Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Dash 8 turboprop comes in for final landing at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (KROA)

Wednesday is the last time a major airline is expected to fly passengers into Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport using the Dash 8, a time-tested propeller plane jeered by some people as a “puddle jumper.”

American’s phase-out of the Dash, in favor of regional jets, promises an improved passenger experience.

John Dooley, CEO of the Virginia Tech Foundation, said he once flew about four times monthly for a prior university job and spent many hours in the Dash.

“I can’t say I’m really sad to see the change,” he said. “One of its qualities, so to speak, is they could be pretty noisy at times and it was difficult to have conversation with others that you might be traveling with.”

During turbulence, passengers felt it to a greater degree than when aboard a larger plane, he added.

The final Dash flight to Roanoke will be on the books by nightfall. American Airlines flight 4905 is scheduled to land at 7:38 p.m. from Charlotte, North Carolina. A short ceremony is planned, according to airport officials, who have called the direction of change at the public airport favorable for a number of reasons.

Strong passenger traffic growth could improve the odds of airlines expanding limited flight offerings and lowering higher-than-average fares, officials said. The airport has applied to the federal government for $750,000 to potentially add nonstop service to either Dallas or Denver.

Also of interest to passengers, Allegiant Air intends to switch from MD-80 jets to Airbus equipment such as the A319 and A320 for Roanoke travel beginning in August, airport spokesman Brad Boettcher said. “Carriers are regularly changing the equipment they fly into ROA, especially now that our traffic keeps going up,” he said.

Air travelers totaled 61,261 in May, up 13.9 percent from May 2017, according to the airport. Through May, air traffic for 2018 totaled 7.5 percent higher than during the same period of 2017, putting the airport on track for its busiest year since 2011, airport officials said. They credited strong community support and improved airline operational reliability.

Piedmont Airlines is the subsidiary of American Airlines that is doing away with the Dash.

The regional carrier, which shares the American Eagle brand name, chose July 4 as the retirement date for its de Havilland Canada Dash 8s. Instead of the twin-engine, medium-range, regional turboprops, it plans to fly exclusively Embraer 145 regional jets in and out of Roanoke and other airports.

In addition to American, United and Delta ended use of the Dash. Airlines such as Alaska Airlines fly an advanced Dash 8 model, the Bombardier Q400.

The Roanoke airport plans to roll out its fire trucks to honor the final Dash with a water salute. According to an article on aviationcv.com, an online aviation job board, opposing fire trucks spray water in the form of an arch to salute aviators, planes and airlines who pass beneath the arch as they retire or cease operations. The tradition of unknown origin extends to marine operations as well, the article said.

While Piedmont will keep its aircraft maintenance facility at the Roanoke airport, the company intends to close its pilot and flight attendant base in Roanoke. Crew members have reported for work since the 1990s at the base, found in a secure area of the concourse under gates five and six.

Only 25 flight attendants and 90 pilots have recently used the base, airline spokeswoman Jacqueline Jennings said. Of the 90 pilots, 20 live in the Roanoke area, she said. Personnel will shift to crew bases at airports serving Philadelphia or Charlotte, Jennings said.

In Maryland, Piedmont’s home state, company officials will watch the landing of a different Dash flight from Charlotte at sunset at Salisbury Regional Airport. That will mark the end of Piedmont’s use of the Dash for 33 years, the company said.

The Dash and the regional jet taking its place offer a similar passenger experience in terms of seat width, leg room and travel time, Jennings said. Although the Dash affords passengers more headroom than the jet does, the jet is quieter.

A Piedmont news release said the Dash 8 excelled at ferrying passengers from small communities to major airports, revolutionizing regional air travel. It takes off and lands on short runways. It flies faster than the Dash 7, its predecessor, but burns less fuel and costs less. It can fly in bad weather when some larger and heavier planes cannot.

The first Dash 8 Piedmont got, bearing tail number N906HA, flew an estimated 14.8 million miles and carried nearly 2 million passengers before it was retired in 2015, Piedmont said.

“From a pilot’s perspective, the Dash 8 was a lifelong friend that commanded respect and taught so many of us what flying was really about,” said Piedmont Capt. Michael Schirmann in a prepared company release.

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

Beechcraft B100 King Air, C-GIAE: Accident occurred February 23, 2018 in Abbotsford, Canada

NTSB Identification: ANC18WA035
14 CFR Unknown
Accident occurred Friday, February 23, 2018 in Abbotsford, Canada
Aircraft: Beech B100, registration:
Injuries: 5 Serious, 5 Minor.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On February 23, 2018, about 1204 Pacific standard time, a twin engine, turbine-powered Beech King Air B100 airplane, Canadian registration C-GIAE, crashed shortly after takeoff from the Abbotsford International Airport, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. The airplane was registered to and operated by Island Express Air. Of the ten persons on board, the pilot and four passengers sustained serious injuries, and five passengers sustained minor injuries. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings, fuselage, and empennage. The flight originated at the time of the accident, and it was destined for the San Bernardino Airport, San Bernardino, California USA.

The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada is investigating the accident. As the State of Manufacture of the airplane and engines, the NTSB has designated a U.S. accredited representative to assist the TSB in its investigation. 

All inquiries concerning this accident should be directed to the TSB of Canada:

Transportation Safety Board of Canada
200 Promenade du Portage
Place du Centre, 4th Floor
Hull, Quebec K1A 1K8
Website: http://www.tsb.gc.ca

At least two people were sent to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after an airplane went off the runway at Abbotsford International Airport on Friday.

The plane went off radar while taking off around noon and was soon found just off the taxiway near a raspberry field, airport general manager Parm Sidhu said. The field is located just west of the intersection of Walmsley Avenue and Clearbrook Road.

Sidhu said that there were no serious injuries among the 10 people – two crew and eight passengers – on board a charter flight from Island Express Air which was headed to California.

Of the passengers, six were uninjured, Sidhu said. Two had minor injuries while another two were sent to hospital but did not have life-threatening injuries.

Two or three small children were among the passengers, and at least one person was seen with cuts to their face.

Ambulance, police and fire crews were dispatched to the scene.

Sidhu said the cause of the incident is unknown at this time and that he wasn’t able to speculate whether the snowy conditions were a factor.

“It could be a combination of factors,” he said.

The Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the accident.


Bill creating tax incentives around Cape May, Woodbine airports heads to governor

Airports in Cape May County will get an economic boost under a bill that awaits Gov. Phil Murphy’s signature.

The bill, recently passed by the state Legislature, will provide a tax credit of $5,000 a year for every job created or retained for eligible businesses around the Cape May County Airport in Lower Township and a $4,000 credit for businesses around the Woodbine Airport.

The legislation is similar to a bill Atlantic County has been pursuing for a year and a half, but there are some key differences.

In Cape May County, the credits can apply to any business looking to relocate or expand around the airports. Atlantic County is specifically targeting aviation companies to fill the Stockton Aviation Research and Technology Park near Atlantic City International Airport. That bill is also on the governor’s desk awaiting signature.

“Both airports are extremely important to our future,” said state Sen. Jeff Van Drew, who sponsored the bill with Assemblymen Bob Andrzejczak and Bruce Land, all D-Cape May, Cumberland, Atlantic. “It’s a bit more diversified than the Atlantic County bill, which I am also a sponsor of, but both are very good for South Jersey.”

The first business that could take advantage of the tax incentives is Cape May Brewing Co., which is looking to expand its facility at the Cape May County Airport.

“To incentivize businesses to come here is a good idea because the airport is a great spot,” said Ryan Krill, CEO of Cape May Brewing. “We’ve been maxed out here, and we’re at a tipping point where we’re making decisions about whether to expand here or go to another spot. This could make a difference in our decision.”

Cape May County, like neighboring Atlantic County, also has looked to aviation to diversify its economy beyond tourism.

The county and Delaware River and Bay Authority, which operates the county airport, have hosted a drone conference in Cape May for the past several years. The theory is that the county’s geography is perfect for flying and testing drones.

“I know we’re a bit out of the way, but I think it gives us an advantage because we’re not in a flight path or anything,” Woodbine Mayor William Pikolycky said. “We’ve been doing some joint ventures with the county on drones, and now we are building the infrastructure to help bring in businesses.”

Just last year, the county, Verizon and American Aerospace Technologies tested a new type of technology on a drone that brought cellphone service to part of Belleplain State Forest, which does not normally get service.

The “flying cell site” was developed after Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and can bring service back to an area via drone following a natural disaster.

Pikolycky said infrastructure improvements at his airport include two new helipads and upgraded runways, instrumentation and security.

The local airport also doubles as a fully improved and subdivided business park with water, sanitary sewer and fiber-optic infrastructure, Pikolycky said.

The Cape May County Airport also secured several tenants for its industrial park over the past year, all of which could benefit from this bill.

“The bill is important to help Cape May County develop businesses that are not uniquely tied to a seasonal tourism economy,” Freeholder Will Morey said in a statement. “This legislation encourages investment, growth and expansion for businesses that operate year-round and provides meaningful, sustainable job opportunities in our county.”

Pikolycky and Freeholder Director Gerald Thornton said they are going to contact the governor and encourage him to sign the bill.

“I have a letter ready to go to the governor explaining the importance of this bill and am inviting him down to see what some of our plans are,” Thornton said.

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

Robinson R22 Beta, ZS-HAI: Accident occurred March 19, 2018 in Bloemfontein, South Africa

NTSB Identification: WPR18WA115
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, March 19, 2018 in Bloemfontein, South Africa
Aircraft: ROBINSON R22, registration:
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On March 19, 2018, about 0800 coordinated universal time, a Robinson R22 Beta helicopter, ZS-HAI, experienced a fan blade failure when the helicopter was about 5 feet above ground level. The pilot landed the helicopter without further incident near Bloemfontein, South Africa. The pilot was not injured and the helicopter was substantially damaged. The helicopter was operated under the pertinent civil regulations of the government of South Africa. The pilot was uninjured.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of South Africa. This report is for information purposes only and contains only information released by the Government of South Africa. Further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Civil Aviation Authority
Accident & Incident Investigation Division
Private Bag X 73
Halfway House 1685
South Africa
Tel.: +27 (0) 11 545-1055/1050
+27 (0) 83 461-6277 (24 hours)
Fax: +27 (0) 11 545 1466
Website: http://www.caa.co.za

Mooney M20F, N9527M: From the archives - Lebanon, Oregon grocer, grandson killed in plane crash

Jerry Horn

From 50 years ago, July 5, 1968

Lebanon, Oregon Grocer, Grandson Killed in Airplane Crash

E. Gerald Horn, 62, prominent Lebanon grocer, was killed instantly Thursday about 5:45 p.m. when the Mooney aircraft he was flying crashed into a mountainside 14 miles above Green Peter Dam in the Tally Creek area. Also killed in the same crash was Mark Leon Nofziger, 13, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Nofziger, Route 2, Lebanon.

Nofziger and another son, Gary, 16 escaped serious injury in the crash. Nofziger, who was thought to be suffering from a broken shoulder bone, walked out from the scene of the crash for help and came across two fishermen, Jim Bunting and Mel Andrews, both of Sweet Home. They drove him to a telephone near Foster to notify sheriff deputies of the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://lebanon-express.com

Schempp-Hirth Discus CS, N1122Q: Accident occurred July 03, 2018 in Pomfret, Windsor County, Vermont

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Maine

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

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


Location: Pomfret, VT
Accident Number: GAA18CA392
Date & Time: 07/03/2018, 1630 EDT
Registration: N1122Q
Aircraft: Schempp Hirth DISCUS CS
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of lift
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Air Race/Show 

According to the glider pilot, during a glider competition he passed a "weak frontal system" and lift could not be sustained. He determined that he had about 15 minutes of flight before the glider was going to land. He selected a large field and established a traffic pattern and accomplished a full stall landing. However, during the landing roll on down sloping terrain about 40 knots, the glider collided with a ditch.

The glider sustained substantial damage to the tailboom.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 63, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/19/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/01/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 3457 hours (Total, all aircraft), 347 hours (Total, this make and model), 3285 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 44 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 36 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 8 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Schempp Hirth
Registration: N1122Q
Model/Series: DISCUS CS No Series
Aircraft Category: Glider
Year of Manufacture: 2003
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 307CS
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/15/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1157 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Airframe Total Time: 576 Hours
Engine Manufacturer:
ELT: C91  installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner: Throttle Up Inc
Rated Power:
Operator: Throttle Up Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLEB, 570 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2053 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 124°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 9 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 340°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.16 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 35°C / 17°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Springfield, VT (VSF)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Springfield, VT (VSF)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1300 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class E 

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:  43.704722, -72.515556 (est)

POMFRET, Vt. — No one was injured Tuesday evening when a glider crashed into a farmer's field in Pomfret.

Vermont State Police said the glider crashed in the field near Pomfret and Hewitt Hill Roads while landing at around 4:30 p.m.

They said the pilot, Bob Iuliano, 63, of Queensbury, New York, was not injured.

Troopers said they found him at a nearby home when they arrived at the scene.

Police said the glider struck a gully during landing, causing heavy tail end damage to the glider.

Troopers said the crash was reported to the National Transportation Safety Board for further investigation.

Story and video ➤ http://www.mynbc5.com

POMFRET, Vt. (AP) Police say a glider crashed into a farmer's field in Vermont.

Vermont State Police say the crash happened in Pomfret when the pilot tried to land around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. 

The glider struck a gully during the crash, causing heavy tail-end damage.

The pilot has been identified as Bob Iuliano, 63, of Queensbury, New York, and police say he was not injured.

The crash has been reported to the National Transportation Safety Board for further investigation.

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

Skydivers jumping from plane caused mistaken alarm of aircraft down in western Travis County, Texas

Fire officials are saying reports of an aircraft down in western Travis County were a mistaken alarm related to three skydivers jumping from plane. 

There are no reported injuries and most crew are starting to clear.

Multiple callers reported a small plane crash, Austin Fire Department officials said. The reports came from an area near Barrett Lane and Edler Circle, officials said. 

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

Methow Valley State Airport (S52) reopens July 3

WINTHROP – Methow Valley State Airport has a brand new runway after a 45-day temporary closure to rehabilitate the 22-year-old pavement. On May 14, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Aviation began the four Phased $5 million project to replace the pavement and maintain this crucial infrastructure.

Methow Valley State Airport in Winthrop is the largest of 16 WSDOT-managed airports, serving aircraft weighing up to 30,000 pounds.

Phase 1 and Phase 2 were completed on time (within the first 45 days).The runway opens in time to avoid interfering with the expected fire season operations of the United States Forest Service (USFS), conducted by North Cascades Smokejumper Base (NCSB).

Although the runway is scheduled to be open for public use by 8 p.m. on July 3, the west side transient ramp will have access restrictions in order to complete Phase 3 for additional sub-grade and pavement overlay upgrades. Phase 3 is scheduled to be complete in August.

Limited space is being made available for transient (visiting) aircraft with prior permission in the Rams Head hangar development on the east side of the airport.

Wenatchee general contractor, Selland Construction, worked on Phases 1-2 and continues to complete Phase 3 of the project. Phase 4 to expand the west general aviation aircraft parking apron to the south was rebid in June. Timing of construction is unknown at this time.

Construction costs are split between the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and WSDOT Aviation. The FAA is supporting 90 percent and WSDOT Aviation is supporting 10 percent of the total cost.  

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

U.S. Air Force ends light attack flight experiments after crash: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The US Air Force canceled remaining flights that were a part of its Light Attack experiment after a recent fatal crash of an A-29, an Air Force official said on Tuesday.

The experiment was being run to gather additional information about aircraft capabilities ahead of a possible acquisition by the Air Force. The smaller planes are more cost effective to operate for missions that do not require stealthy fighter jets like the F-35 or F-22.

The Air Force has been flying the Sierra Nevada/Embraer A-29 Super Tucano and the Textron Aviation AT-6B Wolverine in a live-fly experiment at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.

“We will work with our industry partners to complete any remaining test requirements that are necessary to support future acquisition decisions,” said Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, the top acquisition official for the Air Force.

Lt. Christopher Carey Short, from Canandaigua, New York, died on June 22 when the A-29 aircraft he was piloting crashed while on a mission over the Red Rio Bombing Range, part of White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, the Air Force said on June 23.

A demonstration day for the light attack experiment planes has also been delayed. It was originally scheduled for July 19 in New Mexico. 

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

Billionaire Behind LaCroix Accused of Improper Touching by Two Pilots: Former employees accuse CEO Nick Caporella of unwanted touching while flying in the cockpit of business jet; CEO’s lawyer says allegations are false

Nick Caporella, CEO of LaCroix sparkling water, is accused of inappropriate touching by two former employees—accusations the CEO’s attorney denied.

The Wall Street Journal
By Jennifer Maloney and  Mark Maremont
July 3, 2018 4:11 p.m. ET

Two pilots have filed lawsuits alleging sexual harassment by the billionaire behind LaCroix sparkling water, claiming 82-year-old Nick A. Caporella inappropriately touched them on multiple trips while they were flying with him in the cockpit of his business jet.

The allegations by the former employees, both men, were made in lawsuits filed in the past two years in Florida and name both the chief executive and National Beverage Corporation as defendants. Mr. Caporella is the chairman, chief executive and controlling shareholder of National Beverage, which has a market value of $5 billion, thanks to surging LaCroix sales.

Mr. Caporella, a rare CEO who also pilots the corporate jet, and the company have denied the allegations in court documents. The suits claim the unwanted touching occurred on more than 30 trips from 2014 to 2016.

Glenn Waldman, an attorney for Mr. Caporella and National Beverage, called the allegations false and “scurrilous.” The lawyer said the company’s management hired him to conduct an investigation and he determined the allegations were meritless. He said the plaintiffs were targeting the CEO because he is wealthy and in his 80s.

Mr. Waldman said he spoke with other pilots who flew with Mr. Caporella and they said they had never seen such behavior. “I talked to all of the former pilots going back decades,” Mr. Waldman said. “Nothing like this ever happened.”

In court filings, Mr. Caporella and National Beverage denied any inappropriate touching occurred, writing in separate responses to both lawsuits that “any contact would be the equivalent of an innocuous pat on the back or handshake after a completed flight.” In court documents, the company says both pilots left their positions because of poor performance.

One lawsuit, filed in December 2016 in federal court in the Southern District of Florida, was settled in January 2018, according to court records. Terms weren’t disclosed. The other lawsuit, which was partly dismissed by a federal court citing jurisdiction, was refiled in December 2017 in Circuit Court in Broward County and is pending.

Both pilots were hired in recent years to fly as second-in-command alongside Mr. Caporella, whom the company’s court documents described as an accomplished pilot. The men were paid by Broad River Aviation Inc., the company that operates the jet used for National Beverage business trips, according to the lawsuits and federal and corporate records. North Carolina state records list Mr. Caporella as Broad River’s president.

The two pilots complained to executives at the aviation company and National Beverage about Mr. Caporella’s alleged inappropriate touching, but the behavior continued, according to the lawsuits.

The pilots’ attorney, Lee Schillinger, said Mr. Caporella pays his crew a generous salary. One of his clients had previously been working three jobs to make the salary that Mr. Caporella offered, according to court documents. “He reaches over and grabs his co-pilot,” said Mr. Schillinger. “He’s trying to prove that he’s in control.”

Mr. Schillinger confirmed one case has been settled.

Mr. Waldman said the settlement was “de minimis” and covered “modest wage claims.” He said he reported findings of his investigation to National Beverage’s senior management and didn’t know if the board had voted on the settlement. “It would be immaterial from a board point of view,” he said.

A spokeswoman for National Beverage referred questions to Mr. Waldman. Mr. Caporella is chairman of National Beverage’s five-person board.

The business jet, a twin-engine Falcon 2000EX, flew regularly during the period in question from National Beverage’s home city of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to destinations including Portsmouth, N.H., Oakland, Calif., and Los Cabos, Mexico, according to federal flight records. The travel matches the dates of trips alleged in the two suits.

One lawsuit was filed by pilot Terence Huenefeld and his wife. Mr. Huenefeld, who spent about five months working for Mr. Caporella, accused the CEO of unwanted touching on 18 flights between March and July 2016, according to court documents.

The lawsuit alleged Mr. Caporella engaged in “repeated unjustified, unwarranted and uninvited grabbing, rubbing and groping of Terry’s leg in a sexual manner, reaching up towards Terry’s sexual organs.”

Mr. Huenefeld withdrew all of his allegations against Mr. Caporella as part of the settlement, according to a document dated Feb. 2 and provided by Mr. Waldman. Mr. Huenefeld couldn’t be reached for comment.

Mr. Waldman said his investigation into the second lawsuit is ongoing and depositions are scheduled for later this month.

The second pilot, Vincent Citrullo, alleged in his lawsuit a similar pattern of behavior during more than a year flying alongside Mr. Caporella. The lawsuit claims that on 14 flights from March 2014 to July 2015, Mr. Caporella engaged in unwanted touching, including grabbing Mr. Citrullo under his armpit, under his thigh and moving his right hand up Mr. Citrullo’s left leg towards his genitals.

Reached by phone Tuesday, Mr. Citrullo said he stands by his allegations “100%. It was definitely inappropriate.”

National Beverage was a distant competitor to bigger beverage companies until the recent success of LaCroix, a once-sleepy flavored seltzer brand that has been a hit with consumers as they turn away from diet soft drinks and sugary sodas. National Beverage acquired it in 1996 and successfully relaunched it with neon-colored packaging, targeting Perrier drinkers with a lower-priced alternative.

Mr. Caporella, who has run National Beverage since 1985, owns 73.5% of the beverage maker’s shares, according to the company’s 2017 proxy statement.

Under a structure that has been in place for decades, Mr. Caporella and some other top executives aren’t direct employees of National Beverage, even as they serve in top positions. They work for a management company, Corporate Management Advisors Inc., that is owned by Mr. Caporella. The management company also owns 20% of the aircraft that National Beverage uses, according to SEC filings.

In June, National Beverage changed its corporate charter to give Mr. Caporella more control over its affairs, allowing for the removal of directors without cause and eliminating the need to win minority-shareholder support for a merger or acquisition.

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

After 33 years, Piedmont Airlines retires planes that revolutionized regional industry

Piedmont Airlines is retiring its de Havilland Canada Dash 8 fleet after 33 years of flying. 

On July 4, Flight 4927 will depart from Charlotte Douglas International Airport at 6:33 p.m. and touch down at sunset at Salisbury Wicomico Ocean City Regional Airport, completing the Dash’s final revenue flight. 

The Dash 8 fleet has been Piedmont’s pride and joy since the first Dash was delivered to company headquarters in Salisbury on April 4, 1985. The first revenue flight, from Salisbury to Baltimore, took place on May 2, 1985. 

The Dash 8 revolutionized the regional industry. The turboprop was ideal for connecting passengers in small communities to major airports, a business model known as “hub and spoke.” 

Piedmont, formerly Henson Aviation, flew the Dash 8 first as “Henson, the Piedmont Regional Airline” and later for parent companies US Air/US Airways and American Airlines. 

The plane could take off and land on short runways, making it ideal for small airports not served by larger jets. Piedmont’s first Dash, N906HA, is estimated to have flown 14.8 million miles and carried nearly 2 million passengers in its lifetime. 

Richard Henson, a pioneer in commuter aviation and founder of Henson Aviation, was instrumental in designing the Dash 8. The Dash 8 cost significantly less than its predecessor, the four engine Dash 7 and according to Henson, was “the money maker!” 

The Dash 8 was faster than the Dash 7, more fuel efficient and provided a better quality of service compared to other turboprops. The airplane had an excellent safety record and could fly in weather that other airplanes could not due to weight restrictions. 

Henson would eventually become one of the largest customers for the efficient and reliable Dash 8. Over the years, Piedmont has flown 109 Dash 8s in three different models: the 37 seat Dash 8 - 100 and -200 and the larger, 50 seat Dash 8 -300. 

The Piedmont Dash 8s have served over 121 different cities from Ottawa, Canada, to Key West, Florida, over the last three decades. 

“The Dash 8 was one of those rare airplanes that stood out in a crowd,” said Piedmont Captain Michael Schirmann. “It had the performance and ability to handle tough weather conditions that, when paired with a skilled pilot, allowed it to routinely and safely complete flights that other airplanes simply couldn’t. From a pilot’s perspective, the Dash 8 was a lifelong friend that commanded respect and taught so many of us what flying was really about.” 

Forty-year Piedmont pilot, Capt. Ricky Snyder, and 28-year Piedmont pilot, Capt. Malcom Ferrand, will operate the last Dash flight. Both pilots are retiring with the Dash on July 4. 

Gwen Clark, a flight attendant with Piedmont for 32 years, will provide cabin services. “The Dash was the workhorse of the regional network, and it has served us well for years,” said Lyle Hogg, CEO of Piedmont Airlines. “It was a true pilot’s airplane. 

The Dash’s outstanding safety record, reliability and short runway capabilities will be missed in communities all over the East Coast. We know that passengers prefer the regional jets and we want to provide the best service we can for American and for our customers, but it will be a bittersweet day for Piedmont.” 

Piedmont Airlines Inc., a subsidiary of American Airlines, is headquartered in Salisbury and employs 8,000 aviation professionals across the United States. Piedmont operates a fleet of Embraer 145 regional jets on 250 flights per day to 50+ cities. The Piedmont Airlines Ground Handling team can be found in 80 airports across the United States providing award winning ground services to passengers of American Airlines.

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

Federal Aviation Administration honors Bob Hoff for 50 years of safe flying

Bob Hoff
An Idaho Falls man has received a unique distinction from the Federal Aviation Administration for more than a half-century of safe flying.

Bob Hoff, owner of the Idaho Falls-based aviation company Aero Mark, was honored with the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award by the FAA at an Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association event June 23 in Missoula, Mont.

The award, which the FAA refers to as its most prestigious award for certified pilots, recognizes “professionalism, skill and aviation expertise for at least 50 years while piloting aircraft as ‘Master Pilots,’” the FAA website said.

About 1,500 people attending the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association event’s pancake breakfast saw Hoff receive the award “during a surprise presentation that his family of four pilot generations helped orchestrate,” an Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association news article said.

“Bob gives so much to aviation and shares so much that it’s fun to see him get the well-deserved recognition,” AOPA President Mark Baker said in the article. “He’s a special guy from a special family.”

In 2015, Hoff’s parents, former Civil Air Patrol Lts. John “Mark” Hoff and his wife, Onita Hoff, were posthumously honored with the Congressional Gold Medal for their work with the Civil Air Patrol during World War II. The award is one of the nation’s highest civilian honors. Hoff’s father learned to fly in 1938 and his mother got her pilot’s license in 1948. Both continued as pilots throughout their lives.

The family’s business Aero Mark is named after “Mark” Hoff.

Hoff was surprised when he was called on stage at the event to receive the distinction.

“It’s quite an honor,” he said. “I had no idea it was coming, and I’m really flattered, honored, and somewhat embarrassed or humbled by it.”

To be eligible for the Wright Brothers Award nominees must hold a Civil Aviation Authority certificate or FAA pilot certificate, have 50 or more years of civil and military flying experience, and be a United States citizen. Eligible recipients are nominated through an FAA process.

Hoff continues to be a presence in the aviation community in eastern Idaho, with involvement in various clubs throughout the region. Last weekend, Hoff welcomed around 25 pilots of planes from the early 20th century to Idaho Falls for a gathering of antique plane enthusiasts, called the Round Engine Roundup.

The event was bookmarked Saturday with a group flight to West Yellowstone, Mont.

“It’s just a good chance to socialize and tell wild aviation stories,” Hoff said.

Hoff hopes to continue flying, and promoting aviation through events like these for years to come. But the award, he said, is simply a recognition of his dedication to the activity.

“There are lots of good pilots in the world that have been around for a long time,” he said. “I’ve flown for 61 years, and I haven’t hurt myself or anyone else, and I guess that’s a pretty good record.”

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

Buckeye Breeze, N507PS: Fatal accident occurred July 02, 2018 in Pennsboro, Ritchie County, West Virginia


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.

PENNSBORO, W.Va. — An experienced pilot is dead after his aircraft went down in a remote wooded area Monday evening near a private air strip in Ritchie County. The Ritchie County Sheriff”s Department identified the deceased operator as Doit Koppler, 80, of New Milton, West Virginia.

“According to the airstrip owner who knew him and the Federal Aviation Administration who pulled his flight record Mr. Koppler was an experienced pilot,” said Ritchie County Sheriff’s Deputy J.C. Egan. “He had several ratings on multiple aircraft and several decades of flight experience.”

Deputy Egan was called to the airstrip outside of Pennsboro around 7:30 p.m. Monday. There he found the air strip owner and Koppler’s wife.

“The wife reported Mr. Koppler had taken off from the air strip and was headed north. He was banking left and during the bank she noted she thought the engine had quit or cut out,” Egan explained. “Shortly after that the aircraft descended down into the wood line.”

Members of the Pennsboro and Ellenboro Volunteer Fire Departments along with the Ritchie County EMS arrived on scene and formed a search party to look for the downed aircraft. It was discovered a short time after the search began about 30 yards into the woods just to the north of the air strip.

“The pilot was lying on the ground under the aircraft which was suspended about 30 to 40 feet up in a tree,” Egan said. “The pilot was pronounced dead on the scene.”

Investigative teams from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, along with the Ritchie County Sheriff’s Department are all involved in the investigation.

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

Cessna 402C, N2748Y: Incident occurred July 02, 2018 at Nantucket Memorial Airport (KACK) and Accident occurred December 04, 2017 at Barnstable Municipal Airport (KHYA), Hyannis, Massachusetts

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boston, Massachusetts

July 02, 2018:  While on taxiway aircraft had cockpit fire.

Cape Associates Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N2748Y

Date: 02-JUL-18
Time: 14:00:00Z
Regis#: N2748Y
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 402C
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: FIRE
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 135
Aircraft Operator: CAPE AIR

Accident occurred December 04, 2017 at Barnstable Municipal Airport (KHYA), Hyannis, Massachusetts

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boston, Massachusetts

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

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

Location: Hyannis, MA
Accident Number: GAA18CA071
Date & Time: 12/04/2017, 1725 EST
Registration: N2748Y
Aircraft: CESSNA 402
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Birdstrike
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 


According to the pilot, he took off at night, and during the initial climb about 800ft above the ground, the airplane ran into a flock of birds. The pilot declared an emergency with the tower and landed the airplane without further incident.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wind screen and the windscreen frame.

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

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
Encounter with a flock of birds during takeoff at night, resulting in multiple bird strikes and structural damage. 


Environmental issues
Animal(s)/bird(s) - Effect on operation (Cause)
Dark - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Initial climb

Birdstrike (Defining event)

According to the pilot, he took off at night, and during the initial climb about 800ft above the ground, the airplane ran into a flock of birds. The pilot declared an emergency with the tower and landed the airplane without further incident.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wind screen and the windscreen frame.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 36, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
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 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/28/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/31/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 6400 hours (Total, all aircraft), 5000 hours (Total, this make and model), 5900 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 24 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N2748Y
Model/Series: 402 C
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1979
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 402C0248
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 10
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 11/05/2017, AAIP
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 7250 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 33449.6 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: TSIO-520-VB
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 325 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Commuter Air Carrier (135); Flag carrier (121) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KHYA, 55 ft msl
Observation Time: 2156 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 155°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 2200 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 2°C / -1°C
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.47 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Hyannis, ME (HYA)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Destination: Hyannis, ME (HYA)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1720 EST
Type of Airspace: Class D 

Airport Information

Airport:  Barnstable Municipal Airport-Boardman/Polando Field (HYA)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 54 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 06
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5425 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None 

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:  41.668889, -70.280278 (est)