Friday, May 18, 2018

Accident occurred May 18, 2018 near Block Air Village Airport (MO71), Holt, Clinton County, Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One person was injured in a plane crash in Clinton County, Missouri.

Missouri State Highway Patrol said the plane had a problem during takeoff and crashed shortly after. 

The plane crashed just to the side of C Highway. 

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CLINTON, MO (KCTV) - A small plane has crashed in southern Clinton County in Missouri.

One person has sustained minor injuries.

The crash happened in the area of C Highway, one mile north of CC Highway. The area is east of Smithville Lake and is near a small private airport.

No other information is available at this time.

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George Antoniadis: His business is like time sharing for airplanes

George Antoniadis’s PlaneSense has access to more than 4,000 US airports.

When it comes to frequent fliers, George Antoniadis may top the list.

He has promised his family not to travel across the Atlantic or Pacific for three weeks because lately he’s been absent a lot from home. Antoniadis recently returned from a trip during which he crossed 12 time zones in a week, flying from Boston to Zurich, then to Greece, Italy, China, back to Europe, and — finally — home. It’s all in a day’s work as CEO of a fractional aircraft business, PlaneSense, Inc. The job includes attending a lot of conferences and industry board meetings. PlaneSense doesn’t fly internationally yet, but offers Uber-style on-demand domestic service on elite private jets.

Fractional aircraft business is akin to airplane time-sharing or a renting a plane. The cost of a plane is split among several owners who buy shares and avoid the hassles of scheduling, maintenance, and crew. Last year, PlaneSense, based in Portsmouth, N.H., traveled to 920 destinations. With a fleet of Pilatus PC-12s and PC-24s – sleek single-engine turboprops that have been called the Swiss Army knives of the sky — this door-to-door air transportation cuts out commercial airline travel.

The Greek-born and Swiss-educated Antoniadis, a Harvard MBA who did a stint as a management consultant, first tested his aviation business acumen at Norwood Airport. “I saw planes sitting idle and unused for weeks at a time on the tarmac. I wondered why air time couldn’t be shared among several parties, driving costs down and improving operations,” said Antoniadis, 57, who is a commercial instrument-rated pilot.

He started by managing and renting small trainers, like Cessna 210s and Bonanza a36s, and eventually began acquiring a fleet of jets, flying to Switzerland to speak to manufacturers of high-end turboprops.

PlaneSense then moved its headquarters to modern, glass-enclosed offices in Portsmouth, where Antoniadis can view the airfield from his desk. The Globe spoke with him about his nonstop push to make fractional aircraft ownership work.

“On occasion, I fly commercially in the US when I think it’s more corporately responsible to do so. I was on a flight out of Orlando when a client walked onto the plane and said, ‘George, what are you doing on the bus?’ We had a conversation about fractional airplane ownership and a lot of people around us were intrigued by the discussion.

“Then the captain came on the loudspeaker and said, ‘Ladies and gentleman, there’s a technical issue. We have a one-hour delay.’ So my commercial air travel often ends up being a recalibration and reminder of why I’m in business.

“While private aviation is seen as a privilege and a perk, it maximizes time savings for entrepreneurs, vacationers, retirees, families, small-to-midsize companies, and large corporations. They are able to land at smaller airports, closer to their destination, bypassing hubs. PlaneSense is able to access more than 4,000 airports in the US with our PC-12 turboprop, versus 500 for the large airlines.

“With fractional aircraft ownership, you buy only as much of an airplane as you need. It’s a very well-oiled system. The average aircraft flies about 300 hours a year — less than an hour a day. But in our case, planes fly multitudes of times, and fleet dynamics drive costs down significantly.

“The idea for PlaneSense began over two decades ago, when I was a pilot and saw a need for small aircraft management, helping owners take care of planes and renting them out for others to use. It was my cautious foray into the field of business aviation, and served as a periscope into the industry. I became interested in the emerging field of fractional ownership, and started drawing up the idea for PlaneSense on a whiteboard.

“In the world of fractional ownership, jets are the dominant force. I decided to enter the space with a brand new airplane at the time, the Pilatus, a modern-turbo prop. It’s very efficient and can easily go to short runways such as Chatham’s 3,000 foot runway, Fisher Island — a very sought-after golfing location — or high altitude airports in the Rockies. These planes attract attention — if you want to be discreet about your arrival, take a bicycle.

“As for me, I continue to be an avid aviator and exercise that privilege often. I’m intrigued by the innovation and elegance of engineering solutions behind every aircraft. I’m also fascinated by the efficiency and effectiveness of air travel in terms of distance, flexibility, and speed. Seeing the earth and weather from an airplane at 40,000 feet inspires awe.

“I fly daily, commuting to Portsmouth by air, using either one of our PC-12s or a smaller six-seater Bonanza. There’s no better signal to my troops then arriving and departing in an airplane. Good aviators know that you need to be current and trained, and that means you need to fly a lot.”

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Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport (KRHI) director retires, Rhinelander native returns

Incoming Rhinelander Oneida County Airport director Matthew Leitner, right, is taking the helm from his mentor, Joe Brauer, who is retiring Friday.

Rhinelander-Oneida County airport director Joe Brauer has offically passed the baton to Rhinelander native Matthew Leitner as Brauer’s aviation career came to a close Friday. After 48 years serving the industry and its fliers, he couldn’t stop smiling as he chatted about his approaching retirement and reflected on his career.

Despite a career decorated with accolades and awards, Brauer was quick to attribute his success entirely to the people around him.

“At the end of the day, it isn’t because of Joe Brauer; it’s because of the employees,” he said. The colleagues and customers around him are what he’ll miss the most. “Walking through the terminal greeting people – that’s going to be the biggest adjustment.”

Brauer’s career started with a postcard. As a boy growing up on a dairy farm in Door County, he said he never planned to spend his life in aviation. That changed when a card arrived in the mail with the words, “Want to see the world?” A week later, he had signed up for the airline school and was headed to Minneapolis by the fall of that same year.

“I’ve never looked back,” he said.

He joined Air Wisconsin Airlines, a regional airline based at Appleton International Airport, and served as a customer service agent for five years before moving to Midstate Airlines, based at that time in Marshfield. He spent the next 15 years holding various positions in the airline industry until one day Bob Heck approached him, asking him to consider the Rhinelander airport manager position.

“It took me all of about 10 seconds to say, ‘Yes, I think I can do this,’” Brauer recalled. That was 28 years ago.

Today, Brauer counts several advancements at Rhinelander airport among the highlights of his tenure. Chief among those was an infrared deicer installed in 1998, the brainchild of former airport commission chairman Bob Heck and Brauer, and the first in the world of its kind. The deicer used infrared technology to remove ice and snow from airplanes “for less than a buck a minute,” Brauer explained. It took just six years to form the concept and create the first prototype in Rhinelander – an accomplishment Brauer said the Federal Aviation Association noted would normally take 20 years.
Another achievement that brought smiles to the faces of disabled passengers was a non-motorized disabled passenger lift, ending an era where such passengers would have to be carried up steps – at times a frightening and humiliating experience. A frequent flier came to Brauer after using it for the first time, he recalled.

“Mr Brauer, I want to thank you,” she said. “I finally got on an airplane with some dignity.”

“I’ve had a very, very blessed career,” Brauer finished. “I’ve been very lucky. I’m looking forward to retirement after 48 years of doing this.”

Matthew Leitner

Pilot, aircraft mechanic, instructor and experienced airport director, Matthew Leitner is stepping in to fill Brauer’s shoes. A Rhinelander native returning home, Leitner found his start in aviation at the very airport he will now manage. His lifelong passion for flying took its first step on his 11th birthday when his mother gifted him with an hour of flight instruction.

“As a child, I was smitten with flight,” Leitner recalled. But his passion was roadblocked by what many said was insurmountable: he is blind in his left eye. “I was told ad nauseum, ‘No, you can’t be a pilot,’” Leitner said. But despite that, he spent five years working odd jobs at the airport and scraping together money for flight instruction until he was 16, when he made his first solo flight.

“When I soloed, it was rapturous.” He took a flight test with the FAA and obtained a first class medical certificate, a waiver that would allow him to even fly for airlines. “I’ve never met anybody else that has it,” he remarked.

After graduating from Rhinelander High School in the late 1990s, he relocated to Atlanta, Georgia where he began amassing the education needed to pursue a career as an airport director. But when he finished graduate school in 2008, during the Great Recession, breaking into the workforce was “extraordinarily difficult.”

After failing to procure several openings, he traveled to Jamestown, North Dakota, where he made an “earnest appeal” for the airport there to take a chance on an inexperienced director. He got the job, and despite Delta pulling out of the market just months after starting, he went on to oversee the building of a new terminal, obtain government subsidies to procure jet airline service, and introduce much needed technical upgrades in the form of hangars, runway lighting, electronic gating and a rotating beacon light. Today, he says, the airport – comparable in size to Rhinelander – is breaking monthly boarding records and has become a primary commercial service airport.

In 2014, he moved on to Crescent City in northern California, where he says he essentially repeated the same story. Under his supervision, the airport got jet airline service, a new terminal and a higher classification of FAA certification.

“It was a real rush,” he remarked.

At a city council meeting Monday night, he said he had stayed in touch with Brauer through the years, turning to him for advice during his early days as a director. When he heard last year there was an opening, he jumped at the chance to return to his hometown.

“My objective is to enhance our collective quality of life here, as community, county and region,” he said of his goals for Rhinelander airport. Unlike Jamestown and Crescent City when he started, he remarked, the airport here is thriving and he wants to build on the foundation that Heck and Brauer have laid.

Reaching out to the young people to give them their start in aviation is a vision both Brauer and Leitner share for the future of aviation. Leitner says he wants to visit local schools and bring students to see the airport and get hands on experience that could potentially inspire them to direct their careers into aviation fields.

Though Brauer’s last day was May 18, but he plans to remain a “friend of the airport” and provide assistance to Leitner as needed.

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Williamsport Regional Airport (KIPT) authority to review bids for fuel farm project

The Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority opened three bids ranging from $985,322 to $1.08 million for the second phase of its fuel farm relocation project at a special meeting Thursday.

The project includes a new fueling system and tank installation, which the authority’s engineers projected at $1,074,250. The project was bid out earlier in the year but did not receive responses at that time.

Three companies responded to the latest ad.

The companies and their totals were: Beavers Petroleum Equipment and Alternate Fuels, $1,084,951; Petroleum Technical Services LLC, $1,019,947; and the Fourth River Company, $985,322.

Vince Decario, of L.R. Kimball, lead engineer, and the state Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Aviation will further review the bids and make a recommendation to be voted on at the authority’s next meeting, June 14, said Christopher Logue, chairman.

In other business, the authority voted to go with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP, which provides auditing services for Lycoming County, for its state-mandated audit, pending review of pricing.

“Our existing auditor, unfortunately, has run into a bit of a dilemma and is unable to perform our audit this year,” said Thomas Hart, airport executive director. “We have reached out to the county’s auditor to give us pricing.”

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Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (KBZN) operations back to normal after fuel truck crash

BELGRADE - Operations are resuming as planned at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport after a fuel truck flipped over on the general aviation ramp Thursday afternoon.

A driver walked away with only minor injuries after losing control of the fuel truck when the weight from the fuel shifted while the driver was making a turn.

Airport Police and Fire, Central Valley fire department, and Best Rate Towing responded and are helping with cleanup

“It’s a process, obviously when you have fuel, it’s very important environmentally to handle that correctly and between us and the Central Valley Fire, and Best rate towing we’ve been making sure is done correctly,” said Brian Sprenger, airport director.

Yellowstone Jet Center is continuing to investigate the accident.

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Valdosta Regional Airport (KVLD) Authority welcomes new member

VALDOSTA — Hap Ertlschweiger served for the last time Wednesday as a member of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Airport Authority.

A former fighter jet and airline pilot, Ertlschweiger has served on the authority for four years. Taking his place will be George Page.

Page is the executive director of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority.

Ertlschweiger retired five years ago. Leaving the authority will relieve him of another set of responsibilities, he said. With his newfound free time, Ertlschweiger said he plans to spend time with family and soak up some sun on the beach.

He said if the authority needs his advice, the authority is more than welcome to call him.

Page spoke highly of the airport and referred to it as a “jewel."

“We are very blessed to have such a wonderful airport in our community,” he said.

Page said he looks forward to contributing his expertise to the authority and help make it an even better asset in the community.

Meanwhile, plans to purchase the land contiguous to the airport have hit a small snag.

The State Historic Preservation Office has asked the authority to perform an environmental study on the property because of an existing structure that has cabinets considered to be historical, Airport Manager Jim Galloway said.

The environmental study pushes the authority’s plans back by about a year; however, Galloway is pursuing alternate options to try and expedite the process, he said.

Originally, Galloway told property owners the land transaction may not happen until October, he said. He is still trying to find a way to honor that claim so as to not cause any more burden on the property holder.

The airport is trying to purchase the land to remove trees to improve the airport safety rating.

Galloway said there is no update on the new air traffic control tower. The authority will know if the project will move forward after May 22.

The project is dependent on the passage of the Transportation Local Options Sales Tax that is on the ballot Tuesday.

The airport authority meets 8 a.m., the second Wednesday of every month in the airport manager’s office. The meetings are open to the public. 

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Cessna 172E Skyhawk, N3000U: Incident occurred May 18, 2018 in Superior, Boulder County, Colorado

West Star Aviation LLC: http://registry.faa.govN3000U

SUPERIOR, Colo. (CBS4) – Emergency crews in Boulder County responded to the Superior area at midday after a small plane made an emergency landing in a field after it lost power.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s office said no one was hurt in the incident west of Superior.

All three people on board escaped injury when the plane lost power.

Copter4 video showed the single engine propeller plane in the middle of a grassy field and police officers interviewing what appeared to be the pilot.

The pilot told authorities rather than try to make it to Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, he decided to land in the field. 

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If you own or fly a drone in Ada County, a new law applies. Here's what to know.

Ada County passed a law that requires all operators of small unmanned aircraft — drones — to register the aircraft and obtain remote pilot certification from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The new law does not apply to model aircraft. It's unclear how many people in Ada County own or operate drones.

Additionally, the law prohibits drone operators from using their aircraft to harass, startle or annoy people; take people's pictures or record audio of people "in any place where the person would have a reasonable expectation of privacy."

The law is already in effect. Violations are an infraction and are punishable by a $100 fine. The Ada County Sheriff's Office will oversee enforcement, county spokeswoman Kate McGwire said.

The goal of the drone law is to augment FAA regulations and protect public safety and privacy, McGwire said. County Commissioner Jim Tibbs presented the law in response to several residents' complaints, she said. All three commissioners voted in favor of the law Tuesday.

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Runway rehab opens Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport (KSPA) to larger planes; meets Federal Aviation Administration requirements

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) - A $30 million dollar renovation project is underway at Spartanburg Memorial Airport. 

The largest project to date will extend the runway several hundred feet and make the airport FAA compliant. 

7News has learned about 90 airplanes fly in and out of Spartanburg Memorial Airport daily. Airport officials hope the runway expansion project will help them attract bigger planes, carrying more people, to Spartanburg. 

"So the runway, last time it was resurfaced was back in the 80's," said Airport Director Terry Connorton. 

Financial constraints have limited the airport officials from paying for runway upgrades, that was until the Federal Aviation Administration awarded Spartanburg Memorial Airport a grant to fund renovations. 

"We're extending the runway to 6,000 feet to allow us to get bigger airplanes in here," Connorton told 7News. "The other thing we are going to be doing is actually improving the navigational lights." 

On Friday, Connorton showed our crew the site of the future additions. He says the long-overdue expansion project will make the airport compliant with federal safety zone regulations.

Connorton says the project also fulfills his vision to make the airport a popular entry point for South Carolina. 

"I'm trying to get this airport a lot of more involved in tourism," he said. 

Bigger planes is music to the ears of Airflow Performance President Don Rivera, whose business depends on planes. "Of course, that expands our customer base, which will help our business." Rivera told 7News. 

The airport is primarily used by private and corporate jets, generating more than $40 million dollars in revenue for Spartanburg, but the upgrades open the door for smaller commercial flights in the future. 

"I think what will happen is it'll allow more people to visit Spartanburg," Rivera said. 

The runway will be closed from June 18, 2018 to August 23, 2018. The runway will be temporarily shortened by 1,000 feet during rehab, so only smaller aircrafts will be able to use the runway. During the rehab planes will be rerouted to Greenville-Spartanburg International or Downtown Greenville Airport. 

The project is set to be complete by December 1, 2018. 

Spartanburg Memorial Airport was the first commercial airport in the state. A mail plane landed there in 1928. 

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Cessna 180, N54AF: Incident occurred May 03, 2018 in Talkeetna and Accident occurred September 02, 2016 in Yakutat, Alaska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska

Aircraft ground looped on landing damaging wing tip.

Date: 03-MAY-18
Time: 23:30:00Z
Regis#: N54AF
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 180
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Juneau, Alaska  

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Docket And Docket Items -   National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary -  National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

Location: Yakutat, AK
Accident Number: GAA16CA474
Date & Time: 09/02/2016, 1700 AKD
Registration: N54AF
Aircraft: CESSNA 180
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Nose over/nose down
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal


The pilot of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that during the landing roll on a grass field the airplane encountered standing water and nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing, the right wing strut, and the empennage.

The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

The pilot reported as a safety recommendation to conduct a more thorough pre-landing reconnaissance of the intended landing zone.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's inadequate inspection of the off-airport landing area, which resulted in an encounter with standing water and a nose over. 


Personnel issues
Monitoring environment - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Water - Effect on operation (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll
Nose over/nose down (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 61, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/12/2016
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/27/2015
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 14300 hours (Total, all aircraft), 990 hours (Total, this make and model), 14209 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 68 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 28.4 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N54AF
Model/Series: 180 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 30943
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 3
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/01/2016, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2550 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3874.6 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT: C91A installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: 10520ACC
Registered Owner: J. D. FLYING LLC
Rated Power: 235 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: PAYA, 31 ft msl
Observation Time: 0053 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 24 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 120°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 10000 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 7°C
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots, 280°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Yakutat, AK
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Yakutat, AK
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1655 AKD
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 59.712222, -140.348056 (est)

Midget Mustang M-II, N527JT: Incidents occurred May 17, 2018 and February 25, 2018 at Front Range Airport (KFTG), Watkins, Colorado

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

Occurrence while tower was closed; aircraft discovered in the runway safety area off the side of the runway.

Bald Eagle Aviation LLC:

Date: 17-MAY-18

Time: 13:05:00Z
Regis#: N527JT
Aircraft Model: MUSTANG II
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

February 25, 2018: 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

Diamond DA-42NG Twin Star, N306ER: Incident occurred May 17, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Passenger door detached during flight over heavily wood area.

Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University Inc

Date: 17-MAY-18
Time: 13:35:00Z
Regis#: N306ER
Aircraft Make: DIAMOND
Aircraft Model: D 42 NG
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

Diamond DA-20C-1 Eclipse, N143MA: Accident occurred May 13, 2018 at LaGrange Callaway Airport (KLGC), Georgia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

Bashakes Holdings LLC

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA282
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, May 13, 2018 in LaGrange, GA
Aircraft: DIAMOND AIRCRAFT IND INC DA 20, registration: N143MA

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 made a hard landing, striking wingtips on the ground.

Date: 13-MAY-18
Time: 12:05:00Z
Regis#: N143MA
Aircraft Make: DIAMOND
Aircraft Model: DA20 C1
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

Cessna 172S, N597D: Incident occurred May 17, 2018 at Dubuque Regional Airport (KDBQ),

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Moines, Iowa

Aircraft on landing went off the runway into the grass.

Brown Aviation Lease IV LLC:

Date: 17-MAY-18
Time: 19:08:00Z
Regis#: N597D
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172S
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
State: IOWA

Cessna 310, N4846B: Incident occurred May 17, 2018 at Abrams Municipal Airport (4D0), Eaton County, Michigan

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids, Michigan

Aircraft did not extend landing gear.

Metro Pilots Inc:

Date: 17-MAY-18
Time: 15:00:00Z
Regis#: N4846B
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 310
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

Piper PA-18A-150, N9274D: Incident occurred May 17, 2018 in Hamilton, Ravalli County, Montana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Helena, Montana

Ski equipped aircraft flipped while landing in the snow.

Date: 17-MAY-18
Time: 14:14:00Z
Regis#: N9274D
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 18A 150
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 135

Flight Design CTLS, N649CT: Incident occurred May 17, 2018 at Genesee County Airport (KGVQ), Batavia, New York

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rochester, New York

Aircraft on landing veered off the runway, damaging runway lights.

Date: 17-MAY-18
Time: 18:15:00Z
Regis#: N649CT
Aircraft Make: FLIGHT DESIGN
Aircraft Model: CTLS
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

Cessna 182P, N182EW: Accident occurred May 17, 2018 in Prescott, Walla Walla County, Washington

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Spokane, Washington

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA296
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 16, 2018 in Prescott, WA
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N182EW

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 planned landing in a field, during taxi experienced prop and wingtip strike.

Date: 17-MAY-18
Time: 00:01:00Z
Regis#: N182EW
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182P
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91

Bamberg, South Carolina: City Council supports commercial flight school, aviation degree at Denmark Tech

BAMBERG -- Bamberg City Council unanimously approved a resolution Monday night in hopes of kick-starting an effort to bring a commercial flight school to Bamberg County.

The flight school, which would be located at Denmark Technical College, would be the only one of its kind in South Carolina and would be modeled on the School of Aviation at Middle Georgia State University in Eastman, Georgia.

Denmark Tech Interim President Dr. Christopher Hall noted that the Commission on Higher Education had recently given technical colleges authority to award four-year degrees on a case-by-case basis. If approved, students would receive a degree in aviation that would prepare them to be commercial airline pilots.

The resolution calls for legislation to be enacted to add the program to DTC, and for the legislature to allocate initial funds to purchase training aircraft, refurbish the existing hangar or build a new one and provide two flight simulators for training to the tune of approximately $4.78 million and to hire three full-time flight instructors, a mechanic and an administrative/dispatch person for approximately $255,000 per year.

The resolution will be presented to the S.C. General Assembly and the Senate Higher Education Commission committees for further action.

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Business owners and pilot among finalists for county's vacant airport board seats: Lewiston–Nez Perce County Airport (KLWS)

The field of candidates has been narrowed for two seats on the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport Authority board.

The Nez Perce County Commission has interviewed six people who were selected from a group of 16 applicants.

They are Gary Peters, Verl Long, Rich Rogers, Joseph Gish, Dale Alldredge and Anthony Maiorana.

Peters is a heavy equipment dealer who is building an aviation museum and hangars on the airport's southside business park. Long is an existing board member. Rogers is a semiretired car dealer who is filling a seat on the board temporarily.

Gish is a Horizon Air pilot based in Spokane who graduated from Lapwai High School. Alldredge is president of Rousseau Company, a Clarkston maker of work stands and accessories for woodworkers and contractors. He also is a minority partner in MAP Travel, a travel agency at the Lewiston airport. Maiorana is owner of Jetco Machine and Fabrication in Asotin.

The Nez Perce County Commission may discuss the issue at 9 a.m. today. A final decision is expected during a 1:30 p.m. meeting Monday. Both meetings will be held in the Brammer Building at 1225 Idaho St.

The others who sought the county appointments were:

Mike Lorenz, a construction contractor
James Durfey, of Hinrichs Trading Company
Doug Black, a member of Friends of the Airport
Michelle Bly, a principal and vice president of business development at TD&H Engineering in Lewiston
Theodore Powell, an equipment repair technician
Shawn Wentworth, a landscaper
Ryan Burnett, a certified public accountant
Branden Beier, president of Alternative Nursing Services
Billy Jenkins, a Walgreens manager
Manderson "Mandy" Miles, an attorney.

The commission will appoint two people to the five-seat airport authority board. The county owns the airport with the city of Lewiston, which also names two people to the board. Those four members select a fifth person.

Both entities sought applicants for their seats after revising the joint-powers agreement, which governs airport operations. The revision included a provision requiring all seats being vacated by May 23 to allow the formation of a new board.

The city and county took action because the board had essentially ceased functioning over disagreements about a number of issues, including how to operate the airport and supervise manager Stephanie Morgan.

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Cease and desist on plane dismantling

RANTOUL, Ill. (WCIA) -- The village ordered a cease and desist on the company that's dismantling the planes at the former Chanute Air Force Base.

The planes caught fire three times in the last month. They say the man in charge wasn't taking them apart safely. Water didn't work to put out the fire that happened on Tuesday, May 15th. Crews had to use an expensive chemical foam to extinguish it. The village is going to send the bill to the people deconstructing the planes and they say it'll probably come out to a few thousand dollars. 

Kenneth Morrison is the man who bought several planes from base to take apart and turn into scrap metal. WCIA first talked to him in April when he started the deconstruction. 

Morrison said, "It's the first time I've ever bought aircrafts. I usually demolish bridges and other stuff like that." 

He said he doesn't have any experience in taking planes apart. The village of Rantoul has taken notice. 

Village Administrator Rick Snider says, "Airplanes are normally broken apart using crusher devices and in this case they're cutting it with torches through the metal. That's not a typical way of doing it." 

Those unconventional methods turned dangerous three times in one month. In April one plane caught fire while the crew was dismantling it.

After it happened, Morrison said, "We had a little accident. One of them had some fuel in it, I was under the impression the fuel had pretty much been removed and they even put a preservative in there but we hit one that didn't."

Anther fire happened on Tuesday. Again, WCIA caught up with Morrison to find out what happened. 

He said, "We were cutting when we hit a piece of manganese aluminum. Manganese is something that once it catches on fire you really can't put it out very easily."

Morrison said the fire could have been prevented if he used a different technique to take apart the plane.

"I guess I'm learning as I go." 

But the village said they don't want to risk this happening again. So they put a cease and desist order on the project.

Snider says, "With some of the larger aircrafts still remaining to be salvaged, I would be concerned about the safety of any personnel in or nearby that aircraft if a fire were to start." 

The village notified the air force of the cease and desist order and they'll be reviewing what happened. The work is stopped indefinitely, or until they can prove to the village that the new salvage methods are safe. 

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