Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Cessna U206F Stationair, N206JM: Accident occurred August 15, 2018 on Barter Island, Alaska

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NTSB Identification: GAA18CA491
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 15, 2018 in Barter Island, AK
Aircraft: Cessna U206, registration: N206JM

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.

Gulfstream G-IV, operated by Pegasus Elite Aviation as PEGJET flight 19, N619A: Incident occurred August 10, 2018 at Philadelphia International Airport (KPHL), Pennsylvania

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

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


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Incident Number: DCA18IA265
Date & Time: 08/10/2018, 2050 EDT
Registration: N619A
Aircraft: Gulfstream G IV
Injuries: 7 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled

On Friday August 10, 2018, about 2050 eastern daylight time, a Gulfstream IV airplane, N619A, operated by Pegasus Elite Aviation as PEGJET flight 19, was on a visual approach and cleared to land on runway 35 at Philadelphia International Airport (KPHL). During the approach, the airplane aligned with taxiway E. About 0.10 mile from the end of taxiway E, the pilot initiated a go-around. The airplane overflew four air carrier airplanes on taxiway E during the go-around climb. The incident airplane came within about 200 ft of the first airplane on the taxiway. At the time of the approach, the runway 35 runway end identifier lights and the precision approach path indicator lights were out of service. There were no injuries to the seven passengers and crew onboard, and the airplane was not damaged. The airplane was operating under 14 Code of Federal Regulation Part 135 as a charter flight.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Gulfstream
Registration: N619A
Model/Series: G IV Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Quogue Aviation Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held:  On-demand Air Taxi (135) 

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Damage: None
Passenger Injuries: 4 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 7 None
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Cessna 206H, N230DE: Accident occurred September 03, 2018 in London, Laurel County, Kentucky

Rocky Branch Air LLC


NTSB Identification: GAA18CA532
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, September 03, 2018 in London, KY
Aircraft: Cessna 206, registration: N230DE

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.

Boeing boosts 737 shipments from six-year low as parts jam eases: Total commercial-aircraft shipments were 64 last month, up from 39 in July

Boeing delivered 48 of its 737 narrow-body jetliners in August, rebounding from a six-year low as the planemaker tackled production snags on its largest source of profit.

Total commercial-aircraft shipments were 64 last month, up from 39 in July, Boeing said Tuesday. While the 737 deliveries were four shy of the monthly production rate, they were an improvement from the 29 planes shipped a month earlier as parts shortages and out-of-sequence work ballooned at the Renton factory. The July figure was the lowest for any month since 2012.

The company blamed late deliveries of fuselages from Spirit AeroSystems Holdings and engines from a General Electric-Safran joint venture for the 50-odd aircraft parked in nooks and crannies around the factory and an adjacent air field. Boeing executives told analysts last week that it had brought in 600 mechanics from around the Puget Sound region to help tackle the logjam.

Boeing climbed 1.1 percent to $345.75 at 12:35 p.m. in New York. The shares advanced 16 percent this year through Monday, compared with 2.4 percent advance for a Standard & Poor’s index of industrial stocks.

Airbus, which has also been grappling with supplier issues, reported last week that it delivered 54 jetliners, down from 77 a month earlier, amid the European company’s usual summer shutdown.

The drop was accentuated by a rush of Airbus deliveries in July as Pratt & Whitney works to recover its A320neo engine shipments. The engine maker was forced to halt new handovers for three months at the start of the year due to an engine glitch that led to scores of planes being parked without turbines outside Airbus factories. Total deliveries last month, including of the recently acquired A220, were up from 43 a year earlier.

Boeing delivered only eight of its 787 Dreamliners last month, the same pace as July. The manufacturer’s marquee carbon-fiber jet has been hampered by shortages of seats and other cabin equipment along with production shortfalls for its Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc engines.

The Chicago-based planemaker also netted 90 new 737 family orders during August, bringing its total to the year to 424 of the single-aisle jets.

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

Florence Regional Airport (KFLO) shut down Wednesday night until Saturday morning

FLORENCE, SOUTH CAROLINA – Air travel in the Pee Dee is being affected by Hurricane Florence.

Marshell Johnson, director of administration and human resources manager at the airport, said the airport will close at 11 p.m. Wednesday, and it will reopening at 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

The closing of the airport affects commercial airline flights to and from Florence and does not affect private jets, according to Johnson.

The coordinator of the airport’s private flights is the airport’s fixed-base operator, Precision Air. Precision did not return a call seeking information on the effect of the hurricane on its operations.

A plane from the Civil Air Patrol division based in Florence is standing by and awaiting orders to move out should it be needed. First Lt. Chris Hawley of the Florence County CAP is also on the Incident Command Team.

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

Cynthia Nichol: Sacramento International Airport has a new director

Cynthia Nichol was named Tuesday as new Sacramento County airport system director.

Cynthia Nichol, a longtime airport executive most recently working in Portland, has been named the new Sacramento County director of airports, officials announced Tuesday.

She will take over on October 22nd, replacing former airports head John Wheat, who retired earlier this year.

Nichol, a Harvard University School of Government graduate with 30 years of aviation business experience, will be responsible for overseeing Sacramento International Airport, as well as Mather and Executive airports.

Nichol will be paid $219,000 a year. With benefits, including healthcare and pension program, her annual compensation package totals $293,000, according to the county executive’s office. The county will pay up to $15,000 in moving expenses.

“Ms. Nichol brings a diverse and extensive background in airport management that is well suited for Sacramento County,” County Executive Nav Gil wrote in a statement Tuesday. “We are pleased to welcome her in her new role.”

Nichol worked from 2008 to 2012 as finance director for San Francisco International Airport. Since then, she has served as chief financial officer for the Port of Portland in Oregon, which oversees Portland International Airport. She worked earlier at the Massachusetts Port Authority and for private airport consultants.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College in Minnesota, a master’s degree in African studies from the University of London and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University, according to a biography published by Sacramento County.

Nichol could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.

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

Tradewind Aviation: The Best Way to Fly to Anguilla and Nevis

They’re two of the most luxurious islands in the Caribbean. But getting to them hasn’t always a luxurious experience.

That’s no longer the case, though, thanks to the return of luxury airline Tradewind Aviation.

The private airline, which offers both scheduled flights and private charter flights to a host of Caribbean destinations, is resuming its scheduled flights to both Nevis and Anguilla on December 14th.

The flights, which operate out of San Juan, Puerto Rico, will operate four times per week, on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.

We’ve long loved the Tradewind experience in San Juan: you land, get your baggage (or, if you book your ticket on United, your baggage automatically gets transferred,), and head to Tradewind’s private lounge, enjoying complimentary snacks and beverages, free Wi-Fi and coffee. When the flight’s ready to board, you head down the elevator, get in the Tradewind shuttle and head right to the plane.

That means no need to go through TSA, no hassle. Just a seamless transfer.

Tradewind operates its flights on a fleet of modern, air-conditioned Pliatus PC-12 aircraft with two pilots, filled with more free drinks, snacks, wine and beer.

The best part? The scheduled flights to Nevis and Anguilla start at just $195 plus tax each way.

It all adds up to the kind of experience that’s brought back the glamour and elegance to flying — it’s luxury island hopping.

And it’s the best way to fly to Nevis and Anguilla (oh, and St Barth, too).

For more, visit Tradewind Aviation.

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

Captain Alan Neben: Lexington, Nebraska, native flies first Skywest jet to Kearney Regional Airport (KEAR)

Right to left: First Officer Jennifer Mason, Captain Alan Neben and Flight Attendant Bernadette Archuletta pose on the tarmac after their flight into Kearney.

KEARNEY — It might have been SkyWest’s first time in Kearney, but for Alan Neben, piloting the first aircraft into Kearney was something of a homecoming.

SkyWest officially opened their flight services in Kearney on Wednesday September 6th and it was no accident that Neben was the pilot. Neben grew up north of Lexington and worked at the Kearney Regional Airport for three years.

Neben said he became interested in flying at a young age. His father, Lester Neben, was friends with Stanley Strumpler, an Alaskan Bush pilot. Strumpler gave Neben some of his first airplane rides at the ages of three and four.

“I loved it and it fostered a lifelong love of flying,” Neben said. “My dad learned to fly himself shortly after that and flying with him continued my love of aviation.”

Lester Neben would become heavily involved in the Nebraska Chapter of the International Flying Farmers and that involvement in flying would influence Neben for the rest of his life.

“At the age of 16, in the summer of 1977 I started working for John Wilson at Wilson Flying Service in Lexington,” said Neben. “I worked for John throughout high school and the summer after I graduated. At the same time I started taking flying lessons and acquired my private licenses in 1979 as a senior in high school.”

Neben went on to enroll in the airplane mechanics course at Western Nebraska Technical College in Sidney while working to pass his flying ratings and pass the Instruments, Commercial and Flight Instructor testing.

The spring of 1981 proved fortuitous for Neben. He and some friends were flying to Norfolk when the weather deteriorated and they were diverted to Kearney Regional Airport. While at the airport he began talking with Don Streeter, the owner of Kearney Air Charter. Neben mentioned that he was graduating in May with his Airplane Mechanics Licenses and Flight Instructors rating. The conversation ended with Streeter offering Neben a job at Kearney Air Charter when he graduated, said Neben.

Don Streeter, who was present at the inaugural SkyWest opening, said he started Kearney Air Charter in 1974 and hired Neben as an instructor to train new pilots. Streeter would later go on to help Neben find a job with Skywest. Streeter lives north of Holdrege with an airstrip where he still instructs new pilots with the three aircraft he owns.

Over the next three years Neben worked at Kearney Air Charter where he instructed student pilots, flew charter flights and worked on aircrafts.

“Don taught me to be an aerial applicator, politically correct term for crop duster,” said Neben. “He also taught me how to fly his Twin Engine Cessna 402 and I took my first multi-engine part 135 check rides with the FAA.”

Neben recalled a story of when Streeter was teaching him how to be a crop duster. Neben was flying a small aircraft with Streeter sitting next to him.

“On my early passes across the field I would start to pull up to miss the power lines too early according to Don. I didn’t want to get near the lines but in order to do a good job you need to stay down on the field as long as possible. I figured out the perfect time to start pulling up. I watched Don’s hands with my peripheral vision. If I stayed down on the field until Don started to reach for the controls himself he was happy. If I pulled up to go over the wires before he reached for the controls he said I had pulled up to soon,” Neben said.

In August of 1984, John Wilson approached Neben about purchasing Wilson Flying Service at Lexington Regional Airport. Neben said he was interested, but did not have the money to be able to afford to buy the business. He said that Wilson had a few things happen that made him want to retire sooner rather than later. Wilson signed the business over to Neben with his father, Lester Neben, as co-signer.

“In hind sight it was a foolhardy move,” said Neben. “We purchased an aerial application business in the fall after the season was over during the second worse agriculture depression since the 1920s.”

Neben said to make ends meet he flew freight for the GP Express hauling Fed Ex freight at night from North Platte to Grand Island to Omaha and returning in the morning. He also started a small charter business with a single engine, single pilot part 135 certification. This was later expanded to a multi-engine, multi pilot IFR certification.

“Our main business was always aerial application, but we also provided flight instruction, aircraft charter, aircraft maintenance and pilot service on corporate aircraft,” said Neben. “In addition I was also the Lexington Municipal Airport Manager. I was in charge of mowing, snow removal, runway light maintenance, et cetera.”

Even though the business was successful, Neben said it was very demanding in part due to complying with government regulations concerning a FAA charter business, chemicals for aerial application and aircraft fuel. After 16 years of flying under power lines, Neben said he was ready for a change.

In the winter of 1998 Neben made the decision to sell Wilson Flying Service to apply for an airline job. Despite nearly 20 years of flying, Neben had no jet time, so he never considered larger airlines like United or Delta. He said his research pointed him to a smaller regional airline called SkyWest.

Neben said SkyWest was financially solid and every pilot he spoke to, who had worked for them, said that they had loved it. He also mentioned they did not furlough pilots — when pilots are made to take a temporary leave from work due to outside circumstances. After the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, many major airlines at the time were subjected to one or three furloughs, Neben said.

SkyWest stayed strong and is now the sixth largest airline in the world with 4,600 pilots and over 2,000 flights per day, he said. The interview process was tough but Neben said that he prepared well and was hired. He started off as the first officer or co-pilot on an Embaraer EMB 120 Brasilia, a 30 seat turboprop aircraft.

During this time the hazards of operating aircraft tragically were shown. On June 3, 2001 Lester Neben, his second wife Janet Neben and Roberta Schneidereit died in a plane crash near Lyons, Colorado.

When asked how this affected his outlook on being a pilot or if it caused any doubts about further flying, Neben said, “The long answer to that would be a book, but in short no. Airline flying is one of the safest things a person can do.”

Neben upgraded to First Officer, or pilot on a Canadair Bombardier CRJ 200, a 50 seat passenger jet. In January of 2004 he was upgraded to Captain and spent most of his time flying the CRJ 700, a 70 seat passenger jet. Just last year, Neben became qualified to fly into Aspen, Colorado. SkyWest is the only airline that flies into Aspen and they do all of United, Delta and America’s flying into Aspen, said Neben. Now he spends much of his time flying into Aspen from the major hubs in the United States.

When asked why flying the first SkyWest flight into Kearney was important to him, Neben said, “It’s significant for me because I started my professional pilot career there. Without Don Streeter hiring me and teaching me everything he did, I wouldn’t be where I’m at. I taught my first student at Kearney, flew my first charter flight from there, learned to fly crop dusters there and flew my first turbo prop airplane from Kearney. Since SkyWest has been my career for the last 19 years it will be an honor to fly the first SkyWest flight into where it all started for me.”

Neben piloted the first SkyWest aircraft, a CRJ 200 into Kearney on Wednesday, Sept. 5. The afternoon started with a ribbon cutting to officially welcome SkyWest to Kearney. Soon after, Neben landed with passengers from Denver and was greeted by the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Kearney.

Neben said he pulled some strings to be able to pilot the flight and was allowed to pick his crew. On their days off First Officer Jennifer Mason and Flight Attendant Bernadette Archuletta both accompanied him on his homecoming flight.

Neben said of the experience, “I feel very blessed to have done a job my whole adult life that I love. This is my 37th year as a working pilot and I look forward to going to work every day. SkyWest has not only provided me a paycheck but I have made many lifelong friends. So besides getting paid to fly a jet all over the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, I get to work with great people.”

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

Henderson County, Texas: Sheriff's Office adds new drone, licensed pilot to operation

ATHENS, TEXAS  (KLTV) -  Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse has added a new high-tech drone with law enforcement tools and a trained, licensed pilot to his operation.

According to a press release, the drone will be deployed during manhunts, cases of kidnapped or missing children, missing elderly, active shooter sites, and post-crime scene analysis.

“This drone will make our team more effective,” Sheriff Hillhouse said. “We’ve already seen where the mere presence of the vehicle helped drive a wanted man to arresting Deputies, and we know that these aircraft give hope to people lost in rough, overgrown terrain.”

The press release said the Inspire 1 drone is equipped with a complete camera system for both video and still photography, and it has zoom and thermal capabilities so the pilot can see up close and at night.

It has GPS tracking, can reach speeds of 49 miles per hour, weighs just under seven pounds and comes with an iPad monitor and necessary back-up batteries for longer flight times.

Hillhouse thanked the Henderson County Crime Stoppers for buying and donating the $15,000 worth of equipment and training.

He also said the County Commissioner’s Court was instrumental in approving and backing the program.

“Best known for deployment by police in major metropolitan areas and by the military, drones are now making their way to rural venues when forward-thinking leaders are willing to embrace this new technology,” Hillhouse said.

The press release said Deputy Kyle Pochobradsky is the Federal Aviation Administration trained and licensed drone pilot.

The 13-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office attended the out-of-town seminar where flying techniques and rules and regulations were taught. The FAA requires that drone pilots attend training sessions every two years for recertification.

“First, you don’t want to crash the vehicle, and second, you must respect and follow the rules,” he said. “Citizen privacy is critical. Height, distance, speed and visual contact are the guidelines we have to follow to make this tool work best.”

The Deputy said Sheriff Hillhouse assigned the drone to him.

Hillhouse said the use of police and law enforcement drones across the country has spiked in recent years – growing more than 500 percent – with Sheriffs Offices leading the way.

“I know the drone will become a vital tool in our operation,” he said. “An eye-in-the-sky will allow our men and women on the front lines to respond more quickly to any challenge or crisis the people of this County face or find themselves in.”

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

Portland Community College buys six flight simulators for aviation students

Portland Community College's Rock Creek campus is training the next generation of airline pilots, and the way they do it, pilots don't even have to leave the ground.

The campus, 17705 N.W. Springville Road, north of Hillsboro, is now home to six new flight simulators, something administrators say could help with addressing the current demand for pilots around the globe.

PCC has offered a two-year aviation program at the Rock Creek campus since 1999, but learning to fly is getting more and more expensive, according to Larry Altree, chairman of PCC's Aviation Science department.

"Using these simulators brings the number of actual aircraft time down for each student, while increasing what they are learning and actually increasing the safety of both the students while they are in the program and making them safer pilots afterwards when they graduate."

Students in the PCC program typically rent aircraft by the hour for practice, primarily at the Hillsboro and Troutdale airports, which isn't affordable for many students, Altree said.

"There is a tendency for beginning pilots to go out and spend a lot of time just figuring out what the different controls do," Altree said. "Those wasted minutes can really hurt the student financially."

A new generation of airline pilots and technicians is badly needed. More than 637,000 new airline pilots and more than 839,000 new cabin crew will be needed globally over the next 20 years, according to a report released by aircraft manufacturer Boeing last year.

That need is compounded by a planned exit of thousands of pilots over the next few years. By 2020, nearly one-third of Delta Air Lines' workforce will be eligible for retirement.

The six new simulators mimic Cessna and Piper airplanes as well as Robinson R-22 and R-44 helicopters — the same aircraft used at the Hillsboro and Troutdale airports for training, Chester said.

"We can simulate all sorts of situations and bad weather that we would never be able to simulate in an actual aircraft," Altree said. "So we are anticipating that each student that comes through our program will save something on the order of $3,000 to $5,000 each as they go through our program just because they won't have to rent aircraft for as many hours."

Oregon's notoriously wet weather means many aspiring pilots can't fly for several weeks or months at a time. Pilots-in-training must master visual flight rules, or VFR, a set of regulations pilots use while flying in clear skies.

"When bad weather arrives, they can't fly VFR," said Kenneth Kleinfelter, an Aviation Science support technician. "But they can come in here and fly visually, and hopefully maintain some of that proficiency over the winter when skills like these can get stale."

Altree said this isn't the only thing the school is doing to address the shortage of pilots and mechanics needed in the airline industry.

"There is an enormous demand for pilots right now, but what's keeping that demand from being fulfilled is the affordability of learning how to fly," he said.

In April, the campus struck a deal with Delta Air Lines, to help teach the airline's aviation maintenance technology program to aspiring mechanics.

Altree said the PCC aviation program has helped launch the careers of pilots all over the country.

"At this point, we've got graduates out there flying in most of the airlines in the United States," he said. "… I think now is a good time for people to look into being a pilot. It's just a historically awesome opportunity."

Beaverton resident Chris Morningstar, 26, joined the program last year and wants to use his aviation training to transfer into the Air Force. He is a regular in the simulation room and said the simulators have helped him become a better pilot.

 "It's been great to have these simulators," he said. "They develop your multitasking skills, and you learn to handle situations that can arise in the cockpit. So when you do go out and fly, all of those situations are easier to handle."

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

Supersonic jet maker’s planes won’t go boom: Aerion’s jet will fly just below supersonic when above ground, and then speed up to Mach 1.4 over water

Plans to launch supersonic commercial jet travel have long been hampered by a U.S. ban on such flight over land.

But rather than limit routes to transoceanic travel, Aerion, Corp. of Reno, Nevada, plans to push its AS2 supersonic business jet right to the limit — flying just a hair below supersonic when above ground, and then speeding up to Mach 1.4 over water.

Maneuvering around the rule will be crucial for the few companies that want to establish a market for supersonic business jets. Spike Aerospace Inc. of Boston is developing a needle-nose plane that would travel at Mach 1.6 and carry 12 to 18 private passengers. Boom Technology Inc. of Englewood, Colo., plans to build a 55-seat supersonic airliner that would have a ticket prices on par with business-class travel.

Today’s supersonic jet manufacturers hope to avoid the problems that plagued the Concorde airliner, which flew for the last time in 2003. The Concorde was ultimately doomed by high maintenance costs, a soft market for air travel after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and its high ticket price — as much as $18,260 in 2017 dollars for a London-to-New York round-trip flight — which left many seats empty. Sonic-boom restrictions kept the Concorde on mostly transatlantic routes.

Technology improvements, including carbon-fiber composites known for their strength and light weight, could make the new jets more efficient. The Federal Aviation Administration has been working with other aviation organizations around the world to develop international noise and emissions standards for supersonic flight, but Aerion says its jet will be able to start flying without any rule changes.

“Part of our business case was we don’t require any regulatory changes to fly our airplane,” said Tom Vice, chief executive of Aerion, who previously was president of Northrop Grumman Corp.’s aerospace systems sector in Redondo Beach, Calif. “It’s hard to convince somebody to buy an airplane and say, ‘We’ll get the laws changed.’”

The company intends to sell its planes for $120 million each, a price that would allow the company to pay back investors and invest in new technologies, Vice said. That compares with the price of a high-end business jet, which can be $60 million to $80 million. Aerion believes the savings in flying time — it plans to cut a flight from New York to Tokyo by 1 hour and 57 minutes — will justify the cost.

“Time is our most precious resource,” Vice said.

Aerion said it has already sold 23 aircraft, 20 of which will go to Flexjet, a Cleveland company that offers fractional jet ownership and leasing.

The business jet market shows the most promise for supersonic jets because large corporations and wealthy individuals are more likely to pay top dollar to save time, industry analysts said.

“Speed is not that high a priority for a commercial airline,” said Ray Jaworowski, senior aerospace analyst at market research firm Forecast International. “A supersonic business jet would be the ultimate prestige aircraft.”

And it has to be luxurious, Vice said. Aerion’s AS2 plane will have a large cabin that can fit as many as 12 passengers, putting it in the same size category as the Gulfstream G550 or the Dassault Falcon 7X. The wider fuselage design is known in aviation jargon as a “double bubble” and will allow more foot space.

The aircraft will largely be made of carbon-fiber composites and is being designed to fly at Mach 1.2 without generating a sonic boom. The company has been working with Lockheed Martin Corp. on the air frame and aerodynamics since December.

Aerion had previously worked with Airbus Group on several design aspects, including structures and high-speed wind tunnel tests. That partnership ended last year. The European aviation giant wanted to learn more about how air flows over parts of the wing and was not interested in developing a supersonic business jet, said Bart Greer, an Airbus spokesman.

Aerion is also working with General Electric on the plane’s engine, which is composed of an existing engine core that was modified to allow for more efficient subsonic and supersonic flight, Vice said.

Developing an entirely new engine might deliver more speed, but it would be expensive, said R. John Hansman, professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT. “You’re paying a performance penalty for that, but it makes total sense.”

Aerion’s long-term plan envisions possibly developing a larger commercial supersonic airliner, which could start off as a 24-seater and grow to 100 to 150 seats, though Vice said that could be many years in the future.

In the meantime, the field is growing more crowded. Boom, whose supersonic jet would carry more passengers and is aimed at ticketed commercial service, has already secured a $10 million investment and a 20-aircraft pre-order from Japan Airlines, as well as pre-orders from British billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Group.

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

Piper PA-34-200 Seneca I, N88AG: Accident occurred September 11, 2018 at Dade-Collier Training and Transition Airport (KTNT), Ochopee, Florida

My Way Aviation LLC


COLLIER COUNTY, Florida -- No injuries were reported in a small plane crash at a remote landing strip in the Everglades Tuesday.

It happened at the Collier-Dade Jetport in easternmost Collier County, near Tamiami Trail.

According to Greater Naples Fire Rescue, crews from Battalion 60 responded to an alert.

They say there were two occupants in the single-engine plane, which was sitting in shallow water just off the landing strip, and no injuries.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.fox4now.com

Military transport planes moved to Scott Air Force Base ahead of hurricane

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. – Hurricane Florence has forced the US Air Force to move military aircraft from the East Coast at Scott Air Force Base to protect the planes. They may move as many as 11 C-17s from the air base in Charleston, South Carolina to Illinois.

Each aircraft carries a $200 million price tag, so the military wants to make sure the powerful storm doesn't damage the planes.

“(Winds could) certainly damage flight control systems, the wing the tail, but it’s really the debris flying around that you worry about,” Major Geoff Goldsmith said.

The 11 C-17s will stay at Scott until Hurricane Florence passes.

Major Goldsmith piloted one of the C-17s from Charleston to Scott. He said it’s not a big challenge to continue worldwide missions from here.

He said it’s tough for the 100 military support people they brought along. Many of them left families behind as Hurricane Florence approaches but Goldsmith said they are prepared.

“It’s a team. It’s a big family. Yes, while they did they leave loved ones behind, everyone had an evacuation plan,” Goldsmith said. “Their families know what they’re going to do. There’s a lot of team members back in Charleston ready to help those folks out.”

Scott airfield manager Rick Hupp said the base's location makes it a perfect place to offer help.

“We are centrally located so we can support our team partners on the east and west coasts, so they have refuge here in the center of the US,” he said.

Up to 20 C-17s were coming to our area from Charleston. Scott officials said those additional planes could still wind up in our region. If that happens, some of the additional aircraft could use Mid-America Airport in nearby Mascoutah if the area at SAFB fills up.

This isn’t the first time Scott Air Force Base has played host to military aircraft evacuating from hurricane zones. About a year ago, 12 C-17s came to Scott last September to escape hurricanes Harvey and Maria.

Last year, planes were flown to Scott from Charleston to get out of the way of Hurricane Matthew.

It’s also possible crews could soon be flying missions to bring supplies to hurricane victims. Major Goldsmith has been involved in humanitarian missions before, including delivering food after the Haiti earthquake.

“The humanitarian missions that I’ve done are some of the favorite mission I’ve ever done its always a good feeling to help people out,” he said.

Story and video ➤ https://fox2now.com

Chatham County, Georgia: Police end search for reported downed plane


UPDATE 3:34 p.m.:

Chatham County Police Marine Patrol and the Chatham County Mosquito Control helicopter have ended their search for a plane that was reported to have crashed last night.

The caller said the plane crashed near Butterbean Beach but emergency crews were unable to find any debris or sign of a crash.

After searching for several hours overnight and into Tuesday afternoon authorities called off the search.


Chatham County Police are searching for any signs of a possible plane crash.

Investigators say that someone called 911 about 7:30 Monday night claiming that a plane went down in the water near Wilmington Island.

Crews searched Monday night near the Rodney J. Hall Boat Ramp but found nothing.

Those crews were expected to restart their search Tuesday morning.

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

Piper PA-28R-200, N1473T: Incident occurred September 10, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

Experienced loss of power while enroute. Landed in field.

Aether Aviation LLC


Date: 11-SEP-18
Time: 02:06:00Z
Regis#: N1473T
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA-28R
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
State: TEXAS

Learjet 35A, N543LM: Incident occurred September 10, 2018 at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (PANC), Anchorage, Alaska

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

During takeoff, aircraft blew two (2) right main tires. Debris caused damage to flap assembly.

Aero Air LLC


Date: 11-SEP-18
Time: 01:20:00Z
Regis#: N543LM
Aircraft Make: LEARJET
Aircraft Model: LJ35
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 135