Sunday, January 20, 2019

As more Boeing SC 787s are built, analyst expects another delivery record



After delivering an all-time-high 145 Dreamliner jets last year, Boeing Co. 787 plants in North Charleston and the Seattle area are expected to repeat their record-setting performance in 2019.

That’s largely because of the production increase from 12 to 14 jets per month.

Boeing won’t say exactly when the rate will tick up, if it hasn’t already, citing the “quiet period” prior to next week’s quarterly and year-end earnings report.

But the company’s North Charleston campus started preparing for the boost in 2018 and planned to hire hundreds of people to support the higher rate.

It’s not clear how many people now work at Boeing South Carolina because the aerospace firm hasn’t updated the annual labor report on its website.

It’s likely Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg will address the ramp-up during his Jan. 30 teleconference with financial analysts.

In the meantime, analyst Uresh Sheth, who tracks Dreamliner production on his All Things 787 website, said he thinks Boeing “will break rate by mid-February and start delivering at 14 per month around early April.”

Sheth notes that many Boeing suppliers are already producing components at the higher rate.

With more Dreamliners rolling out of the factory, Sheth said he expects Boeing will deliver 164 of the wide-body jets in 2019.

That’s four shy of the 14-per-month rate, but “it is one thing to assemble the aircraft at 14 per month and another matter when delivering the product at that rate,” he said.

Sheth’s delivery breakdown, by plant and model, looks like this:

Boeing South Carolina will deliver a total of 85 Dreamliners: one 787-8, 50 787-9s and 34 787-10s, which are built exclusively at the North Charleston campus. Everett will deliver 79 Dreamliners: 9 787-8s and 70 787-9s.

Sheth isn’t entirely convinced Boeing will be able to book enough new orders to keep cranking out 14 Dreamliners per month, a rate that would eat through the production backlog by September 2022.

“I believe that if they get fewer than 144 net orders per year for the next two years, Boeing will be forced to reduce the production rate to 12 per month,” he said.

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

Piper PA-18-90 Super Cub, N3298Z: Accident occurred January 19, 2019 in Iron Mountain, Dickinson County, Michigan

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

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


https://registry.faa.gov/N3298Z

Location: Iron Mountain, MI
Accident Number: CEN19LA062
Date & Time: 01/19/2019, 1335 EST
Registration: N3298Z
Aircraft: Piper PA 18
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 19, 2019, about 1315 central standard time, a Piper PA-28 airplane, N3298Z, owned by a private individual impacted terrain in Iron Mountain, Michigan. The pilot received minor injuries and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that originated at Ford Airport (IMT), Iron Mountain, Michigan.

The pilot reported he had an uneventful sight-seeing flight and intended to return to IMT. He initiated a left-hand turn about 800ft above ground level, over Fumee Lake, and became distracted to a distant point across the lake. The pilot reported he lost reference to the horizon while continuing in a descending left turn and impacted the ground with the left wing, main gear and right wing. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N3298Z
Model/Series: PA 18 150
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

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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
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The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office 911 Dispatch received a 911 call, on 1-19-19 at 1:47pm, reporting that a Piper PA-18-90 Super Cub had crash landed on Big Fumee Lake in Breitung Township.

The caller advised that they had received a cellphone call from the pilot who was uninjured, walking out to Fumee Lakes Recreational Areas parking lot.

The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene and made contact with the 62 year old male pilot. The pilot was transported out of the recreational area, by Norway Fires all terrain vehicle, to an ambulance for transport to the Dickinson County Memorial Hospital. The pilot was treated for minor injuries and released.

The accident was reported to the Federal Aviation Administration for investigation. The plane currently remains on Big Fumee Lake. The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office requests that the public stay away from the crash site.


The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office was assisted on scene by the Iron Mountain Police Department, Norway Police Department, Michigan State Police, Breitung Township Fire, Norway Fire and Integrity Care Ambulance.



BREITUNG TOWNSHIP, Michigan --   A pilot escaped serious injury when his plane crashed in Dickinson County Saturday.

WLUC-TV says around 1:50 p.m. someone called 911 to report a Piper Super Cub had crash-landed on big Fumee Lake in Breitung Township. The caller said they were contacted by the pilot, who was walking to the lake’s parking lot.

The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office responded and met up with the 62-year-old pilot. He was taken out of the recreational area via ATV to an ambulance, which transported him to Dickinson County Healthcare System. The pilot was treated for minor injuries and released.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified about the accident.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking people to stay away from the crash site.  

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.wnmufm.org




DICKINSON COUNTY, Michigan — A single-engine plane made what was called a “hard landing” on Fumee Lake near Upper Pine Creek Road.

Rescuers from Norway Fire Department among others responded and were able to assist the pilot who was reported to be “up and talking” at the time.

Both entrances to Fumee Lake were blocked during the rescue, but access has been cleared as of this report.

FOX 17 was in contact with local resident, Jason Asselin, who was able to safely provide pictures and video of the wreckage.

With the mild winter Michigan has experienced, the ice on the lake will be extremely dangerous after an impact such as this. It is not advisable for anyone to go out on the lake at this time.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://fox17online.com

Meriden Markham Municipal Airport (KMMK) officials hope to restart plans for new hangars



MERIDEN — Meriden Markham Airport officials are hoping to restart plans to rebuild a Quonset Hut hangar and add 16 new hangars.

The plans moved to the back burner while Meriden searched for a new city manager and facilities director, said Phil Masicotte, chairman of the Meriden Aviation Commission.  

An engineering review showed the rusted hut is structurally unsound. Last year, city facilities director Russell Ford estimated the cost to replace it at $375,000.  But City Purchasing officer Wilma Petro, the city’s liason to the airport, thought it could be done for less. 

The waiting list for hangar space reached 65 pilots last year. 

”We’re trying to get the momentum back into it,” Masicotte said. “We’re going to see (City Manager) Tim Coon and want him to understand the background of the hangars and the importance.”



The commission has rough plans and an estimate for the cost of the 16 new hangars, according to commission minutes. 

 The airport added four hangars and installed a 10,000 gallon fuel tank in 2017. 

The city’s capital plan adopted from prior years includes an account to paint the south hangar and make roof repairs for $60,000 and $1.3 million to build additional hangars, according to Finance Director Mike Lupkas. 

“For the next budget, it is too early in the process to know what or how much (if any) will be included in the 5 Year Capital Plan,” Lupkas said. 

Airport officials hope the meeting with the city manager and finance director will give them an idea of how much they can spend.

“We are looking toward the future,” Petro said last April. “We’re putting up some bigger hangars. Bigger planes are flying into our airport. We are building hangars that will hold bigger planes.”

Meriden Markham, supported by the Federal Aviation Administration, is eligible for funding and grants for improvements.

The group will have a better idea of costs and potential revenue after meeting with city officials, said Constance Costello, Meriden Markham manager.

Original article ➤ http://www.myrecordjournal.com

Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk, N25410: Incident occurred January 20, 2019 near Mount Charleston, Clark County, Nevada

https://registry.faa.gov/N25410





A small plane made an emergency landing Sunday afternoon on Kyle Canyon Road, according to Las Vegas police.

The Metropolitan Police Department and Nevada Highway Patrol were called about 12:30 p.m. Sunday to Kyle Canyon Road, between mile markers 18 and 19, just west of U.S. Highway 95, according to Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Chris Holmes.

An instructor pilot and a student were flying a single-engine plane near Mount Charleston when the engine stalled, the Nevada Highway Patrol said in a release Sunday evening. Attempts to restart the engine failed, and the instructor landed the craft safely on the road. No one was injured, the release said.

Kyle Canyon Road was closed in both directions for about two hours Sunday, according to police. Roads reopened just after 2:30 p.m.

The plane was moved to the side of the road and would be disassembled and moved back to North Las Vegas Airport, the release said. The cause of the engine failure was unknown Sunday evening.

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



LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- A small aircraft had to make an emergency landing on Kyle Canyon Road, heading towards Mount Charleston, on Sunday afternoon, according to Las Vegas Fire and Rescue.

LVFR said the plane landed near mile marker 19 on Kyle Canyon Road at around 12:30 p.m. All occupants inside the plane were safely escorted out. No injuries were reported.

Las Vegas Metropolitan police Lt. Chris Holmes said the pilot was experiencing engine failure before making the emergency landing.

Nevada Highway Patrol closed the westbound lanes of U.S. Highway 95 at the frontage road and Kyle Canyon Road to traffic, according to Holmes. Kyle Canyon Road heading east and west was also closed. 

Traffic was being diverted to Lee Canyon Road, Holmes said.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.fox5vegas.com

Helena Regional Airport (KHLN) saw a record number of passengers last year — nearly 240K



More flights and larger airplanes brought another record year for the Helena Regional Airport in 2018.

Last year marked the airport’s fourth consecutive record year of passenger travel, topping 2017’s previous record by 11.4 percent. In 2018, nearly 240,000 passengers flew from or to the airport, which offered an additional 250 flights.

“It was a great year,” said airport manager Jeff Wadekamper. “Our number of seats in the Helena market went up by 30,000 through a combo of airlines using larger aircraft and additional flights with United adding a second flight to Denver.”



Montana is unique in terms of airport coverage in having a population of about a million people but seven major service airports, he said, adding that there is a healthy competition among airports for passengers.

“I think growth is the goal, the Helena community is growing and I certainly feel confident we could fill up additional seats,” Wadekamper said. “Because we feel Helena will continue to grow, we want to be ahead of the curve, not behind it.”

While passengers generally succeed in finding travel a couple months out or more, securing a flight on short notice is sometimes a challenge, he said. Airport officials will continue to look for additional opportunities to expand service, having met with a half dozen major airlines last year to discuss potential routes. That includes talk of a second daily route from Alaska Airlines to Seattle, and possible service to other West Coast cities such as Portland, Oregon, or San Francisco.


“I think you look at it from an operational perspective, we still have plenty of capacity,” Wadekamper said. “Snow removal for example is at the same level if you’re doing a dozen flights as day as you would doing 100. We’re just exploring every option we can.”

To accommodate a growing market, last July the airport began a three-phase construction project to expand the terminal. Wadekamper expects the first phase to be completed around the end of March, offering a new boarding line area. He expects the second phase to take about two years, and the final phase to tie the expanded terminal together.

“Expansion is going along well and we’re happy that’s underway,” he said. “It’s certainly needed.”

The current two-line security area will have the capacity to expand to three. Such an expansion would be contingent on the TSA expanding its security services — something the airport does not have authority over.

Helena has not seen any issues to date with federal staff, who have gone without pay for nearly a month due to the partial federal government shutdown, Wadekamper said.

“We sincerely appreciate all the FAA staff and the TSA staff for continuing to work,” he said. “You really feel for those folks and it’s tough to see them coming to work and knowing they aren’t getting paid.”

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

Westerly State Airport (KWST) tree-cutting lawsuit is headed back to court



WAKEFIELD — A legal battle that could affect future operations at the Westerly State Airport was expected to be back in court this week, with a Superior Court judge hearing arguments on behalf of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, which manages the facility, and four property owners who have been fighting the state agency since early 2016.

A Washington County Superior Court judge is scheduled to conduct a hearing Tuesday in the case originally filed in March 2016 by property owners Hatsy Moore for the Harriet Chappell Moore Foundation; Jacqueline Abberton; the Rutter Family Revocable Trust; and Frances W. Kelly, trustee for the Frances W. Kelly Trust.

Represented by East Greenwich lawyer Gregory Massad, the property owners assert that the state Department of Transportation, acting for RIAC, cited the wrong provision of the state's eminent domain law when it took avigation easements to clear trees on their property. They also assert that only the town, not the state transportation department, has the legal right to take avigation easements for removing airport hazards, including trees.

Avigation refers to an easement related to the airspace above a property, and the right to operate aircraft and remove obstructions to their overflight. The plaintiffs are asserting, however, that RIAC's real purpose was economic development — to enhance or improve the airport's capabilities.

The property owners also assert that by filing condemnation notices, the transportation department had engaged in "slander of title," interference with property rights, and trespass.

The state agencies say they needed to take the easements to ensure that planes can fly safely as they approach and leave the airport. Two runways at the airport have been displaced, or effectively shortened, while RIAC awaits a final decision in the case and learns whether it can clear trees on the property owners' land. RIAC officials have said that in the future, additional trees in the area will also have to be cleared to comply with standards set by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The plaintiffs say that the condemnation notices allow the airport corporation to enter their land at any time to remove trees, and to subject them to "noise, dust, vibrations, fumes," which amount to "a private nuisance"

Additionally, the property owners have argued that their right to due process was violated. "The defendant Rhode Island Department of Transportation, acting in concert with and for the benefit of the defendant, Rhode Island Airport Corporation, exceed the scope of its statutory authority ... in preparing, publishing and recording the notice of condemnation and avigation easements," Massad wrote in a memorandum opposing the state agencies' motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

The case was largely dormant after Judge Luis M. Matos, in February 2017, granted an injunction preventing RIAC from clearing trees on the property owners' land until a trial could be conduced. But late last year RIAC representatives said they planned to resume their defense, and in November the transportation department and RIAC filed their dismissal motion.

The motion to dismiss resurrects some of the same arguments that the defendants made to Matos before he issued the injunction. The DOT and RIAC assert that the property owners' only recourse is to dispute the amount of money the state offered them as part of the eminent domain process.

If the "government increases its intrusion by flying substantially noisier planes within an existing easements or by flying at lower altitudes," the property owners could file a new petition for assessment  damages, Harris K. Weiner, the lawyer representing the two state agencies, wrote in the motion to dismiss.

Weiner also defended the eminent domain process used by the two state agencies. "Eminent domain has been a central governmental prerogative for centuries. It is crucial to effect many government purposes, especially safe public transportation," Weiner wrote.

The motion to dismiss the case also disputes the property owners' claim of a private nuisance, slander of title, trespass, and alleged civil rights violations.

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

Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport (KRWI) set for renovation project

Justin Pearson, chief inspector for Air Care Aviation Services, works on an airplane engine Friday at the Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport. 


The director of the Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport said the condition of the runway, on a scale of one to 10 — with 10 being the worst situation — is an eight right now.

"It's that bad," Dion Viventi said in an interview in the airport's lobby late last week, moments before he went outside to show the runway's cracked surface.

Fortunately, help is going to be coming, thanks to a grant package of more than $14 million via the state Department of Transportation to restore the runway.

Viventi said the funding is going to be comprised of $6 million from the federal government, $7 million from the DOT Division of Aviation and $1.4 million from all five local governments that sponsor the airport.

"I lobbied pretty hard with the state to take a look at the existing conditions," Viventi said of the runway, which is 7,100 feet long.

Viventi said the state did an assessment and determined the pavement would soon be failing.

"And that's when the wheels started turning towards looking for a suitable funding source," he said.

He said the state came through and offered to help, provided the airport could obtain a local match.

That local match came from Rocky Mount's, Nash County's, Edgecombe County's, Wilson's and Wilson County's government.

Wiley Clay woks on a plane Friday at the Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport. 


He said the work is going to start this spring and is going to be completed before the next calendar year.

He said the project is going to include resurfacing the taxiway and realigning the connectors between the apron and the taxiway to federal standards.

He also noted this is the largest state grant for an airport in North Carolina in approximately 15 years.

The runway was built in 1969 and Viventi believes the last resurfacing project was approximately 10 years ago.

He noted what's called a "slurry coat" was put down to buy the airport time until a solution could be reached.

The Rocky Mount area is presently the scene of an aggressive recruitment of new businesses and industries, which is one of the reasons the airport pressed for funding for the runway project.

Viventi said he and his team don't want to put the airport in a position in which prospective businesses come and the runway isn't adequate for their aircraft.

"The biggest impact is the airport won't have to shut down because the infrastructure health will be rejuvenated," he said.


Airport Director Dion Viventi looks at the cracks on the runway Friday at the Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport. 


Additionally, Viventi said two more major projects are scheduled to help improve the airport.

One of them, he said, is a plan to remove four old and empty underground fuel storage tanks at a far edge of the airport and place an emphasis on using a nearby above-ground fuel storage facility.

The above-ground facility already has two tanks, with the plan being to install a third tank.

He said that project is going to cost approximately $300,000, with the state to help by providing 90 percent of the funding and the remainder to be covered locally.

The other project, he said, calls for constructing new T hangars, with the state having awarded $2.1 million to cover the entire cost. T hangars will enable the airport to have cluster units for storing airplanes.

Viventi estimates both the fuel farm and the T hangars projects should be complete by this spring.

The airport is already quite a busy place, with high-quality aircraft landing and taking off, as evidenced by a Clayton Homes executive jet just outside the lobby.

Viventi said the airport presently has seven hangars and 27 based aircraft, including four jets and two helicopters. He said the rest of the aircraft are single or multi-engine.

He said there are approximately 30,000 operations, that is, take-offs and landings, a year.

He also pointed out a new report from the DOT's aviation division, which includes data showing the Rocky Mount-Wilson airport's impact has resulted in 450 jobs, nearly $26 million in personal income, nearly $2.87 million in state and local tax revenues and more than $69.7 million in economic input.

Viventi, 53, has been the airport's director for 2½ years. Prior to that, he had been director of the Elizabeth City Regional Airport for slightly more than 2½ years.

An engineer by trade, he's a commercial instrument-rated pilot who became interested in aviation after he first began working for the DOT in the early 2000s.

More specifically, his interest began while working as an engineer for the DOT's aviation division.

James Pearce, a spokesman for DOT's aviation division, in commenting about the runway project at Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport, particularly focused on the $1.4 million in matching funds.


 A crack on the airport runway is shown Friday at the Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport. 



"And so what we're seeing here is a project that isn't just supported at one level," he said. "You're seeing funds come in from the federal government, from state government, from local government — and county and city.

"And so that really goes to show how much value this project can have in helping grow that airport and helping with economic development and business recruitment efforts in that part of the state," he said.

Carolinas Gateway Partnership President and CEO Norris Tolson, noting he's also a former state transportation secretary, said he believes the Rocky Mount-Wilson aviation facility is one of the better, if not the best, rural airports in North Carolina.

"Rocky Mount-Wilson Airport is one of those crown jewels, unsung, mostly unheard-of jewels that people have in their communities," he said.

Tolson noted that he and his team spend much time working with Viventi and the airport authority board "because we see it as a great asset for what we do in economic development."

"We have some very good plans going forward to make that an even bigger entity for us in the Twin Counties," he said.

Original article ➤ http://www.rockymounttelegram.com

President Trump attends dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base (KDOV)

President Donald J. Trump was present at Dover Air Force Base as four persons killed in an ISIS attack were returned to the United States.




President Donald Trump was joined January 19th by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan as the remains of four Americans killed last week in Syria were returned to American soil.

The bodies of Boynton Beach, Fla., native Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, 37, Chief Petty Officer Shannon Kent, 35, of New York state, Department of Defense contractor Scott A. Wirtz,42, of St. Louis, Mo., and defense contractor Ghadir Taher, 27, of East Point, Ga. were brought to Dover Air Force Base, Delaware.

The four were numbered among 14 killed Jan. 16 when a bomb exploded in the Syrian town of Manjib. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the blast.

The remains were flown from Ramstein AB, Germany, to Dover aboard an Air Force C-17 cargo aircraft, arriving before the president’s aircraft, which touched down at the Delaware base at about 10:36 a.m. Trump flew to Dover aboard a modified Boeing C-32 instead of the more familiar VC-25.

The media was on hand as the transfer case containing Wirtz’s remains was the first to be carried out of the C-17.

The president led the official party at Dover, walking from the base military passenger terminal nearby. The group went up the rear ramp of the Globemaster III, where a short prayer was conducted inside the aircraft, out of sight of reporters. The party then left the aircraft and stood to the side as Wirtz’s remains, reposing in a flag-draped aluminum transfer case, was solemnly carried from the C-17 by a military honor team. The six-person team conveyed the case to a waiting van, which drove to the nearby Charles C. Carson Center for Mortuary Affairs.

The staff at the center, also located on Dover AFB, is tasked with positively identifying each set of remains and preparing them for transfer to their families.

Trump saluted as Wirtz’s body was brought down the airplane’s ramp, while Pompeo, Shanahan, and Secretary of the Army Dr. Mark T. Esper placed their hands over their hearts. Service personnel in the official party also saluted, as did several dozen co-workers and friends of the four Americans, who stood at attention in military formation nearby.

The press did not record the transfers of Farmer, Kent, and Taher as their families declined to grant permission for media coverage. Department of Defense policy requires the family to give their consent for the press to be present at the transfer.

The president had met with family members of each of the fallen beforehand at the passenger terminal and was to attend the transfer services for the others, walking out to the Globemaster each time with the rest of the official party.

Trump had previously announced the trip via a tweet earlier in the morning.

Story, photo gallery and video ➤ https://www.doverpost.com