Monday, March 5, 2018

Mac Cub, N669WH: Accident occurred March 05, 2018 in West Point, Davis County, Utah

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N669WH

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board


Location: Ogden, UT
Accident Number: WPR18LA102
Date & Time: 03/05/2018, 1430 MST
Registration: N669WH
Aircraft: MACDONALD CRAIG MAC CUB
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 5, 2018, at 1430 mountain standard time, an experimental Mac Cub airplane, N669WH, experienced a partial loss of engine power and the pilot executed a precautionary landing to a dirt road near West Point, Utah. The pilot and pilot rated passenger/owner operated the airplane under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a local area personal flight; they were not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage after coming to rest inverted. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local area flight that departed Skypark Airport (BTF), Bountiful, Utah, about 1330. A flight following flight plan was filed. The flight was destined for BTF.

According to the pilot, they were flying over a marshy area when the engine started to sputter. They found a nearby road that was about 10 feet wide and made a precautionary landing. During the rollout, the airplane encountered mud, and nosed over.

According to the pilot rated passenger/owner, he was seated in the front, and the pilot was seated in the rear of the airplane. The rear compartment is not equipped with instruments or a carburetor ice handle. When the engine began to run rough, they attempted emergency procedures, but did not active the carburetor ice. The engine was still running, but not developing enough power to remain aloft, so they decided to land.

The airplane was recovered for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: MACDONALD CRAIG
Registration: N669WH
Model/Series: MAC CUB 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: OGD
Observation Time: 2053 UTC
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 2°C / -7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots, 300°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 4100 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting:  30.31 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: BOUNTIFUL, UT (BTF)
Destination: BOUNTIFUL, UT (BTF)

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:

WEST POINT, Utah – A small plane suffered an engine issue Monday afternoon, forcing an emergency landing.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, an emergency landing was conducted by the aircraft near West Point, Utah.


“Local authorities say there were no injuries and only the pilot was on board,” a spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration wrote.


During the emergency landing, a tire on the airplane was caught in some mud, causing the plane to flip over.


Information regarding where the plane was headed was not known.


Original article can be found here ➤ http://fox13now.com

Cessna 310K, N7067L: Incident occurred March 04, 2018 at Abbeville Chris Crusta Memorial Airport (KIYA), Vermilion Parish, Louisiana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge

Aircraft on landing experienced nose gear collapse.

Southern Star Aviation LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N7067L

Date: 04-MAR-18
Time: 19:30:00Z
Regis#: N7067L
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 310K
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ABBEVILLE
State: LOUISIANA

Piper PA-28R-200 Arrow II, N55612

Incident occurred March 29, 2018 at North Perry Airport (KHWO), Pembroke Pines, Broward County, Florida

Incident occurred March 02, 2018 at  Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport (KOPF), Miami-Dade County, Florida

Accident occurred July 12, 2017 near Pembroke Pines, Broward County, Florida




A pilot kissed the tarmac after safely landing a small airplane with landing gear troubles Thursday at North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines.

The nose gear of a Piper PA-28R-200 Arrow II collapsed as the aircraft landed around 9 a.m. on a runway, said the Federal Aviation Administration, which will investigate.

There were two men aboard.

The plane is operated by Wayman Aviation, a flight school at the airfield.

A WSVN-Ch. 7 helicopter filmed the dramatic flight and tricky landing. According to the station, the helicopter followed the Piper for about an hour, letting the crew know when its gear was raised and lowered as it did touch and go maneuvers until it eventually landed safely.

Video of the Piper PA-28R-200 Arrow II final approach to the runway showed the passenger holding his hands up in front of his face as the pilot steered to a safe stop. The men were able to toss their flight bags to the ground, get out of the disabled, single-engine plane and walk away from it.

The pilot raised his baseball cap in an apparent salute to the chopper pilot before falling to his knees and brushing the runway with his lips.

Fire trucks could be seen racing to the plane, but it did not catch fire, according to Pembroke Pines police.

The plane is owned by Father & Daughter Aviation, LLC, in Sunny Isles Beach and leased to Wayman Aviation, according to Eddy Luy, vice president of the flight school.

He said the pilot is a master certified flight instructor who has been with the company for five or six years and was giving a lesson to a commercial pilot who is training to become an instructor.

“They were having trouble with the nose landing gear, which they reported to the tower,” Luy said. “They did a fantastic job, all the way into the landing. It was a nice, safe controlled emergency landing. Everyone is safe and unharmed.”

Luy declined to release the pilots’ names, citing company policy after incidents.

The helicopter helped the Piper and communicated with it by radio, Luy said.

“This is exactly what training is for, 90 percent is for emergency procedures, the ‘what ifs,’” Luy said. “On an airplane with retractable gear, three green lights tell you if the gears are down and locked. One of the lights didn’t go on. The helicopter told them the gear was down, and they figured out it was not locked.”

Luy said the emergency landing “appears to be a mechanical failure, but it’s still under investigation. The plane has been with us a long time, we know it thoroughly. You fly enough hours, eventually something is going to happen.”

He said the Piper “absolutely was recently serviced,” but he didn’t have that date at hand.

It was the second time in eight months this Piper has made an emergency landing.

In July, 2017, the aircraft was “substantially damaged” after the engine lost power and the pilot was forced to stop on a levee near Pembroke Pines in the Everglades, according to the National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary report.

That emergency also happened during a Wayman Aviation flight lesson. The instructor and pilot-rated student walked away unscathed that day, too.

“It was an interesting phenomenon called carburetor icing, that usually happens when the dew point is high, the ambient air temperature drops, and it restricts air flow into the engine,” Luy said. “They put the airplane down, we recovered it and it was by and large in good shape.”

The right main landing gear collapsed and a right fuel tank was punctured, according to the NTSB’s report. Luy said there was also damage to the fuselage, which he said was repaired.

“It was not the same landing gear involved in today’s incident,” Luy said.

After last summer’s crash and repairs, Luy said, “We put it back in service. Our school is very well known for doing a high level of maintenance, good quality maintenance.”

Original article can be found here ➤  http://www.sun-sentinel.com




PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. - A small plane landed safely at North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines Thursday morning after experiencing mechanical problems, authorities said.

Authorities said the plane's front wheel would not lock into place as the pilot attempted to land the plane.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen confirmed that the Piper PA-28R-200 Arrow II nose gear collapsed as it landed at 9:20 a.m.

Pilot Richard Uecker, who witnessed the hard landing, told Local 10 News that he was about to take off when he saw the plane was having problems with its nose gear. He took cellphone video of the emergency landing.

"I told him maybe he could go ahead and try to go back up and crank it back down, but he said he has already tried that, and he tried to hit the runway and bounce it to see if it would lock into place, but it didn't. So he came in and landed on his nose," Uecker said. 

Pembroke Pines police said the plane landed safely and the pilot and passenger got out injury free.

"He did great. He kept it on the center line and everything turned out fine," Uecker said.

Sky 10 was over the airport as the pilot kissed the ground after getting out of the plane.

"We had a Piper Arrow with a forced landing. Both pilot and student are safe and unharmed. They did a fantastic job and executed emergency procedures flawlessly," Wayman Aviation Vice President Eddy Luy said in a statement.

The plane is registered to Father & Daughter Aviation LLC in Sunny Isles Beach.

Although there were no injuries, the plane still sustained considerable damage.

"Anytime you have a prop strike like that you are going to have to tear the engine down and redo that," Uecker said. "It is probably going to be about $25,000 worth of damage to that airplane."

The FAA is investigating the incident. 

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.local10.com




PEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) - A pilot was forced to think quickly when his plane began to malfunction mid-air.

A small plane made an emergency landing at North Perry Airport after the pilot realized the landing gear would not stay down, Thursday morning.

7Skyforce was over the scene as the Piper PA-28R-200 Arrow II circled the airport for about 45 minutes and attempted two landings before successfully landing on the third try.

Video showed the plane hitting the runway nose-first. The airport was shutdown temporarily as the plane tried to figure out the safest way to come down.

“They came out of the pattern, went out over the practice area, did all their troubleshooting, communicated to the tower so that the airport was prepared,” said Eddie Luy with Wayman Aviation.

The pilot and student were flying out of Wayman Aviation when the incident happened. They both made it out safely.

“Really the best of a bad situation,” Luy said. “They were calm, collected, stepped through their check list, everything they needed to do. Cut the fuel, cut the engine before the nose came down.”

The pilot of the plane could be seen kissing the ground immediately after landing.

The pilot and student are both experienced flyers. “The student was actually already a commercial pilot training to be an instructor,” Luy said.

Wayman Aviation released a statement in response to the emergency landing.

“A senior instructor and student had an emergency landing. They did a fantastic job and followed emergency procedures. Everyone is safe and unharmed,” the company said.


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

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Aircraft reported a bird strike on departure. Returned and landed without incident.

Operator does business as American Flight Training LLC

Father & Daughter Aviation LLC

http://registry.faa.gov/N5612

Date: 02-MAR-18
Time: 15:28:00Z
Regis#: N55612
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28R 200
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: MIAMI
State: FLORIDA

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Miramar, Florida

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

Location: Pembroke Pines, FL
Accident Number: ERA17LA266
Date & Time: 07/12/2017, 1146 EDT
Registration: N55612
Aircraft: PIPER PA28R
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On July 12, 2017, about 1146 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-28R-200, N55612, was substantially damaged during a forced landing on a levy near Pembroke Pines, Florida. The flight instructor and pilot-rated student were not injured. The airplane was being operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that originated about 1112 from North Perry Airport (HWO), Hollywood, Florida.

The flight instructor stated that about 30 minutes into the flight while performing a pre-maneuver checklist, the fuel selector was switched from the right to left tank position. Shortly afterwards the engine began to run rough accompanied by a loss of engine power. The fuel selector was then changed back to the original position which restored engine power. The flight instructor elected to return to HWO, and about 2 minutes after switching to the right tank, the engine lost power again, and could not be restored. He maneuvered the airplane for a forced landing on a nearby levy.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration inspector who examined the accident site, two distinct marks were noted on the sloped portion off the right side of the levy. Farther along the direction of travel, a continuous mark from the left main landing gear was noted on the sloped portion off the left side of the levy. The airplane came to rest on the top of the levy with the right main landing gear collapsed, and no damage to the propeller. Although there was fuel leakage from the right fuel tank due to puncture, an adequate supply of uncontaminated fuel remained in each fuel tank. The engine was started at the site and operated to full power for a short duration with the fuel selector positioned to the left and right position. Safety concerns prevented prolonged engine runs while at the accident site. The fuel selector was retained for further examination. 



Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N55612
Model/Series: PA28R 200
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Wayman Aviation
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141)
Operator Does Business As: American Flight Training, LLC.
Operator Designator Code:



Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: HWO
Observation Time: 1153 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 24°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2600 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 14 knots, 90°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Hollywood, FL (HWO)
Destination: Hollywood, FL (HWO) 



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:  26.023333, -80.500833 (est)

Cessna 310R, N196TC: Incident occurred March 02, 2018 at Oakland County International Airport KPTK Pontiac, Michigan

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; East Michigan

Aircraft on landing experienced main gear collapse.

Pro Aire Cargo & Consulting Inc:  http://registry.faa.gov/N196TC

Date: 02-MAR-18
Time: 08:20:00Z
Regis#: N196TC
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 310R
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: OTHER
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: PONTIAC
State: MICHIGAN

Just Aircraft Highlander, N419SD: Incident occurred March 03, 2018 at Chehalis–Centralia Airport (KCLS), Lewis County, Washington

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle

Aircraft landed and experienced main gear collapse. Aircraft ground looped.

http://registry.faa.gov/N419SD

Date: 03-MAR-18
Time: 20:30:00Z
Regis#: N419SD
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: HIGHLANDER
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: CHEHALIS
State: WASHINGTON

Republic Airlines, Embraer ERJ-170, N876RW: Incident occurred March 03, 2018 at Nashville International Airport (KBNA), Tennessee

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville

Flight DL-5894 / XY-5894:  Experienced a bird strike at departure. Continued to destination, LaGuardia Airport (KLGA),  and landed without further incident. 

http://registry.faa.gov/N876RW

Date: 03-MAR-18
Time: 20:35:00Z
Regis#: UNK
Aircraft Make: EMBRAER
Aircraft Model: E75S
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: REPUBLIC
Flight Number: 5894
City: NASHVILLE
State: TENNESSEE

Bombardier Challenger 300, N573FX, Flexjet: Incident occurred March 02, 2018 at Midway International Airport (KMDW), Chicago, Illinois

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Chicago

Aircraft struck a bird on departure, landed without incident.

Team E Aviation LLC
DFH Partners LLC
Umansky Management LLC
Texas Crude Energy LLC
Perkinelmer Inc
FMC Corporation
Opus 3 LLC
TBG Air LLC

http://registry.faa.gov/N573FX

Date: 02-MAR-18
Time: 20:32:00Z
Regis#: N573FX
Aircraft Make: BOMBARDIER
Aircraft Model: BD 100 1A10
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Flight Number: LX1573
City: CHICAGO
State: ILLINOIS

Piper PA-32R-301, N45PE: Incident occurred March 03, 2018 in Dallas, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Dallas

Aircraft on landing experienced nose gear collapse.

Six Flying Monkeys LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N45PE

Date: 03-MAR-18
Time: 19:40:00Z
Regis#: N45PE
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 32R 301
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: DALLAS
State: TEXAS

Mooney M20J 201, N201RD: Incident occurred August 26, 2018 at Herlong Recreational Airport (KHEG), Jacksonville, Florida • Incident occurred March 04, 2018 at Myrtle Beach International Airport (KMYR), Horry County, South Carolina • Incident occurred October 10, 2016 at Person County Airport (KTDF), Roxboro, Person County, North Carolina





http://registry.faa.gov/N201RD

A pilot and passenger are safe Sunday after their plane lost power while 300 feet in the air, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. 

It all started when the pilot took off from runway 7 at Herlong Airport at 9300 Normandy Boulevard but lost all power at about 300 feet in the air, says JSO. He attempted to land the plane in a grassy field east of the runway, but JSO says the plane skidded to a stop. The pilot and his one passenger sustained very minor injuries.

Federal Aviation Administration is leading an investigation into the incident with assistance from JSO.

JSO says the plane is a 1977, 4-passenger Mooney M20J aircraft.

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

March 04, 2018: Tire blew on landing, aircraft then went off the runway into the grass.  

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Carolina

Date: 04-MAR-18
Time: 16:13:00Z
Regis#: N201RD
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20J
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MYRTLE BEACH
State: SOUTH CAROLINA























Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office;  Greensboro

October 10, 2016:  Aircraft landed gear up.

Damage:  Prop strike, engine stoppage, belly damage, some sheet metal damage to wings

Date: 10-OCT-16
Time: 18:00:00Z
Regis#: N201RD
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20J
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: ROXBORO
State: North Carolina

Cessna 172RG, N4720R: Incident occurred March 03, 2018 in Galveston County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston

Aircraft reported enroute experienced a bird strike, landed without incident.

http://registry.faa.gov/N4720R

Date: 03-MAR-18
Time: 19:00:00Z
Regis#: N4720R
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172RG
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: GALVESTON
State: TEXAS

Adler to serve as president of BrightWater Aviation Capital

Former Sikorsky Aerospace Services president David Adler is the new president of BrightWater Aviation Capital.

Adler, who retired in 2015 from Sikorsky, will head the new entity that joins Arista Aviation Services of Enterprise with R&B Machine of Upland, Calif.

According to a news release, BrightWater Aviation Capital will focus on the "sales, lease and sustainment of military and commercial aircraft."

While at Sikorsky, Adler presided over the company's aftermarket business for military and commercial customers around the world. He previously served as president of Helicopter Support Inc. In 2008, he formed Sikorsky Aerospace Service (SAS), which grew into a $2.5 billion global business focused on helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.  

BrightWater Partners works in providing principal investing, transaction advisory and capital raising services to companies in the special manufacturing, aerospace/defense and specialty distribution market segments.

In a statement, BrightWater principals Mark Williams and David Sosa said they were "pleased David has joined Brightwater Aviation Capital."

"His relentless focus on customer service, delivery performance and innovative thinking, will result in a global presence capable of offering a full portfolio of products and services to the aerospace industry," the statement said.

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

Boeing executive rules out reviving 767 passenger jet

PARIS, March 5 (Reuters) - Boeing Co on Monday ruled out reviving its dormant 767 passenger plane as it continues to ponder options for a potential new niche in the middle of the aircraft market.

“Bringing back the 767 (passenger version) - I just don’t see it,” Randy Tinseth, vice-president of commercial marketing, told reporters on a conference call.

There has been some speculation Boeing would revive the 767 wide-body passenger line to offer airlines a low-price backstop in case a proposed brand-new mid-market plane suffered delays, or in case Boeing decided not to go ahead with that project.

Boeing continues to target 2024-25 for entry into service of a possible family of jets with 220-270 seats, designed partly to replace single-aisle 757 and some wide-body 767 models.

“If it goes beyond that (date), that would be a challenge as (airlines) do have to replace those‘57s and‘67s,” Tinseth said.

Boeing says it is examining the business case for such a jet. Tinseth declined to say when it might make a decision, but industry sources say it could start offering the jet this year.

“We continue to make progress on the programme. Things around configuration are coming together,” Tinseth said, adding Boeing had not decided whether to offer two engine choices or stick with a single engine maker, as on its 737 and 777.

The mid-market plane would offer 40 percent lower costs per trip than some wide-bodies - although with shorter range - and it would offer airlines 30-40 percent more revenue than a single-aisle jet“with little or no additional cost”.

Airbus says its largest single-aisle, the A321neo, has already scooped up demand in the market above 200 seats.

Tinseth said Boeing was meanwhile making progress in filling a production gap between the current 777 large wide-body model and its proposed 777X replacement, due to enter service in 2020. A contributing factor is a recent surge in cargo demand.

“There are a lot of aircraft in the pipeline right now,” he said, adding the wider aircraft market is“very strong”.

That strength coincides with a slew of available capital as new investors flood into the aircraft market looking for higher yields, despite the growing prospect of interest rate rises.

“The asset class is real. It’s not a niche class any more,” Tim Myers, Boeing Capital Corp president, said on the same call.

“We are in the most liquid financing environment I have ever seen in the industry.”

Myers said Boeing was in talks with countries representing some of its suppliers to help provide last-resort export funding as the U.S. Export Import Bank remains offline for large deals, due to delays in the confirmation of top officials.

Boeing is discussing potential funding with Australia after Britain and Italy stepped up last year, but Myers said it was nonetheless“extremely important” to unblock EXIM, which served as a valuable buffer against unexpected shocks in the market.

Meanwhile, insurance companies could finance 5 percent of deliveries this year, up from 2 percent last year, he added.

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

He shined a laser on Fresno police copter. Now he faces prison

A Fresno man could receive a five-year federal prison sentence after he pleaded guilty Monday to shining a laser on a police helicopter.

Michael Vincent Alvarez, 32, entered the plea in Fresno. He will be sentenced May 21. He could also be fined $250,000.

The incident took place October 22 when the Fresno police aircraft was hit by a green laser while checking a domestic violence call. Alvarez was driving on Highway 99 at the time of the incident, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Alvarez tried to elude police cars, then crashed near First Street and Floradora Avenue.

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

Public meeting will update residents on Detroit Metropolitan Airport (KDTW) runway reconstruction plan: Results from environmental analysis on project will be made available

A public information meeting offering residents an update on the Detroit Metropolitan Airport runway reconstruction plans will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 March 7 at Wayne County Community College District, 21000 North Line, Taylor.

The meeting will take place in the Ray Mix Room.

Those attending will get an update on plans to temporarily shut down one runway, referred to as 3L-21R by officials, for construction and efforts to address associated taxiways at the airport.

Airport Authority officials held a meeting back in December offering an overview of the plans.

This meeting will detail the project’s environmental analysis, which officials said shows there are no significant environmental effects or extraordinary circumstances associated with the runway reconstruction.

The conversation-style meeting will allow residents to arrive anytime within the two-hour time frame and talk directly with an Airport Authority staff member and members of their design team.

They will explain the objectives of the reconstruction project and the outcome of the environmental analysis.

“This reconstruction project will not only result in new pavement, but also improved runway and taxiway lighting,” said Tom McCarthy, Wayne County Airport Authority vice president of planning, design and construction. “Similar to our work on runway 4L-22R that was completed in 2016, we will incorporate environmentally sustainable practices into this project.”

Work on the runway is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2019 and end by the winter of 2020, shutting down the runway for one construction season.

The project is part of the airport’s master plan and addresses the increasing needs of the airport’s customers and stakeholders.

Visit Wcaa.us/about/publicnotices to view the analysis report.

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

Incident occurred March 05, 2018 at Camarillo Airport (KCMA), Ventura County, California

An aircraft landed safely Monday at the Camarillo Airport after it reportedly experienced engine trouble, officials said.

The incident was reported just after 7:45 a.m., while the aircraft was still 80 miles north of the airport.

Multiple fire units staged at the airport by 8 a.m. to await the arrival of the aircraft.

The plane landed safely, however, and the fire units cleared the scene by 8:30 a.m., said Capt. Stan Ziegler, a spokesman for the Ventura County Fire Department.

No injuries were reported the plane received no damage, Ziegler said.

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

Man tries to take loaded gun on plane at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (KCLT), Transportation Security Administration says

Transportation Security Administration said this gun was seized from a passenger trying to board a plane at a Charlotte airport. 


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) — A man was stopped from bringing a loaded gun onto a plane at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport early Monday morning, Transportation Security Administration officials say.

The incident happened at Checkpoint D.

“The man was stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers with a loaded Springfield Arms Model XD 9 mm cal. pistol and an additional magazine containing 16 rounds,” airport officials say.

Transportation Security Administration officials say they noticed the pistol as the man’s bag passed along the conveyor belt.

The man was cited for carrying a weapon on airport property.

Transportation Security Administration officials say they have detected 13 guns at Charlotte airport checkpoint this year. Transportation Security Administration found 68 firearms at the airport last year.

Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are unloaded, packed in a hard-side case and are packed separately from ammunition, Transportation Security Administration officials say.

Click here to view details on how to properly travel with a firearm.

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

AutoGyro Calidus, N221YT: Fatal accident occurred March 05, 2018 at Beaufort County Airport (KARW), 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: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf



Emerald Air of SC LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N221YT 

National Transportation Safety Board - Aviation Accident Preliminary Report

Location: Beaufort, SC
Accident Number: ERA18LA095
Date & Time: 03/05/2018, 0935 EST
Registration: N221YT
Aircraft: ROBERT SNYDER AUTOGYRO CALIDUS
Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Flight Conducted Under:Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 5, 2018, about 0935 eastern standard time, an experimental, amateur-built Autogyro Calidus gyroplane, N221YT, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain during the initial climb from Beaufort County Airport (ARW), Beaufort, South Carolina. The private pilot was fatally injured. The gyroplane was operated by the private pilot as a local personal flight conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight that departed ARW about 0932.

According to a witness that worked at the airport, the pilot of the gyroplane made a radio transmission on the common traffic advisory frequency that he was taking off on runway 25. The witness observed the gyroplane takeoff and climb to about 75 ft above ground level about halfway down the 3,434-ft-long runway. The gyroplane was climbing slowly, and everything appeared normal. The witness did not continue to look at the gyroplane; however, the pilot made another routine transmission at 0933. At 0937, the witness received a telephone call that the gyroplane had crashed near the departure end of runway 25 at 0935. The caller reported to the witness that the gyroplane was low over a field when it rolled inverted and impacted a marsh.

Another witness was driving his car near the departure end of runway 25. He stated that the gyroplane climbed from the runway and flew over a road at the departure end. At that time, it appeared to be flying straight. About 10 seconds later, the gyroplane reversed direction and seemed to be flying back toward the departure end of the runway. The gyroplane was flying erratically and looked like it was doing "tricks." Specifically, the nose pitched up, down, left and right. It then flew over the road again in a reverse direction and was nearing the runway when the nose pitched up and the gyroplane rolled inverted and impacted the ground.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that it came to rest on its right side, north of the departure end of runway 25. There was no debris path noted and the fiberglass cockpit and engine enclosures were destroyed. The nose section, with nose landing gear attached, had separated from the fuselage, but all associated cables remained attached. The main landing gear was partially collapsed. The tailboom was twisted and canted to the left of the fuselage, with its horizontal stabilizer bent upward. All three propeller blades were fractured. One main rotor blade separated from the hub. The other main rotor blade remained attached to the hub; however, the outer section of that blade separated. One fuel tank was breached during impact and fuel had leaked out. The other fuel tank remained intact and about 5 gallons of fuel was drained from that tank. No water or other contamination appeared in the fuel. The engine remained intact and attached to its mounts.

Two FAA inspectors examined the wreckage on a second occasion, after it was recovered to a hangar. Due to the disposition of the wreckage, they were able to rotate the propeller approximately 90°. No binding was noted and continuity through the engine was observed. The gyroplane's flight controls consisted of push-pull tubes that sustained impact damage; however, no evidence of a lack of flight control continuity was observed.

The two-seat tandem, fixed tricycle gear, composite gyroplane was assembled from a kit and issued an FAA experimental airworthiness certificate in 2015. It was powered by a Rotax 912ULS, 100-horsepower engine, equipped with an HTC three-blade, ground adjustable, composite pusher propeller and two-blade aluminum rotor. Review of the maintenance records revealed that the gyroplane's most recent condition inspection was completed on April 22, 2017. At that time, the airframe and engine had accumulated 183.5 total hours of operation.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with ratings for gyroplane single-engine land and instrument airline. He also held a sport pilot certificate. The pilot's most recent FAA third-class medical certificate was issued on September 13, 2017. At that time, he reported 921 total hours of flight experience. Review of the pilot's logbook revealed that he had accrued about 944 total hours of flight experience at the time of the accident; of which, about 91 hours were in the accident gyroplane. The pilot had flown about 6 hours during the 30-day period preceding the accident and all those hours were in the accident gyroplane. He flew 9 hours during the 90-day period preceding the accident and all but 1 of those hours were in the accident gyroplane.

The recorded weather at ARW, at 0935, was: wind from 310° at 4 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; clear sky; temperature 12° C; dew point 4° C; altimeter 30.13 inches of mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer:ROBERT SNYDER 
Registration:N221YT 
Model/Series: AUTOGYRO CALIDUS NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Gyroplane
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: ARW, 9 ft msl
Observation Time:0935 EST 
Distance from Accident Site:0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point:12°C / 4°C 
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots, 310°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Beaufort, SC (ARW)
Destination: Beaufort, SC (ARW)

Wreckage and Impact Information


Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  32.412222, -80.634444 (est)

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

Sam Dollenmeier





A 69-year-old St. Helena Island man died Monday morning after the AutoGyro Calidus he was flying crashed on Lady’s Island.

Sam Dollenmeier died at Beaufort Memorial Hospital just before noon, Beaufort County Coroner Ed Allen said. 

Dollenmeier was flying a AutoGyro Calidus when the aircraft crashed at Beaufort County Airport at about 9:40 a.m.

A forensic autopsy at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston on Tuesday will determine the cause and manner of Dollenmeier’s death, Allen said.

National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash, Sheriff’s Office Capt. Bob Bromage said.

Sheriff’s deputies secured the crash scene and the airport is temporarily closed to traffic, he said.

The National Transportation Safety Board will determine the cause of the crash, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson said.

The kit-built gyroplane is known for being stable in high winds and capable of cross country trips, said Chris Lord, a Florida-based pilot who is among a handful of examiners in the country who can issue gyroplane pilot licenses.

Dollenmeier had logged more than 250 hours in gyroplanes, said Lord, who has visited Beaufort County and flown with Dollenmeier.

Pilots must be licensed and the aircraft registered with the Federal Aviation Administration. Dollenmeier held a private pilot license with an instrument rating to fly an airplane and a sport pilot license to fly a gyroplane, Lord said.

“He was more than capable as a pilot,” Lord said.

Earning a license requires a minimum of 20 hours of work but usually requires about 60 hours, Lord said, including an Federal Aviation Administration knowledge test, training solo and with an instructor and a practical test.

Gyroplanes are generally used for recreation and typically fly 500 to 1,500 feet. But the aircraft can reach altitudes as high as 26,000 feet, travel as fast as about 120 mph and slower than 20 mph.

Unlike helicopters, gyrocopters can’t land vertically and need a runway.

“We can do about 80 percent of what a helicopter can do for about 10 percent of the cost,” said Lord, who has 3,000 hours of flight time in the aircraft.

The AutoGyro Calidus, the model the Federal Aviation Administration said crashed on Lady’s Island, is imported from Germany and built by the owners in Maryland, Lord said.

Once kits are built, pilots log 40 hours of flight time with the Federal Aviation Administration to ensure the craft is in good working order.

After that, pilots can fly anywhere in the country.

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






BEAUFORT COUNTY, SC (WTOC) - The pilot involved in a AutoGyro Calidus crash at Beaufort County airport Monday morning has died, deputies say. 

The Beaufort County Coroner's Office identified the pilot as Ed Dollenmeier, 69, of St. Helena Island. He was the sole occupant of the aircraft.

EMS took Dollenmeier to Beaufort Memorial Hospital where he died a few hours after the crash.

"An AutoGyro Calidus crashed on the north end of Runway 7 at the Beaufort County Airport, Beaufort, today at 9:40 a.m," FAA spokesperson Arlene Salac said. 

Beaufort County Sheriff's Capt. Bob Bromage said the pilot was performing "touch and go" exercises, in which the pilot touches the ground and immediately takes off again, when the crash occurred. 

A large tow truck was called in to lift the mangled copter from the runway.  The aircraft will be examined by federal investigators who hope to figure out what happened. 

The airport remains closed until it gets clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration to reopen, officials said. Photos show multiple emergency vehicles of the scene of the crash. 

The airport itself is located on Lady's Island and the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤  http://www.live5news.com




LADY'S ISLAND, SC (WJCL) — Beaufort County Coroner Edward Allen says the pilot of the gyrocopter that crashed at the Beaufort County Airport Monday morning has died.

Allen identified the victim as Sam Dollenmeier, 69, of St. Helena Island.

The airport remains closed at this hour while the crash is investigated by federal authorities.

The Beaufort County Airport is temporarily closed to air traffic after a AutoGyro Calidus crashed Monday morning.

The aircraft crashed on the runway a little before 10 a.m.

The pilot, who was the only occupant on board, was taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

His name and condition have not been released.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office tells WJCL 22 News that deputies have the scene secured while investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration come in from Columbia. The National Transportation Safety Board is also responding.

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


BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -  A man died in a AutoGyro Calidus crash at the Beaufort County Airport on Monday morning. 

Sam Dollenmeier, 69, died just before noon at Beaufort Memorial Hospital. He was from St. Helena Island. 

The Federal Aviation Administration is conducting a full investigation into the crash. 

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, an AutoGyro Calidus crashed on the north end of Runway 7 at about 9:40 a.m. on Monday.

Right now, the scene of the crash has been secured by Sheriff's Office deputies, who are awaiting Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board officials. The airport has been temporarily closed to air traffic.

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





BEAUFORT, S.C. (WSAV) — The pilot involved in a AutoGyro Calidus crash Monday morning has died, according to the Beaufort County Coroner. 69-year-old Sam Dollenmeier of St. Helena Island died just before noon today at the Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

Dollenmeier was piloting a AutoGyro Calidus when he crashed at the Beaufort County Airport on Lady’s Island. The crash occurred around 9:40 a.m. on the north end of Runway 7.  The airport remains temporarily closed to air traffic.

The Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board and Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office are on the scene.  Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will be conducting a full investigation into the crash.  A forensic autopsy will be performed Tuesday to determine the cause and manner of Dollenmeier’s death.

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

Samuel Dollenmeier
St. Helena Island, SC

It is with much sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of Samuel Dollenmeier, beloved husband for almost 40 years of Christine A. "Chris" Dollenmeier, of St. Helena Island, South Carolina. Sam passed away on Monday, March 5, 2018 at the age of 69. Sam was born on December 28, 1948 in Weisslingen, Zuerich, Switzerland. He is the son of the late Hans Dollenmeier and Maria Schnyder Dollenmeier. 

Surviving in addition to his treasured wife, Chris: one daughter, Danja T. Eaves; one step-daughter, Leslie P. Fuchs; one step son, Bret A. Jackson; and two brothers, Herbert and Peter Dollenmeier. Also surviving are ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Sam was a wise and generous man who shared a dual citizenship with Switzerland and the United States. He completed his MBA jointly with Furman and Clemson University, and astutely built a successful business in the interior design industry. As a husband and father, he was a steady provider; faithful, devoted, fair, pushed us all to excellence, and the steadfast patriarch who deeply loved his family. As a brother, he was deeply loyal and caring. As a friend, he was warm and kind, generous with laughter and equally with wit and wisdom. Sam was gifted with creativity and pursued excellence in all that he did. He was a gute Mensch. 

Sam was very passionate about flying. He loved the machines and the community that went along with aviation. He was also very skilled in cooking and loved to share his culinary tastes with anyone willing to share a moment with him. Sam was well traveled and enjoyed greatly to see and experience the different sights the world offered. His family was his greatest passion. He was devoted to his brothers who lived abroad in Switzerland and Jamaica, as well as all his extended family and relations. 

Samuel Dollenmeir was deeply loved and respected by his family and friends. Auf Wiedersein, Opie Sam! You are gone for now, but never from our hearts and memories. 

The Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 11:00 am at Saint Peter's Catholic Church on Lady's Island. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested you make a donation to the charity of your choice.

Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.