Sunday, September 23, 2018

Zenith STOL CH-750, operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight, N752VK: Accident occurred September 23, 2018 in DeLeon Springs, Volusia County, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida 

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: DeLeon Springs, FL
Accident Number: ERA18TA263
Date & Time: 09/23/2018, 1545 EDT
Registration: N752VK
Aircraft: ZENITH CH 750
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (total)
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On September 23, 2018, about 1545 eastern daylight time, a Zenith Aircraft Company CH 750, N752VK, was substantially damaged following a forced landing near DeLeon Springs, Florida. The private pilot and one passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that originated from DeLand Municipal Airport (DED), DeLand, Florida, about 1530.

The pilot/owner reported that while over the DeLeon Springs area, the engine started "skipping." The engine then lost all power and the propeller stopped. He set up for a forced landing to an open area. During the descent, he observed power lines and maneuvered to clear them. The airplane touched down at a steep descent angle. After touchdown, the airplane nosed over and came to rest inverted.

An inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the accident site and examined the wreckage. He reported that the engine firewall, wings, and vertical stabilizer had structural damage. Further examination of the wreckage revealed that the airplane was equipped with two 12v motorcycle batteries, and both were discharged. One battery indicated 0.75 volts and the other indicated 7 volts. Both batteries were then charged by the inspector and a mechanic, who were then able to start the airplane's Viking 110 engine normally. The alternator was found to be charging normally with the engine running and the bus voltage was greater than 13.5 volts.

The key-actuated rotary (ignition) switch on the cockpit instrument panel controlled the airplane's alternator and started the airplane's engine was unlabeled. When the switch switch was placed in the unlabeled on position, the alternator field wire received power and the alternator charged normally. When placed to the unlabeled off position, power was removed from the alternator field wire, and the engine continued to run as long as one of the unlabeled battery toggle switches was turned on. The Viking 110 engine manual recommended an alternator warning light installation; however, the inspector noted that there was no light installed.

The pilot reported to the FAA inspector that he may have left the alternator switch in the unlabeled off position by mistake. The pilot also reported that he did not utilize a checklist when operating the airplane.

The Viking 110 engine manual reminds operators that the engine is controlled by an electronic control unit (ECU) versus mechanically operated magnetos and at least one battery must maintain its charge for the engine to operate.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 79, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot None
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/14/2011
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  237 hours (Total, all aircraft), 195 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 7 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: ZENITH
Registration: N752VK
Model/Series: CH 750
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2012
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 75-8435
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/21/2017, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1325 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 55 Hours
Engines: Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 701 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Viking
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: 110
Registered Owner: Aluminum Eagle LLC
Rated Power: 110 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KDED, 79 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1915 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 145°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 90°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 21°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: DeLand, FL (DED)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: DeLand, FL (DED)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1530 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 29.139722, -81.343056 (est)

A single engine airplane flipped over in a field in DeLeon Springs Sunday afternoon while trying to make an emergency landing after an engine malfunction, officials said.

Volusia County Fire Services Battalion Chief Nick Castelli said two people were in the aircraft and only suffered minor injuries.

According to sheriff’s spokesman Andrew Gant, deputies were called to 5660 Johnson Lake Road around 3:27 p.m. reference an aircraft crash.

When deputies arrived on scene, they made contact with the pilot, Herbert Weems and his passenger, Kenneth Brownell.

Weens said that while in flight, an engine malfunction forced them to land the aircraft in a field on Johnson Lake Road. Weens said he misjudged the slope of the ground, causing the front tire to touch ground, damaging it on impact and flipping the airplane, Gant said.

Bystanders said the flight was a present for Brownell, who was celebrating his 89th birthday on Sunday.

Weems and Brownell suffered minor injuries and were transported by EVAC ambulance to Florida Hospital Deland. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were notified of the airplane accident, Gant said.

Original article ➤

DELEON SPRINGS, Fla. —  A pilot and a passenger had to be pulled out of a plane in DeLeon Springs, officials said.

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said a small plane landed near Johnson Lake Road and flipped over.

Authorities said the pilot, Herbert Weems, experienced an engine problem and tried to put the plane down. Weems said he misjudged the slope which damaged the landing gear and caused the plane to flip, officials said.

According to witnesses, the pilot was hanging upside down and they had to cut him out while Kenneth Brownell, his passenger, was crawling out the door. Witnesses said Brownell told witnesses it was his 89 birthday and the ride on the plane was his present.

The men were taken to a hospital as a precaution. The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane is a Stol CH 750 light sport utility aircraft. 

Original article can be found here ➤

Federal Aviation Administration Bill Leaves Out Change Fee Oversight: Airlines had lobbied against proposed regulation

The Wall Street Journal
By Andrew Tangel and Andy Pasztor
Updated September 22, 2018 5:25 p.m. ET

Congressional lawmakers have left a proposal to regulate airline “change fees” out of a bill authorizing the Federal Aviation Administration’s operations.

A version of the FAA bill released on Saturday doesn’t include a provision that would have given the Department of Transportation oversight of the fees airlines charge passengers to change their reservations, according to a summary of the legislation and to spokesmen for the House and Senate transportation committees.

An earlier draft version of the bill approved by a Senate committee had included the change-fee provision.

The latest version of the bill was negotiated by House and Senate lawmakers who aim to hold a vote in both chambers ahead of a Sept. 30 deadline to reauthorize the FAA’s operating authority.

Excluding the change-fee provision is a victory for U.S. airlines and their trade group, Airlines for America. U.S. airlines took in nearly $3 billion from change and cancellation fees last year, federal data show. They pushed hard for Congress not to regulate that revenue stream, arguing it would upend their business model.

The bill does include a provision directing the FAA to set minimums for leg room and the width and length of commercial airline seats.

The airline group said the FAA bill “will provide long-term certainty for the millions of passengers and countless businesses that rely on access to safe, affordable travel and shipping options every day.”

Sen. Edward J. Markey (D., Mass.), who had pushed for the change-fee provision, blamed airlines for its defeat. “Congress had the opportunity to return fairness to change and cancellation fees,” he said in a statement. “Instead, through an opaque negotiating process, the airlines have managed to kill this important consumer protection provision. No one should have to pay a $200 change fee on a ticket that costs nearly that much.”

The compromise legislation, which could reach the House floor as early as next week, also includes several provisions pushed by industry groups related to expanding uses of commercial drones and promoting a return of civil supersonic aircraft to the U.S.

Prodded by advocates of such planes, lawmakers called on the FAA to develop criteria authorizing certification of future models producing reduced sonic booms. To start with, prospective manufactures want the agency to establish noise standards during takeoffs and landings at conventional speeds. But eventually, companies and industry groups will seek approval for civilian supersonic flights over the U.S. that are now prohibited.

In addition, the legislation endorses accelerated and expanded operations of unmanned aircraft, flown for both commercial and governmental purposes. House and Senate members agreed, among other things, that the FAA should rely on consensus industry standards when approving certain drone designs. The bill also envisions that within a year, FAA leaders will spell out plans to broaden existing rules to accommodate regular flights of package-delivery drones. The agency has repeatedly missed similar legislative deadlines over the years, largely due to technical and legal challenges. FAA efforts to allow more widespread drone flights also continue to be impeded by security and law-enforcement concerns over hazards posed by rogue operators or terrorists. Until those issues are resolved, the FAA will remain stymied in implementing many of the goals highlighted in the bill.

However, in a big win for Inc. and many other companies pushing to deliver packages to consumers using relatively small, highly automated unmanned aerial systems, the bill specifically calls for consideration of drones weighing more than 55 pounds including cargo.

By late 2019, the FAA also will be required to provide congress a plan for implementing an air-traffic control network focused on drone operations. And lawmakers want reports from industry and government experts laying out finding proposals for regulating the fast-growing commercial drone industry.

In another closely watched portion of the bill, for the first time in more than two decades the legislation mandates longer rest periods for flight attendants between duty days.

Original article can be found here ➤