Thursday, February 15, 2018

Imperial Oil Ltd warns faulty avgas could pose fuel gauge interference

CALGARY — Imperial Oil Ltd. is warning regulators and customers that aviation gasoline shipped from its Edmonton-area refinery could cause interference with aircraft fuel gauge sensors.

The company says in a release that a product quality problem was discovered earlier this week at its Strathcona refinery and all shipments of “avgas” were immediately halted.

However, it says there were potential quality problems with fuel shipped since December 28, resulting in a request to distributors to immediately stop selling the product. It says it has warned Transport Canada about the situation.

Imperial said it is not aware of any safety issues as yet related to the fuel. It said its fuel warning does not extend to aircraft that use jet fuel, also known in the industry as “Jet A.”

Spokesman Jon Harding said avgas is mainly used in smaller planes but couldn’t provide detail on how much fuel may be affected or where it was distributed.

Downstream vice-president Jon Wetmore said an investigation into the cause of the issue is ongoing and more information will be released as the situation evolves.

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Boundary Bay’s small aircraft are stuck on the ground after news that some of its fuel has been contaminated.

Boundary Bay is one of six airports in the Lower Mainland that received a delivery of low quality aviation fuel (known as avgas) from the Strathcona Refinery near Edmonton. According to Pitt Meadows Regional Airport Manager George Miller, this fuel is used for general aviation — smaller aircraft.

These aircraft are what Pacific Flying Club, a flight school based out of Boundary Bay Airport, use to train pilots. Executive director Clark Duimel said this has caused significant problems for their flight school.

“There is no fuel at Boundary Bay Airport, so we can’t go flying,” he said. “That’s huge.”

Boundary Bay’s avgas has been quarantined because of the contaminated shipment. Duimel said there have been fuel issues in the past at Boundary Bay Airport, but never to this extent.

Although Miller expects that the problem will be resolved later today or tomorrow for Pitt Meadows, Duimel said he heard the problem could continue until February 22.

“For every nice day this time of the year, we can do 75 plus hours” of training, Duimel said. “So it slows everybody’s training down right now. And this isn’t helping the situation with the lack of pilots.”

Imperial issued a press release that it has notified regulators and customers of potential low fuel quality in the avgas shipped from its Strathcona refinery.

“The primary concern is that the product quality issue may cause interference with on-board fuel gauge sensors of aircraft using avgas,” said the press release.

“All shipments of the avgas from Strathcona refinery were promptly stopped as soon as the company became aware of the issue on February 13, 2018. Imperial has also requested that all distributors cease distribution of the product.”

The fuel warning does not extend to planes that use jet fuel.

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Helena Regional Airport (KHLN) tackles snow removal

HELENA – The Helena Regional Airport says that this winter has been particularly difficult year due to snow and ice. Yet despite the harsh weather the airport has remained operational at all hours.

Since November of last year the Helena Regional Airport has seen over 8,000 flights. During that time they have had only one cancellation due to weather.

Around a dozen airport staff works around the clock with plows, blowers and brooms to keep the runway clear. So far the airport has used over 20,000 gallons of diesel gasoline this year.

Airport director Jeff Wadekamper says that this winter has been one of the most challenging he has ever seen at the airport.

The freezing rain earlier this month required them to deice the runway multiple times. The airport uses specialized pellets to clear off the ice and it costs them $10,000 every time they deice the runway.

Wadekamper says that he incredibly proud his staff, the work they do and the sacrifices they make.

“They’re all very dedicated, work very hard [and] have put in some long hours,” said Wadekamper, “Every single holiday that we’ve had they’ve been here instead of being home with their families and so they’ve really put in a lot of time. We have a tremendous staff.”

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Federal Aviation Administration names Stillwater Regional (KSWO) as Oklahoma Airport of the Year

Provided Stillwater Regional Airport was named Oklahoma Airport of the Year during a ceremony January 30 in Hurst, Texas. Shown, from left: Justin Barker, Oklahoma District Assistant Manager, Glenn Boles, Oklahoma District Manager, Marc Colditz, Oklahoma District Program Manager, Gary Johnson, Airport Director, Paul Priegel, Assistant Airport Director, and Ignaccio Flores, Director Airports, SW Region of FAA.

Recognition has been on an upward trajectory for Stillwater Regional Airport ever since commercial flights with American Airlines began in August 2016. On Jan. 30, the Federal Aviation Administration awarded SWO with its 2017 Oklahoma Regional Airport of the Year Award.

The award, according to the certificate, “recognizes airport sponsors that have creative a positive safety culture, implemented sound and consistent capital planning, supported FAA initiatives and have enhanced safety at the airport.”

“It’s very important for everyone to understand that an award like this is a product of our staff and the partnership that exists between the City of Stillwater, the Airport Authority, Oklahoma State University, the Chamber of Commerce and Visit Stillwater,” Airport Director Gary Johnson said. “Certainly all of those partners were big players in helping the airport grow and be recognized with such an award as this.”

Oklahoma is in the FAA’s Southwest Region, which includes Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana and Arkansas. One airport out of each state won the award. Stillwater has won the award three times, the last time in 2005, but recently the accolades have been piling up. SWO also won the 2017 Oklahoma Airport of the Year from the Oklahoma Airport Operators Association, received the TSA Partnership Award for the state of Oklahoma and the American Airlines Envoy Team won the “Customer Cup” for outstanding customer service in the first quarter of operations.

“We’re consistently the fourth busiest airport in terms of operations, which are landing and takeoff, we’re around 80,000 landings and takeoffs per year. A lot of people don’t realize that,” Airport Assistant Director Paul Priegel said.

As the aviation and aerospace industry continues its growth in Oklahoma, Stillwater counts itself among the state’s economic drivers.

“Our economic impact for 2016 was $70 million to the local economy,” Johnson said. “That’s direct and indirect as well as jobs and the multiplier effect of the dollars.”

Johnson gets his numbers from a study by the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission. The OAC found that airport tenants (a large group made up of airline, or other agencies, contractors) accounted for about $12.7 million in total annual spending. General Aviation spending was about $10.1 million and commercial service visitor impact was valued at $15 million in spending.

He’s excited about the past, present and future of the airport. As he spoke Thursday morning, concrete was being poured for Phase One of the Parallel Taxiway Project. When design standards changed, Stillwater Regional had to have a taxiway that runs beside the airport’s apron, or ramp, instead of through it. Phase One of the project is well on its way. Phase Two should begin in March.

And, of course, with success comes expectations. A lot of people are curious if SWO will have direct commercial flights to and from destinations other than DFW in the future.

“Right now, where we are in the development in air service here … a natural progression would be adding an additional flight to Dallas, to increase the opportunity of our passengers to arrive and depart. I think it would be some time before an additional destination might be feasible,” Johnson said. “We are obviously generating the data. We didn’t know exactly what we were going to have or how well the market would respond. We look at that every month and American looks at it, and try to evaluate what’s going on and where the market share’s coming from. But it’s a growing process and a learning process. We believe that America and the Dallas Fort Worth hub offers us strong domestic and global connectivity, which is an important part of our success.”

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Sacramento International Airport (KSMF) agent halts possible human trafficking

American Airlines ticket agent Denice Miracle spotted a possible case of human trafficking at the Sacramento Airport on August 31, 2017.

SACRAMENTO (FOX 40) - An airport deputy and an airlines agent are being celebrated for potentially saving two Sacramento-area girls from human trafficking.

When people think of trafficking, they often think of malls and public places -- but oftentimes, sex trafficking begins with predators on social media, convincing young girls to meet in person.

In this most recent case, traffickers convinced two young girls through Instagram to get on a flight to New York -- where they likely would've been trafficked, had it not been for the actions of American Airlines agent, Denice Miracle.
"I fully believe she probably prevented these girls from becoming victims," said Todd Sanderson, sheriff's deputy at the Sacramento International Airport.

On Aug. 31, two girls, ages 15 and 17,  approached the American Airlines counter with reservations for a flight to New York -- reservations made on a fraudulent credit card.

The girls had no identification and no return flight home -- things that left Miracle uneasy.

"She just felt uneasy about the whole situation," said Sanderson.

Rather than turning the girls away, Miracle alerted Sanderson, who later found them near the terminal.

"They had told us they were talking to somebody on Instagram who was asking them to come back and take pictures, modeling pictures, and music videos," said Sanderson.

That was a red flag for Sanderson -- who said his training helped him identify the hallmarks of sex trafficking.

"That's typically the ruse that's being used to get minors and others involved to do that," said Sanderson.

That ruse may have continued, had Miracle not stepped in.

Sanderson said the girls didn't believe him at first -- that they were being tricked into trafficking.

They were shaken when it sunk in, but had Miracle let them leave the airport, they wouldn't have gotten the message,

American Airlines wouldn't allow Miracle to speak to FOX40 today on camera -- but the airline sent a statement detailing the act of kindness.

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Cirrus Aviation Champions Private Jet Charter Growth in the Las Vegas Luxury Aviation Market

Cirrus Aviation Services ascends beyond the competition with a fleet of light, midsize and heavy private jets offering new options for both leisure and business clientele.

Las Vegas - Cirrus Aviation Services continues to build momentum as the fastest growing private jet charter, management and acquisition company in Las Vegas. The family-owned and operated business is expanding in dramatic fashion with the addition of a second Learjet 45XR and a third Learjet 60 to its already phenomenal fleet.

"By offering more types of aircraft, we can customize the exact experience each guest requires based on speed, cabin preferences, luxury accommodations and amenities," says Cirrus Aviation Services President Greg Woods. "We also make a distinction between a leisure and business traveler, whose needs can often be vastly different."

Woods is confident Cirrus Aviation Services will continue to expand its operations and is adding a new hangar to accommodate the growing fleet at the Atlantic Aviation executive terminal at McCarran International Airport. With more than 35 years of history and experience, Cirrus Aviation Services is widely recognized as a leader in safety, service and comfort within the luxury private aircraft industry.

The impressive Cirrus Aviation Services fleet now includes:
● Phenom 100 (seating up to four passengers)
● Beechjet 400 (seating up to seven passengers)
● Learjet 60 (three aircraft, seating up to seven passengers each)
● Cessna Citation (seating up to eight passengers)
● Learjet 45XR (two aircraft, seating up to eight passengers each)
● Challenger 604 (two aircraft, seating up to ten passengers each)


Cirrus Aviation Services is the largest luxury private jet charter service in Las Vegas. The Sentient-certified operator is a recipient of the distinguished Platinum rating from ARGUS International, the most respected mark for safety in the industry. The family-owned and operated business is based at the Atlantic Aviation executive terminal near the Las Vegas Strip and utilizes more than 35 years of airline experience to serve more than 5,000 airports. Its impressive fleet includes Phenom 100, Beechjet 400A, Cessna Citation III, Learjet 45XR, Learjet 60, and Bombardier Challenger 604 private jets as well as access to thousands of additional aircraft from trusted partners. Cirrus Aviation Services also proudly offers services in aircraft acquisitions and management.

To book an Argus International Platinum-approved and Sentient-certified aircraft or to inquire about aircraft management or acquisitions, contact Cirrus Aviation Services at

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Robinson R22 Beta, N337H, registered to Spitzer Helicopter and operated by Holy City Helicopters: Accident occurred February 14, 2018 in Charleston, South Carolina

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbia, South Carolina

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Spitzer Helicopter LLC:

Location: Charleston, SC
Accident Number: GAA18LA131
Date & Time:
02/14/2018, 1336 EST
Registration: N337H
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On February 14, 2018, about 1336 eastern standard time, a Robinson Helicopters, Inc., R22 Beta, N337H, landed hard in dense vegetation about 5 miles southeast of Charleston International Airport, South Carolina. The flight instructor and student were not injured, and the helicopter sustained substantial damage. The helicopter was registered to Spitzer Helicopter and was being operated by Holy City Helicopters, Charleston, South Carolina, as a visual flight rules (VFR) local instructional flight, under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, and flight following was not in effect.

The flight instructor reported that he had conducted training in the area previously and was familiar with the area, terrain and obstacles. The training was conducted to practice hovering and then transition to forward flight. The student was on the controls during the hover and the transition to forward flight.

The instructor further reported that as the helicopter transitioned through effective translational lift, it climbed above the 15-ft tree line and encountered what he described as a small, white, quadcopter that was at eye level and converging head-on. The instructor took the flight controls and made a hard-right turn and applied aft cyclic input. He then leveled the helicopter, but it began to descend. The helicopter landed hard, and the tailboom separated from the fuselage. The instructor rolled the throttle off, but the helicopter spun to the right and rolled onto its right side. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the tail rotor drive shaft.

The investigation is continuing.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: ROBINSON HELICOPTER
Registration: N337H
Model/Series: R22 BETA
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Holy City Helicopters
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCHS, 40 ft msl
Observation Time: 1826 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 35 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 2500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.44 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Charleston, SC (CHS)
Destination: Charleston, SC (CHS) 

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:  32.491389, -79.544444 (est)

DANIEL ISLAND, SC (WCSC) -   Federal authorities are investigating a helicopter crash that happened Wednesday near the southern tip of Daniel Island.

A Robinson R22 helicopter struck a tree and crash-landed Wednesday afternoon, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Kathleen Bergen.

Charleston Police met with the two passengers of the crash later that afternoon, according to an incident report.

The flight instructor told police he is a private helicopter instructor and was giving a lesson to a student pilot at approximately 3:30 p.m. While the student was practicing "low impact and hover taxi maneuvers" above undeveloped land on Daniel Island, they turned and saw a white "DJI Phantom quadcopter" drone headed into their airspace, the report states.

Police say the flight instructor took controls of the helicopter to avoid the drone and while attempting to land, the helicopter's tail rudder struck a small tree, causing him to lose control of the helicopter.

The flight instructor was able to land the helicopter on its rear landing skids but it turned over on its side, the report states.

The flight instructor notified the owner of the helicopter and Federal Aviation Administration investigators. 

The student pilot told police they were about 50 feet above the tree line when the drone entered their fly space. She said when the helicopter struck the tree, several pieces of the helicopter hit surrounding brush causing the helicopter to turn on its side when it landed.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident. 

No injuries were reported. 

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Dean Aircraft Service marks 35 years at Meridian Regional Airport (KMEI)

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The 35th anniversary of the founding of Dean Aircraft Service was celebrated at a luncheon Thursday in Meridian.

Founder Leonard Dean was joined by the staff of Meridian Regional Airport and Meridian Aviation for the event.

Dean says he started his own aircraft maintenance business in 1983 with "a tool box and a funnel". Dean sold the company to Meridian Regional Airport in 2009 and is now the director of maintenance.

"We've been able to build a reputation that people can feel very safe in aircraft that we maintain," said Dean of what makes him most proud. "I've had that told to us just many, many times."

Dean Aircraft Service was authorized as a certified repair station by the Federal Aviation Administration in 2016. It now has fourteen mechanics and six support staff.

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Thompson Hangar Renovation at Terre Haute Regional Airport (KHUF)

Terre Haute, IN - The Terre Haute Regional Airport is getting ready for a renovation of its oldest hangar.

It's called the Thompson Hangar and was built back in the 1950s.

The airport Board of Directors approved the lowest bid for the project, which is a contract of $637,519 with Hanning Construction Inc.

The renovation will include upgrades to both the hangar's interior and exterior.

Airport officials are aiming for the project to be complete by August.

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Pastor of Philippine mega-church detained after piles of cash found on Cessna Citation Sovereign 680, N425PQ

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -  The head of a mega-church in the Philippines was detained at Honolulu's airport after federal agents found $350,000 in cash on the private plane he was on.

Apollo Quiboloy was among six people on the Cessna Citation Sovereign, which was to leave for the Philippines.

But before it departed, Customs and Border Enforcement agents boarded it. 

And, court documents say, they found tens of thousands of dollars in cash — all in $100 bills neatly folded and stuffed inside socks in a suitcase.  

Also found on the plane, parts to assemble military-style rifles, according to sources.  

Quiboloy is the pastor of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, or KJC, which claims to have six million followers worldwide.

There is a small storefront location in Waipahu.

Also on board the plane was Felina Salinas, 47, of Makakilo. She was the only U.S. citizen on the plane, and was arrested after claiming the cash was hers.

Federal law requires anyone taking more than $10,000 out of the country to declare it.

According to the complaint, Salinas declared $40,000, but not the $350,000 recovered. She was charged with attempted bulk cash smuggling. 

Salinas is the business manager at the Waipahu chuch location and a loyal supporter of Quiboloy and his mega-church..

In YouTube videos, she details her faith in him.

"He was appointed and he was anointed by the almighty father to preach the gospel to the whole world," she tells the host of show.

She says Quiboloy started the KJC in 1985 with just 15 members. But by 2015, when the video was made, she says it had six million all over the world.

Another member of the Waipahu church, who did not want his name used, tells Hawaii News Now that Quiboloy was in Hawaii for a concert.  

Quiboloy has ties to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte; their friendship apparently goes back years. Quiboloy supported him during his campaign and, according to media reports, even allowed Duterte the use of his private planes.

Salinas made her first court appearance Wednesday afternoon. 

She told the federal magistrate judge that she will be hiring her own attorney and sources say that attorney is being flown in from California. 

She was released on $25,000 bond. Her next court appearance is set for Feb. 27.

Quiboloy was detained for most of the day Tuesday before being released.  

The private plane, worth at least $15 million, remains in Honolulu. The federal government is working to seize it.

Quiboloy has since taken a commercial flight back to the Philippines.

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Privatization plan for St. Louis Lambert International Airport (KSTL) is pie in the sky

By Daniel Rust 

Daniel Rust is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Previously he was assistant director of the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is the author of “The Aerial Crossroads of America: St. Louis’s Lambert Airport.”

In the commentary ”We should explore airport’s untapped potential” (Feb. 4), former St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says that he initiated the process for examining the possible privatization of St. Louis Lambert International Airport “after many years of listening to airport stakeholders and the business community talk about the airport’s massive debt, limited connectivity, significant excess capacity, and how Lambert does not stack up to airports in other cities.” Those claims are belied by the facts.

Under the leadership of Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge — appointed by Mayor Slay in 2010 — the airport has made solid, continued progress in recovering from the loss of its hub status for TWA and American Airlines in 2003. Passenger traffic has been steadily increasing in recent years. December 2017 was the 28th consecutive month of passenger traffic growth. It increased 5.5 percent in 2017 to 14.7 million, making 2017 Lambert’s busiest year in a decade, following a 10 percent increase in 2016.

The airport opened additional gates at Terminal 2 in 2017 to serve the growing needs of Southwest Airlines, the No. 1 domestic air carrier, which has announced it will add new destinations in 2018. Air cargo activity has also shown steady growth, increasing over 6 percent in fiscal 2017.

In November 2017 Fitch Ratings upgraded its ratings on Lambert’s $325 million airport revenue bonds, citing “continued enplanement growth in conjunction with a renewed airline agreement providing full recovery terms (which) will allow Lambert to maintain stable debt service coverage ratios.”

Fitch said that the rating upgrade reflects the airport’s status as a medium hub airport with stable financial metrics, limited competition from other airports and modes of transportation.

Earlier in 2017, Moody’s and S&P also upgraded their ratings of Lambert’s debt. Moody’s said the upgrade was “based on our expectation of growth in enplanements, a significant decline in debt from the historic levels, and a continued increase in debt service with no major capital investment needs, resulting in an improved operating and financial profile.”

As a result, the airport was successful in refinancing $258 million of its debt at a substantially reduced interest rate, reducing costs by about $35 million. This will allow a reduction in fees charged to airlines, making Lambert more attractive for additional passenger service.

Much of the current debt was incurred to construct a new runway, a project undertaken in the 1990s to handle the great volume of traffic generated by TWA’s Lambert hub. The majority of that traffic disappeared after American Airlines bought TWA and closed the Lambert hub.

Slay does not explain what he means by Lambert’s “untapped potential.” In today’s concentrated airline market, Lambert will never again be a major hub as it was in the 1990s, but it has the capacity for further growth without major new capital expenditures. This is a blessing, not a curse.

Given all these favorable facts, why should St. Louis now contemplate a major change in the operation and governance of Lambert?

The advocates of privatization, including current Mayor Lyda Krewson, former members of Mayor Slay’s staff and retired investor Rex Sinquefield, have no meaningful answer to this question. All they offer is vague predictions of millions of dollars of new revenue, with no facts, data or analysis to support them. No one has attempted to show any long-term benefit to the public from inserting a private, for-profit middleman between the airport and the city.

At best, privatizing Lambert might give the city a short-term revenue influx in exchange for handing long-term control over an airport constructed with public dollars to a private entity. There is no evident upside for anyone other than the city’s political leadership and its allies. In other large-scale privatization deals that have gone through, such as the Indiana Toll Road, once the political body spends the cash that results from the sale of infrastructure, regret follows.

This looks like a solution in search of a problem. Unless privatization advocates can show long-term benefit, supported by hard data and sound analysis, objectively and with participation by the public and all affected parties, St. Louis should reject the current effort. It’s time for facts and figures, not pie in the sky.

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Beech A36 Bonanza 36, N929JD, Virga Sky LLC: Incident occurred February 11, 2018 at Hanford Municipal Airport (KHJO), Kings County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fresno

Aircraft landed gear up.

Virga Sky LLC:

Date: 11-FEB-18
Time: 00:32:00Z
Regis#: N929JD
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: A36
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

Cessna 182Q Skylane, N1824G: Incident occurred February 14, 2018 in Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Jose

Aircraft experienced engine failure and made an emergency landing.

Date: 14-FEB-18
Time: 20:25:00Z
Regis#: N1824G
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182Q
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

Barrows Bearhawk, N719JS: Incident occurred February 14, 2018 in Bruneau, Owyhee County, Idaho

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise

Aircraft lost engine power and landed on highway.

Date: 14-FEB-18
Time: 18:43:00Z
Regis#: N719JS
Aircraft Model: BEARHAWK
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
State: IDAHO

CubCrafters CC11-160 N88ZQ, Eagle Valley Aviation LLC: Accident occurred February 10, 2018 at Carson Airport (KCXP), Carson City, Nevada

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno

Eagle Valley Aviation LLC:

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA132
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, February 10, 2018 in Carson City, NV
Aircraft: CUBCRAFTERS INC CC11-160, registration: N88ZQ

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 experienced a hard landing.

Date: 10-FEB-18
Time: 17:30:00Z
Regis#: N88ZQ
Aircraft Make: CUBCRAFTERS
Aircraft Model: CC11 160
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

American Airlines, Airbus A319, Flight 2050: Incident occurred February 13, 2017 at LaGuardia Airport (KLGA), New York, New York

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; New York

Flight 2050:  While being towed to terminal struck a misaligned jet bridge with left wing.

Date: 13-FEB-18
Time: 23:45:00Z
Regis#: UNK
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A319
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: AMERICAN AIRLINES
Flight Number: 2050

American Airlines, Airbus A330-200, N292AY, Flight AA-1743: Incident occurred February 14, 2018 in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee

Flight 1743:  Experienced severe turbulence, flight attendant was injured.

American Airlines Inc:

Date: 14-FEB-18
Time: 22:40:00Z
Regis#: UNK
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A332
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: AMERICAN AIRLINES
Flight Number: 1743

Group looking at Hannibal Regional Airport (KHAE) for events associated with the city’s celebration

Hannibal Regional Airport could be one of the venues used for bicentennial events being planned in 2019.

Karen Burditt, city finance director and a member of the bicentennial planning group, says it makes sense to include the airfield when making celebration plans.

“The airport is a part of the history of Hannibal,” she said.

During the Feb. 8 meeting of the Airport Advisory Board it was reported that the possibility was explored of bringing the Collings Foundation’s “Wings of Freedom Tour” to Hannibal at some point next year. The tour features an assortment of World War II era aircraft, including two fully-restored bombers — a B-24 Liberator and B-17 Flying Fortress.

The tour, however, will be unable to land here because the 4,400-foot runway is approximately 100 feet too short and at 100 feet is 50 feet too narrow, according to Burditt.

“It would have been awesome,” said Burditt of bringing the tour to Hannibal.

A proposal that would have seen the tour of vintage planes land in Quincy and possibly do a flyover of Hannibal, never got off the ground since a major objective is to provide events for people to attend in America’s Hometown, not elsewhere.

The possibility of bringing vintage aircraft to Hannibal Regional Airport is still alive. It was noted that Barron Aviation Private Flight Services, which operates out of the Hannibal airport, has a North American T-6, a World War II era fighter trainer. It is also likely that one or more of Mike Barron’s Grumman Albatrosses will be parked at the airport by then.

Depending on when the event takes place it was proposed that pilots of vintage planes bound for the July 23-29 annual air show in Oshkosh, Wis., might be willing to stop in Hannibal for a fly-in.

“It’s early enough to get things coordinated,” said George Walley of the airport board.

Burditt said she had hoped to stage an event at the airport on or around the June 26 anniversary of William P. Lear’s 1902 birth in Hannibal. The airport was renamed Hannibal Regional Airport, William P. Lear Field in 2003 in honor of the inventor of the Lear Jet.

Another airport event being discussed is a ball, which would take place in a hangar on Veterans Day in November, marking an end of the months-long bicentennial celebration. Because parking is limited at the airport, attendees could be bused in from a designated parking area.

“It would be fun to do,” said Walley.

Providing “fun” events during the bicentennial celebration is an objective, according to Burditt. “We don’t just want to bring visitors to Hannibal during the bicentennial, we also want to provide things for residents to attend because it’s their celebration,” she said.

Mayor James Hark said staging bicentennial events at the airport will help create a feeling of “ownership” of the facility for non-aviation residents, most of whom are not familiar with its features.

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Spate of Drone Collisions, Close Calls Underscore Growing Risks

Aviation regulators are investigating a flurry of collisions and close calls between consumer drones and aircraft, encounters they say pose significant risks to the flying public.

Canadian authorities released a report Wednesday on a collision there with a small charter plane while U.S. regulators said they are trying to confirm whether an air-tour helicopter in Hawaii clipped one as well. The incidents come just days after leading aviation-industry groups urged Congress to tighten regulations on hobbyist drones because of a video showing one flying feet from an airliner near Las Vegas.

“The use of drones near an aerodrome or within controlled airspace poses a serious risk to aviation safety,” Canada’s Transportation Safety Board said in the report. “For this reason, all recreational and non-recreational drone users must be knowledgeable about and comply with the regulations, including the requirement to operate within line of sight.”

So far, none of the confirmed collisions has triggered a crash or even led to serious damage. Still, the Federal Aviation Administration in a study based on computerized models last fall concluded that drones would cause more damage than birds of similar size because they contain metal parts. Significant damage to windshields, wings and tail surfaces was possible, the study found.

The surging number of incidents combined with a regulatory system that makes it difficult to monitor drone flights has alarmed by traditional aviation groups.

"The likelihood that a drone will collide with an airline aircraft is increasing,” said a letter to U.S. lawmakers earlier this week from Airlines for America, a trade group representing large carriers, and the Air Line Pilots Association and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, the unions that represent pilots and controllers.

In the latest report, the U.S. FAA said it is investigating whether an air-tour helicopter in Hawaii struck a drone on Friday.

The incident occurred over the island of Kauai, the agency said in an emailed statement Wednesday. The pilot reported scratches to the helicopter’s belly, but no significant damage. No one was injured, according to the FAA.

If confirmed as a drone collision, it would mark the second such case involving an aircraft in the U.S. A drone struck an Army helicopter near in New York City on Sept. 21, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The helicopter landed safely. The drone’s operator had flown the device out of his sight and didn’t see the helicopter, the NTSB found.

Quebec Incident

A small drone that struck a charter plane carrying eight people above Quebec City highlights the need for people to follow legal restrictions, an investigation by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada concluded.

The TSB couldn’t find debris from the drone or its operator after the Oct. 12 collision. It called on operators of the devices to better educate themselves on the rules and safety hazards. The plane, a twin-turboprop, was able to land safely with only minor damage to its left wing, the report found.

Even groups that have traditionally defended the rights of hobbyists to fly drones have been raising increasing alarm.

The Academy of Model Aeronautics, which represents hobbyists who fly at clubs around the country, issued a statement Tuesday saying “some rogue flyers choose to operate in an unsafe manner despite existing drone laws.”

It called on the FAA and local police to "hold these people accountable."

In the U.S., drones are typically restricted to flights within 400 feet of the ground and within sight of the operator. But in the thousands of FAA reports of possible drone safety incidents, many involved apparent illegal flights.

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Nigeria Queries Delta Air Lines Officials Over Emergency Landing In Lagos: Airbus A330-200, N858NW

Nigeria’s Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has commenced an investigation into the aircraft incident involving Delta Air Lines in Nigeria.

The bureau today interrogated the crew of the airline at its office at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos.

A source close to the agency told SaharaReporters that the pilots and the cabin crew were among those interrogated today by the agency. This is as the airline has tendered apologies to the Federal Government over the late report of last Tuesday’s incident to the bureau in which one of its engines was engulfed in fire mid-air forcing the airline to return and land in Lagos on emergency.

AIB had told journalists in Lagos on Wednesday that the airline refused to report the incident to it as required by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) recommended practises and standards.

Rather, the airline went ahead to report the incident to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) of the United States.

A statement by Mr. Tunji Oketunbi, the General Manager, Public Affairs of AIB today said that the airline had apologized to the country for its conduct. 

The aircraft, an Airbus A330-200 aircraft had returned to MMIA barely thirty minutes in the air. 

The Atlanta bound Delta Flight 55, which departed Lagos Tuesday night returned, following an issue with one of the Airbus 330-200's two engines.

Leading a team of the airline officials including the technical crew of the flight and the airlines Lagos Airport station Manager to the Ikeja head office of the bureau around 5pm local time, Miss Shannon Masters, Manager, Air Safety Investigation expressed the airline's regret for the oversight, stressing that it was not intentional.

Said Masters: “We sincerely apologized for the error and we promise to cooperate with AIB in the investigation of this occurrence.”

The Commissioner of AIB, Akin Olateru, while accepting Delta's apology said AIB had already commenced an investigation into the serious incident and welcome the airline's cooperation. 

"We look forward to receiving cooperation from Delta Air Lines as we work to determine the cause of this serious incident in the interest of safety.“

The Nigerian accident investigation body had frowned at the American carrier's failure to notify it of the serious incident involving its aircraft in line with Nigerian air safety regulations and international practice. 

The airline was believed to have notified the United States NTSB of the occurrence immediately in line with the US laws.

Nigeria, as the state of occurrence under the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Annex 13 is responsible for investigating any aircraft occurrences within her airspace. 

The state of registry of the aircraft and the airline may serve as observers.

The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has grounded the United States-bound Delta Air Lines aircraft that made an emergency landing at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMA), Ikeja, Lagos on Tuesday night.

The Commissioner of AIB, Mr. Akin Olateru, said the Bureau took the step because Delta Air Lines failed to report the incident, in which five persons were injured, 17 hours after it occurred.

“Consequently, the Bureau has impounded the aircraft and insisted that it must not be accessed to avoid contamination before investigation,” he said.

The Bureau also directed the crew not to travel until they are interviewed by the agency.

Olateru made this known while briefing aviation correspondents at the agency’s headquarter at the MMIA, Lagos on the latest on the incident involving the  Delta Air Lines.

He said: “As you are aware, AIB is an agency of government that investigates accidents and serious incidents. The agency was established by an enabling Act of 2006, and all we do here is in accordance with our regulation which takes a cue from the ICAO Annexe 13. Everything we do here is in accordance with ICAO Annexe 13. Unfortunately, up until 3:00 pm, this afternoon, Delta as an airline has refused to notify AIB in accordance with the law of our country.

“But they notified the United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) but they refused as at 3pm today, there is still no notification from Delta Air Lines as to this serious incident. We have an obligation to notify the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on this serious incident but unfortunately, we cannot fulfil that obligation because we are still waiting for Delta Air Lines to give us information as to this serious incident. This is a serious incident and by law we are investigating.” He explained that because the serious incident happened in Nigeria, it is the country of occurrence and it has a significant role to play in the investigation.

He regretted that instead of Delta Air Lines reporting the mishap to Nigeria, it first reported it to United States National Transportation Safety Board.

According to him: “But in this case, we are able and equipped to investigate this serious incident and we will investigate it. But for the sake of clarity, I am disappointed in Delta Air Lines. It is totally unacceptable, and we condemn it in its totality and I believe the way I see it we are being undermined, which is not acceptable.

“ICAO law governs all the activities of air transport business. They know that we must be notified. Our websites are there; they can download the form, they can download the App. We wrote to Delta October last year notifying them that we have AIB App, which they just need to download on their phone and send us notification.”

Throwing more light on the major incident, the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Muhtar Usman, described the incident as very serious one after inspecting the damage and noted that the cause of the serious incident would be known after investigations have been carried out.

Usman said: “I have been at the site and from what we saw it is a serious incident and by ICAO standards and also in line with the NCAA Act that sets up the AIB, they will be investigating the serious incident to determine the cause and also make safety recommendations to prevent such from happening again.

“One of the engines of the aircraft was reportedly on fire, the captain requested or declared what we call May Day, which was an emergency that he wanted to come back citing one of the engines was on fire, requesting for emergency services and all the agencies that were required to be there were there for that aircraft to ensure that everything went smoothly.

“The aircraft landed safely, there was precautionary evacuation of passengers, however, details of the cause and recommendation will come from the AIB.”

The Delta Air Lines Flight DL055, which departed MMIA about 10.45 pm on Tuesday night made an air return to Lagos barely 31 minutes into the 11 hours flight, following a breakdown of one of the two engines mid-air.

Five of the over 100 passengers, who were on-board the Airbus A330-200 aircraft with registration number N858NW, were injured.

It was gathered that the injured passengers and crew members were rushed to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja; Air Force Base Clinic; and FAAN Medical Centre for speedy medical attention while the aircraft blocked access to the runway for about an hour before being pushed back to allow departure and landing of other aircraft.

A report received from the Consumer Protection Directorate (CPD) of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) indicated that the flight departed at 22:45, but made an emergency landing at 23:16, which was 31 minutes after departure.

The report said that the pilot-in-command (PIC) announced the evacuation of all the passengers on board within 90 seconds, after contacting the control towers because the left engine of the aircraft caught fire mid-air in-flight.

The CPD report stated that passengers were evacuated via the emergency sliding doors within few seconds while all airport agencies’ officials on duty were on the ground within few minutes that the emergency alarm was announced.

Some of the agencies on ground included the Aviation Security (AVSEC), NCAA, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Fire Service, Port Health and Aviation Clinic.

Others were officials of Quarantine, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and several others who rendered assistance to the passengers and the crew members.

The report added: “Although, there is no death recorded as at the time of filing this report, but quite a number of crew and passenger casualties were recorded and have been taken to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) at Ikeja, Air Force Base Clinic and FAAN Medical Centre for speedy medical attention.

“Meanwhile, the Delta Air Lines aircraft was on the runway for over an hour, which led to its closure before KLM, Lufthansa and Air France could depart afterwards. The aircraft was later towed with a push back truck to the open parking bay close to boarding gate E 63.

“However the remaining casualty-free passengers were later taken to a hotel after the flight was announced cancelled and rescheduled for a date yet to be specified and communicated.”

Delta Air Lines in its statement noted that the flight landed safely and customers exited the aircraft on the runway via emergency slides.

It said that airport fire authorities met the aircraft upon arrival while the passengers were bussed back to the terminal.

It said: “Five of the passengers had non-critical injuries as a result of the evacuation. Delta teams have provided overnight hotel accommodations to customers and will rebook customers on an alternate Delta aircraft Wednesday (yesterday) afternoon. The safety of Delta’s customers and crew members is always our top priority.”

Both NCAA and the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) have swung into action to find out what caused the incident and would make their reports known to the public as quickly as possible, sources from the agencies said.

The passengers of the ill-fated flight were billed to fly out with another airline on Wednesday night.

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