Monday, February 26, 2018

In Memory of David Diaz

Throughout a long lifetime of service to his community, county and country, David Diaz knew how to make an impression, be that on the ground or in the air.

Diaz died on Saturday, February 24, at the age of 94, right where he was born, lived and served, in Hurley, N.M. Diaz’s son Pedro Diaz — one of 11 children — said his father loved his town to his core, never wanting to live elsewhere. But, his heart was also devoted to public service and led him through what Pedro called “a life of adventure.”

A World War II veteran, Diaz served under Gen. George S. Patton at the infamous Battle of the Bulge in Germany. He returned home a decorated veteran following the war and devoted himself to family, and a love of planes, trains and automobiles.

Pedro said that Diaz earned his pilot license soon upon returning from the war and began a lifelong love of flying. He learned to fly first in an open-cockpit biplane and flew for his own pleasure. Over the years, though, he wanted to share his skills and joy.

“He soon got good at aerial acrobatics and began putting on stunt shows on the Fourth of July,” Pedro said. “And at Christmas he would have a friend dress as Santa Claus and land him in Hurley for the children. Oh, did he love that!”

Diaz also flew slurry flights fighting forest fires in the Gila National Forest.

While on the ground, he gave 44 years to the Santa Fe Railroad Company, working his way up from laborer to master mechanic superintendent in the Hurley maintenance shop.

He gave just as many years as a civil servant. He served on the Hurley Town Council for 10 years before being elected mayor. And there he remained for 34 consecutive years, making him the longest-serving mayor in Hurley of course, but also the longest-running consecutive mayor in New Mexico state history.

It is telling that the lifelong public servant’s name is all over the Mining District. From the David Diaz Terminal at the Grant County Airport, to Hurley’s landmark Diaz Avenue, running the length of town, the man left a great impression on the county he served for so long.

Even to the town of Hurley’s current mayor, Fernando Martinez, when he thinks of a Hurley mayor, he thinks of Diaz.

“He was highly respected by everybody,” Martinez said. “I know I had the utmost respect for him. He is the only mayor I had really known. I was a young kid when he first became mayor, so from then through the time I grew up I saw him do so much.”

Martinez said Diaz helped make Hurley feel like a full town, rebuilding town hall and the town’s maintenance building, even the community’s roads.

“Before him our streets were in terrible shape,” he said. “He saw to getting the money to rebuild those streets for us, he gave us our curbs and our gutters. His administrations also allocated funds for tennis courts, basketball courts and lighting. He just did so much.”

Mayor Martinez also said Diaz was an expert at using his relationships, especially with the various companies which owned the county’s copper mines during his tenure at the town, to the benefit of his community.

“He was the people’s person,” Martinez said. “Everyone respected him. And the companies respected him and so they helped him and Hurley when he needed them.”

In addition to Diaz’s decades at Hurley’s helm, he was elected to the County Commission in the 1980s. A pilot and flight instructor himself, Diaz’s time with the county has been especially noted by his work improving the Grant County Airport, for which the county named the airport’s terminal after Diaz.

“He was awfully effective in getting the airport out there,” said former County Commissioner Henry Torres. “He taught a lot of people how to fly. He was effective and loyal as a mayor. He was a true public servant and will be sorely missed.”

Grandchildren remembered Diaz for his sense of humor and loving more than anything to show them the sky in his beloved airplanes.

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JetBlue talks pick up with planemakers over replacing jets

MONTREAL/NEW YORK (Reuters) - JetBlue Airways Corporation met with Canadian planemaker Bombardier Inc and also had plans to meet with Brazil’s Embraer SA this month, according to an internal email reviewed by Reuters, in a signal that talks are picking up for the U.S. airline’s closely watched sales campaign.

Low-cost carrier JetBlue has previously said it is weighing whether to replace its fleet of about 60, 100-seater E-190 jets, in a campaign pitting Bombardier’s CSeries against its Brazilian rival’s latest model, the E190-E2.

JetBlue officials also met Bombardier Chief Executive Alain Bellemare at the company’s Montreal-area plant on Monday, said an industry source, confirming earlier media reports. The source said JetBlue had not finalized a deal with either planemaker.

A spokeswoman for Bombardier declined to comment on a sales campaign.

JetBlue said in a statement it is “exploring a full range of options from maintaining the current fleet to a full replacement with an alternative aircraft type.”

Embraer is determined to keep JetBlue as a key customer, while Bombardier wants to grow sales in the United States after a trade agency ruled the Canadian plane-and-train-maker could sell its 110-to-130 seat CSeries to American carriers duty-free following a dispute with Boeing Co.

The Feb. 17 email says “the Bombardier team was in to discuss product support and maintenance for its C Series. And later this month, we’ll have a chance to take a close-up look at the Embraer E2.”

It was not clear whether JetBlue already saw the E2 and a spokesman for Embraer could not immediately answer Monday night.

In January, JetBlue said it would prolong an internal review over the future of its fleet at a time of an evolving landscape for commercial aviation. Embraer is now holding tie-up talks with Boeing and Bombardier is working to complete a deal giving a majority stake in the CSeries to Airbus SE. 

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Stowaways killed on takeoff at José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport, Guayaquil, Ecuador

Dos personas cayeron de un avión en Guayaquil en vuelo que iba a Nueva York 

La caída de tres bultos desde un avión comercial a la pista del aeropuerto Joaquín de Olmedo de Guayaquil causó la paralización de sus operaciones. La aeronave venía desde Perú, hizo una escala en el Puerto Principal y luego se dirigía hacia New York (Estados Unidos). El hecho se produjo a las 09:20 de este lunes 26 de febrero del 2018, -inicialmente los objetos estaban inidentificados. 

Pero un trabajador de la Dirección General de Aviación Civil (DGAC) se acercó para ver qué tipo de objetos cayeron, según contó el fiscal de turno, Carlos Bustamante. “Al acercarse observó a dos ciudadanos, uno en la pista y otro en la zona vegetal. El primero tenía pulso, se llamó al médico de la Aviación Civil pero a los minutos falleció. El otro ciudadano ya estaba muerto”, refirió el fiscal.

El tercer objeto que se vio caer de la aeronave era una maleta. Los fallecidos vestían blue jean y camisetas. También se encontró una maleta con aproximadamente USD 20 y ropa. No se halló documentos de identificación de los occisos. La DGAC informó que el sitio del incidente fue la cabecera 21 de la pista, autorizada para operaciones de helicópteros. La terminal aérea suspendió sus actividades entre las 09:23 y las 10:55. Un testigo que observó el percance comentó que el avión había despegado y se encontraba a varios metros sobre el piso. Entonces, los cuerpos cayeron desde el tren de aterrizaje.

Unos minutos después de la emergencia el lugar estaba acordonado por personal policial mientras una ambulancia con paramédicos arribó para comprobar el estado de las víctimas. Un vehículo de Criminalística también llegó a la pista para hacer el levantamiento de los cadáveres, acción que se concretó a las 10:23. 

Bustamante informó que estaba previsto el retorno del avión como parte de las investigaciones. Presume que podría tratarse de personas vinculadas al tráfico de drogas y se verificará si hay más personas relacionadas a la actividad. La DGAC mantiene una reunión con representantes de las instituciones de socorro e investigaciones para averiguar más detalles del accidente.

Mientras el comandante de Policía de la zona 8 (Guayaquil, Durán y Samborondón), Marcelo Tobar, ratificó que se realizan las investigaciones para determinar las causas que motivaron las muertes. “El hecho es que tenemos dos cadáveres producto de haber caído o haberse lanzado del avión en un hipotético arrepentimiento de continuar con su viaje ilegal en el tren de aterrizaje del avión”, dijo Tobar.

QUITO, Feb 27 — Two stowaways fell to their death yesterday from an airplane as it took off from an airport in Guayaquil, Ecuador on a flight to New York, authorities told local media.

Details of the incident were sketchy with authorities not saying whether a commercial airline was involved.

Officials said the bodies of two men, between 25 and 30 years of age, were found on the southern end of the runway of the Jose Joaquin de Olmedo Airport in Guayaquil.

“Two people got into the landing gear and as the plane took off the system either ejected them or they lost heart” and let go, General Marcelo Tobar was quoted as telling local media.

Prosecutor Carlos Bustamante said the plane, which returned to Guayaquil, had come from Peru and was on its way to New York.

Airport operations were closed for an hour after the incident, the Civil Aviation Office said.

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Dr. Andy Jones honored by Cleveland Municipal Airport (KRNV)

Recently, Dr. Andy Jones was honored by the Cleveland Airport Commission for serving for 35 years on the Cleveland Municipal Board.

Dr. Jones was a professor at Delta State University from 1969 until 1990.

For the first five years he taught speech, and his last 15 years he taught School Administration Supervision.

He was appointed to the airport commission in 1982.

He said the airport commission was formed around the time that Mr. Pete Jones moved Air Repair, Inc. to the Cleveland Municipal Airport. He also said that he had seen a lot of change and growth in the airport over the years here.

"He is by far the longest serving member of the airport commission," said Clint Johnson, airport manager.

Jones said, "I've been there through all of the changes, the runway has been lengthened twice since I've been there. We bought additional land several times and most of the hangars have been built. The terminal building has been built. We keep growing and I don’t know that we will ever have enough of a demand to justify going that much further with the length of the runway so we could have larger jets. I don’t think we have a demand for that any time soon but we have been successful.

Jones said he hopes to see more business at the airport.

"I would hope that we would have additional fixed space operators there in addition to Pete and the one that Scott Brown had. There's plenty of business for additional businesses of that sort.

"I've enjoyed my time very much. David Work was instrumental in my coming on the board. I didn’t anticipate staying 35 years at the time and it worked out real well," he said.

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Eastern Slope Regional Airport (KIZG) strikes back against board member Bender

FRYEBURG, Maine — Eastern Slope Regional Airport Authority's leadership has responded to accusations regarding lack of transparency and mismanagement levied by former airport board member Steve Bender of Lovell.

The airport authority's executive committee — Don Thibodeau of Fryeburg, Carl Thibodeau of Conway, Ed Bergeron of Conway and Gene Bergoffen of Fryeburg — and Brian Smith, an engineer with McFarland-Johnson, met with selectmen on Feb. 22 to "set the record straight."

They are scheduled to meet with Conway selectmen today.

Bender resigned from the authority last month after publicizing the executive committee for what he termed excessive secrecy and its attempts to muzzle him.

Shortly after his resignation, Lovell selectmen decided that they would withdraw from the authority. Carroll County's Board of Commissioners also withdrew, citing concerns about transparency.

The executive board's decision to break their silence comes as they prepare to ask both towns for donations and Fryeburg voters to OK a 40-year lease. 

The airport generally asks the town of Fryeburg each June for a $15,000 donation. It also makes an annual request of $10,000 from Conway voters. 

"We're here tonight to answer any questions that may have arisen from all the noise that's been in the paper," Airport Executive Committee Chairman Don Thibodeau told Fryeburg selectmen last Thursday.

The selectmen's top concern seemed to be that if the authority failed and the airport closed, the town, which owns the land the airport sits on, would be be responsible for paying back Federal Aviation Administration funds that have gone toward maintaining the airport.

Smith said the town could conceivably owe the FAA $10 million or more.

"What bothers me is the withdrawal of support of towns (from the authority) who think it's an option," said Selectman Kimberly Clarke. "It's not an option for us."

Bergoffen said the airport board's structure gives Fryeburg four representatives and Conway three. Surrounding towns in Maine and New Hampshire each get one representative, as do Carroll and Oxford County. Bergeron represents the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Executive committee members said the board of directors was created to give smaller towns "skin in the game." The biggest benefactor to the airport is Conway, they said, as it's the destination of many airport users.

But the governance model isn't working as intended because they aren't getting the buy-in (participation and/or donations) from the small towns, the committee members said. They said they have created a task force with representatives from Oxford County, Fryeburg, Conway, Albany and Eaton to examine the issue.

According to Bergeron, the other members of the authority as of Jan. 25 are: Rick Hiland of Albany; John Allen of Jackson; Connie Harte of Brownfield, Maine; Bob Mahanor of Sweden, Maine; Ken Richardson of Denmark, Maine; Tom Holmes, Conway Town Manager; Scott Cole, Oxford County, Maine, administrator; Lilli Gilligan, Conway Finance Director; E.A. Russell, Fryeburg; Davis Sorensen, Eaton; and (now resigned) Mark Hounsell, Carroll County commissioner. There are currently vacancies in Madison and Fryeburg, Hiram, Porter and Stow, Maine.

Prior to Fryeburg town vote to OK selling airport land to Poland Spring (the question failed), Bender had accused the airport authority’s executive committee of conducting secret negotiations on the proposed land sale and violating the airport's bylaws in the process. He also said putting a bottling plant on airport land could constitute an aviation hazard.

At Thursday's meeting, the airport executive committee distributed a written response to Bender's accusations, which said in part:

"The executive committee was approached by Poland Spring to explore a potential bottling plant site on the airport property. The town of Fryeburg encouraged the EC to consider this possibility. The EC immediately contacted FAA to determine what its responsibilities were and the process that FAA would follow to determine whether a plant would be compatible with airport safety and whether the site could be considered 'nonessential to safe airport operations.' The EC took no action to prepare a recommendation to the full board given that the town needed voter authority to sell or lease a site on the airport, and that no process would be undertaken until that vote took place. The meetings were held in the regular course of Executive Committee meetings and between regular board meetings where any potential action would need to be approved by a vote of the full board."

The executive committee's statement also said: "An informal review of areas on the airport property non-essential for operations indicated that there could be a consideration of some sites. However, the final safety determination would be made by the FAA, in a rigorous, and formal review process."

The committee also said Bender had misrepresented the state of the authority's finances in letters to the editor, in which he stated that the airport's budget reflects a "slim 2018 operating margin of $3,600 and a year-to-date loss of $29,659 as of November 2017."

Eastern Slope Regional Airport chairman Don Thibodeau meets with Fryeburg selectmen on February 22, 2018. In the background is Selectman Rick Eastman.

Bender also said that when Carl Thibodeau quoted a favorable audit, it dated from 2016, not 2017 "and was completed a year late in January 2018."

Bergoffen told selectmen that the airport has a rainy day fund of about $160,000 in cash and low debt. He said it has been getting clean audits and the 2017 audit will be underway soon.

"From a balance statement standpoint, we are in no trouble," said Bergoffen.

Bender had said he resigned when he was asked to sign documents pertaining to confidentiality, but in their statement, authority members said his resignation came after he was confronted with evidence that he had contacted an attorney for Pike Industries in an effort to aid Pike in a lawsuit against the authority and town, among other parties. 

Bender said he and other members of the authority board called Pike to find out what the lawsuit was about because the executive committee wasn't sharing information.

The committee members said they expect to be reimbursed by the FAA for expenses related to a hangar they are planning to build.

Their total budget is about $270,000, of which about 10 percent comes from donations from the towns and the bulk comes from hangar leases, fuel sales and grants.

They explained that the airport is a non-profit 501(c)(4) organization incorporated under Maine law and is not a municipal organization subject to municipal law.

In addition to being used by local pilots and business executives, the airport is also used for life flights that help get patients to distant medical facilities.

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Stolp Starduster Too, N5606T: Accident occurred February 26, 2018 at Ryan Field Airport (KRYN), Tucson, Pima County, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale

Aircraft crashed while landing, damaged runway light.

Date: 26-FEB-18
Time: 17:48:00Z
Regis#: N5606T
Aircraft Model: STARDUSTER TOO
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

TUCSON -  Emergency responders are working a plane crash on a runway at Ryan Airfield, according to the Tucson Airport Authority. 

An experimental bi-wing aircraft crashed during take-off, according to Tucson Airport Authority spokeswoman Jesse Butler.

One pilot was on board and walked away with minor injuries, Butler said. 

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TUCSON, Ariz. - A pilot suffered non-life threatening injuries in a small plane crash at Ryan Airfield Monday. 

According to Jesse Butler of Tucson Airport Authority, the experimental bi-wing aircraft crashed at the field west of Tucson.

The pilot walked away from the wreck without the assistance of the crews, Butler said.

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TUCSON, AZ -  One person was injured in a plane crash southwest of Tucson on Monday, Feb. 26.

The person was piloting an experimental bi-wing plane when the crash happened upon takeoff.

The pilot suffered minor injuries.

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Beechcraft A100 King Air, Strait Air: Accident occurred February 26, 2018 at Havre Saint-Pierre Airport, Quebec, Canada

DORVAL, QC, Feb. 26, 2018 /CNW/ - The Transportation Safety Board is deploying a team of investigators following an aircraft accident at the Havre-Saint-Pierre Airport, Quebec. The Transportation Safety Board will gather information and assess the occurrence.

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Un avion bimoteur Beechcraft King Air A100 de la compagnie Strait Air a connu des difficultés lors de son atterrissage, lundi, à l’aéroport de Havre-Saint-Pierre, sur la Côte-Nord.

Pour une raison qu’on ignore, l’appareil a dépassé le seuil de la piste. L'avion ne semblait toutefois pas avoir été endommagé.

Huit personnes, six passagers et deux membres d'équipage, se trouvait dans le Beech A-100 au moment de l'événement. Quatre personnes ont été transportées à l'hôpital par mesure préventive, possiblement pour traiter des chocs nerveux.

De la neige tombait à Havre-Saint-Pierre lors de l’atterrissage. Il est possible que les conditions météorologiques puissent expliquer en partie cet incident.

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Concorde Battery Corporation donates to Cumberland County High School aviation program

Chris Holder of Concorde Battery Corporation presents a check for the Cumberland County High School aviation program to Orville Hale, aviation instructor, accepting on behalf of the school.

Concorde Battery Corporation, one of the world’s leading aviation battery manufacturers, has donated $1,000 to Cumberland County High School’s new Aviation Career Training Education program.

“Today’s high school students will be the pilots and technicians that keep the aircraft of tomorrow in the air” stated Chris Holder, Concorde’s Eastern US Sales Manager. “As a company that is actively involved in the day-to-day operation of aircraft worldwide, we recognize the need to support programs like the one Cumberland County High School is trying to build. The upcoming projected shortage of personnel to pilot and maintain our aircraft is an industry problem and Concorde wants to be a leader in addressing this issue.”

According to a study published by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) - Global and Regional 20-year Forecasts – Pilots, Maintenance Personnel and Air Traffic Controllers, ICAO estimates the number of commercially-operated aircraft will have jumped from 61,833 in 2010 to 151,565 between 2010 and 2030, and the number of departures from around 26 million to almost 52 million. This would more than double the current number of pilots, maintenance personnel and air traffic controllers worldwide.

More than two million jobs are projected for pilots, maintenance personnel and air traffic controllers as a result of the retirement of qualified professionals and the anticipated growth of commercial air transport to the year 2030.

Concorde Battery Corporation supplies over 100 models of original equipment and direct replacement valve regulated sealed lead acid batteries for fixed wing, rotorcraft, and unmanned aircraft. Concorde batteries are installed as original equipment by the majority of aircraft manufacturers and adopted by military aircraft operators worldwide. 

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Georgia Lawmakers Pass Bill Without Delta Tax Break After National Rifle Association Move: Republican-led senate yanks benefit for carrier in response to its withdrawal of some flight discounts for gun-group members

ATLANTA—Georgia’s senate Thursday passed a bill promising large tax cuts for state residents but only after stripping out a provision that would have benefited Delta Air Lines Inc., punishing the carrier for ending some discounts for National Rifle Association members. 

The bill, having now passed both chambers of Georgia’s Republican-dominated legislature, heads to Republican Gov. Nathan Deal. He has said he would sign the bill, despite its lacking the jet-fuel tax break he supported benefiting Delta, Atlanta’s biggest employer.

Republican Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, the senate president and a candidate to replace Mr. Deal, said Monday he backed dropping the jet-fuel tax break. “We should never be forced to choose between our values and growing our economy,” tweeted Mr. Cagle, an NRA supporter.

A Delta spokeswoman didn’t reply to a request for comment.

In a statement last weekend, Delta said it supported the Second Amendment but decided to cut the discounts to reflect “the airline’s neutral status in the current national debate over gun control amid recent school shootings.”

Delta was one of several corporation to sever ties with the NRA after the mass shooting at a Florida high school two weeks ago that killed 17 students and adults. A wave of calls for more gun control came in the wake of the massacre, and retailers including Walmart Inc. and Dicks Sporting Goods Inc. this week said they would stop selling firearms to shoppers under 21 years old.

In remarks Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Deal, who has prided himself on being a pro-business governor, urged people to discuss the “emotionally charged issue” with more civility and decried “the types of antics that tend to plague election years.” The NRA endorsed Mr. Deal for his 2014 re-election.

Despite the bill’s passage, Mr. Deal said he would work to secure the jet- fuel tax break at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest by passenger traffic and Delta’s main hub. Delta employees about 31,000 people in metropolitan Atlanta.

Appeared in the March 2, 2018, print edition as 'State Stings Delta Over NRA Move.'

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Conservatives in Georgia's Senate have a message for Delta Air Lines: Renew your relationship with the National Rifle Association or you will pay the price.

The state House had approved a tax break that could provide a $40 million benefit to the airline, but members of the Senate vowed to fight the deal after Delta dropped its discounted fares Saturday for members of the NRA.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, a Republican, vowed Monday to kill any tax break for Delta, which is headquartered in Atlanta, unless the airline revived its discount program.

“Corporations cannot attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back,” Cagle said.

State Sen. Rick Jeffares, a Republican, said that the break was worth $40 million but that he would lead the charge against it "to let Delta know their attack on the NRA and our 2nd Amendment is unacceptable."

Delta announced Saturday that it was joining at least 10 companies in ending its discount arrangement with the NRA, and asked the gun rights group to remove its logo from the group's website. Other groups that cut ties include MetLife and Hertz.

The airline decided at its annual meeting to end the contract to reflect its neutral position in the national debate over gun control and notified the NRA on Saturday. The decision came after the shooting rampage Feb. 14 at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead.

“Out of respect for our customers and employees on both sides, Delta has taken this action to refrain from entering this debate and focus on its business,” the airline said in a statement. “Delta continues to support the 2nd Amendment.”

The announcement came just after a once-in-a-generation overhaul of federal tax law. The direct benefit from the reduction in the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% was hit-and-miss because several airlines don’t pay income taxes.

Delta took a one-time charge of $150 million in the fourth quarter because of new tax treatment for foreign earnings and the re-evaluation of deferred tax assets. But executives said during an earnings call last month that the company projects a future all-in book tax rate of 22% to 24%.

“We obviously are not going to see any cash savings in 2018 from tax reform since we weren't anticipating paying any taxes, and we still don't anticipate paying taxes in '18,” said Paul Jacobson, Delta’s chief financial officer.

But as the company anticipates becoming a taxpayer in 2019 and 2020, it would use the benefits to more fully fund its employee pension fund, he said.

“We expect the benefit will probably be about $800 million a year at our current earnings level,” CEO Ed Bastian said. “So it'll be a significant benefit for Delta and our owners.”

The less tangible benefit is whether corporations will boost travel spending spurred by the lower payroll deductions for consumers and greater corporate investment.

“We haven't yet seen the evidence that there's going to be stimulated travel demand given that it's so early with the law just coming out over the last couple of weeks,” Bastian said.

Delta's president, Glen Hauenstein, said the company is “very excited” about the potential for business demand.

“We haven't seen that materialize yet, but we expect that to materialize in the first quarter,” he said.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The lieutenant governor of Georgia on Monday threatened to block legislation that includes lucrative tax benefits for Delta Air Lines Inc because the Atlanta-based airline dropped a partnership with the National Rifle Association after a public backlash in the wake of the recent Florida school shooting.

“I will kill any tax legislation that benefits @Delta unless the company changes its position and fully reinstates its relationship with @NRA,” Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, a Republican, wrote on Twitter. “Corporations cannot attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back.”

The Feb. 14 massacre of 17 students and educators at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, by a gunman with a legally purchased semiautomatic rifle reignited the nation’s long-running debate over gun rights.

Several U.S. companies are cutting ties with the NRA and gun manufacturers in the wake of the shooting.

On Saturday, Delta and United Airlines Inc said they were no longer offering NRA members discounted rates and they would ask the NRA to remove their information from its website.

Delta said its decision reflected a neutral stance in the heated gun control debate. It said it continues to support the Second Amendment, which grants Americans the right to bear arms.

Delta officials could not immediately be reached for comment on Monday. The airline is one of the largest employers in Georgia.

Cagle’s tweet follows a wave of threats to boycott the carrier after Delta’s Saturday announcement.

Neither Cagle’s office nor the NRA were immediately available for comment.

The Georgia legislature is considering a proposed jet fuel tax exemption designed to benefit Delta, but as of Monday, several state Republicans have threatened to withdraw their support for the provision.

Emory University School of Law Professor Robert Schapiro said that the state has broad discretion in deciding which entities to tax or not tax.

“In terms of legality, the legislature has a broad ability to grant tax exemptions or not grant tax exemptions,” Schapiro said. “So it doesn’t violate any constitutional principle” to pull support over the NRA debate.

Cagle is running for governor of the state in the 2018 race. 

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Cessna 207, N1658U: Accident occurred February 25, 2018 in Newtok, Alaska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA154
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, February 25, 2018 in Newtok, AK
Aircraft: CESSNA 207, registration: N1658U

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 hit snow bank.

Yute Commuter Service

Date: 25-FEB-18
Time: 22:00:00Z
Regis#: N1658U
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 207
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: COMMUTER
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 135
Aircraft Operator: YUTE COMMUTER

Cessna 172M, N5147N: Accident occurred February 23, 2018 at Show Low Regional Airport (KSOW), Navajo County, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA141
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, February 23, 2018 in Show Low, AZ
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N5147N

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 on landing, flipped over and came to rest in grassy area.

Date: 23-FEB-18
Time: 16:59:00Z
Regis#: N5147N
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172M
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

Vans RV-6, N220CB: Incident occurred February 24, 2018 in Tonopah, Maricopa County, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale

Aircraft made emergency landing on a road.

Date: 24-FEB-18
Time: 01:57:00Z
Regis#: N220CB
Aircraft Model: VANS RV6
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Operation: 91

Robinson R44 II, N630ML, registered to Flying M Air LLC: Accident occurred February 24, 2018 at Yolo County Airport (KDWA), Davis, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA140
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, February 24, 2018 in Woodland, CA
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY R44, registration: N630ML

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.

Rotorcraft while conducting front control crashed under unknown circumstances.

Date: 24-FEB-18
Time: 13:50:00Z
Regis#: N630ML
Aircraft Make: ROBINSON
Aircraft Model: R44 II
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: OTHER
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 133

Midget Mustang M-II, N527JT, registered to Bald Eagle Aviation LLC: Incident occurred February 25, 2018 at Front Range Airport (KFTG), Watkins, Colorado

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver

Aircraft reported possible flat on landing.

Date: 25-FEB-18
Time: 20:36:00Z
Regis#: N527JT
Aircraft Model: MUSTANG II
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

Cessna 182D Skylane, N8984X, registered to Skydive Florida Keys Inc: Accident occurred February 25, 2018 at Sugar Loaf Shores Airport (7FA1), Key West, Monroe County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Aircraft lost power and landed short of runway in shallow water.

Date: 25-FEB-18
Time: 17:30:00Z
Regis#: N8984X
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182D
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

Tecnam Astore, N194CT, registered to Time Management Systems Inc: Accident occurred February 25, 2018 at Orlando Apopka Airport (X04), Orange County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA142
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, February 25, 2018 in Apopka, FL

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 and went off side of runway.

Date: 25-FEB-18
Time: 20:00:00Z
Regis#: N194CT
Aircraft Model: ASTORE
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

Cessna 172: Incident occurred February 24, 2018 at Jacksonville International Airport (KJAX), Duval County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa

Aircraft struck a bird on approach.

Date: 24-FEB-18
Time: 02:30:00Z
Regis#: UNK
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91

Aero Commander Callair A-9, N8401V: Accident occurred February 24, 2018 in Bunn, Franklin County, North 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; Greensboro, North Carolina

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Bunn, NC
Accident Number: ERA18LA087
Date & Time: 02/24/2018, 1045 EST
Registration: N8401V
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Glider Tow 

On February 24, 2018, about 1045 eastern standard time, an Aero Commander Callair A-9, N8401V, collided with terrain near Bunn, North Carolina. The commercial pilot sustained minor injuries and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was being operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a glider tow flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that originated about 1 minute earlier from Crooked Creek Airport (7NC5).

According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, the A-9 was towing aloft a Schweizer SGS-2-33A glider (N1186S) from runway 22, flown by a student pilot with a flight instructor on board. The pilot of the A-9 reported the planned release was at 3,000 feet mean sea level. The flight instructor of the glider stated that the student pilot had made two flights earlier that day and demonstrated "good progress" in controlling during the tow, but occasional corrections were necessary. During the accident tow, when the flight was about 300 feet above ground level (agl), with moderate turbulence, a wind gust caused the glider to move down and to the right in relation to the A-9 resulting in slack in the tow line, which the student applied the correct control inputs to correct. The flight instructor felt the appropriate jerk when the towline slack dissipated, but the glider continued up and to the left of the A-9 at an alarming rate. While at 400 feet agl, the flight encountered turbulence causing the A-9 to be low and to their right. The flight instructor took the controls and applied large forward and right roll flight control inputs and full spoilers in an attempt to fly into position, but the "situation was not improving." He pulled the tow release hard twice, which seemed as if it were jammed. He then pulled the tow release a third time as hard as he could, which was successful. He then maneuvered the glider and landed uneventfully on runway 04.

The pilot of the A-9 reported that before the tow, the flight instructor placed his hands in the air signifying the student would be flying. During the tow he noticed that the moment the glider became airborne, "it was a very turbulent tow" with the glider moving erratically back and forth. The flight continued and when he looked into the mirror, the glider was out of position, and he noted slack in the towline. The nose of the A-9 was suddenly jerked about 35° to the left, followed by its tail raising. About that time, the pilot of the A-9 attempted to release the glider, but because of the position of the tow release handle in the cockpit, he had difficulty reaching it. He eventually was able to reach the handle, but the glider released a split second before he could initiate the release. When the glider was released, the airplane was about 75 feet agl, or about 25 to 45 feet above the tree tops. The left wing then impacted trees, and the airplane then impacted the ground nearly fully inverted. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: AERO COMMANDER
Registration: N8401V
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:  No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: LHZ, 368 ft msl
Observation Time: 1035 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:  3 knots, 220°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 1500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.24 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Bunn, NC (7NC5)
Destination:  Bunn, NC (7NC5) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  35.926667, -78.248056 (est)

Cessna 172RG Cutlass, N4947V, registered to Ameriflyers of Texas Inc: Incident occurred February 23, 2018 at Addison Airport (KADS), Dallas County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Dallas

Aircraft went off the runway on landing.

Date: 23-FEB-18
Time: 17:37:00Z
Regis#: N4947V
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172RG
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
State: TEXAS