Sunday, September 23, 2018

Zenith STOL CH-750, N752VK: Incident occurred September 23, 2018 in DeLeon Springs, Volusia County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Landed hard and inverted in a field due to unknown circumstances.

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Date: 23-SEP-18
Time: 19:50:00Z
Regis#: N752VK
Aircraft Model: CH 750
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

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 ➤