Thursday, July 5, 2018

Allegiant Air, Airbus A320: Incident occurred July 04, 2018 in Cross City, Dixie County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando

Flight AAY1592: Aircraft captain reported two (2) flight attendants injuries after encountering severe turbulence at FL320. 

http://registry.faa.gov/N232NV

Date: 04-JUL-18
Time: 14:15:00Z
Regis#: N232NV
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A320
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: ALLEGIANT
Flight Number: AAY1592
City: CROSS CITY
State: FLORIDA

American Legend AL11, N149MR: Incident occurred July 03, 2018 at Barwick Lafayette Airport (9A5), LaFayette, Walker County, Georgia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta

Aircraft landed on runway then veered into grass.

http://registry.faa.gov/N149MR

Date: 03-JUL-18
Time: 16:00:00Z
Regis#: N149MR
Aircraft Make: AMERICAN LEGEND
Aircraft Model: AL11
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: LAFAYETTE
State: GEORGIA

Experimental; aerobatic Smith Trike, N11VW: Accident occurred July 04, 2018 in Lewistown, Fulton County, Illinois

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

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/N11VW

Location: Lewiston, IL
Accident Number: GAA18CA397
Date & Time: 07/04/2018, 0835 CDT
Registration: N11VW
Aircraft: ROBERT MILES Smith Trike
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that during cruise flight into "wispy clouds," the engine started to "run rough" then lost all power. About 800 ft. agl, he restarted the engine, but it quit again. He attempted to restart the engine multiple times but was unsuccessful, so he selected a gravel road for landing. During the landing, the airplane ground looped into a ditch.

The pilot added that he did not apply carburetor heat during the accident flight.

The biplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

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

The automated weather observation station located 25 nautical miles away from the accident site reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 170° at 5 knots, visibility of 7 statute miles, clouds broken at 4,800 feet above aerodrome level, temperature at 77°F, and dew point at 75°F.

Review of the Federal Aviation Administration Carburetor Icing Chart for the given temperature and dew point revealed that the conditions were conducive to "serious icing (glide power)." (For more information, see Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin CE-09-35 in the public docket.)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 72, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:No 
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/01/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/20/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 770 hours (Total, all aircraft), 73 hours (Total, this make and model), 750 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 5.6 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 4.6 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0.8 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: ROBERT MILES
Registration: N11VW
Model/Series: Smith Trike
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1991
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental; Aerobatic
Serial Number: 001RM
Landing Gear Type:Tricycle 
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/07/2018, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 940 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 72.8 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: A&C65 SERIES
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 80 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: KMQB, 707 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 25 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1335 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 295°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  7 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 4800 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 170°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.23 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C / 24°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Springfield, IL (SPI)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Monmouth, IL (C66)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0615 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 40.346111, -90.168056 (est)

Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage, registered to CD Air LLC and operated by a private individual, N479CD: Accident occurred July 03, 2018 at Springhill Airport (KSPH), Webster Parish, Louisiana

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge

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


http://registry.faa.gov/N479CD

Location: Springhill, LA
Accident Number: CEN18LA257
Date & Time: 07/03/2018, 1300 CDT
Registration: N479CD
Aircraft: Piper PA46
Injuries: N/A
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On July 3, 2018, about 1300 central daylight time, a Piper PA-46-350P, N479CD, collided with terrain near Springhill, Louisiana. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to CD Air LLC and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated without a flight plan. The flight was originated from an unknown location and was landing at Springhill Airport (KSPH), Springhill, Louisiana.

According to preliminary information provided by the pilot, while attempting to perform a go-around, the pilot raised the landing gear and flaps, however the engine was not producing power. The airplane descended and impacted the ground beyond the runway. The fuselage was substantially damaged.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N479CD
Model/Series: PA46 350P
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: CD Air, LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held:  None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMNE, 279 ft msl
Observation Time: 1815 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 21 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 34°C / 22°C    
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 5500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 40°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:
Destination: 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: N/A
Latitude, Longitude:  32.983611, -93.409167 (est) 




Springhill, LA - Authorities tell KTBS that just after 1:00 Tuesday afternoon a plane crashed at the Springhill Airport.

According to Springhill Fire Chief Billy Raspberry, the pilot was able to skid the plane on its belly off the runway and into a field where it then caught fire.

All three people on board survived.

The Springhill Fire Department responded to the crash and was able to put out the fire. About a half acre of the area around it was burned.

The Federal Aviation Administration is en route. The crash remains under investigation.

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

Hard Landing: Cessna 172P Skyhawk, N6508K, accident occurred July 02, 2018 at Oakland/Troy Airport (KVLL), Oakland County, Michigan

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

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


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


Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


http://registry.faa.gov/N6508K


Location: Troy, MI
Accident Number: GAA18CA391
Date & Time: 07/02/2018, 0720 EDT
Registration: N6508K
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Hard landing
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

Analysis

The solo student pilot reported that, during landing, the airplane slowed, and the stall warning sounded as the main landing gear contacted the runway. He added that it appeared that the airplane had landed, but he then observed the nose drop below the horizon. He added power to go around, but the nosewheel impacted the runway, and the airplane pitched "rearward." Subsequently, the airplane porpoised, the nose landing gear strut collapsed, and he aborted the go-around. The student taxied the airplane to park without further incident.

The flight instructor reported that he witnessed that the airplane on approach was a little flat but did not appear to be unstable. The student then pitched the airplane for the numbers, the airplane floated down the runway, and it then touched down in a flat attitude. Subsequently, the airplane bounced 2 to 3 ft, porpoised, and the student was then able to taxi from the runway. The flight instructor added that the student was too late on the flare and that all of the energy came down on the nosewheel.

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 automated weather observation system at the airport reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 250° at 7 knots. The student pilot landed the airplane on runway 27.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The student pilot's failure to maintain a proper landing flare, which resulted in a hard, porpoised landing during an aborted go-around.

Findings

Aircraft
Landing flare - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Student pilot (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing
Hard landing (Defining event)
Attempted remediation/recovery
Loss of control on ground
Landing gear collapse 

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 60, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
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 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/10/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 46.5 hours (Total, all aircraft), 40.5 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N6508K
Model/Series: 172 P
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1980
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 17274205
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/30/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2400 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 9945 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320-A4M
Registered Owner: Troy Oakland Pilots Flying Club Inc
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Dawn
Observation Facility, Elevation: KVLL, 716 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1122 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 71°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / Terrain-Induced
Wind Direction: 250°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / Light
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 22°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Troy, MI (VLL)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Troy, MI (VLL)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0700 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: OAKLAND/TROY (VLL)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 727 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 27
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:  3549 ft / 60 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Go Around; Traffic Pattern

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: 42.542778, -83.178889 (est)

Diamond DA20-C1, N351DC: Incident occurred July 04, 2018 at Oakland County International Airport (KPTK), Pontiac, Michigan and Incident occurred April 27, 2017 near Erie International Airport/Tom Ridge Field (KERI), Erie County, Pennsylvania

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; East Michigan

July 04, 2018:  Aircraft made a hard landing resulting in a prop strike.

http://registry.faa.gov/N351DC

Date: 04-JUL-18
Time: 15:30:00Z
Regis#: N351DC
Aircraft Make: DIAMOND
Aircraft Model: DA40
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: PONTIAC
State: MICHIGAN




Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allegheny, Pennsylvania

April 27, 2017:  Aircraft force landed in a field near the approach end of the runway. 


Date: 27-APR-17

Time: 20:32:00Z
Regis#: N351DC
Aircraft Make: DIAMOND
Aircraft Model: DA20
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: ERIE
State: PENNSYLVANIA

Piper PA-28-180, N8314W: Accident occurred July 04, 2018 at Thomaston-Upson County Airport (KOPN), Georgia

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

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N8314W

Location: Thomaston, GA
Accident Number: ERA18LA226
Date & Time: 07/04/2018, 0930 EDT
Registration: N8314W
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 4, 2018, about 0930 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-28-180, N8314W, was substantially damaged while landing at Thomaston-Upson County Airport (OPN), Thomaston, Georgia. The student pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight, which originated from Griffin-Spalding County Airport (6A2), Griffin, Georgia, around 0900. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the pilot, he performed a preflight inspection of the airplane with no anomalies noted. After departure, he completed one full stop landing at 6A2, before departing for OPN. While on final approach to runway 12, he configured the airplane for landing and lined up with the centerline of the runway. The main landing gear touched down on the runway numbers, and when the nose landing gear contacted the runway, the airplane veered to the left. The pilot attempted to counteract the turn by applying rudder, however, the airplane continued to the left side of the runway. The right wing tip touched the pavement, the propeller struck the runway, and the nose landing gear wheel separated as the airplane continued off the runway. The airplane came to rest about 75 ft off the left side of runway in a grassy area.

Examination of the airplane after the accident revealed that an engine mount was substantially damaged, and the nose landing gear and right wing incurred minor damage during the accident sequence.

The nose wheel tire and attachment assembly were retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N8314W
Model/Series: PA28 180
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: KOPN, 796 ft msl
Observation Time: 0935 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C / 20°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 30°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 8000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Griffin, GA (6A2)
Destination: Thomaston, GA (OPN) 

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:  32.957500, -84.267778 (est)

Mooney M20K, N39252: Incident occurred July 04, 2018 at Mackinac Island Airport (KMCD), Mackinac County, Michigan

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids

During approach, aircraft experienced electrical failure and smoke in cockpit. Aircraft landed gear up.

http://registry.faa.gov/N39252

Date: 04-JUL-18
Time: 14:45:00Z
Regis#: N39252
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20K
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MACKINAC ISLAND
State: MICHIGAN





MACKINAC COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Update: As of 2:25 p.m. the airport is back open.

The Mackinac Island Airport is closed after an airplane made an emergency landing on the runway.

The privately owned airplane had electrical problems that forced the pilot to make an emergency landing around 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, according to authorities at the Mackinac Island Airport.

The electrical problems also caused the landing gear not to go down, authorities said.

Three people were inside the plane at the time, but no one was injured.

The bottom of the airplane is scraped up and authorities are still trying to get the plane off the runway.

Authorities hope to have the airport re-opened by 2:30 p.m.

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

Cessna 180J, N180BF: Incident occurred June 27, 2018 in Fortine, Lincoln County, Montana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Helena

On takeoff, aircraft veered left and struck propeller of another aircraft holding short.

http://registry.faa.gov/N180BF

Date: 27-JUN-18
Time: 19:00:00Z
Regis#: N180BF
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 180J
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: FORTINE
State: MONTANA

Grumman HU-16E Albatross, N125FB: Incident occurred July 03, 2018 in Santa Rosa, Guadalupe County, New Mexico

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque

Aircraft made an off airport landing due to a fuel issue.

Barron Aviation LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N125FB

Date: 03-JUL-18
Time: 19:15:00Z
Regis#: N125FB
Aircraft Make: GRUMMAN
Aircraft Model: HU16
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: SANTA ROSA
State: NEW MEXICO

Air Tractor AT-802A, N776AS: Incident occurred June 28, 2018 in The Dalles, Wasco County, Oregon

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland

Aircraft was scooping water from Columbia River and struck the water.

http://registry.faa.gov/N776AS

Date: 28-JUN-18
Time: 19:00:00Z
Regis#: N776AS
Aircraft Make: AIR TRACTOR
Aircraft Model: AT802
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: FIREFIGHTING
Flight Phase: MANEUVERING (MNV)
Operation: 91
City: THE DALLES
State: OREGON

Lancair IV-P, N961PC: Incident occurred July 04, 2018 at San Marcos Regional Airport (KHYI), Caldwell County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston

On takeoff aircraft departed end of runway.

Formaflight II LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N961PC

Date: 04-JUL-18
Time: 16:35:00Z
Regis#: N961PC
Aircraft Make: LANCAIR
Aircraft Model: IV-P
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: SAN MARCOS
State: TEXAS

Zenith STOL CH 701, N533Z: Incident occurred July 04, 2018 at San Saba County Municipal Airport (81R), Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio

After liftoff, pilot lost control. Attempted to set aircraft back down collapsing the nose gear and flipping aircraft.

http://registry.faa.gov/N533Z

Date: 04-JUL-18
Time: 14:30:00Z
Regis#: N533Z
Aircraft Make: ZENITH
Aircraft Model: CP701
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: SAN SABA
State: TEXAS

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
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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.


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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.

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