Thursday, May 17, 2018

Jet maintenance facility coming to Lake Charles, Louisiana

Citadel Completions will open an aircraft maintenance center in Lake Charles that will modify the interiors of jets, a move that will create 256 jobs.

The company will take up some hangar space that had formerly been occupied by Aeroframe Services and its successor, AAR. AAR started operations at Chennault International Airport in 2013, but shut down three years later. The companies had operated a maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at the airport for wide-body aircraft.  

Louisiana Economic Development said Thursday the Citadel jobs will have an average annual salary of $80,000, plus benefits. The maintenance center also will create 347 indirect jobs.

Citadel will invest $17.6 million at Chennault. The company will occupy two hangars and an administrative building at the airport, taking up more than 280,000 square feet.

Citadel, which was created and financed by Las Vegas billionaire Sheldon Adelson, provides interior completions for luxury and commercial aircraft. In addition to providing jet interior modifications, Citadel will operate maintenance, repair and overhaul services, as space is available.

The company is already hiring employees. Citadel expects to begin operations in the fall. 

LED officials said the work Citadel will be doing will be a little different than former Chennault tenant AAR because it will center on the interiors of jets. Aeroframe and AAR were mainly involved in servicing and repairing the underpinnings and avionics framework of planes.

AAR had said it would eventually employ 750 people in Lake Charles by 2017. But LED officials said Thursday that AAR never met its employment goals and, therefore, didn't earn any incentives that had been offered by the state to lure the project to Chennault. 

In the aftermath, LED said it began reviewing project possibilities in May 2017, and in November 2017 entered discussions with officials of what would become Citadel. The state offered Citadel an incentive package that includes a performance-based grant of $7 million to defray the cost of facility modifications, payable in seven consecutive yearly installments, along with a $2 million performance-based grant for lease support. Citadel also is expected to use Louisiana Industrial Tax Exemption and Quality Jobs programs.

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Contractor dead after falling from McCampbell-Porter Airport (KTFP) roof

A contractor working on the roof of the McCampbell-Porter Airport in Aransas Pass fell to his death around 10:20 a.m. Thursday, according to the San Patricio County Sheriff Leroy Moody.

Moody said contractors working for a construction company called Mexican National were doing some Hurricane Harvey-related repairs on the roof of a hangar. One of the workers, a 42-year-old Hispanic male, did not have his safety harness hooked up properly and stepped off the roof, falling all the way down.

The victim has not yet been identified. A Justice of the Peace has ordered an autopsy be done to see if there was anything medically wrong with him at the time of the accident.

The building being worked on at the airport is the Third Coast Squadron Commemorative Air Force Aviation Museum.

According to County Judge Terry Simpson, the Air Force leases the hangar from San Patricio County. The organization uses it to house the museum and a collection of antique aircraft.

The airport manager believes Mexican National was a subcontractor and was made up of a group of family members. The workers had just started doing the roof repairs two days ago.

This was the second major incident to happen at the airport in less than a year. Last July, a man on a mower at the airport tried to get across a runway in front of an airplane and caused it to crash. Fortunately, there were no injuries in that case.

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Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk, US Army 1st Armored Division: Incident occurred May 17, 2018 in El Paso, Texas

EL PASO, Texas — A power outage at Parkland Elementary School happened when a Black Hawk helicopter accidentally dropped an ammunition can on the school, Ysleta Independent School District officials said.

The incident happened around 3:45 p.m Thursday. Fort Bliss officials said the helicopter was en route to conduct aircraft gunnery at the Fort Bliss range complex.

The ammunition can, which weighs about 40 pounds, made a hole in the roof and landed in a classroom. The incident caused a power outage in a portion of the building, district officials said.

Classes for students were over when the incident happened. The district said no students or staff were in danger.

Military police responded to the school and an investigation is underway.

"We have high standards and meet these standards on a daily basis. We will look into why we did not meet these standards yesterday during this event ," Col. Steve Murphy, garrison commander for Fort Bliss, said.

Fort Bliss is working with the district to assess and pay for the damage.

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Piper PA-18, N7265K: Accident occurred May 17, 2018 at Double Eagle II Airport (KAEG), Albuquerque, New Mexico

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque

Framing Systems Inc:

NTSB Identification: CEN18CA176
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, May 17, 2018 in ABQ, NE
Aircraft: PIPER PA 18, registration: N7265K

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 landed, veered off the runway and flipped over.

Date: 18-MAY-18
Time: 00:47:00Z
Regis#: N7265K
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 18
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Officials at the Double Eagle II airport west of Albuquerque say a small plane flipped before crashing while it was attempting to take off shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday.

Police say the pilot was the only person on board the aircraft and they suffered only minor injuries.

According to State Police, the Federal Aviation Administration has been called in to investigate the cause of the crash.

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Westosha Airport (5K6), Twin Lakes, Wisconsin

KENOSHA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Daniel Burke remembers a man who called himself Ralph coming around his hangar at the Westosha Airport and offering to work.

“Seemed like he was doing some welding and stuff like that. I’d pay him, just come around. Kind of snooping around though. It kind of bothered me.”

It turns out the man was John Nolan, who allegedly stole his tools.

But the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department didn’t find him until someone spotted a stolen car near the hanger,  and deputies found much more.

“$50-60,000 if not more of vehicles found inside this hangar," said Sgt. Mark Malecki with the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department. "While they were inside, sifting through all these things, it appeared someone was possibly living in there.”

Nolan was found with a 1923 Ford Model T, as well as multiple other stolen cars, two trailers, two dogs, and a macaw.

The Sheriff’s Department says Nolan lived in the hangar for up to nine months under the alias Sean Brosnen and had a warrant for his arrest from Secret Service.

“The whole thing is just, bizarre," Malecki said. "it’s bizarre. It doesn’t happen every day in Kenosha County where we’re hanging out in airport hangars, arresting people with federal warrants, and classic cars. Very, very strange.”

Nolan attempted to escape through a hole in the roof, but police caught him and have since returned the stolen cars to their owners.

But some things are still missing.

"What can I say? Burke said. "I’m missing some tools, and I’m very upset about it.”

In addition to the federal warrant, Nolan now faces four felony theft counts from the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department.

They are still trying to return stolen items.

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The man caught with a number of stolen vehicles in a hangar of the Westosha Airport had rented the space under an alias.

According to the criminal complaint in the case filed Thursday, John J. Nolan Jr., 63, formerly of Adrian, Mo., who has been charged with four felony counts of receiving stolen property, had been using the name “Sean Brosnan” for months leading up to the discovery of the stolen vehicles on May 12.

Kenosha County Sheriff's Department deputies had tracked a truck stolen from the Lake Shangri-la residence of Glen Hill to hangar 14 at the Westosha Airport on Saturday, and in speaking to the caretaker of the airport, Daniel Shepard, they were told that the hangar was being rented by “Sean Brosnan,” who had an address listed in Pell Lake, according to the complaint.

The name rang a bell with a Kenosha County Sheriff's detective who had been investigating multiple reports of vehicle thefts in the county in recent months. The detective had received an email from the Secret Service in August 2017 notifying the sheriff's department that Nolan had been using the name “Sean Brosnan” to rent storage units in Kenosha County, with the description of Nolan matching the description given of “Brosnan” by airport staff.

After being found in the hangar with stolen vehicles from Kenosha County and Illinois Saturday, Nolan admitted while speaking to a detective that he had used the false name to rent the hangar, according to the complaint. Nolan is also believed to have been living with his dogs in a makeshift room he built in the hangar at the time of his arrest.

Nolan is alleged to have been in possession of at least $56,000 worth of stolen vehicles and trailers of people in Kenosha County, Spring Grove, Ill., and Richmond, Ill.

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Glen Hill with his 1985 Chevrolet truck that was stolen and recovered last weekend.

The classic Chevy truck stolen from Glen Hill’s driveway in Lake Shangri-la Saturday, a gift from his late brother-in-law, led to the discovery of a cache of stolen vehicles at a rural Kenosha County airport and the arrest of a Missouri man wanted by the Secret Service.

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department received a report about 9:30 a.m. Saturday that the two-toned tan 1985 Chevy Silverado C10 was stolen. Hill’s son, David Hill, of Silver Lake, had posted a photo of the truck on social media, asking people to keep a lookout.

Within hours, the post had been shared more than 1,000 times. A woman who saw the post, and who is a friend of the family, spotted the truck at the Westosha Airport, 32520 116th St. in Twin Lakes, and snapped photos of it and reported it.

“I am so grateful for all the action people took on social media to help find it so quickly,” Glen Hill said.

While investigating the report, Sgt. Mark Malecki said several other vehicles with plates that didn’t match were discovered at the hangar, where they then apprehended John James Nolan Jr., 63, formerly of Adrian, Mo., as he attempted to escape through the roof.

“It appears that is where he was living,” Malecki said, adding Nolan had a federal warrant out for his arrest from the Secret Service related to bank fraud. “He has been there for at least six to nine months.”

Two dogs and a macaw were also recovered from the hangar.

According to a criminal complaint filed in the case Thursday, Nolan faces one count of receiving stolen property (greater than $5,000 but less than $10,000), two counts of receiving stolen property (greater than $10,000), and one count of receiving stolen property (greater than $2,500 but less than $5,000), all of which are felonies.

“The case is still active,” Malecki said. “We are working to determine if (Nolan) was just storing the vehicles for someone.”

Malecki said an effort was being made to change the identification numbers on the stolen vehicles found at the hangar. Other vehicles recovered include: a white Haulmark trailer reported stolen out of Spring Grove, Ill.; a 1923 maroon Ford Model T, also reported stolen out of Spring Grove; a black 1940 Chevy business sedan reported stolen out of Richmond, Ill.; and two vehicles stolen in Kenosha County.

One of the vehicles stolen in Richmond reportedly belonged to an elderly woman’s late son. It was reported stolen in September 2017. The woman, who does not wish to be identified, got the vehicle back on Mother’s Day.

Nolan had his initial appearance in Kenosha County Circuit Court on Thursday.

During his initial appearance, Commissioner David Berman set Nolan's cash bond at $10,000, reducing it from the temporary $50,000 set during a bail/bond hearing Wednesday, according to online court records.

Nolan will next appear in court for a preliminary hearing on May 25.

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TWIN LAKES, Wis. -- Twin Lakes police caught a brazen thief in the roof of an airport hanger -- in a bizarre story where community members may have helped crack this case.

It all started after a truck was reported stolen by someone in the community. The truck was found hours later parked behind an air hangar at the Westosha Airport, along with other stolen property from Wisconsin and Illinois.

Twin Lakes police say this was a huge bust and the alleged thief had a federal warrant on him from the Secret Service.

David Hill says his father is one of the many victims. His truck, a 1985 Chevy Silverado C10, was stolen right from his driveway.

"Very happy that he's in custody,” Hill said. "It was a gift from my uncle who was in failing health, he gave it to my dad before he passed away."

It was very sentimental and they noticed it was gone around 9:30 Saturday morning.

"That time, me and my mom both posted on Facebook, a picture of the missing truck, a description of it, within four hours we had over 1000 shares," Hill said.

Hill tells TODAY’S TMJ4 not long after a Facebook post, his father's truck was spotted by someone driving by the Westosha Airport.

"Fours hours actually, it was found," he said.

The classic truck was parked behind an air hangar. Police were called and when they entered, a Twin Lakes Lieutenant says they were able to recover other stolen goods -- like trailers and another classic car.

They also found the thief hiding in the roof of the hanger and he was arrested.

"I know the whole family, extended as well is very grateful for the outcome of this and we think the community for being vigilant, posting something that really didn't matter to them but it turned out that it mattered to a lot of people," Hill said.

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FK Lightplanes FK-9 ELA SW, N611SP: Incident occurred May 17, 2018 near Purdue University Airport (KLAF), Tippecanoe County, Indiana and Accident occurred January 01, 2014 in Canton, Cherokee County, Georgia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Indianapolis, Indiana

Aircraft force landed in a field.

Date: 17-MAY-18
Time: 20:45:00Z
Regis#: N611SP
Aircraft Model: FK9 ELA SW
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

A Purdue plane made an emergency landing in a field near Shadeland Thursday afternoon. There were no injuries.

A two-seater plane was forced to make an emergency landing near Shadeland at approximately 4:52 p.m. Thursday, according to authorities. 

The Purdue plane was being flown as part of the Able Flight program operated out of the Purdue Airport, according to a University spokesman. 

It had taken off with the intent of completing routine flying patterns and was on its way back to the airport when the plane experienced an engine failure, the Purdue spokesman said. 

The Able Flight program provides people with disabilities the opportunity to acquire their light sport pilots license, according to a press release. The intensive program requires students to fly with a Purdue flight instructor up to three times per day. 

Deputy Ryne Shoemaker said the instructor was piloting at the time of the emergency landing. 

The most recent reports indicate the two passengers suffered no injuries.

After being cleared by medical staff on scene, the University spokesman said the two will be transported back to the Purdue airport. The plane will remain on sight until the Federal Aviation Administration conducts its investigation. At which point, it, too, will be transported back to the airport. 

A representative with the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Department said the Purdue Police Department will take the lead in the investigation.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Losing power thousands of feet in the air might be a cause for concern, but two people inside a single-engine plane safely landed on terra firma southwest of the Purdue Airport.

The plane is a university plane, and it lost power about 4:40 p.m. Thursday, according to the sheriff's office.

The plane's pilot glided the aircraft to a recently planted bean field north of Tippecanoe County Road 300 South and west of Shadeland, according to the sheriff's office.

Neither of the two people in the plane suffered any injuries in the emergency landing.

After an initial inspection of the plane, it did not appear to be damaged, according to the sheriff's office.

Purdue's Hanger 6 investigators are heading up the probe and will contact the necessary agencies, including the Federal Aviation Administration.

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Emergency crews were called to a field near Shadeland Thursday afternoon for a report of a small plane making an emergency landing. 

It happened around 4:45 p.m.

Initial reports indicated there were minor injuries. Deputies with the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office who were on scene said there were no injuries.

Deputies said an instructor and student out of the Purdue University Airport were on board.

They believe something went wrong with the engine and the plane just started to glide. The instructor was able to step in and make a quick decision.

"She didn't think that the aircraft could make it back to the airport, so she found a safe field to land it. Nobody was injured and there was no damage done," said Deputy Ryne Shoemaker.

The Federal Aviation Administration was called in to continue the investigation.

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Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Hapeville, Georgia
Commission of Aircraft Accident Investigation; Warszawa
Austrian Civil Aviation Safety Investigation; Vienna
Rotax - Technical Advisor to Austria; Vernon, BC

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Canton, GA
Accident Number: ERA14LA089
Date & Time: 01/04/2014, 1530 EST
Registration: N611SP
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing gear collapse
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal


The pilot reported that, while in cruise flight, the engine experienced a partial power loss. The airplane was unable to maintain altitude, so the pilot chose to perform an off-airport landing to an open field. During the landing roll, the airplane encountered a berm, became airborne, and then landed hard.

Examination of the engine revealed that the carburetor float chamber vent lines had been incorrectly routed to the air filter. The engine manufacturer’s installation manual cautioned that the float chamber vent lines must not be routed into the slipstream or down the firewall because “pressure differences between the intake pressure in the carburetor chambers may lead to engine malfunction due to incorrect fuel supply.” Therefore, it is likely that the incorrectly installed vent line resulted in back pressure to the float bowl that exceeded the normal operating range, which would have affected the engine’s fuel-air mixture and led to the partial loss of engine power.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
A partial loss of engine power during cruise flight due to an overly lean fuel-air mixture, which resulted from an incorrectly installed float chamber vent line and led to a subsequent off-airport landing.


Engine (reciprocating) - Incorrect service/maintenance (Cause)

Personnel issues
Installation - Maintenance personnel (Cause)

Environmental issues
Rough terrain - Contributed to outcome

Factual Information


On January 4, 2014, about 1530 eastern standard time, a FK Lightplanes FK9, light-sport airplane, N611SP, was substantially damaged following a partial loss of engine power while in cruise flight near Canton, Georgia. The pilot subsequently made an off airport forced landing to an open field. The certificated private pilot and passenger were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the flight destined for Cobb County Airport – McCollum Field (RYY), Kennesaw, Georgia. The fight originated from Mustang Field Airport (0GA1), Hartwell, Georgia, about 1500. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight.

According to the pilot, while in cruise flight the fuel pressure gauge indicated a decrease in fuel pressure from 5.4 gallons per hour (gph) to 0.1 gph and the rpm subsequently decreased. After activating the auxiliary fuel pump, he was able to restart the engine; however, only partial power was restored. Unable to maintain altitude, an off airport emergency landing was performed to a nearby field. Upon landing the airplane encountered a berm, became airborne, and landed hard, which resulted in the left main landing gear and nose landing gear to separating from the airplane.


The pilot, age 30, held a private and sport pilot certificate for airplane single-engine land, and a third-class medical certificated issued December 10, 2012. The pilot reported 83.7 total flight hours with 16.8 of those hours in the accident aircraft make and model.


The two-seat, high-wing, fixed-gear airplane was built in 2010. It was powered by a Rotax 912ULS 100-hp engine and was driven by a Warpdrive DUC 3-blade fixed-pitch propeller. The most recent condition inspection was completed on March 5, 2013 with a recorded aircraft time in service of 503.0 hours. According to the pilot, at the time of the accident, the aircraft had accumulated 590.9 total hours.


The recorded weather at Cherokee County Airport (CNI), Canton, Georgia, which was located 8 miles to the northwest of the accident location, included overcast clouds at 1500 feet above ground level, wind from 090 degrees at 9 knots, temperature 2 degrees C, and dew point -11 degrees C.


Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that it came to rest with the left wing contacting the ground and the firewall was damaged. The left wing fuel tank had an undetermined amount of fuel and the right wing fuel tank was devoid of fuel. Initial examination of the engine revealed compression on all cylinders and the automotive fuel, that was located throughout the fuel system, was free of debris.

Examination of the engine by a representative from the engine manufacturer, with FAA oversight, revealed that the engine remained attached to the airframe and that the spark plugs appeared "normal" in appearance. The electric fuel pump was tested and was operational, fuel was present in the fuel bowls, and the airframe fuel vent tube was observed with no blockage noted. The engine was started and operated at normal power settings utilizing the fuel from the aircraft, with no abnormalities noted. Further examination revealed that the float chamber vent lines had been routed from the carburetor into the air filter. The engine did not have, nor was it required to have, carburetor heat and utilized radiant heating from the engine to minimize carburetor icing possibilities.


Rotax Installation Manual

A review of the Rotax installation manual for the 912 Series engine, Chapter 15.1 "Requirements on the carburetor" provided a caution message which stated in part, "The float chamber venting lines have to be routed into a ram-air and vacuum free zone or into the airbox…these lines must not be routed into the slipstream or down the firewall. Pressure differences between intake pressure in the carburetor chambers may lead to engine malfunction due to incorrect fuel supply."

According to a representative from the engine manufacturer, the routing of the carburetor venting line to the air filters influenced the fuel-air mixture of the engine and, in certain flight conditions, the engine may experience a lack of fuel due in part to the back pressure in the float bowl exceeding the normal operating range.

FAA Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin

A review of FAA Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin, CE-09-35, dated June 30, 2009, revealed that the temperature and dew point at CNI was not conducive to carburetor icing.

History of Flight

Loss of engine power (partial)

Off-field or emergency landing

Landing-landing roll
Landing gear collapse (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 30
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/10/2012
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 83.7 hours (Total, all aircraft), 16.8 hours (Total, this make and model), 45.6 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 7.6 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 4.6 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2.6 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: FK LIGHTPLANES
Registration: N611SP
Model/Series: FK9 ELA SW
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Special Light-Sport
Serial Number: 09-419
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/05/2013, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1144 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 61 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 591 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: C91A installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: 912ULS
Registered Owner: BLALOCK WESLEY F
Rated Power: 100 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:  Visual Conditions
Condition of Light:Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCNI, 1219 ft msl
Observation Time: 1535 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 307°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Thin Overcast / 1500 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 2°C / -11°C
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 1500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots, 90°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.27 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Hartwell, GA (0GA1)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Atlanta, GA (RYY)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1500 EST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 1219 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry; Rough; Vegetation
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Precautionary Landing

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 34.230833, -84.295278 (est)

United Continental CFO Levy Departs Company: Mr. Levy joined United in 2016 from Allegiant Travel

The Wall Street Journal
By Doug Cameron
May 17, 2018 6:07 p.m. ET

United Continental Holdings Inc. is looking for a new CFO after Andrew Levy left the third-largest U.S. carrier.

The airline said Thursday that veteran finance executive Gerry Laderman will act as CFO until a replacement is found for Mr. Levy. Mr. Levy joined United in August 2016 from Allegiant Travel Co., parent of fast-growing ultralow cost carrier Allegiant Air.

Allegiant had earned industry leading profit margins by buying cheap, older aircraft. Mr. Levy had been instrumental in changing United’s fleet to include heavier use of second-hand jets. United President Scott Kirby, hired less than two weeks after Mr. Levy from American Airlines Group Inc., has also backed that strategy.

“I plan to return to the more entrepreneurial pursuits that have defined my career,” Mr. Levy said in a memo to United staff.

Mr. Levy’s departure comes just weeks after United released a forecast-beating quarterly earnings report and held a trouble-free investor call. Two previous calls led to big drops in its share price.

United earlier this year outlined aggressive expansion plans that rattled investor confidence in the broader industry, raising concerns extra flying would lead to profit-denting fare wars.

Julie Stewart, chief of staff to United Chief Executive Oscar Munoz, is also leaving the company. Ms. Stewart is joining Delta Air Lines Inc. as managing director of investor relations, according to a staff memo at the Atlanta-based carrier.

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Experimental, amateur-built Roger G. White Glasair FT airplane, N4EJ: Accident occurred May 16, 2018 ) at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (KBJC), Broomfield, Colorado

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

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Broomfield, CO
Accident Number: CEN18LA180
Date & Time: 05/16/2018, 1520 MDT
Registration: N4EJ
Aircraft: Roger G White Glasair
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On May 16, 2018, about 1520 mountain daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Roger G White Glasair FT airplane, N4EJ, was substantially damaged during a runway excursion after landing on runway 12L (9,000 ft by 100 ft, asphalt) at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (BJC), Broomfield, Colorado. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to a private individual and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The flight was not operated on a flight plan. The flight originated from the Vance Brand Airport (LMO), Longmont, Colorado about 1500 and was destined for BJC.

The pilot reported that he was relocating the airplane from LMO to BJC for modification after the recent sale of the airplane. He noted that his preflight inspection and run-up did not reveal any anomalies. The takeoff and initial portion of the flight were without incident. He stated that after touching down, during the landing rollout, the airplane veered to the left. He applied right rudder, but the airplane did not respond. He subsequently applied right brake at which time the pedal "went to the floor;" there was "zero" right brake available. The airplane departed the left side of the runway and crossed a grass area adjacent to the runway before coming to rest on a taxiway. The nose landing gear collapsed, and the fuselage sustained substantial damage.

The pilot noted that the airplane was equipped with a free castering nose wheel and did not have any nose wheel steering capability. Directional control during ground operations was maintained with differential braking. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: Roger G White
Registration: N4EJ
Model/Series: Glasair FT
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: BJC, 5673 ft msl
Observation Time: 1545 MDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / -4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 8000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots, 120°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 50 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Longmont, CO (LMO)
Destination: Broomfield, CO (BJC) 

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:  39.908889, -105.117222 (est)

Zenith CH-701, N44CP: Accident occurred May 16, 2018 in Jackson, Wyoming

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

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Casper, Wyoming

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Jackson, WY
Accident Number: CEN18LA178
Date & Time: 05/16/2018, 1000 MDT
Registration: N44CP
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 16, 2018, about 1700 mountain standard time, a Zenith 701, N44CP, experienced a rough running engine on downwind leg for landing at a private grass strip in Jackson, Wyoming. The airplane sustained substantial damage and the private pilot received minor injuries. The airplane was privately registered and operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, and no flight plan was filed.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PEET CHARLES
Registration: N44CP
Model/Series: ZENITH CH 701 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
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Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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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
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A Wyoming pilot credits a religion class he took decades ago for helping him survive two small plane crashes.

Charlie Peet says his Zenith CH 701, an "off airport" plane, has decided twice that it "just didn't want to fly anymore." The first time, in 2013, Peet took off from his ranch and went up about 50 feet before the plane stalled and started to cartwheel to the ground. He walked away from that accident with only a broken ankle.

Then on May 16th he took off from his driveway and noticed the engine wasn't running correctly.

“With a rough engine that thing could quit on me any time,” Peet said. “I came in high and fast because if the engine quit, I wanted to be on the runway. I just wanted to survive it.”

Peet tried to make an emergency landing but came in too hard. The plane was totaled, but he crawled out with just some cuts and bruises.

His secret to survival: A tip taught to him in college by a Catholic priest. 

"God gave you your intellect, your ability, reason … in your mind you can solve your problems," Peet recalls. 

The plane crashes aren't the only time Peet has tested this advice. One Christmas Eve in Minnesota he was driving his car across a frozen lake when the tires crashed through the ice. He threw his son out the door but he got caught on the door handle and was pulled down into the icy water with the car. 

When the car hit bottom he freed himself and swam up to the hole in the ice illuminated by his cars taillights. But when he reached the top, he couldn't pull himself out of the water, because of how soaked through and heavy his clothes had become. 

That's when he again thought back to the words spoken by the priest: "There's a solution in the back of your mind, use it." 

Peet put one arm up on the surface of the ice, and let it sit there and freeze, then he did the same with the other arm, anchoring himself so he could pull himself up and out.

"I pulled myself right out of the water. I picked up my son, and we got a ride home," he said.

"You know the biggest killer we have is panic; it shuts off your brain," Peet said. "It stops you from thinking about what you should really be doing."

While the tip may have helped him stay calm through some pretty dicey situations, his wife of 51 years says it's not much help to her.

"I'm used to being in near-panic, living with Charlie," she said.

The pilot of a small experimental aircraft is OK after his plane crashed near Bryan Flat Road in the Hoback Canyon.

Law enforcement officers were called to the scene a little after 3 p.m. Wednesday. The small yellow single-engine tail-dragger has the tail number N44CP, which is registered to Charles Peet.

Teton County sheriff’s Sgt. Todd Staynon confirmed that Peet was reported to be piloting the plane when it crashed, marking the second time the plane, with Peet flying it, has gone down in the area.

Nearly five years ago, on June 28, 2013, Peet crashed his experimental plane as he was taking off from the grass strip at his ranch, the Grumpy Moose, right where Wednesday’s crash happened. In a 2013 Jackson Hole News&Guide article, Peet’s wife, Marty Peet, said he had been flying since about age 15, and he was reported to be 80 then.

“I’ve led the luckiest life of any man in the world,” he said in 2013. “You can’t imagine the things I’ve been through.”

Emergency officials said Peet was bumped and banged up, but otherwise OK and alert with no obvious life-threatening injuries. An ambulance transported him to St. John’s Medical Center.

Teton County sheriff’s Deputy Lloyd Funk said Peet “said it was a mechanical malfunction.”

Staynon said the National Transportation Safety Board plans to send an investigator to the crash site.

Original article ➤

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – A light, two-person aircraft has crashed along Highway 191 at Bryan Flat.

The pilot of the plane was not seriously injured and was transported by ground to St. John’s Hospital. The incident occurred at approximately 3:06pm.

The yellow plane, with tail number N44CP could be seen upside-down near the iconic moose statue at Bryan Flat. It is a Zenith CH 701 single-engine fixed wing craft.

The pilot has not yet been identified. The plane is registered to a Charles Peet with an address on Bryan Flat Road.

If it was Peet and his Zenith, it is not the first time the plane has crashed. The 85-year-old crashed that same plane in June 2013 at the same place. He walked away from that wreck with only scratches. Peet built the kit plane some seven years ago.

NTSB has requested photos of the scene for its investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤