Wednesday, June 6, 2018

North Wing Solairus Trike: Fatal accident occurred June 06, 2018 near Lower Granite State Airport (00W), Colfax, Whitman County, Washington

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Ronny Weston


WHITMAN COUNTY, Wash. - A pilot from Cheney died early Wednesday morning after crashing his ultra-light aircraft on the Snake River, according to the Whitman County Sheriff's Office. 

Just after 7:00 a.m., deputies were notified of the crash after an employee of the Granite Dam found the wreckage. Deputies arrived on scene and found the single-occupant of the North Wing Solairus Trike, identified as 64-year-old Ronny Weston of Cheney, deceased. 

Deputies say it is believed Weston was camping at Boyer Park with family and had used the airstrip earlier that morning, leaving on a short flight at around 6:30 a.m. Weston had just recently acquired the aircraft and was an experienced pilot, according to family members who spoke with the Whitman County Sheriff's Office. 

Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer confirmed with KHQ Wednesday night that Weston was a retired Spokane Firefighter. 

The Whitman County Coroner's Office is working with the Whitman County Sheriff's Office and will assist in determining the exact cause and manner of death. The FAA was advised of the accident. 

Our thoughts go out to Mr. Weston's family. 

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




A 64-year-old man died in a plane crash on the Snake River near Lower Granite Dam Wednesday morning.

A dam employee told Whitman County Sheriff’s deputies he had discovered wreckage of a small aircraft crash during his morning commute at about 7:30 a.m., according to a press release from Whitman County Sheriff Brett Myers. The caller said he had saw parts of an aircraft at Boyer Park on his drive to work.

When officials arrived to the scene, they discovered and identified Ronny Weston of Cheney dead in the wreckage. They determined Weston as the pilot and sole occupant of the aircraft, according to the news release.

Weston was flying a North Wing Solairus Trike and took off from the airstrip in the park. Family members told deputies Weston was an experienced pilot, according to the news release.

Officials have not released a cause of death or a cause for the crash.

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




COLFAX, Washington — A pilot was killed after an ultralight aircraft crashed near the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River around 7:15 a.m this morning.

An employee of the dam discovered the wreckage of the small aircraft on his way to work this morning. The employee told deputies from the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office that he observed a portion of the small aircraft on the railroad tracks east of Boyer Park, which caused him to be concerned. He then called 911.

Ronny Weston, 64, of Cheney has been identified as the pilot and sole occupant of the ultralight aircraft at the time of the crash. The North Wing Solairus Trike had been recently acquired. It is believed Weston was camping at Boyer Park with family and had used the airstrip earlier that morning, leaving on a short flight around 6:30 a.m. Family members told deputies Weston was an experienced ultralight pilot.

The Whitman County Coroner’s Office is investigating to determine the exact cause and manner of death. The FAA has also been advised of the accident.

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

Pullman, Washington: Police Department Drone Program



PULLMAN, WA — The Federal Aviation Administration issued Pullman Police Department their drone certification.

They can now fly over a total of 7 counties in Washington and Idaho.

Just last week PPD’S drones helped Washington State Patrol search for a driver who ran away from them.

The added perspective from the air enabled Pullman officers to provide assistance, then return to patrol quickly.

They've also documented major crime scenes, supported Quad Cities Drug Task Force operations and evaluated traffic patterns during major athletic events,

Officer Alex Gordon is one of the drone pilots and is now a certified Federal Aviation Administration Pilot.

He spent almost 30 hours learning to fly and how to use all the features.

"One of the features is that we can set it to follow objects or things we've used that somewhat to try and test with us to follow a patrol car," Gordon said.

They've also used it during training exercises to review their formations and driving.

It will help the most when dealing with elevation they can search faster, maneuver hills and buildings.

It also helps police in potentially dangerous situations.

"We also have the availability of a heads up display so if it needs to go inside a structure officers can look using the heads up display and still navigate," Chief Jenkins said.

Instead of an officer, they can send in their drone first just in case of an ambush.

Four new drones, roughly $10,000 investment the chief says is worth every penny.

"It definitely makes us more efficient and helps make the community safer," Chief Jenkins said.

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

Long lines, missed flights plague ever-growing Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (KVPS)


EGLIN AFB — As the summer travel season gets under way, long lines and missed flights are causing headaches for some travelers at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport, commonly known as VPS.

The airport, which Bloomberg recently dubbed the “fastest growing airport in the United States,” has only four gates but has added at least 12 routes in the past year to bring its total number of cities to 27. It has seen an 18 percent increase in the number of travelers so far this year, and 2017 saw an almost 28 percent increase in travelers from 2016.

But it appears the airport’s rapid growth, coupled with enhanced security screenings at Transportation Security Administration checkpoints, has frustrated at least some passengers who missed or nearly missed flights because of longer-than-expected wait times.

Jessica Courtwright, who lives in Austin, Texas, and traveled to Destin this past weekend, arrived at VPS on Monday at 6:30 a.m. for her 7:30 a.m. flight back to Austin. She said check-in was a “breeze,” but waiting in line at the TSA checkpoint was a different matter.

“It looked like they had two lanes, but really they were only using one,” she said of the security lanes. “The line grew so long that they handed me a slip to monitor the wait times.”

She said she was in the line for about 45 minutes and was still there when her flight was supposed to leave. She thought she was going to miss her flight, but a woman from the airline came out and asked how many people were waiting for that flight. Five people raised their hand.

“They held the flight,” Courtwright said. “It was obvious that it was a common problem.”

Okaloosa County Commissioner Carolyn Ketchel, who also sits on the commission’s Aviation Board, said constituents have raised concerned about missing flights and longer wait times.

“Having been here for over 30 years, we used to have a sleepy little airport and we were spoiled,” she said. “You could get there 45 minutes in advance, leisurely go through the checkout and sit in the holding area and then board, and you had plenty of time. But people need to know that now that we have all these expanded flights, it’s essential to get to the airport two hours in advance.”

In 1998, the airport was seeing about 600,000 passengers traveling in and out. By 2017 that number had nearly doubled to a record 1,134,209 passengers.

This year looks to be on track to break records again, according to County Airports Director Tracy Stage.

“May 17th was ... the busiest day in the 60-year history of VPS” with a total of 5,032 passengers, he said in an email to the Daily News on Tuesday. “That said, each day since has trumped the previous and we continue to climb in passenger numbers.”

Stage said the VPS was expected to have a record 5,498 passengers on Thursday.

But the airport’s massive growth has come with apparent growing pains.

Courtwright said when she was in line Monday she overheard a security guard telling people that as far as lines go, “this is a good day.”

“He said it was actually going fast compared to the other days,” she said. “So I was like, ‘Oh, I don’t want to know what the wait normally is.’ ”

Ketchel said the increased foot traffic has led to “bottlenecking” in the TSA lines. Combined with the agency’s newly-implemented screening rules for carry-on baggage, the lines have gotten longer and longer.

“People are missing their flights because they don’t realize, even though we’ve tried to get the word out in many ways, that they need to do pre-check and they need to get there two hours early,” she said.

The TSA announced in May that it was implementing stronger carry-on screenings at all U.S. federal airports, including VPS. The screenings include requiring passengers to place all personal electronics larger than a cellphone in bins for X-ray screenings, and having some travelers separate items from carry-on bags such as foods and powders.

Ketchel and Stage said TSA is in the process of installing a third screening lane that’s expected to open June 19.

“The TSA has seen this problem and they’ve given us another gateway to process passengers safely so that we can speed up the process,” Ketchel said.

Stage said he believed VPS can “absolutely handle” the growth it’s experiencing, adding that in the past two-and-a-half years it has added 300 new jobs, including passenger ambassadors to help facilitate the crowds and curbside assistants to help people get in and out of the airport safely.

“We are incredibly excited about the growth and the economic impacts that this growth brings,” he said. “It’s well worth the growing pains.”

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

Ocean City Municipal Airport (KOXB) moves forward with wetlands mitigation project



OCEAN CITY, Md. - Officials in Ocean City are doing what they can to make the runways at the municipal airport safer.

We're told their wetlands mitigation project will take down some trees in order to improve their over run, so that if something were to happen when landing, planes will now have more room.

We’re told the town council just approved a $1.4 million project to contract with private owners to create new non-tidal wetlands in a nearby property for environmental needs to replace the area where they will remove trees. 

OC Councilman, Wayne Hartman says, "We were able to mitigate some of that within our own property at the airport but some of that we had to reach out to do a project offsite and that's what we approved for that project."

They will remove dirt on the contracted property to make a bigger wetland area. The design for the over run will take place next year. 

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

Hurlburt aircraft still out to pasture in Alabama



HURLBURT FIELD — It will be a few days before an Air Force CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft that made a precautionary landing Monday night in Alabama will be back at Hurlburt Field.

The multiple-mission aircraft, assigned to the Hurlburt Field-based 1st Special Operations Wing, landed in a large field on the eastern edge of Ashland, Alabama, late Monday night when an unspecified maintenance issue developed during a routine training mission.

The landing was made “out of an abundance of caution,” according to a Tuesday news release from the 1st SOW public affairs office. None of the five crew members was reported injured, according to the release, and there were no injuries on the ground, according to Ashland Police Chief Joseph Stanford.

Col. Tom Palenske, commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing, said Tuesday via Facebook that Hurlburt maintenance personnel were “currently fixing the issue, and then we’ll be on our way.”

In a Wednesday email, the 1st SOW’s public affairs office said the Osprey “has not been repaired yet, but the maintenance team is on the scene.”

Also according to the 1st SOW email, the Osprey “is expected to be back on station on or about Saturday 9 June.”

It is not yet clear exactly what prompted the crew to make the precautionary landing.

“The maintenance issue is still under investigation,” stated the 1st SOW email.

Ashland is a town of about 2,000 people in east central Alabama’s Clay County, 75 miles north of Montgomery and just east of Talladega National Forest.

“We appreciate all the help and support we are receiving from the community and emergency services here in Ashland,” Lt. Col. David Lucas, the 1st Special Operations Group’s deputy commander, said in the Tuesday news release.

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

American Airlines maintenance hangar planned to land in Pensacola this October

PSA Airlines, a subsidiary of American Airlines, plans to open a new maintenance facility at Pensacola International Airport.

The new facility will create an estimated 30-35 jobs and support PSA's efforts to grow its fleet by about 20 aircraft. PSA will be looking to hire team members, including mechanics, leads, inspectors and stores personnel. 

In a news release, PSA said Pensacola International Airport was an ideal location for the new facility because the area provides a sustainable workforce, a strong local military presence and an abundance of technical schools.

PSA currently has seven other maintenance facilities in the areas of Dayton, Ohio; Canton, Ohio; Cincinnati, Ohio; Norfolk, Virginia; Charlotte, North Carolina; Greenville, South Carolina; and Savannah, Georgia.

“The addition of PNS will enhance PSA’s reliability, provide much needed flexibility in meeting our maintenance program requirements, and ensure we meet our planned capture rate as we continue to grow,” Gary Pratt, PSA Airlines vice president of maintenance and engineering, said in a statement.

PSA's more than 3,900 employees operate more than 800 daily flights to nearly 100 destinations, according to the company's website. PSA operates 35 Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft, 39 Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft and 54 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft. The airline expects to add additional aircraft, bringing its fleet count to 150.

The city of Pensacola did not respond to requests for comment concerning PSA's new facility, but city officials have been working toward making the area a hub for the aviation and aerospace industries. The city has worked with local schools, colleges and universities to develop a workforce training pipeline.

In March, the state announced Pensacola International Airport had been awarded a $4 million grant for airport development, including improvements to facilities for education and training for the budding aviation workforce. 

PSA's announcement comes the same week that VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering Inc. will hold the grand opening of a new, 173,452-square-foot maintenance, repair and overhaul hangar at the airport. The city of Pensacola built the aircraft hangar complex on nearly 19 acres and is leasing the facilities to VT MAE for a 30-year term. The facility is expected to create roughly 400 jobs.

PSA expects to open its maintenance facility in October 2018.

For more information about the positions PSA will be filling at its PNS base operation, visit psaairlines.com/careers.

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

Jabiru J230-SP, N748J: Accident occurred June 06, 2018 at Springdale Municipal Airport (KASG), Springdale, Arkansas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock

Real Time Engineering PA: http://registry.faa.gov/N748J

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA327
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 06, 2018 in Springdale, AR
Aircraft: JABIRU USA SPORT AIRCRAFT LLC J230-SP, registration: N748J

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.

On takeoff roll aircraft veered off the runway into a ditch.

Date: 06-JUN-18
Time: 14:58:00Z
Regis#: N748JL
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: SPRINGDALE
State: ARKANSAS

SPRINGDALE (KFSM) -- An airplane ran off the runway into a ditch while attempted to take off at the Springdale airport Wednesday (June 6).

The incident happened at about 9:45 a.m.

Springdale Fire Chief Jim Vaughn said the department sent units to the scene to help safely relocate the plane.

The pilot was the only person on board at the time and no injures were reported.

The FAA is investigating, according to Lynn Lunsford, the FAA Southwest regional spokesman.

Story and video ➤ http://5newsonline.com




SPRINGDALE, Ark. - A small aircraft ran off the runway at in an attempt to take off Wednesday morning. 

Airport officials say the incident happened around 9:45 a.m. at the Springdale Municipal Airport. 

The pilot was the only one on board that the time, and was not injured, officials say. 

The Springdale Municipal Airport is a city-owned, general aviation airport in Northwest Arkansas. 

According to the airport's website, it is located one mile southeast of the city center and occupies 221 acres. 

There is one runway located at the airport, Runway 18/36, measuring 5,302 feet in length.

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



A plane slid off the runway at the Springdale Municipal Airport Wednesday afternoon crashing into a fence.

The student pilot was taxiing down the runway preparing to take off when the plane went off the runway according to James Hales, battalion chief with the Springdale fire department. Hales added a fence saved the plane from falling into a ditch.

The fire department was called out to the scene just in case of a fire while airport employees pulled the plane from the ditch, Hales said.

No one was injured in the accident. 

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



SPRINGDALE, Ark. —  A plane went off the runway at the Springdale Municipal Airport Wednesday morning, James Smith, Airport Manager, confirmed to 40/29 News.

Smith was not aware of any injuries as a result of the incident.


NTSB has been notified of the accident. A spokesman for NTSB says they are reviewing the information, but has not opened an investigation yet.


Springdale Municipal is described on its website as one of the busiest airports in the State of Arkansas.


Springdale Municipal has one runway, measuring 5,302 feet in length. It is located on the east side of town, bordered by Highway 412 and Highway 265. Jones Elementary School is located less than a half-mile away.


Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.4029tv.com

Black Hills Life Flight to locate at Black Hills Airport-Clyde Ice Field (KSPF)

SPEARFISH — The Black Hills Airport-Clyde Ice Field in Spearfish will soon be home to Black Hills Life Flight.

The Spearfish City Council Monday approved a lease agreement between the city and Air Methods Corporation to locate a building at the airport to serve as an office and crew quarters to support Air Methods’ Black Hills Life Flight business operations.

City Attorney Eric Davis explained that Air Methods, which is described as a Delaware corporation with a Greenwood Village, Colo., address in the agreement, approached the city about six months ago in regards to possibly locating a portion of its Life Flight operations at the Spearfish airport, and the city has since been working with the company to craft a lease agreement.

Air Methods operates Black Hills Life Flight, which maintains medevac helicopters and crews.  The base, which previously operated from Rapid City, will provide emergency air medical services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to Spearfish, as well as Northern Black Hills, eastern Wyoming and Montana, and southern North Dakota. The Life Flight base will be staffed by 13 crew members, which includes emergency medical services pilots, flight nurses, flight paramedics, and aviation maintenance technicians, and it will operate a Bell 407 at the Black Hills Airport-Clyde Ice Field and with the support services of Eagle Aviation.

“One in every three of our flights are across state lines,” said Dave Richardson, senior vice president at Air Methods, said Tuesday. “This base move will help improve access to critical care services and interventions for more communities. We offer a flying ICU (intensive care unit), bringing experienced trauma clinicians to the patient. Air medical services serve as a bridge between rural communities and healthcare systems, and we believe that everyone deserves access to these lifesaving services.”

The agreement specifies that a 4,000-square-foot parcel would be leased to Air Methods for an initial term of five years, beginning May 21, 2018, and terminating on May 10, 2023. The rent for the parcel is set in the agreement at $600 per month, and beginning on Jan. 1, 2020, would increase 3 percent annually each January.

The agreement states that Air Methods would locate a 23-foot-8-inch-by-56-foot doublewide trailer or modular building to the site, which would be used by the Life Flight crew, and the use and occupancy of the property would comply with the airport rules, regulations, and minimum standards.

Air Methods is responsible for the maintenance of the property, and the city would provide rough grading to the parcel to prepare for the building and improve the driveway surface and parking area by applying asphalt millings to an approximately 20-by-40-foot space to accommodate four parked vehicles.

The city would also trench and install a one-inch potable water line water service to the parcel, with Air Methods responsible for completing the final connections to the building and facilities. The company would also need to install a water pressure/storage tank to suit its purposes, with a commercial water account established. It would also need to design, install, and maintain a septic system: “Upon the extension of municipal water or sewer mains to the Property, Tenant shall have the obligation to connect to any and all storm sewer, sanitary sewers, and water mains located on or about the Property at Tenant’s sole expense,” the agreement states. Air Methods would be responsible for extending and installing phone, internet, electricity, and any other dry utilities, as well, with all utilities paid for by the company. Lawn service and snow removal would also be the responsibility of Air Methods.

The agreement outlines the insurance coverage requirements for Air Methods, covenants for the tenant, lease termination, etc., and it also includes a section about future airport development, which describes that if the development of the airport requires the relocation of Air Methods’ building from the parcel, that the city would provide the company with a comparable location at no cost to Air Methods. 

“It’s been a pleasure working with Air Methods,” City Administrator Mike Harmon said. “We went back and forth and had good discussion. I think this supports what we’re doing at the airport. It will bring four to six new jobs to Spearfish. It also provides faster and quicker response for air medical transport services to the residents of our community, Lawrence County, and those that surround us, so overall, I think this is a great thing for Spearfish …”

Mayor Dana Boke echoed the sentiment.

“It’s not only good for Spearfish, it’s good for the greater community in having quicker access, so this is a very good partnership,” she said.

The council unanimously approved the lease agreement. Councilman John Lee was absent.

Air Methods has the option to renew the lease for two additional periods of two years, under the current agreement.

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

Clayton County gets state, Delta help as fuel tax revenue stream is cut off

Now that they’ve lost millions of dollars in jet fuel taxes from the world’s busiest airport, Clayton County and its school district are getting lifelines from two different sources.

The Clayton County Commission on Tuesday accepted $26.8 million from the state of Georgia — the amount three years of fuel tax collections would have brought in. And Delta Air Lines has pledged an unspecified amount to help the county’s school system.

The county government and school board split $18 million annually in jet fuel collections, using the money for parks, roads, school buses, technology improvements at the district’s schools and other projects.

But last week, Gov. Nathan Deal announced that the municipal collections on jet fuel, a practice that has drawn the ire of the Federal Aviation Administration, would end July 1. He said the move will help ensure Georgia doesn’t lose federal transportation funding in the future for not complying with FAA regulations.

Clayton County leaders had filed suit against the FAA, seeking to continue the tax collections, but simultaneously went to Deal during the recent legislative session to seek financial help if they lost.

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the case in April. The FAA argued the revenue should be used for the airport from which it is collected, not for the county in which the facility is located.

“The best outcome for us would have been that we won our fight with the FAA and to collect the jet fuel tax for years to come,” Clayton Commission Chairman Jeff Turner said. “But with the governor about to sign an executive order to cease the collection of the jet fuel tax, that put us in a precarious situation where we’re looking at either some money or no money.”

Clayton Schools Superintendent Morcease Beasley said that Delta has committed to help during the 2019 school year, but did not yet have full details on how much the airline would give because the parties are still negotiating.

In thanking Delta for its support, Beasley said the revenue is “vital to the community and school district.”

Airlines and cargo companies at Hartsfield, including Delta, are expected to save more than $20 million a year because of the change. Delta on Monday pledged to make contributions to local school districts impacted by the fuel tax elimination to “help ensure the funding of existing education projects,” according to reports.

Turner said he thinks the rebound in Clayton property values will make up some of the loss. If that doesn’t cover it all, the county may have to make cuts to departmental budgets.

His biggest hope, however, is that the county can find another way to get revenue from Hartsfield either through taxes or payments for services Clayton provides, such as a jail for anyone arrested at the airport.

“We feel like we’re definitely not getting our fair share of money out of the airport that we should,” Turner said.

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

'Skeeterbomber' flies to fight mosquitoes on North Shore, Alabama, honoring pilots killed in crash



Written in script on the nose of the St. Tammany Parish Mosquito Control District's new twin-engine airplane is its nickname -- Skeeterbomber.

The name and script are derived from the email  address and signature of Wayne Fisher, one of two pilots killed when the Skeeterbomber's predecessor crashed in April of 2016 while returning  from an aerial spraying run. Co-pilot Don Pechon also died in the crash  near Slidell Municipal Airport.




The De Havilland Twin Otter aircraft, which began flying mosquito spraying missions in April, "flies as a memorial to the service and  sacrifice that both men made to our community," district Director Kevin  Caillouet said.

Since its arrival from an airplane  refurbishing facility in San Diego, the Skeeterbomber has flown 13 times in St. Tammany, covering 216,700 acres. It has performed well  in its early runs, pilot Ben Smith said.




The plane is a Canadian 19-passenger short takeoff and landing utility aircraft that was developed and first put into production in the  mid-1960s. The plane's versatility and maneuverability have made them  adaptable for many uses, including use as bush planes to transport  people and materials to remote areas.




The plane that was lost in the crash could carry only 60 gallons of chemicals, while the Otter will has a capacity of 200 gallons.

"It’s much for efficient, maybe 30 percent more efficient," Caillouet said. "But safety is always our primary concern."

The downed plane, which was destroyed, was located about a half mile north-northwest of the approach end of Runway 18. It went down after hitting towers suspending high-power transmission lines, according to a  report by National Transportation Safety Board.




Plaques  memorializing Fisher and Pechon have been hung on the wall of the district's headquarters, located directly adjacent to the Slidell  airport. The plaques include images of the two men and notes they were  "Lost in in the line of duty, April 19, 2016."

The mosquito  spraying plane flies about 300 feet above the ground to deliver its payload, making its reliability of extreme importance. The new plane has night vision and other safety equipment that helps pilots deal with low, sometimes unlighted communications towers.




Smith said the district initially sought to replace the destroyed aircraft with a new one. But the price tag on a new Twin Otter runs in the $7 million to $9 million range.

After conducting research, Smith  found a usable Twin Otter fuselage at an aircraft facility and had it rebuilt and retrofitted with the needed mosquito abatement equipment. Upon delivery to the district, the engines had zero flying hours and the plane was virtually like new. The final cost of the plane and the refurbishment was $3.2 million.




The district collected about $700,000 in insurance proceeds to put toward the replacement plane, which was refurbished in San  Diego. The rest of the cost for the new airplane came from the  district's contingency fund, Caillouet said.

St. Tammany is one of 24 Louisiana parishes with an organized mosquito control program. Its Mosquito Abatement District was established in 1968 for the 8th and 9th wards in eastern St. Tammany. In 1993, the boundaries began expanding to  include western sections of the parish.

The district's sole  source of revenue is a 4.05-mill property tax. In December of 2016, voters approved a 4.2-mill levy for 10 years to pay for mosquito  control. The amount has been rolled back to 4.05 mills.

Story and photo gallery ➤ https://www.nola.com

Aeronca 7AC Champion, N84163: Accident occurred May 28, 2018 in Vinton, Benton County, Iowa

88 Charles Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N84163

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA317
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, May 28, 2018 in Vinton, IA
Aircraft: AERONCA 7AC, registration: N84163

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.

de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver Mk.I, N203KL: Accident occurred June 01, 2018 in Ketchikan, Alaska

RdM Pilot/Guide LTD: http://registry.faa.gov/N203KL

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA321
14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Friday, June 01, 2018 in Ketchikan, AK
Aircraft: DEHAVILLAND BEAVER DHC 2, registration: N203KL

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.

Piper PA-22-150, N7257D: Accident occurred June 04, 2018 in Talkeetna, Alaska

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

Christiansen Lake Rentals & Maintenance LLC

http://registry.faa.gov/N7257D


NTSB Identification: GAA18CA324
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, June 04, 2018 in Talkeetna, AK
Aircraft: PIPER PA 22-150, registration: N7257D

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.

Date: 04-JUN-18
Time: 20:00:00Z
Regis#: N7257D
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 22 150
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: TALKEETNA
State: ALASKA

Piper PA-34-200, N134AC: Incident occurred June 05, 2018 at Miami Executive Airport (KTMB), Miami-Dade County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Nose wheel collapsed on landing.

Diversified Concepts LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N134AC

Date: 05-JUN-18
Time: 20:49:00Z
Regis#: N134AC
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 34 200
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MIAMI
State: FLORIDA

Delta Air Lines, Boeing 737-900: Incident occurred June 05, 2018 at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (KATL), Georgia

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

Delta Air Lines flight 1426: Aircraft was struck on left wingtip by a truck while being detached from tow bar after pushback.

Date: 05-JUN-18
Time: 03:10:00Z
Regis#: UNK
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 739
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: PUSHBACK/TOWING (PBT)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: DELTA AIRLINES
Flight Number: 1426
City: ATLANTA
State: GEORGIA

Bell 206B, N518Z, registered to and operated by Due North Aviation LLC: Accident occurred June 05, 2018 in Ghent, Carroll County, Kentucky

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Louisville, Kentucky
Rolls-Royce; Indianapolis, Indiana

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N518Z

Location: Sanders, KY
Accident Number: WPR18LA164
Date & Time: 06/05/2018, 1245 EDT
Registration: N518Z
Aircraft: BELL 206B
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Aerial Observation 

On June 5, 2018, about 1245 eastern daylight time, a Bell 206B helicopter, N518Z, sustained substantial damage after a loss of engine power and subsequent hard landing near Sanders, Kentucky. The commercial pilot and sole passenger sustained minor injuries. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Due North Aviation LLC., under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the cross country aerial observation flight, which originated from the Madison Municipal Airport (IMS), Madison, Indiana about 1205 and was destined for a private field near Mt Orab, Ohio.

The pilot reported that while patrolling on the right side of the transmission power lines, about 120 ft above the ground and a ground speed about 35-40 knots, he heard the engine rpm decrease. He looked towards the instrument panel and noted that the low rotor RPM light was illuminated and heard the aural low RPM alert. After unsuccessfully completing remedial actions to regain rotor rpm, the pilot initiated an autorotation to a nearby landing area. The helicopter landed hard, which resulted in substantial damage to the airframe.

The wreckage was transported to a secure facility for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: BELL
Registration: N518Z
Model/Series: 206B B
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: DUE NORTH AVIATION LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCVG, 883 ft msl
Observation Time: 1652 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 29 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 11°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 10000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 14 knots, 280°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 30000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.9 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: MADISON, IN (IMS)
Destination: Mount Orab, OH

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  38.660556, -85.053056 (est)

Cessna 172S, N789EP: Accident occurred May 25, 2018 at Carroll County Regional Airport (KDMW), Westminster, Maryland

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland

Dream Flight LLC

http://registry.faa.gov/N789EP

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA326
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, May 25, 2018 in Westminster, MD
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N789EP

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 experienced a hard landing.

Date: 25-MAY-18
Time: 16:00:00Z
Regis#: N789EP
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172S
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: WESTMINSTER
State: MARYLAND

Boeing A75N1(PT17), N67823: Incident occurred June 04, 2018 at Great Falls International Airport (KGTF), Cascade County, Montana

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

Aircraft landed in the grass.

http://registry.faa.gov/N67823

Date: 04-JUN-18
Time: 19:35:00Z
Regis#: N67823
Aircraft Make: STEARMAN
Aircraft Model: ST45
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: EMERGENCY DESCENT (EMG)
Operation: 91
City: GREAT FALLS
State: MONTANA

Cessna 421B Golden Eagle, N421MM: Fatal accident occurred June 05, 2018 near Rock Sound International Airport (MYER), South Eleuthera, Bahamas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Hat Investments LLC


http://registry.faa.gov/N421MM

NTSB Identification: ERA18WA159 
14 CFR Unknown
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 05, 2018 in Rock Sound, Bahamas
Aircraft: CESSNA 421B, registration: N421MM
Injuries: 3 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The government of Bahamas has notified the NTSB of an accident involving a CESSNA 421B airplane that occurred on June 05, 2018. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the government of Bahamas investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13.

All investigative information will be released by the government of Bahamas.

Aircraft caught fire after departure and crashed while attempting to return.
Date: 05-JUN-18
Time: 22:07:00Z
Regis#: N421MM
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 421B
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ROCK SOUND
State: BAHAMAS

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



Three Spartanburg County men were killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas on Tuesday. Daniel Bryant McKnight, of Chesnee, Todd Andrew Crawford, of Spartanburg, and R. Scott Dawson, of Chesnee, lost their lives in the crash.

Authorities in the Bahamas and in the United States have still not identified the victims of the crash, but the families have posted obituaries in the Herald-Journal.

Crawford was the owner of Palmetto Grading and Drainage Inc. in Spartanburg. Dawson owned CARS, Inc., an automobile detail and supply company.

Delvin Major, chief air accident investigator for the Civil Aviation Authority of the Bahamas, told the Herald-Journal Wednesday the plane crashed at about 4 p.m. Tuesday shortly after leaving Rock Sound International Airport, an airport in the South Eleuthera district of the Bahamas.

According to a preliminary incident report from the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane caught fire in the air after departure and crashed while attempting to return to Rock Sound International Airport.

The small, twin-engine plane, a Cessna 421B, was headed to an airport in Fort Pierce, Florida, when it crashed, Major said.

The plane was about a mile north of the Rock Sound airfield when it went down.

“The aircraft was destroyed, and the occupants were fatally injured,” Major said. ”... We will continue our investigation to try and determine what caused the crash.”

Representatives from the manufacturer of the plane and the engine will arrive Thursday at the scene as representatives of the National Transportation Safety Board to assist the CAAB with an investigation of the crash, Major said.

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



Three American men were killed when a plane heading from Eleuthera to the United States crashed Tuesday.

The men have a house on the island and had travelled to Eleuthera on Monday to fish, according to Chris Johnson, a porter who serviced them minutes before the crash.

Air Accident Investigation Department Chief Investigator Delvin Major said the men were leaving the Rock Sound International Airport in a private plane when they crashed in a bushy area about a mile north of the runway.

A team from his department will head to Eleuthera Wednesday to investigate the incident.

Authorities would not reveal the identities of the three men yesterday but Mr. Major said the pilot had requisite licenses. The crashed aircraft was a Cessna 421B Golden Eagle.

According to Mr. Johnson, he and other porters took two coolers and three bags to the plane ten minutes before the incident.

“They were cool guys,” he said. “It was a father, his brother and his son. The older men looked to be in their forties or fifties while the younger one looked like he was in his twenties.

“They have a house down here. It’s a different group of them that come over from time to time.

“It’s hard for us. It happened so quickly,” the porter said.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.tribune242.com


A private plane which took off from the Rock Sound Airport shortly before 4pm on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018, en-route to Ft. Pearce Florida, crash landed moments after takeoff.  

The plane was said to have had three people on board from the United States who lost their lives. 

The victims were confirmed to be three adult males. Their bodies were recovered  by authorities at the scene.

Member of Parliament for Central and South Eleuthera, Mr. Hank Johnson, who was in communication with authorities involved in the search for the crash site, confirmed that local Administration and Police, along with a group of about 30 local residents were actively involved in the search. 

The site of the crash was located around 5:30pm, and was said to be approximately two to three miles inland from the Rock Sound Airport.

The aircraft was described as being burnt beyond recognition, with the registration number of the plane just able to be read.

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


Reports confirm three people were killed in a plane crash on Rock Sound Eleuthera this afternoon. 

Officials say the plane went down around 4:00 p.m. shortly after taking off from the Rock Sound Airport with three males on board. They were reportedly headed to the United States. 

One eyewitness tells us the plane descended quickly into a wooded area and that smoke was seen coming from the aircraft shortly before it went down.

Story and video ➤ https://znsbahamas.com



Three American men were killed after their twin-engine Cessna aircraft crashed and exploded into flames near the airport in Rock Sound Eleuthera Tuesday afternoon, according to investigators.

Eyewitness News was on the ground shortly after word spread of the crash, as first responders and island officials conducted their initial investigations.

The charred remains of the three men laid among the mangled wreck of steel. Eyewitnesses recalled spotting the plane having difficulty shortly after take off from the airport.

“The engine from the small plane appeared to be backfiring and it looked as if they were having some difficulty … Shortly after that, the plane went down and we heard an explosion,” one eyewitness said.

The crash site was estimated some two miles inland, in a bushy area that was difficult to access.

Island Administrator for Central Eleuthera Greg Knowles described the scene as something out of a movie.

“I have never seen anything like that in all my life,” Knowles said.

“To see those bodies burnt beyond recognition, you have to question what is man.”

Knowles said investigators are expected on site at daybreak to continue investigations.

The three victims were reportedly on the island for a fishing trip and arrived at the island on Sunday afternoon. They were on their way back to Florida but never made it.

Chief Air Accident Investigator Delvin Major told Eyewitness News that he and a team are expected on the ground Wednesday morning to begin investigating what led to the downing of that aircraft.