Friday, May 25, 2018

Piper PA-32-260, N4887S, registered to and operated by Great Lakes Air Inc: Accident occurred December 05, 2017 at Cheboygan County Airport (KSLH), Michigan

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids, Michigan

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N4887S

Location: Cheboygan, MI
Accident Number: GAA18CA081
Date & Time: 12/05/2017, 1130 EST
Registration: N4887S
Aircraft: PIPER PA 32
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Hard landing
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled

According to the pilot, during approach to runway 28, "I noticed the VSI showed a dramatic increase in the decent rate and I applied full power."

He reported that the airplane landed hard, and he heard a "pop," and believed that the main landing gear tires had failed. The airplane exited the right side of the runway and struck a runway light.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the aft bulkhead, stringer and skin.

According to the METAR at the accident airport, about the time of the accident the wind was from 230° at 28kts gusting to 42kts.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 28, 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 Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/07/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/11/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 2439 hours (Total, all aircraft), 102 hours (Total, this make and model), 2306 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 200 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 38 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N4887S
Model/Series: PA 32 260
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1971
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 32-7100011
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/25/2017, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3400 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 15028.3 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-540-E4B5
Registered Owner: GREAT LAKES AIR INC
Rated Power: 260 hp
Operator: GREAT LAKES AIR INC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSLH, 635 ft msl
Observation Time: 1514 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 267°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Temperature/Dew Point: 2°C / -1°C
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 2400 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 28 knots/ 42 knots, 230°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.39 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: BOIS BLANC ISLAND, MI (6Y1)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Cheboygan, MI (SLH)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1115 EST
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information

Airport: CHEBOYGAN COUNTY (SLH)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 639 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 28
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4005 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 None
Latitude, Longitude:  45.654167, -84.513889 (est)

AMD CH-2000 Alarus, N683AM: Accident occurred January 05, 2017 at Cobb County International Airport-McCollum Field (KRYY), Atlanta, Georgia

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office;  Atlanta, Georgia  

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N683AM


Location: Atlanta, GA
Accident Number: ERA17LA078
Date & Time: 01/05/2017, 1700 EST
Registration: N683AM
Aircraft: AIRCRAFT MFG & DEVELOPMENT CO CH 2000
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Aerodynamic stall/spin
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

Analysis

The private pilot attempted a short-field takeoff procedure, and air traffic control tower personnel observed the airplane about 200 ft above ground level about 900 ft from the beginning of the runway. The airplane then drifted left, descended, and impacted trees. Although the pilot subsequently reported a loss of engine power and climb performance, a test run of the engine following the accident revealed no anomalies. The pilot had an approximate 5-year gap in flying experience and had not completed a flight review, although he reported about 21 hours of flight experience in the 90 days preceding the accident. He reported a total flight experience of 143.3 hours, of which 59 hours were in the accident airplane make and model. It is likely that the pilot exceeded the airplane's critical angle of attack while attempting a short-field takeoff, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall at an altitude too low to recover.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's exceedance of the airplane's critical angle of attack while attempting a short-field takeoff, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall.

Findings

Aircraft
Angle of attack - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Factual Information 

On January 5, 2017, about 1700 eastern standard time, an Aircraft MFG & Development Co, CH 2000, N683AM, was substantially damaged when it collided with trees, during the initial climb after takeoff from Cobb County International Airport (RYY), Atlanta, Georgia. The private pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was operated by the private pilot as a personal flight conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the planned local flight.

The pilot reported that he had planned to perform some touch-and-go landings at RYY. During initial takeoff on runway 27, he applied full power and initiated a climb at the appropriate airspeed. Shortly thereafter, the airplane experienced a loss of engine power and climb performance. The left wing and nose dropped, but no stall warning horn sounded. The pilot leveled the wings and configured the airplane quickly for landing, before colliding with trees.

The pilot further reported that he had acquired his private pilot license in 2009, but had not flown between 2010 and 2015. He also had not completed a current flight review. The pilot reported a total flight experience of 143.3 hours; of which, 59 hours were in the same make and model as the accident airplane. He had flown 21.3 hours during the 90-day period preceding the accident.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, air traffic control personnel observed the airplane about 200 feet above ground level as it was approximately 900 feet from the beginning of runway 27. The airplane then drifted left, descended, and impacted trees.

The inspector further stated that the airplane came to rest in a wooded area south of runway 27, about 1,400 feet from the beginning of the runway. The inspector examined the wreckage at the accident site and noted that during the impact, the airplane suffered damage to both wings and the fuselage. The inspector observed the flaps in the full-extended position. He also found an airplane operating handbook in the cockpit and observed that it was open to a page describing short field takeoffs and landings. He added that due to impact damage, some fuel had leaked from the airplane.

After the wreckage was recovered to a salvage facility, a test-run of the engine on the airframe was conducted under the supervision of an FAA inspector. The engine started without hesitation and ran for several minutes at different power settings, including full power.

The recorded wind at RYY, at 1647, was from 300 degrees at 3 knots. 

History of Flight

Initial climb
Aerodynamic stall/spin (Defining event)

Uncontrolled descent
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 44, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/14/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  143 hours (Total, all aircraft), 59 hours (Total, this make and model), 21 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: AIRCRAFT MFG & DEVELOPMENT CO
Registration: N683AM
Model/Series: CH 2000 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2002
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 20-1006
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/01/2016, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1692 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 45 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1586 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C91A installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-235-N2C
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 116 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: RYY, 1040 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1647 EST
Direction from Accident Site: 360°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 7500 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 300°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.89 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 10°C / 0°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Atlanta, GA (RYY)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Atlanta, GA (RYY)
Type of Clearance: Traffic Advisory
Departure Time: 1700 EST
Type of Airspace: 

Airport Information

Airport: Cobb County International Airp (RYY)
Runway Surface Type:
Airport Elevation: 1040 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 27
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6295 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  34.013056, -84.596944 (est)




Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: AIRCRAFT MFG & DEVELOPMENT CO
Registration: N683AM
Model/Series: CH 2000 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2002
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 20-1006
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/01/2016, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1692 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 45 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1586 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C91A installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-235-N2C
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 116 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: RYY, 1040 ft msl
Observation Time: 1647 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 360°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Temperature/Dew Point: 10°C / 0°C
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 7500 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots, 300°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.89 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV): 
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Atlanta, GA (RYY)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Atlanta, GA (RYY)
Type of Clearance: Traffic Advisory
Departure Time: 1700 EST
Type of Airspace:



Airport Information

Airport: Cobb County International Airport (RYY)
Runway Surface Type:
Airport Elevation: 1040 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 27
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6295 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  34.013056, -84.596944 (est)



NTSB Identification: ERA17LA078
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, January 05, 2017 in Atlanta, GA
Aircraft: AIRCRAFT MFG & DEVELOPMENT CO CH 2000, registration: N683AM
Injuries: 1 Serious.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On January 5, 2017, about 1700 eastern standard time, an Aircraft MFG & Development Co, CH 2000, N683AM, was substantially damaged during a collision with trees, during the initial climb after takeoff from Cobb County International Airport (RYY), Atlanta, Georgia. The private pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was operated by the private pilot as a personal flight conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the planned local flight.

The pilot reported that he had planned to perform some touch-and-go landings at RYY. During initial takeoff on runway 27, he applied full power and initiated a climb at the appropriate airspeed. Upon reaching a low altitude, the airplane experienced a loss of engine power and climb performance. The left wing and nose dropped, but no stall warning horn sounded. The pilot leveled the wings and configured the airplane quickly for landing, before colliding with trees.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration inspector, air traffic control personnel observed the airplane about 200 feet above ground level as it was approximately 900 feet from the beginning of runway 27. The airplane then drifted left, descended, and impacted trees. The airplane came to rest in a wooded area south of runway 27, about 1,400 feet from the beginning of the runway. The inspector examined the wreckage at the accident site and noted that during the impact, the airplane suffered damage to both wings and the fuselage. The inspector observed the flaps in the full-extended position. He also found an airplane operating handbook in the cockpit and observed that it was open to a page describing short field takeoffs and landings. He further stated that due to impact damage, some fuel had leaked from the airplane.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

The recorded wind at RYY, at 1647, was from 300 degrees at 3 knots.

Piper PA-22-108, registered to M & M Aero LLC, N4913Z: Accident occurred May 23, 2018 in Start, Richland Parish, Louisiana

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N4913Z

Location: Start, LA
Accident Number: GAA18CA297
Date & Time: 05/23/2018, 1415 CDT
Registration: N4913Z
Aircraft: PIPER PA22
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Abnormal runway contact
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during landing on a grass airstrip, the airplane was close to an aerodynamic stall. He added that the airplane landed and bounced multiple times, the propeller struck the ground, and the airplane nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing lift strut.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 42, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
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 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/22/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/19/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1827.8 hours (Total, all aircraft), 4.7 hours (Total, this make and model), 1746.8 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 6.2 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 4.7 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N4913Z
Model/Series: PA22 108
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1962
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 22-8499
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/01/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1649 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1055.9 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320
Registered Owner: M&M Aero, LLC
Rated Power:  150 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: KMLU, 81 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1853 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 289°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3200 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 22°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Start, LA (PVT)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Start, LA (PVT)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1400 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information

Airport: Private (PVT)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 83 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: UKN
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3000 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  32.455000, -91.826111 (est)

Editorial: A Big Letdown as Lebanon Chamber’s Wings and Wheels Event Ends

Wings and Wheels we hardly knew ye. Organized by the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce and launched in September 2014, the event was designed to celebrate the city and, especially, to highlight Lebanon Municipal Airport, which in its 77-year history has been both lauded as a crown jewel in the city’s infrastructure and bemoaned as a drag on its finances.

And so we note the irony of the cancellation of an event staged to promote the airport because potentially profitable negotiations are underway to lease the space at the airport where the event had been held.

As staff writer Tim Camerato reported last week, Airport Manager Rick Dyment confirmed that the city is in talks with Granite Air Center, which provides aircraft refueling, maintenance, storage and other services at the airport, to lease the space known as the executive ramp, located off Airpark Road past the terminal building at the south end of the airport. The discussion is in the early stages and Granite Air co-owner Greg Soho declined to comment last week, so we don’t yet know what a deal, if one is reached, might mean to the airport’s financial picture.

Suffice it to say that any boost to the bottom line will be welcome. The airport’s operational deficit averaged almost $170,000 a year between 2009 and 2015, although airport-generated property tax revenue more than offset that deficit. Even better, a recent report to the City Council by Finance Director Len Jarvi has the airport enjoying something of a fiscal tailwind.

Still, it’s too bad Wings and Wheels had its wings clipped.

The family-friendly event quickly established itself as an end-of-summer favorite among aviation buffs, classic-car enthusiasts and pretty much anyone with a kid. In its short, four-year run, the event attracted thousands of visitors — 1,500 in its first year, with similar turnouts in subsequent years — and all manner of businesses and organizations took to the tarmac to introduce themselves to attendees. The Civil Air Patrol, for example, provided information about its participation in search-and-rescue operations, Cape Air and the Experimental Aircraft Association offered free flights, the DHART rescue helicopter made an appearance, and the city’s police and fire departments displayed some of their vehicles and other equipment.

About halfway through last year’s event, Fire Chief Chris Christopoulos said his department had given away about 500 kid-sized fire helmets to the many youngsters who came for a close-up look at a shiny ladder truck. “Over the years we’ve generally given out about 1,000,” he said.

Paul Boucher, the longtime Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO who retired in 2016, had hoped that Wings and Wheels would become the city’s signature event, like the Quechee Hot Air Balloon, Craft & Music Festival. His successor at the chamber’s helm, Executive Director Rob Taylor, of Meriden, said his organization is already working on a replacement event, although it’s likely too late to pull something together for this year. The chamber will, however, play a role in both the Food Truck Festival, scheduled for June 22 at Colburn Park, and the Rotary Club of Lebanon’s Brewfest, planned for August.

Food trucks are very trendy right now, and the craft beer movement has firmly established itself, so these events hold great promise.

What participants will miss, of course, is the thrill of walking out onto the airport tarmac, usually a restricted space for civilians, and hearing — and feeling — the rumble of a plane’s powerful engines. And they’ll miss the chance to get up close and personal with the Cessnas, warbirds, helicopters, fire trucks, police cruisers, muscle cars and gleaming antique sedans — and the dedicated people who own and operate them.

Farewell, Wings and Wheels. It was fun while it lasted.

Original article ➤ http://www.vnews.com

Thursday, May 24, 2018

American AA-1, N5787L: Accident occurred May 24, 2018 near Spruce Creek Airport (7FL6), Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando

Aircraft crashed into yard.

http://registry.faa.gov/N5787L

Date: 24-MAY-18
Time: 20:20:00Z
Regis#: N5787L
Aircraft Make: AMERICAN
Aircraft Model: AA 1
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: PORT ORANGE
State: FLORIDA


VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - For the second time this week, a small plane went down near the Spruce Creek Fly-In community, officials from the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said Thursday afternoon.

Deputies referred to the incident as a crash, but said it appears the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing. The plane went down in the woods about 50 feet from a resident's yard near State Road 415 at 4:20 p.m. Thursday.

That location is in the Spruce Creek Farms subdivision, which is about half a mile from the Spruce Creek Fly-In community.

“You couldn't see anything because the plane went down in the timber and there’s a field before it," said Karen Rieman, who, along with a neighbor, watched as the red plane come down.

The plane came very close to the back of a home, just yards away from a swimming pool, Rieman said.

Pilot Arthur Taxman, 71, was the only person on board the plane, deputies said. He suffered a minor head injury in the crash but he is not a trauma patient. He was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Deputies said Taxman made an emergency landing after experiencing a mechanical failure.

“(He’s) super-lucky,” said Frank Vitale, who lives nearby. “The odds of someone living in a plane crash is very low.”

On Tuesday night, a Cessna 140 crashed about four miles away. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University said student Nandish Patel, 22, died in the crash and instructor Chase Zinn, 23, was seriously injured.

“(It’s) pretty ironic, especially (considering the crashes were in) such close proximity of each other,” Vitale said.

When contacted about the incident Thursday, Embry-Riddle officials said they had no information to provide.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating both incidents. 

Story and video ➤ https://www.clickorlando.com



A single-engine plane enroute to Spruce Creek Fly-In crashed Thursday afternoon in some woods west of Port Orange, making it the second plane crash in two days within 3 miles of each other.

The pilot, 71-year-old Arthur Taxman, was the sole occupant and suffered minor injuries, said Laura Williams, Volusia County sheriff’s spokeswoman.

The plane crashed at 4:20 p.m. about 50 feet from a home at 2160 Spruce Creek Circle West, located in the Spruce Creek Farms subdivision. The aircraft was about a mile from the Spruce Creek Airport runway.

Taxman was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries, Williams said.

On Tuesday night, a passenger was killed in nearby Spruce Creek Fly-In and the pilot critically injured after a single-engine plane crashed after takeoff.

Thursday’s crash occurred in a wooded area behind a home on a cul-de-sac. A portion of the tail could be seen poking out of some trees, but the woods hid most of the aircraft from the driveway. The property owners declined to speak to The News-Journal. Deputies remained on the scene into the evening.

The Tuesday night crash in the Fly-In killed the passenger of a two-seat Cessna 140, 22-year-old Nandish Patel of Titusville. Patel was a student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach. The pilot, Chase Zinn, 23, of Pennsylvania, was hospitalized with critical injuries, a federal investigator said.

And on April 4, an ERAU plane crashed in Daytona Beach after its wing fell off in mid-air. That crash killed Zack Capra, a 25-year-old Navy veteran taking his commercial pilot license test, and Federal Aviation Administration pilot examiner John S. Azma, a father of four.

Original article ➤ http://www.news-journalonline.com






VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. —  A plane reportedly went down Thursday afternoon near Spruce Creek Farms, about a half a mile from the Spruce Creek Fly-in community, officials with the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.

The pilot, Arthur Taxman, 71, experienced a mechanical failure and was able to land in Spruce Creek Farms, officials said. He suffered a minor head injury and was able to get out of the plane on his own, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The plane went down 50 feet behind a home, officials said.

Taxman was transported to Halifax Health Medical Center with injuries not considered life-threatening.

Story and video ➤ http://www.wesh.com

Former Columbus-Lowndes County Airport (KUBS) manager arrested for embezzlement



A former manager of the Columbus-Lowndes Airport has been arrested by the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor for embezzlement.  

Billy Scarborough, 53, of Ethelsville, was arrested Monday in connection with a 2014 investigation, according to an OSA spokesperson. He was also served a demand of $14,490.81, which includes interest and investigative costs.  

Scarborough allegedly obtained more than 2,000 gallons of fuel from Columbus Public Works when he worked as airport manager under an independent contract. He also faces a charge from the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office for embezzlement after he was accused of stealing airplane parts.  

The OSA spokesperson said Scarborough obtained the fuel with a fuel card the city and county provided. The investigation was specifically into Scarborough and not the Columbus Public Works Department, the spokesperson confirmed.  

The Columbus-Lowndes Airport is a joint city-county venture run primarily by the city. A board with appointees from both the city and county oversee the airport.  

"I didn't know about the arrest, but we knew about the situation pretty much as soon as it happened," said Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Box, who serves on the airport board. "He wasn't an employee, so it wasn't a termination. We just ended his contact."  

Lowndes County Board of Supervisors President Harry Sanders and County Administrator Ralph Billingsley both said they were unaware of Scarborough's arrest before The Dispatch contacted them Thursday morning.  

Scarborough has been released from OSA custody on $7,500 bond.

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

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - The former manager of the Columbus-Lowndes County Airport has been arrested for embezzlement.

On Monday, May 21, special agents with the State Auditor's Office arrested Billy Scarborough for embezzlement.

He was served a demand of $14,490.81, which includes interest and investigative costs.

During his time in the position, reports show he obtained more than 2,000 gallons of unleaded and/or diesel fuel from Columbus Public Works, stated the Auditor's Office.

"The fuel was obtained outside the scope of Scarborough's duties as airport manager," stated the State Auditor's Office.

He was released from custody on a $7,500 bond.

The Auditor's Office stated Scarborough had previously been arrested by the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department for the alleged theft of airplane parts. This previous arrest is un-related to the new embezzlement arrest.

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Joint Base Charleston C17s fill the skies over South Carolina




Training mission: Joint Base Charleston

Fifteen C-17s took off from Joint Base Charleston on May 22.

The media and elected officials were invited to ride along during training. The C-17s took off around 12:25 p.m., did a flyover at the Ravenel Bridge then conducted an airdrop over North Field. They then performed a flyover at the Statehouse in Columbia then conducted low-level training in Tennessee and returned to Charleston around 3:30 p.m. -- all in a day’s work.

“It’s not just to practice our training and armor-ability exercise but to also involve the community and our civic leaders so that everyone can be a part of our mission and learn about what we do,” said Lt. Alejandra Fontalvo, a public affairs officer with Joint Base Charleston.

This type of training happens often at Joint Base Charleston — what made it unique was the coordinated effort of different military units that also included meeting up with two F-16s in Columbia during the flight over the Statehouse.



The massive cargo planes that are a common sight in the skies over the Lowcountry make up a unique part of the U.S. military's arsenal. The 15 planes that participated in Tuesday's Rapid Global Mobility drill are a small group of the 40-plus planes located at the air base next to Charleston International Airport.

"Our Rapid Global Mobility force is a partnership between active duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian workforces, working together to execute the air mobility mission around the world," said Col. Jimmy Canlas, 437th Airlift Wing commander. "Our Mobility Airmen enable the joint fight. Without our critical capabilities, combatant commanders would not be able to rapidly get the right people and equipment to the right place and time."

Tuesday exercise included paratroopers and critical equipment that was dropped to simulate a joint forcible entry of the global response force. The planes included those from the 437th and 315th Airlift Wings simulating support for the U.S. Army’s 509th Infantry Regiment based at Fort Polk, Louisiana. The formation also included two, F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 169th Fighter Wing, South Carolina Air National Guard, from McEntire Joint National Guard Base.

Prior to Tuesday's flight, Gov. Henry McMaster praised the coordinated effort.

“South Carolina’s commitment to a strong American military will be on full display ... when the brave men and women from Joint Base Charleston fly over the Ravenel Bridge and the State House on their way to supporting training exercises in Louisiana,” said Gov. Henry McMaster. “I encourage every South Carolinian to take this opportunity tomorrow to pray for the safety of all of our men and women in uniform who serve our country so selflessly.”

Rainy weather scrubbed some of the plans, but allowed the air group to make their drops and perform low-level flights through the valleys of Tennessee, which at sometimes seemed uncomfortably close to the ground. So close in fact that automatic warnings could be heard during the flight blaring, "terrain, terrain" and "Obstacle, obstacle."

The low-level practice gives crews practice in avoiding enemy radar as well as teaches them the limits of the huge flying warehouses. Cargo is loaded and dropped through a large rear door big enough to accommodate M1 Abrams tank.

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Luscombe 8A Silvaire, N77922: Accident occurred May 24, 2018 at Clermont County Airport (I69), Batavia, Ohio

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cincinnati

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N77922 


Location: Batavia, OH
Accident Number: GAA18CA295
Date & Time: 05/24/2018, 1100 EDT
Registration: N77922
Aircraft: LUSCOMBE 8
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The student pilot reported that, while hand-propping the engine, the engine started at full power, and the airplane jumped over the chocks and began moving in circles. Subsequently, to stop the airplane, an airport vehicle was driven into the airplane's tail.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

The student reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The student recommended that better control of the throttle could have prevented the accident. 

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 75, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: None
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: None
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot Unknown
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 106 hours (Total, all aircraft), 4 hours (Total, this make and model), 106 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 80 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: LUSCOMBE
Registration: N77922
Model/Series: 8 A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1946
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 3649
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 02/02/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1260 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1672 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 65 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held:  Pilot School (141) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLUK, 490 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1453 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 279°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Light and Variable /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: Variable
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.22 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 16°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Batavia, OH (I69)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Batavia, OH (I69)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0915 EDT
Type of Airspace:  Class G

Airport Information

Airport: CLERMONT COUNTY (I69)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 843 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  39.078333, -84.210556 (est)



BATAVIA, Ohio —  A pilot in Clermont County was hit by his own plane Thursday afternoon.

Several emergency crews were called to a reported plane crash at the Clermont County Airport, located at 2001 Sporty's Drive, near Batavia.

The plane did crash, officials said, but it never actually left the ground.

Investigators with the Ohio State Highway Patrol said a pilot attempted to "hand prop" a plane – or start the aircraft propeller by hand-spinning it.

But troopers on the scene said the pilot forgot to put on the brake, and the plane began to move without the pilot.

The moving plane struck the pilot and injured him. The severity of his injuries are unknown.

Officials said the plane continued to move after hitting the pilot.

The owner of the airport was somehow able to stop the plane by using his SUV, running his vehicle into the tail of the plane. Specifics of how that happened remain unclear.

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




CLERMONT COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -  One person has been injured after a plane accident at the Clermont County Airport, according to OSP.

According to employees, the pilot started a prop plane and it started spinning in a circle. He got knocked over and was injured trying to stop the plane.

The owner of the airport said he struck the plane with his SUV and stopped it. 

The victim was transported to the hospital.

The extent of injuries is unknown at this time.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.fox19.com