulty engines, the planemaker said in an emailed response to questions from Bloomberg News on Monday. The issues are different from faults that have previously afflicted the engine type and are from the most recent batches to come off the engine-maker’s production line.

The European manufacturer has been forced to suspend deliveries of A320neos with Pratt engines, according to IndiGo, the Indian low-cost airline that’s the plane’s biggest customer. The disclosure of new problems with the Pratt engines late last week marks a blow for the A320neo, Airbus’s best-selling plane. Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders had recently signaled the company had moved past the issues that have held back deliveries and disrupted airline schedules since the single-aisle jet’s introduction two years ago.

Airbus shares fell after Bloomberg News reported on the number of Airbus planes affected. They were down 1.3 percent to 82.24 euros as of 10:43 a.m. in Paris. That valued the company at 63.7 billion euros ($78.2 billion).

InterGlobe Aviation Ltd., which operates IndiGo, declined as much as 1.7 percent in Mumbai on Monday. Pratt parent United Technologies Corp. fell 1.9 percent on Friday, the biggest slide of any member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Seventeen jets operated by Indigo and rival Go Airlines India Ltd. are impacted by the issue, Airbus said in the statement. Indigo on Sunday said it had suffered three in-flight shutdowns, while pilots have had to turn back before taking off in three other instances. The airline is also working with Pratt to swap out some of the faulty engines.

Replacing the engines is the “best possible precautionary measure” to avoid further mishaps, IndiGo spokesman Ajay Jasra said.

More Fuel-Efficient

It’s impossible to overestimate the importance of the A320 for Airbus. It put the European planemaker on the map three decades ago, allowing the company to go from a speck in Boeing Co.’s rear-view mirror to powerful equal in what has become a de-facto duopoly in the global civil-aircraft market. Airbus churns out more than 50 of the aircraft each month, and the promise of the neo with its more fuel-efficient engines turned the model into the fastest seller in commercial aviation history, forcing Boeing to respond with a refreshed 737.

Airbus has traditionally offered two engine options on the A320, and the company maintained that approach on the neo. Customers can choose between the Pratt & Whitney model and a type built by the CFM joint venture between General Electric Co. and France’s Safran SA. For Pratt, the introduction of the two-year-old neo was a chance to solidify its position in the lucrative market for single-aisle planes, which form the backbone of most global airline fleets.

Pratt, a unit of United Technologies Corp., invested $10 billion to develop the geared turbofan, now its most important product. The company has been trying to move past earlier snags, including a cooling problem that marred its commercial introduction in early 2016, and subsequent durability issues and delivery delays. Pratt said Friday that the problem was isolated to “a limited subpopulation” of the engines, and had to do with a “knife edge” compressor seal.

Compensation Costs

If the latest problem leads to penalty payments to IndiGo and other customers, it wouldn’t be the first time Pratt was on the hook financially. Greg Hayes, chief executive officer of United Technologies, said last April that Pratt incurred costs to retrofit the engines to address durability issues, and related to “helping the airlines through some of this.” He didn’t specify the exact amount, but he said “it’s not material.”

The early glitches at Pratt led many customers to wait on the sidelines: The competing CFM engine outsold the GTF on the A320neo by a 10-to-1 margin in early 2017. Pratt won several key orders late in the year as the earlier issues subsided, and executives at Airbus and United Technologies said the manufacturer seemed to be moving on from a difficult chapter.

While Pratt works on a fix, IndiGo said it will take delivery of older, less-efficient A320ceos to fuel its growth. Pratt is also working closely with IndiGo to provide replacement engines, having replaced 69 of them in the past 18 months.

IndiGo said Saturday that it canceled some flights after the European Aviation Safety Agency warned of a new issue with the engines and said it was investigating. The regulator said Friday that operators with planes using two affected engines must stop flying them within three flight cycles. Aircraft with one affected engine are restricted from certain extended-range flights.

“Airbus and Pratt are working in close cooperation and will be swiftly communicating on the way forward to regain normal operations and resume aircraft deliveries,” spokesman Jasra said.

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