Wednesday, September 26, 2018

After deadly Kubicek BB85Z, N2469L crash in Texas, lawmakers mandate health screenings for pilots



More than two years after the deadliest hot air balloon crash in U.S. history killed 16 people near Lockhart, the House of Representatives approved new legislation Wednesday that would mandate medical exams for commercial balloon pilots.

The vote moves the measure a step closer to becoming law. The U.S. Senate will now consider the legislation.

Health screenings for balloon pilots aren’t required by the Federal Aviation Administration, and the agency has resisted calls for stricter oversight after a large commercial balloon piloted by Alfred “Skip” Nichols struck high-voltage power lines on July 30, 2016, killing Nichols and all of his passengers.

Federal investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board blamed the crash on Nichols’ poor judgment; his myriad health ailments and medications; and the FAA's policy of exempting balloon pilots from mandatory medical exams.

The FAA is considering a recommendation by the NTSB to require exams for commercial balloon pilots but so far hasn’t taken any action. The bipartisan legislation approved Wednesday in the House would force the FAA to revise federal regulations within 180 days to require annual screenings.

Introduced by Texas congressmen Lloyd Doggett, Will Hurd and former U.S. Rep Blake Farenthold, the measure was attached to a much larger bill to fund the FAA that lawmakers overwhelmingly supported.

“Had the pilot in this crash been required to obtain a medical certificate, the NTSB believes he would not have been flying that morning,” Doggett said in a written statement. “This is a victory for the victims’ families in Bexar County and elsewhere who petitioned for this action.”

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has introduced a similar amendment in the Senate.

Patricia Morgan, an outspoken critic of the FAA whose daughter and granddaughter from San Antonio died in the balloon crash, said she’s waited a long time for the federal government to do something — anything — to protect balloon passengers from troubled pilots like Nichols.

Morgan said she’s not sure whether the new legislation goes far enough, and she wouldn’t be surprised if something happened to derail it from becoming law.

“Until I see it — until I know it is actually signed by the president — I won’t believe it,” Morgan said.

The Balloon Federation of America, an industry trade group, opposed the legislation, arguing that voluntary measures can better improve balloon safety. A message left with board president Cheri White wasn’t returned Wednesday.

To obtain a medical certificate from the FAA, pilots must undergo a physical exam, disclose any ailments, and grant the FAA permission to check their driving record for any alcohol or drug-related offenses. Nichols had a string of DWI infractions on his record and wasn’t legally allowed to drive a vehicle.

The fatal crash in Texas devastated families of the victims and orphaned children. Morgan’s daughter and granddaughter, Lorilee and Paige Brabson, had bought the balloon tickets for a belated Mother’s Day celebration and both left behind children.

Other passengers on the flight included Brian and Tressie Neill, who lived in Helotes. They were celebrating their wedding anniversary and had two daughters.

Matt and Sunday Rowan were a San Antonio couple who had married five months earlier. They were devoted to Sunday’s 5-year-old son, Jett.

An investigation by the NTSB concluded that Nichols decided to fly despite warnings that the weather would worsen with clouds and fog, limiting visibility.

On the morning of the balloon ride, Nichols was on a cocktail of prescription medications such as Valium, Prozac and the painkiller oxycodone, according to the NTSB. One muscle relaxant he was taking warned users not to operate heavy machinery.

Nichols suffered from ailments that included depression, chronic pain and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder — which might have raised red flags at the FAA if he had been required to go through a medical exam like pilots of other types of aircraft, according to the NTSB inquiry.

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

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP II, Aerobell Flight School, TI-BIL: Fatal accident occurred April 28, 2018 in Corozalito de Nandayure, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

El joven José Alberto Arroyo era un gran apasionado por la vida y por la aviación. Cortesía de la familia Arroyo Guillén.


NTSB Identification: CEN18WA153
14 CFR Unknown
Accident occurred Saturday, April 28, 2018 in Corozalito, Nandayure, Costa Rica
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration:
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On April 28, 2018, about 1800 UTC, a Cessna 172S airplane, TI-BIL, impacted terrain during an instructional flight near Corozalito, Nandayure. Both crewmembers on board were fatally injured.

This investigation is under the jurisdiction and control of the Costa Rican government. Any further information may be obtained from:

Costa Rican Unit of Investigation of Accidents and Incidents
Telephone: (506) 8705-6962
Facsimile: (506)-2290-06-64
Email: rbriceno@dgac.go.cr
Web: www.dgac.go.cr

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by, or obtained from, the Costa Rican Unit of Investigation of Accidents and Incidents.


Responsable, perfeccionista, amoroso y apasionado por los aviones. Así describen sus familiares a José Alberto Arroyo, de 26 años, quien falleció este sábado luego de que la avioneta en la que practicaba horas de vuelo, junto con el instructor Esteban Mora, se desplomara sobre un cerro en Corozalito de Nanadayure, Guanacaste.

Mora también perdió la vida en el percance.

"Su pasión más grande eran los aviones, volar... A toda persona que él conocía le decía que ese era su amor, que si tenía que morir haciendo lo que le apasionaba, iba a morir tranquilo y feliz, y así fue", dijo María José Arroyo, hermana mayor de la víctima.

https://www.nacion.com









Los dos ocupantes de la avioneta que se estrelló en Guanacaste este sábado en la mañana murieron: uno en el sitio y otro en el hospital de Nicoya.

Las víctimas fueron identificadas como Esteban Mora, el piloto, y el estudiante de aviación Alberto Arroyo Guillén, indicó Seguridad Pública.

La confirmación de la muerte del estudiante en el centro médico la hizo el doctor Orozco al comisario Daniel Calderón, agregó la institución.

De acuerdo con información de la entidad, el hecho ocurrió a 200 metros de distancia de la plaza de Corozalito, en el cantón de Nandayure, en circunstancias que no han trascendido.

La aeronave siniestrada es de matrícula TI-BIL (Tango India- Bravo India Lima).

Personas en el sitio indican que la avioneta cayó a unos 500 metros al norte de la pista.

Es la tercera avioneta siniestrada en lo que va del mes. 

La primera cayó en Matama de Limón el 6 de abril, y la otra el pasado jueves en La Rita de Pococí. En ambos casos -aeronaves de fumigación- no se reportaron fallecidos.

El 31 de diciembre pasado una avioneta de Nature Air se precipitó cerca de Punta Islita, también en Nandayure, con un saldo de 12 personas muertas.

En aquel entonces fallecieron 10 pasajeros y los dos pilotos identificados como Juan Manuel Retana Chinchilla y Ema Lucía Ramos Calderón.

Información de los lugareños dan cuenta de que el accidente de este sábado ocurrió a menos de un kilómetro del siniestro de diciembre anterior.

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Czech Sport Cruiser, registered to and operated by Santa Monica Flyers Inc, N4465F: Accident occurred September 11, 2017 at Santa Ynez Airport (KIZA), Santa Barbara County, California

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Van Nuys, California

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


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


http://registry.faa.gov/N4465F




Location: Santa Ynez, CA
Accident Number: GAA17CA538
Date & Time: 09/11/2017, 1550 PDT
Registration: N4465F
Aircraft: CZECH AIRCRAFT WORKS SPOL SRO SPORTCRUISER
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Abnormal runway contact
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that, during landing in gusting wind conditions, "there was a shift in wind speed and direction" and the airplane bounced and landed hard. The main landing gear collapsed, the propeller struck the runway, and exited the runway to the right.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that about 5 minutes after the accident the wind was from 230° at 11 knots. The airplane landed on runway 26. 



Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 41, 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:  Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/11/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 100 hours (Total, all aircraft), 100 hours (Total, this make and model), 30 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CZECH AIRCRAFT WORKS SPOL SRO
Registration: N4465F
Model/Series: SPORTCRUISER A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2008
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Special Light-Sport
Serial Number: 08SC142
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/14/2017, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3001.3 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT:  Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: 912 ULS
Registered Owner: SANTA MONICA FLYERS INC
Rated Power: 98
Operator: SANTA MONICA FLYERS INC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KIZA, 671 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2255 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 230°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 11 knots 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None
Wind Direction: 230°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.86 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 16°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: SANTA MONICA, CA (SMO)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Santa Ynez, CA (IZA)
Type of Clearance: VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 1440 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: SANTA YNEZ (IZA)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 674 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 26
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2803 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  34.607500, -120.075278 (est)

Piper PA-28-161, registered to Red Baron Rentals LLC, N84175: Accident occurred August 25, 2017 at Palatka Municipal Airport - Lt. Kay Larkin Field (28J), Putnam County, Florida

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

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N84175

Location: Palatka, FL
Accident Number: ERA17CA295
Date & Time: 08/25/2017, 1030 EDT
Registration: N84175
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28-161
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fire/smoke (non-impact)
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The flight instructor, student pilot, and pilot rated passenger flew on a short cross-country instructional flight to practice stop-and-go landings. On the first landing, after touch down, the student pilot reduced the engine power to idle and the engine lost total power. The airplane stopped on the runway and the student pilot initiated an engine start and noted that the electric fuel pump was still on from landing and the mixture control was full forward. He tried to start the engine while he "pumped" the throttle, but it did not start. He stated he thought the engine was flooded so he turned off the electric fuel pump and pulled the mixture control to the off position. Again, he unsuccessfully tried to restart the engine. He then pushed the mixture control back to the full forward position and tried to start the engine while pumping the throttle a couple more times, but the engine did not start. The student pilot then saw smoke coming out of the engine cowling and notified the flight instructor and passenger.

The flight instructor performed the "engine fire on start checklist," told everyone to egress, and went to the cargo door to get the fire extinguisher while the passenger opened the engine cowling. When the flight instructor looked at the fire extinguisher, she noticed it was empty. The flight instructor and passenger noted that the fire was at the bottom of the engine around the carburetor and gaining in intensity. The passenger left, located a fire extinguisher at the airport's fixed base operator, and when he returned, the engine compartment was fully engulfed by fire. Subsequently, the fire was extinguished by the portable extinguishers and the local fire department.

Examination of the airplane revealed that the engine compartment, engine mounts, and firewall was substantially damaged by fire. The flight instructor reported no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 24, Female
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/31/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/13/2017
Flight Time:  522 hours (Total, all aircraft), 49 hours (Total, this make and model), 361 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 94 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 67 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 21, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/16/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:   64 hours (Total, all aircraft), 64 hours (Total, this make and model), 11 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 64 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 56 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N84175
Model/Series: PA 28-161 161
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1981
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 288116274
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/25/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2325 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 6928.9 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320-D3G
Registered Owner: RED BARON RENTALS LLC
Rated Power: 160 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSGJ, 10 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 26 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1056 EDT
Direction from Accident Site: 45°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 100°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 24°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: St Augustine, FL (SGJ)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Palatka, FL (28J)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 0830 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: PALATKA MUNI - LT KAY LARKIN F (28J)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 47 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 09
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6000 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing:  Stop and Go

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude:  29.658056, -81.689444 (est)

Cessna 182P, registered to Flying Stooges LLC, N52450: Accident occurred August 12, 2017 at Miller–Sparta Airport (8D4), Kent County, Michigan

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids, Michigan

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


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms 

http://registry.faa.gov/N52450


Location: Sparta, MI
Accident Number: GAA17CA485
Date & Time: 08/12/2017, 1030 EDT
Registration: N52450
Aircraft: CESSNA 182
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Hard landing
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot reported that the airplane landed hard and bounced. He added that he performed a go-around, landed, and taxied to the ramp uneventfully.

During a walkaround before another flight that day, he noticed that the airplane had sustained substantial damage to the fuselage during his previous flight.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 67, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/27/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/04/2015
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 318 hours (Total, all aircraft), 140 hours (Total, this make and model), 235 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 18 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N52450
Model/Series: 182 P
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1973
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 18262617
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/10/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2950 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3831 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT:  Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-470-R
Registered Owner: FLYING STOOGES LLC
Rated Power: 230 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: KGRR, 803 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 16 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1353 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 155°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 1400 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 330°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 16°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Sparta, MI (8D4)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Sparta, MI (8D4)
Type of Clearance: VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 1010 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: PAUL C MILLER-SPARTA (8D4)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 774 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 25
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4032 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Touch and Go; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude:  43.128333, -85.676667 (est)

Rans S-7 Courier, registered to Maxcy Fishing Inc, N6333Y: Accident occurred July 23, 2017 in Cordova, Alaska

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Juneau, Alaska

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


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N6333Y

Location: Cordova, AK
Accident Number: GAA17CA440
Date & Time: 07/23/2017, 0450 AKD
Registration: N6333Y
Aircraft: MITCHELL DERRYLE V RANS S 7 COURIER
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of lift
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot of the float-equipped airplane reported that, following takeoff from a lake, he turned left downwind about 750 ft. above the water. He added that, once the turn was completed, the airplane encountered a strong downdraft, which "pushed [the] tail of [the airplane] down and away to [the] left" and the airplane began to descend. The pilot corrected with left rudder and was able to "straighten [the airplane] just prior to [the] right float tip contacting water." The airplane impacted the water, nosed over, and sank. The pilot egressed without further incidence.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The pilot reported on the NTSB Form 6120.1 that the wind was from the east/southeast at 15 to 20 knots, gusting to 25 knots. The pilot reported a takeoff to the east.

A review of recorded data from an automated weather observation station located about 7 nautical miles to the east of the accident, about the time of the accident, reported winds calm, 10 statues miles visibility, few clouds at 600 ft, scattered clouds at 1,200 ft, and an overcast ceiling at 3,200 ft, temperature 54°F, dew point 54°F, and an altimeter setting at 30.19" Hg. The computed density altitude at 750 ft. was 322 ft.

The Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Facility Directory, for an airport 2 nautical miles west of the accident site, states in part: "strong East winds, rwy subj to strong downdrafts."

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 49, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/18/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/11/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 387 hours (Total, all aircraft), 100 hours (Total, this make and model), 233 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 108 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 70 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 7 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: MITCHELL DERRYLE V
Registration: N6333Y
Model/Series: RANS S 7 COURIER NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1998
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 0596188
Landing Gear Type: Float
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/04/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 335.4 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: C126 installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: 912 UL
Registered Owner: MAXCY FISHING INC
Rated Power: 105 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Dawn
Observation Facility, Elevation: PACV, 31 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1253 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 119°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 600 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 3200 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.19 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C / 12°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Cordova, AK (CKU)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Cordova, AK (CKU)
Type of Clearance: Unknown
Departure Time: 0445 AKD
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information

Airport: CORDOVA MUNI (CKU)
Runway Surface Type: Water
Airport Elevation: 59 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Water--choppy
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
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:  60.538056, -145.660278 (est)

Cessna 207, registered to and operated by Waters Aero Marine Inc, operator does business as Penobscot Island Air, N207GM: Accident occurred June 26, 2017 at Vinalhaven Airport (ME55), Knox County, Maine

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Maine

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

Investigation Docket  - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N207GM


Location: Vinalhaven, ME
Accident Number: ERA17CA213
Date & Time: 06/26/2017, 0741 EDT
Registration: N207GM
Aircraft: CESSNA 207
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing area overshoot
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled

The pilot reported that the approach appeared normal, but during the landing on the 1,500 ft gravel strip, the airplane firmly struck the runway and bounced. He added that the bounce was high, and the remaining runway was too short to correct the landing with power. The pilot elected to go-around, applying full power and 20° of flaps for the balked landing procedure. During the climb, the airplane drifted to the left towards the 50 ft trees about 150 ft from the departure end of runway 24. Unable to climb over the trees, the airplane struck the tree canopy; the nose dropped and the pilot instinctively reduced power as the airplane descended through the trees and impacted terrain. The wings and fuselage were substantially damaged. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor
Age: 65, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Sea; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/20/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/05/2016
Flight Time:  15438 hours (Total, all aircraft), 356 hours (Total, this make and model), 10655 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 32 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 23 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N207GM
Model/Series: 207 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1973
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 20700217
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/23/2017, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3800 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 12458 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C126 installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: IO-520-LCF
Registered Owner: WATERS AERO MARINE INC
Rated Power: 300 hp
Operator: WATERS AERO MARINE INC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135)
Operator Does Business As: Penobscot Island Air
Operator Designator Code: O59

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: RKD, 55 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1156 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 75°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 290°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.89 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 14°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: ROCKLAND, ME (RKD)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Vinalhaven, ME (ME55)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0730 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: VINALHAVEN (ME55)
Runway Surface Type: Gravel
Airport Elevation: 72 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry; Rough
Runway Used: 24
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 1510 ft / 60 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Go Around 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  44.070556, -68.821667 (est)

Cessna 172R Skyhawk, registered to SkyDance Aviation LLC and operated by Epix Services LLC, N2460A: Accident occurred June 28, 2017 at Emporia-Greensville Regional Airport (KEMV), Virginia

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Richmond, Virginia

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N2460A

Location: Emporia, VA
Accident Number: ERA17CA216
Date & Time: 06/28/2017, 1245 EDT
Registration: N2460A
Aircraft: CESSNA 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Abnormal runway contact
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The student pilot reported that the flight was his first solo cross-country, and the arrival and departure at his first airport was non-eventful. About 8 miles from the second airport, he listened to the airport's automatic weather observation system, which reported that the wind was coming from 020° at 5 knots. He entered the left traffic pattern for runway 34, and while on the downwind leg abeam the end of the runway, he reduced engine power to idle and lowered the wing flaps to 10°. He then turned onto a left base leg and maintained 70 knots, and lowered the wing flaps to 30° on final approach, maintaining an airspeed "between 50 and 54 knots". At the runway numbers he began to pull back on the control wheel to initiate the landing flare. The nose of the airplane then abruptly pitched up and to the left, which he believed felt like a gust of wind. He tried to correct by releasing back pressure on the control wheel, and using rudder and ailerons to move back to the right, but the airplane was still left of the runway centerline. Subsequently, the airplane bounced hard numerous times, the propeller struck the runway, and then departed the runway to the left. During the runway excursion, the nose landing gear collapsed and the airplane skid across a taxiway, eventually stopping in the grass. The fuselage and firewall were substantially damaged.

The student pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Review of the Pilot's Operating Handbook Indicated that airspeed for a normal landing should have been 60-70 knots with the wing flaps down. 

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 56, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 None
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/19/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:   64 hours (Total, all aircraft), 43 hours (Total, this make and model), 24 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 24 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N2460A
Model/Series: 172 R
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2000
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 17280932
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/05/2017, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2299 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 8033.6 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C91A installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: IO-360-L2A
Registered Owner: SKYDANCE AVIATION LLC
Rated Power: 160 hp
Operator: EPIX SERVICES LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Does Business As: Epix Aviation
Operator Designator Code: 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: EMV, 127 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1235 EDT
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 230°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.22 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C / 8°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: PLYMOUTH, NC (PMZ)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Emporia, VA (EMV)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1207 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information

Airport: EMPORIA-GREENSVILLE RGNL (EMV)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 126 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 34
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5010 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

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:  36.686944, -77.482778 (est)