Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, F-HFPL: Fatal accident occurred July 04, 2018 in Bad Voslau, Austria

Winzer Christian Kamper (53) starb mit seinem Schwager beim Flugzeugabsturz. 

NTSB Identification: CEN18WA256
14 CFR Unknown
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 04, 2018 in Bad Voslau, Austria
Aircraft: Cessna 172, registration:
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On June 4, 2018, about 0815 coordinated universal time, a Cessna 172S airplane, F-HFPL, impacted terrain at Bad Voslau Airport, Bad Voslau, Austria. The pilot in command and passenger were fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed. The flight was operated by Wiener Luftfahrerverband - Pilotenclub, Wien, Austria, as a personal flight.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Austrian Civil Aviation Safety Investigation Authority. This report is for information purposes only and contains only information released by the ACASIA. Further information pertaining this accident may be obtained from:

Trauzlgasse 1, A-1210
Vienna, Austria
Tel: +43171162/659193 or 43664/83733401
E-mail: oliver.bruck@bmvit.gv.at or fus@bmvit.gv.at

Flugdrama im Bezirk Baden: Ein Absturz eines Sportflugzeuges forderte zwei Tote.

Auf dem Flugplatz in Vöslau-Kottingbrunn (Bezirk Baden) passierte die Tragödie, ein Sportflugzeug stürzte ab, teilte NÖ Feuerwehrsprecher Franz Resperger mit. Zwei Insassen kamen ums Leben. Die Männer seien massiv im stark deformierten Cockpit der inländischen Maschine eingeklemmt worden.

Gegen 10.15 Uhr hatte sich das Flugzeug mit der Nase neben der Landebahn in die Wiese gebohrt, schilderte Resperger. Nähere Umstände bzw. der Hergang des Unglücks waren zunächst nicht bekannt.

Schwierige Bergungsarbeiten

Nach dem Absturz eines Sportflugzeugs Mittwochvormittag auf dem Flugplatz Vöslau-Kottingbrunn sind zwei Feuerwehren mit 40 Mitgliedern im Einsatz gestanden. Neben der Bergung der im zerstörten Cockpit eingeklemmten Opfer wurde aus Sicherheitsgründen ein Schaumteppich gelegt, berichtete NÖ Feuerwehrsprecher Franz Resperger.

Die Explosionsgefahr ist mittlerweile gebannt. Nach dem Unglück war massiv Benzin aus dem Sportflugzeug ausgetreten, weshalb auch ein Schadstoffspezialist eingesetzt wurde.

Die Bergung der Toten gestaltete sich schwierig. Einer der Insassen konnte laut dem Sprecher mithilfe von hydraulischen Rettungsgerät herausgeholt werden, für die Bergung des zweiten Mannes sollte das Flugzeug von einem Kran angehoben werden.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.heute.at

Judge postpones trial for convicted drug runner

Burlington, Vermont — A federal judge has agreed to postpone the criminal trial of a convicted drug runner from Sudbury who is facing a new charge of flying without a license for a midnight flight into a Rutland County in April.

Also, Angelo P. Efthimiatos, 48, will be allowed to get a new lawyer after telling the court Tuesday that he has a lack of confidence in Assistant Public Defender Steven L. Barth.

After extensive questioning, Judge Christina Reiss agreed to replace Barth and said she will move quickly to get Efthimiatos a new criminal defense lawyer.  She questioned a claim by Efthimiatos that he needed a lawyer specializing in Federal Aviation Administration law.

Efthimiatos said he is trying to avoid a felony conviction because he believes it would ruin his aviation career.  He said he believes his case is really a civil violation and not a criminal act.

“My goal is to get to trial as soon as possible,” Reiss told him.

Jury selection was scheduled for next Monday, but the judge has now postponed it until Oct. 2.

Efthimiatos noted the prosecution had offered him a 90-day sentence to resolve the case, but he had been held 147 days as of Tuesday’s hearing.

Efthimiatos flew a Piper aircraft into the closed Rutland-Southern Vermont Regional Airport at about 12:15 a.m. April 10 as a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration stakeout team watched, federal court records show.

No drugs or large amounts of currency were found in the plane, according to the DEA.  The DEA said in court papers it had received information Efthimiatos might be arriving by plane at the airport in North Clarendon that night.

He has pleaded not guilty to the single-charge indictment.  It notes that between January and March of this year at least four times Efthimiatos purchased fuel for an aircraft in preparation for a flight or after landing at the Rutland airport.  The fuel purchases were for a Piper aircraft with the same tail number  flown into Rutland the night Efthimiatos was arrested, records show.

The indictment also said that same plane made “multiple trips of short duration, often traveling late at night between small airports” like Newport State Airport in Rhode Island, Nantucket Airport in Nantucket, Mass., and Rutland airport after each of them was closed.

The FAA has said Efthimiatos’ license to fly was revoked for life in 2014 following two drug convictions in Iowa that involved him using a small aircraft to transport a large load of drugs between California and the East Coast. He admitted it was his fourth drug-related cross-country smuggling trip, records show.

Efthimiatos completed a nearly five-year federal prison sentence for drug conspiracy last year and was placed under federal supervision for five years, officials said.  They said his supervised release was transferred to Vermont.

He could face up to three years if convicted in Vermont on the new flying charge and another two years in Iowa if his supervised release is revoked, Barth said at an earlier hearing. Barth maintained the penalties should be much less on both.

As the hearing began Tuesday, Reiss ordered Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugenia A.P. Cowles, the prosecutor, to leave the courtroom so she would be unable to use any comments made by the defendant or Barth.

Efthimiatos said Barth had done a “terrible job” and the relationship had become adversarial.  Efthimiatos also said Barth had failed to try to learn why the DEA was trailing him in April, and failed to push for Efthimiatos’ release pending trail.

Reiss questioned Efthimiatos at length about his relationship with Barth. She warned him against listening to inmates or others without law degrees who think they know what should be done and what motions or documents should be sought.  She said Barth has done a good job in other criminal cases and has successfully defended others charged in federal court.

After the questioning, Reiss asked Efthimiatos about using Barth.

“I think we are done here,” Efthimiatos said.  Barth agreed.

Cowles has estimated the jury trial could take up to four days, including one day for jury selection, two days of trial and whatever the defense had for the case.

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

Columbus, Ohio: Man accused of shining laser at police helicopter facing prison time

Columbus Police Lieutenant Jack Harris has served the city of Columbus for 31 years but says his passion is hunting bad guys from the air.

"I think we're all kind of adrenaline junkies anyway," said Lt Harris, who heads up the Columbus Police Helicopter Unit.

Franklin County prosecutors say late in the evening of July 18 and into the early morning hours of July 19, the hunter became the hunted.

Over a span of more than four hours, police say someone pointed a bright green laser light into the cockpit of three-separate police helicopters.

Lt. Harris said the pinpoint precision of a laser light is transformed into a floodlight when it's pointed at an object 900-feet in the air.

"The cockpit filling with light, and just a temporary blindness," described Lt. Harris.

He said that temporary blindness is dangerous because pilots rely on their flight instruments, especially at night. Police said the suspect also targeted a Southwest Airlines fight making its descent into Columbus.

The pilot was temporarily blinded and forced to divert the aircraft. Franklin County prosecutor, Ron O'Brien, said he can't imagine what was going through the minds of the 61-passengers on board.

"You have to wonder what's going through the passenger's mind as the plane is descending for landing, and all of a sudden it's diverting and making some unusual moves. Everybody who was on that aircraft...their heart had to jump," said O'Brien.

Columbus police tracked the laser light to Regina Avenue and Hodges Drive. 10TV was there as police took 37-year-old Eugene Robinson into custody.

A grand jury indicted Robinson on four counts of Interfering with the Operation of an Aircraft with a Laser. He faces a maximum punishment of 32 years behind bars for what prosecutors call a "purposeless and dangerous act."

"...for no apparent reason other than ignorance and stupidity," said Robinson.

Lt. Harris said the CPD Helicopter Unit is now testing out a new helmet that would protect pilot's eyes from damage caused by laser light. He said he hopes this case will discourage thrill seekers from targeting police pilots because the result could quickly turn catastrophic.

"If we do lose control, it's going to obviously affect the crew and everybody on the ground," said Lt. Harris.

Robinson is scheduled to face a judge next week to answer to the charges.

Since 2016, the CPD Helicopter Unit is credited with more than 400 felony arrests.

Story and video ➤ https://www.10tv.com

Leesburg, Virginia: Teen flies solo ahead of earning pilot's license

Trey Stroupe

Many teenagers can’t wait until they turn 16 to get their driver’s license and hit the road. Loudoun County High School junior Trey Stroupe had a higher aspiration: pilot an aircraft by himself.

He achieved that goal May 12. Just a few weeks after his birthday, Stroupe took off from Leesburg Executive Airport in a Cirrus SR20 for his first solo flight. He flew to Harper’s Ferry and completed three successful takeoffs and landings.

“I was at a loss for words on the first flight,” Stroupe said. “I couldn’t talk or anything, I was just taking it all in for the first time. Seeing the ground below, being up in the air, taking it all in from the cockpit.”

Stroupe started flying on his 15th birthday after he received an introductory flight as a birthday gift. By the time the wheels hit the runway, he had found a new passion. Since then he’s taken flying lessons at Leesburg Executive Airport through a company called OpenAir, while waiting for his next birthday to arrive. Like Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles, the Federal Aviation Administration requires licensees to be 16 years old and to complete 15 hours of supervised time behind the wheel—or rather the yoke—before traveling without an instructor sitting in the next seat.

Stroupe’s flight instructor, Bob Garity, said a student hitting those flying milestones so young is “pretty unusual.”

“It’s unusual to find a young man his age who knows exactly what he wants to do and is going after it,” Garity said. And he said while Stroupe can fly a plane by himself, his parents still drive him to the airport.

Once he graduates from Loudoun County High School, Stroupe plans to attend aviation school; he is looking into U.S. Air Force Academy, University of Colorado, Purdue and Virginia

Tech. He hopes to eventually become an aerospace engineer or a U.S. Air Force pilot.

“I really enjoy flying,” he said. “I think it’s more fun than driving. It’s something that not a lot of people can do and it’s just special to be up in the air.”

For now, in between balancing school, NJROTC and athletics, Stroupe still tries to schedule at least one flying lesson a month to keep his skills sharp.

“He’s a real good pilot,” Garity said. “He’s really conscientious, he studies all the material. He handles the airplane like a professional, and he doesn’t even have a license yet because of age.”

Stroupe also plans to complete all the requirements to obtain his official pilot license as soon he turns 17.

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

Cessna 150M, N66778: Fatal accident occurred July 18, 2018 at Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (TUPJ), Beef Island, British Virgin Islands

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NTSB Identification: CEN18WA279
14 CFR Unknown
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 18, 2018 in Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Aircraft: Cessna 150, registration: N66778
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On July 18, 2018, at 2030 UTC, a Cessna 150M, N66778, S/N 15076271, impacted the sea shortly after takeoff from Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (TUPJ), Tortola, British Virgin Islands. The airplane was substantially damaged. The pilot, the sole occupant, suffered fatal injuries. Preliminary information indicated the intended destination was Pointe-á-Pitre International Airport, Guadeloupe.

This investigation is under the jurisdiction and control of the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) United Kingdom. Under the provisions of Annex 13 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation as a State of Design, the United States has designated an accredited representative to participate in the investigation. Any further information may be obtained from:


Famborough House 
Berkshire Copse Road
Aldershot, Hampshire
GU11 2HH, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1252 510300
E-mail: investigations@aaib.gov.uk
Mr. John McMillan
Telephone: +44 1252 510300 
E-mail: jmcmillan@aaib.gov.uk 

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by, or obtained from, the AAIB United Kingdom. 

The individual rescued from the aircraft that crashed in the sea at the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island has died.

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force made the pronouncement minutes before 6 o’clock on Wednesday afternoon, July 18.

Police said an investigation has been launched into the fatal accident.

The name of the victim has not been released.


A small aircraft has reportedly crash-landed in a body of water at the Terrence B Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island.

Local emergency services personnel responded at the scene.

Police told BVI News the aircraft ‘overran the runway’ at the airport and ended in the sea.

“One person was rescued from the aircraft,” police said.

Amateur video footage sent to BVI News shows one resident performing what appears to be cardiopulmonary resuscitation – more commonly known as CPR – on a male who is believed to be the crash victim.

The full circumstances of the incident are not clear but BVI News will provide further information as it becomes available.

The BVI Airports Authority has released the following statement on the incident:

A C150 with one person on board departed the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (TUPJ) at 20:17Z (4:17pm) destined to Pointe a Pitre International Airport (TFFR) in Guadeloupe when it crashed into the waters off the east north east end of Runway 07.

BVI Airport Authority’s Rescue and Fire Fighting Service moved swiftly into action and was able to quickly secure the pilot, the only occupant of the aircraft.

The Airport is currently closed to facilitate the rescue effort.


A pilot died when the plane he was flying overran the runway at the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Wednesday afternoon and ended up in the sea near Trellis Bay, according to police and other officials.

The pilot, who was the only person aboard the plane, has not been publicly identified, but Virgin Islands Search and Rescue member Phil Aspinall said police information suggests he was an Angolan national with a United States passport.

VISAR received a call about the incident from the United States Coast Coast Guard at around 4:21 p.m. and arrived on the scene a little before 5 p.m. to find the Cesna C150 in the water near the end of the runway, according to Mr. Aspinall.

The pilot had already been pulled from the wreckage by “good Samaritan divers” who were on the scene and CPR was being administered, according to Mr. Aspinall.

Police, however, confirmed minutes before 6 p.m. that the pilot had died, and what appeared to be a body bag was visible on the Trellis Bay dock that responders were using to access the wreck.

The plane was headed to Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport in Guadeloupe at 4:17 p.m. and had six hours of fuel on board, according the BVI Airports Authority.


At Boeing Factory, Unfinished 737s Pile Up: Supplier bottlenecks threaten production at aerospace giant’s factory near Seattle

The Wall Street Journal
By Andrew Tangel and Doug Cameron
Sept. 3, 2018 7:00 a.m. ET

Boeing Company is facing a problem as it races to meet demand for single-aisle, fuel-efficient jets: where to store unfinished 737s piling up at a factory near Seattle.

One answer in late July was the taxiway of the small airport in Renton, Washington, next to its Boeing factory there.

“Boeing is running out of space,” Renton public works administrator Gregg Zimmerman wrote to city council members in a July 27 memo about the taxiway plan. “They have encountered an emergency production challenge that threatens to interfere with their ability to keep their airplane production lines running.”

A Boeing spokesman said the request for parking space was part of a “recovery plan” to get deliveries to match production rates. Mr. Zimmerman declined to comment.

The unfinished airplanes illustrate a challenge to Boeing, the world’s biggest aircraft manufacturer by sales, as it tries to make enough of its new 737 Max jets to meet fast-growing demand. Boeing and rival Airbus SE together have more than $1 trillion in orders for planes, driven by a global boom in air travel that is adding 100 million passengers a year.

Tight Spot

Boeing has secured a 90-day agreement with Renton, Wash., that allows the manufacturer to park four 737 airliners on a taxiway at the city's small airport.

Boeing delivered just 29 of the 737s in July, though more than 50 mostly-finished jets roll off the production line each month. Company officials have said deliveries could slow in the third quarter but pick up in the fourth as suppliers get back on track. The 737 is Boeing’s most popular commercial aircraft and a top moneymaker that has helped propel the company’s stock more than 40% in the past 12 months.

The delays are due largely to two suppliers: engine maker CFM International, a joint venture between General Electric Co. and Safran SA, and fuselage manufacturer Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc. Both companies have said some of their own small suppliers are struggling to meet demand.

CFM executives have pledged to catch up on engine deliveries that have been several weeks behind. Spirit AeroSystems said it has resolved problems and resumed on-time shipments to Boeing.

Airbus has missed delivery deadlines for the A320neo, its popular single-aisle competitor to the 737, because of parts shortages, and the world’s No. 2 plane maker has had to park unfinished jets around its factories. The company is working on reducing a fleet of undelivered planes that peaked at more than 100 earlier this year.

Both companies stand by their full-year delivery guidance and have put pressure on suppliers to catch up. Until then, Boeing and Airbus will have to deal with the unfinished planes.

Boeing’s urgent request to store planes on the Renton airport taxiway came in late July, according to emails and other documents that city officials provided to The Wall Street Journal in response to a public-records request.

The documents show how local officials tried to help a hometown company meet the surging demand for its products. In one email exchange, Boeing also asked the city to enforce parking rules around railroad tracks to make sure fuselages could reach the factory during Renton River Days, a local festival.

The emails reflect Renton officials’ interpretation of Boeing’s problems. The engine shortage is “severely hampering production needs as we now have aircrafts ready to go but no engines,” one Renton airport official wrote to Federal Aviation Administration officials on July 24.

“The plant manager indicated they may be in crisis mode this afternoon,” another Renton official wrote to other city leaders the next day, relaying what another Boeing employee told him.

Renton Mayor Denis Law said in an interview that Boeing didn’t suggest the storage crunch was an existential threat to the factory’s production, Renton’s biggest employer. Boeing had 16,531 employees in Renton last year, according to financial disclosures.

But, the mayor added: “There was no question that time was of the essence.”

When Boeing signaled earlier this year that it may need more plane-storage space, Renton officials initially offered other areas at the airport, said Harry Barrett Jr., Renton’s airport director.

Boeing eventually struck an agreement to store up to seven planes on the taxiway for 90 days in exchange for about $39,000 in rent, documents show. According to Mr. Barrett, Boeing later said it only needed to park four planes there.

The airport has about 35 spaces for Boeing 737s. In recent photos of the airport provided by a union official, planes without engines can be seen parked at the airfield. Weights are attached to their wings to help maintain form.

The FAA in late July approved a plan under which large planes taking off from and landing at the Renton airport provide two hours’ notice to give Boeing time to move planes on the taxiway.

Boeing is also tucking planes between airport buildings and parking them on at least one employee parking lot at its factory, people familiar with the matter said.

Boeing is outfitting 737s with temporary engines so pilots can fly them to nearby King County International Airport, also known as Boeing Field, these people said. The temporary engines are removed there and trucked back to Renton to fly more 737s to Boeing Field, they said. The airport is Boeing’s main delivery center for new jets.

The Boeing spokesman said the temporary taxiway parking helps the company “expedite airplanes to Boeing Field for delivery,” adding that “we are maximizing space efficiently at the site and focusing on our recovery plan.”

Mr. Law said Renton is considering helping Boeing store planes in another of its parking lots.

Boeing plans to make more than 57 of the 737s each month next year, up from 52 currently. It has orders for almost 4,500 Max jets, a revamped version of a plane that first flew in 1967.

Some Boeing customers say their Boeing 737 deliveries are behind schedule.

“We have experienced some minor changes with the timing of upcoming aircraft deliveries but have not experienced any service disruptions or schedule changes,” said a spokeswoman for Southwest Airlines Co., which expects to take delivery of 45 new 737s by year’s end.

John Plueger, chief executive of Air Lease Corp. , said Boeing told the plane-rental company it would delay delivering two 737s by a month or less this year. “That’s really not significant,” Mr. Plueger said on an investor call last month. “So far, I think it’s pretty well under control.”

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