Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Piper PA-31P-350, N9272Y: Incident occurred August 27, 2019 at A.J. Eisenberg Airport (KOKH), Oak Harbor, Island County, Washington

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle

Aircraft nose gear collapsed on landing.


Lynk Aircraft Holdings Inc


https://registry.faa.gov/N9272Y


Date: 28-AUG-19

Time: 00:40:00Z
Regis#: N9272Y
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA31
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: OAK HARBOR
State: WASHINGTON


Lynk Air
August 27th, 2019

There was a minor incident at A. J. Eisenberg Airport today when our Lynk Air airplane touched down on a routine flight around 5:30 PM. 

The nose tire failed, causing the plane to skid off the runway. 

No one was injured as all passengers were securely seat belted and following all FAA safety protocols. 

Our expert Navy pilot, Chris Taylor, was at the helm, and guided the airplane safely out of harm’s way. 

There was no fire or need for aid, though emergency personnel were on the scene immediately. 

We are grateful for a fast and able community of first responders here in Oak Harbor, but are even more grateful that none were needed. 

The plane is scheduled for routine maintenance on Thursday, and we will investigate the cause of the failure in alignment with Federal Aviation Administration protocols. 

Service will be temporarily suspended while repairs are made. 

We look forward to resuming service as soon as possible, with all systems passing stringent safety inspections. 

-Lynk Air


Chris Taylor, a retired Navy pilot, and his wife Helen Taylor recently founded a new flight service out of Whidbey.


New Whidbey air service takes flight

The trip to Seattle from Oak Harbor takes just 19 minutes if Chris Taylor is driving.

“Some people wait longer than that for coffee,” Taylor said with a laugh.

His speed is not at the detriment of safety, in fact he’s recently completed all of the rigorous requirements needed for Federal Aviation Administration certification to become a commercial airline.

Chris and his wife Helen Taylor recently launched Lynk Air, an on-demand flight service from A.J. Eisenberg Airport on Monroe Landing Road to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Charter flights to other destinations in the Pacific Northwest are also available.

Chris Taylor retired as a pilot from the Navy after serving for 20 years. He’d first been stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in 1992 and returned in 2009.

“Flying air service out of Whidbey has always been kind of a dream of mine,” he said.

He recorded over 500 aircraft carrier landings and obtained every qualification offered to pilots during his service. After retirement, he’d been itching to get back in the air. However, becoming a pilot for a traditional commercial airline would mean long stretches of time away from home.

“I have a daughter that’s still in school, and I didn’t want to be away from her,” he said.

Since moving to the island, he and his wife kept hearing that people missed being able to fly to SeaTac and skipping the ferry, parking and the long drive.

After two years, the couple was able to become a certified airline. Although Lynk Air is planning a grand opening celebration in late June, people can currently book flights through the website www.lynkair.com

Chris Taylor is the lone pilot in this up-and-coming airline, flying a six-passenger Piper Mojave aircraft. Introductory fares to SeaTac are $139 and quotes for charter flights elsewhere are available upon request through the website.

From the airport on Monroe Landing road, passengers will arrive at a remote gate at the Seattle airport and be shuttled to the main gates. A shuttle service will also take passengers back to the remote gate for the return trip to Whidbey.

He said there are plans to eventually expand to Canada. And if the demand is there, they’ll consider adding another plane and pilot.

He anticipates the service will benefit both tourists and business people who need to attend out-of-town meetings.

“Flight times to Portland and Spokane are approximately an hour,” he said in an email. “This allows a company to send people to attend a meeting in person and be back before lunch if desired.”

• More information can be found at www.lynkair.com or calling 888-LYNK-AIR

Original article ➤ https://www.whidbeynewstimes.com


Meet the couple that runs the Northwest's newest and smallest airline, Lynk Air.

With only 2 employees, go from Oak Harbor to SeaTac Airport in less than 20 minutes.


OAK HARBOR, Washington — Oak Harbor couple Chris and Helen Taylor run Lynk Air, the Northwest's newest airline.

They operate a little differently than what you'll see at SeaTac. Lynk Air only has one airplane and Chris himself is their one pilot. 

Unlike Whidbey's ferry terminal, Oak Harbor's A.J. Eisenberg Airport is usually pretty empty.

"Sometimes getting to the ferry, getting to the mainland... it might be three hours to get off the island. Or get on the island," said Chris. In less than 20 minutes, Chris will take his passengers from Oak Harbor to SeaTac.

Before this, Chris was a navy pilot. He spent 20 years landing on aircraft carriers and taking on other jobs -- working as an operations officer in safety, quality assurance, and hazardous materials.

"When you leave the navy you can go anywhere in the world."

Chris chose Whidbey Island, where he's now Lynk Air's only full-time employee. His wife, Helen, is the other. She never could have imagined she'd help run an airline. You'll find her serving her neighbors from behind the counter when she's not working her own full-time job as a hospital fundraiser.

"But one of the reasons that we love this place is the pace," Helen said, "And the way that people really care about each other."

One of the best parts of the job is the view from "the office." On sunny days, the mountain is beautifully picturesque from up above.

"We don't fly too high. You get great views of the Sound. We fly right up to the Sound, right by Downtown Seattle."

Clear skies ahead for the Northwest's littlest new airline.

"This is really just making it easier to be here, making it easier to live here, making it easier to visit here," said Helen.

A "Lynk Lift" to or from Whidbey Island is $139. They also provide charter flights anywhere you want to go. Book your tickets on the Lynk Air website.

Story and video ➤ https://www.king5.com

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