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

Charles Pottenger: Reflections from My Trail; Surprise! A Seaplane in Troy Mills, Iowa!

By Charles Pottenger 

Back in 1970 I was younger and always searching for adventure. That’s how I earned the possible distinction of being perhaps the first and only seaplane to ever visit Troy Mills, Iowa! Troy Mills is a quaint little farm town with almost nothing that distinguishes it from other places except that it sits on the bank of the Wapsipinnicon River! How this became important to me is the rest of the story.

In about 1969 I acquired a neat little Piper Cub airplane on floats so I could enjoy Minnesota, “Land of 10,000 Lakes!”

About the same time I met an Iowan, a new friend, Don Price, who had married a neighbor’s daughter and moved to Northern Minnesota to help with running her family’s fishing resort. Don, like me, was a recreational pilot and he was excited to learn that I, too, owned a Piper Cub.

However, as we got to know each other we could see he had a big problem trying to arrange to fly his Cub, on wheels, from the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area back to far northern Minnesota. I allowed that I’d be happy to fly my plane to Iowa to help him out, but could only go where there was water to land and take off. I thought that my willingness would be appreciated even though landing in the endless cornfields of Iowa was impossible.

Several weeks later Don surprised me with a proposition. He got out a road map and explained he had studied all water possibilities near to Cedar Rapids and based on his personal knowledge and on-site verifications had identified a perfect place that we could fly my Cub and land near to where his plane was stored. I asked lots of questions, and Don assured me this would be a “piece of cake!”

I was concerned as the 325 mile trip would entail about 225 miles over the lake country of Minnesota and Wisconsin followed by about 100 miles over monotonous Iowa cornfields! Furthermore, the last gas available would be from a Mississippi River marina in Dubuque from which we would need to fly to, and land on, the Wapsipinnicon River at Troy Mills, Iowa!

After landing, Don would have a friend meet him at Troy Mills and take him to his plane. I would overnight and then take-off for the return trip, first to Dubuque for gas and then back to Northern Minnesota.

It was to be an adventure I’d never forget. Don was always so positive with his reassurances and it seemed we had discussed every eventuality, consequently it was decided do it.

With full 12 gallons of gas, lunches and enthusiasm we took off headed to Troy Mills!

The flight down was fun and pleasant. We’d land every couple of hours for comfort and fuel and by mid-afternoon we were on the Mississippi at Dubuque. Leaving the mighty river behind we set out over the corn sea of Iowa.

Flying a float plane over corn is just as unnerving as flying a little land plane over the ocean. There is no safe place to land!

In about two hours we were nearing the mighty Wapsipinnicon River and Troy Mills. Over the corn I couldn’t make out either landmark until we finally spotted a church steeple. I circled Troy Mills a couple of times and except for a small stream I couldn’t spot the supposed landing area that Don had bragged about.

He shouted, “There it is!” I failed to see what he was seeing and finally realized that the mighty Wapsipinnicon was really just a lazy little stream meandering through endless Iowa corn country!

I flew up and down the Wapsipinnicon and found a stretch near Troy Mills where the overhanging tree branches looked to leave at least 40 feet of open water. We made a perfect landing. I carefully taxied under huge Cottonwood trees about a half mile downstream and pulled the Cub up on a muddy bank at Troy Mills! A small crowd gathered and excitedly exclaimed that they had never seen a seaplane before!

Of course, Don’s friend met him according to plan and I finally realized that I alone would have to take-off from under and between the tree canopy and Don would go get his plane at a nice airport. Needless to say, although the return take-off was exhilarating it was uneventful and we both made the trip home safely. I never have returned to Troy Mills!

Don and I remain friends.

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

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

Summit County, Colorado, gathers to remember fallen Flight for Life pilot Patrick Mahany

Airbus Helicopter AS350B3e, N390LG,  Air Methods Corporation: Fatal accident occurred July 03, 2015 in Frisco, Colorado


Patrick Edwin Mahany, Jr
December 8th, 1950 - July 3rd, 2015


Flight for Life helicopter pilots Loren Courtney, left, and Adam Wagner along with St. Anthony Summit Medical Center nursing officers Lisa Person, third from left, and Trixie Vanderschaaff hold a moment of silence during the memorial service for fallen pilot, Patrick Mahany Jr., Tuesday, July 3, at the hospital in Frisco.


Dozens gathered at the Mahany Heroes Park outside of St. Anthony's Summit Medical Center on Tuesday morning to celebrate the life of Patrick Mahany, a Flight for Life pilot who died three years ago in a helicopter crash in Frisco.

Community members gathered in front of the memorial, flanked by the decommissioned helicopter blades that form the centerpiece of the park, to hear prayers and words of remembrance from some of Mahany's colleagues. St. Anthony's CEO Paul Chodkowski, director of mission and ministry Tema Nnamezie, and Flight for Life chaplain Betsy Phelan all delivered poignant readings for the occasion.

"It's just the family of Summit County gathering together to honor those who have served our community, and particularly those who have suffered the tragedy of the crash three years ago," said Chodkowski, after the event. "We are also here specifically to honor Patrick Mahany, our pilot who lost his life. So it's just a great outpouring of love and support for our Flight for Life Crew."

On July 3, 2015, Mahany and his Flight for Life crew crashed into a parking lot near St. Anthony's Medical Center just seconds after takeoff. Mahany was killed following the resulting fire, caused by an antiquated and non-crash resistant fuel system. He was pulled from the helicopter by hospital technician Jimmy Rhodes, but later succumbed to his injuries. Rhodes was awarded the Carnegie Medal from the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission in Pittsburgh earlier this year for his actions. Mahany's crewmembers, Dave Repsher and Matt Bowe, both survived the crash, though Repsher came away with severe burns on most of his body. (In February, Repsher was awarded $100 million in a settlement with the helicopter's manufacturer and the company that operated it.)

Mahany was 64-years-old when he passed, and a 27-year veteran pilot for Flight for Life. A New York native, he served as an army pilot in Vietnam from April 1970 to April 1971, logging 1,200 combat hours while earning a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

For many, the yearly gathering to reflect upon Mahany's life and death offers the opportunity for introspection, and for others a chance to gather in solidarity and healing.

"Some of the feedback that I've gotten from our staff is that this event helps a lot," said Nnamezie. "We still talk about Patrick every day. We grieved the loss of him, and the gift that he was to our family here. Having a memorial like this helps us to not forget, but also not to reopen the old wounds. This is about partnering and coming together to heal. To show our support, and to journey together is very refreshing and healing."

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

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

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Windsor Locks

Throttle Up Inc

http://registry.faa.gov/N1122Q

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA392
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 03, 2018 in Pomfret, VT
Aircraft: Schempp Hirth DISCUS CS, registration: N1122Q

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.

Pilot lost lift and landed in field, impacted a gully and damaged the tail.

Date: 03-JUL-18
Time: 20:33:00Z
Regis#: N1122Q
Aircraft Make: SCHEMPP HIRTH
Aircraft Model: DISCUS CS
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: MANEUVERING (MNV)
Operation: 91
City: POMFRET
State: VERMONT



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

http://registry.faa.gov/N507PS 

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
City: NANTUCKET
State: MASSACHUSETTS

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 Factual 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. 

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)

Robinson R22 Beta, registered to and operated by Veracity Aviation LLC, N830J: Accident occurred July 02, 2018 at at Georgetown Municipal Airport (KGTU), Williamson County, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas
Robinson Helicopter Company; Torrance, California
Veracity Aviation; Seguin, Texas

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N830J

Location: Georgetown, TX
Accident Number: CEN18LA251
Date & Time: 07/02/2018, 1445 CDT
Registration: N830J
Aircraft: Robinson R22
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On July 2, 2018, about 1445 central daylight time, a Robinson Helicopter Company R-22 Beta II helicopter, N830J, sustained substantial damage during a landing after a partial loss of engine power in the traffic pattern at Georgetown Municipal Airport (GTU), Georgetown, Texas. The left seat commercial pilot and the right seat certificated flight instructor (CFI) sustained no injury. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Veracity Aviation, LLC, Seguin, Texas under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a visual flight rules instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from GTU about 1400.

In a conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge on July 5, the CFI reported that the purpose of the local area flight was to conduct CFI training with the pilot. The pilot was in the process of working toward achieving his CFI rating. The flight initially consisted of maneuvers such as hovering autorotations and rapid decelerations over a sod area at the airport. The flight then progressed with stop-and-go landings involving normal takeoffs and concluding with normal approaches and steep approaches, while in the right traffic pattern for Kilo taxiway. The pilot was on the flight controls, demonstrating and explaining the maneuvers to the CFI.

While on the last traffic pattern iteration, on the downwind leg about 500 feet above ground level (agl) and about 70 knots, the CFI reported he was visually outside of the helicopter, scanning for traffic and clearing the helicopter for the base leg turn when he heard the low rotor revolutions per minute (rpm) horn activate. The CFI came on the flight controls and he immediately reduced the collective and applied throttle. The CFI heard the low rotor rpm horn cease and observed the low rotor rpm light extinguish, while he visually confirmed the engine and rotor rpm was about 97%. The CFI began the base leg turn and heard the low rotor rpm horn again. The CFI observed the tachometer and noticed that the engine and rotor rpm were decaying. The CFI assessed the situation and felt that the engine was not capable of maintaining the rotor rpm within safe operating limits and he entered an autorotation.

The CFI scanned the instruments and observed the airspeed was about 55 knots. He reported he could not hear noise emitting from the engine and surmised that the engine had ceased producing power. After the entry portion to the flare portion of the autorotation, the CFI reported that he was focused on maintaining the rotor rpm and maneuvering the helicopter to his selected landing area. About 35 feet agl, he began the flare to reduce the forward airspeed and the rate of descent. The helicopter touched down on a yard at a private residence, with a small amount of forward airspeed. The skids impacted a concrete driveway at the residence. The impact with the driveway resulted in the helicopter pitching nose low with the tail elevated, along with a right yaw. Both tail rotor blades impacted the ground, resulting in both blades becoming separated from the tail rotor gearbox. The vertical stabilizer sustained substantial damage from the ground impact, along with minor damage sustained to the tail rotor stinger and skid system. Once the helicopter came to rest, the CFI observed that the engine was at idle and performed an emergency shutdown. Both occupants egressed from the helicopter without further incident.

The CFI reported that the helicopter had an adequate amount of fuel for the flight and the helicopter had no known previous issues with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

The wreckage was recovered from the private residence to the operator's hangar at GTU for a future examination of the helicopter.

The two-seat capacity helicopter, serial number 4236, was built in 2007. The helicopter was powered by a 4-cylinder, 145 horsepower Lycoming O-360-J2A carbureted engine.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Robinson
Registration: N830J
Model/Series: R22 BETA
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Veracity Aviation, LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held:  Pilot School (141); Agricultural Aircraft (137); On-demand Air Taxi (135)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KGTU, 787 ft msl
Observation Time: 1937 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 36°C / 18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 200 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / 17 knots, 130°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Georgetown, TX (GTU)
Destination: Georgetown, TX (GTU) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  30.679444, -97.678333 (est)