Friday, January 21, 2022

Aerospatiale AS 350B2 Ecureuil, N752CH: Accident occurred December 25, 2021 at Kahului Airport (PHOG), Hawaii

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Honolulu, Hawaii

Rotorcraft landed hard. 


Date: 25-DEC-21
Time: 18:00:00Z
Regis#: N752CH
Aircraft Make: EUROCOPTER
Aircraft Model: AS350
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: KAHULUI
State: HAWAII

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Denison, Texas: Flight school launches first classes in the sky





Denison, Texas (KXII) - Thrust Flight school has officially landed in Grayson County, and Thursday, they took their first class of students to the sky to see Grayson County from a different perspective.

“Once we got up, it was magical; that would be the best way to explain it,” said Hunter Little, a Zero Time to Airline student.

For six years, Hunter Little’s life was grounded as an employee for academy sports and outdoors.

“Life kinda got in the way,” said Little. “Everything just kind of changed directions, and I focused on my family.”

Until recently, when he decided to give his childhood dream a chance.

“I was sitting with my dad he was like, ‘so, what’s next, so what’s the next thing?’ and I was like, ‘I think I want to be a pilot,’” said Little.

Little is a part of the first class of the Zero Time to Airline program with Thrust Flight school at the North Texas Regional Airport in Denison.

Five out of the first seven students are local to Grayson County.

“Generally speaking, they’re here from the area, they’re sticking around here, they are going to be doing all their training here, and it’s gonna be a great learning experience for them, and I think it’s going to be great for the community as well,” said Nathan Kaplan, Assistant Chief Flight Instructor for Thrust Flights.

The commercial flight school requires students to train for nine to twelve months and instruct for 1500 hours before flying for a major airline.

“I have an adventurous side of me, I really want to go see more like different things as well, but now this gives me the ability and convenience to do it myself,” said Laney Fitzgerald, a Zero Time to Airline student.

Thursday’s take-off marks the beginning of the first commercial flight school at NTRA in more than a year since U.S. Aviation left.

Pilot: “Ready?”

Reporter: “Ready.”

And the start of dreams taking flight.

“I went from a regular job, and so now I’m at something I’ve never done before, and so it’s new, but I’m feeling a little bit nervous, but I’m excited,” said Little. “It’s a great melting pot, if you will, of emotions.”

“After I finished, I cried,” Fitzgerald. “I cried like right after we passed the threshold, I was like ‘I finally did it.’”

Street at the Hollister Municipal Airport (KCVH) renamed Deane Judd Way

Deane with Rohit searching for solutions for BenitoLink.


Hollister Councilman Rick Perez handing Doug and Cathy Judd the street sign.



Longtime airport advisory commissioner is recognized for his civic engagement and volunteer efforts.

The life of longtime Airport Advisory Commissioner Deane Judd was celebrated January 15 at the Hollister Municipal Airport. The celebration included renaming Mars Drive at the airport to Deane Judd Way in his honor.

Hollister City Council unanimously approved the change January 18.

Judd’s love for aviation was exemplified through his two separate appointments totaling 14 years as a commissioner, serving as the air boss for two Hollister air shows and volunteering to spark young people’s interest in aviation through the Experimental Aircraft Association.

“While a lot of people reach for the bubble gum and bailing wire to fix things,” said his son Doug Judd at the memorial service, “Dad was definitely not that kind of guy. He was very much a ‘do it right’ kind of a guy.  When he needed to fix something, he would think about it, make a plan, draw it out on paper and then carefully implement the plan.”

Judd, who died November at the age of 84, flew his airplane, a Cessna 172, until he was 83, and flew reconnaissance flights for the Hollister Motorcycle Rally on Fourth of July weekends.

At the memorial service, held in a Hollister airport hangar as airplanes taxied by, daughter Cathy Judd said, “When I asked him what inspired him to take flight, he said it was the freedom of it. ‘If I want to go over here, I just turn the plane this way. If I want to go over there, I turn it that way.’ He also engaged in the community here in a way I’d never seen him do before. And that has certainly been exhibited by the outpouring I’ve witnessed since his passing.

“He prided himself on being well read,” she continued. “He read the San Francisco Chronicle—a “rag” of a newspaper I remember him calling it—and for any youngsters who may not be familiar with that term, I looked it up and it means essentially a “sensationalized tabloid.” He also read the San Jose Mercury News, Investor’s Business Daily and when they started dropping it off on his driveway for no charge, the Wall Street Journal. All in a day’s work.” 

Despite all the reading he did, he also managed to give back to his community. Judd served on the San Benito County Grand Jury and BenitoLink’s Board of Directors from May 2019 to July 2021. 

London-bound jet returns to Miami over maskless passenger

An American Airlines flight to London returned to Miami after a passenger refused to follow the federal requirement to wear a face mask, according to the airline.

The airline called Miami police, and officers escorted a woman off the plane at Miami International Airport Wednesday evening without incident. A spokesperson for the Miami-Dade Police Department said American Airlines staff dealt “administratively” with the passenger.

The woman was put on American's internal no-fly list pending further investigation, an airline spokesman said. Airlines have frequently banned passengers for the duration of the pandemic if they refuse to follow mandatory mask requirements designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

American said there were 129 passengers and 14 crew members on the plane. Pilots turned the Boeing 777 around less than an hour into the transatlantic flight, according to tracking service FlightAware.

Airlines reported nearly 6,000 incidents involving unruly passengers last year and 151 in the first two weeks of this year, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Most of them involved passengers who refused to wear masks.

Cessna 550 Citation II, N33EK: Incident occurred January 19, 2022 at Olive Branch Airport (KOLV), De Soto County, Mississippi

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Jackson, Mississippi

Aircraft struck a bird and after landing damage was found to the left engine fan blades.  

Eastview Properties LLC


Date: 19-JAN-22
Time: 19:30:00Z
Regis#: N33EK
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 550
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: CORPORATE
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: OLIVE BRANCH
State: MISSISSIPPI

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Piper PA-44-180, N449JA: Incidents occurred January 18, 2022, January 21, 2020 and June 28, 2018

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Riverside, California 

January 18, 2022:  Aircraft landed, veered off runway and nose gear collapsed at Chino Airport (KCNO),  San Bernardino County, California.

H2LINK CO


Date: 18-JAN-22
Time: 23:55:00Z
Regis#: N449JA
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA44
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: CHINO
State: CALIFORNIA

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Riverside, California

January 21, 2020: Aircraft right wing fairing separated and hit stabilizer at Chino Airport (KCNO), San Bernardino County, California.

MI Air Corp

Date: 21-JAN-20
Time: 21:54:00Z
Regis#: N449JA
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA44
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: MANEUVERING (MNV)
Operation: 91
City: CHINO
State: CALIFORNIA        

June 28, 2018: Landing gear collapsed at Chino Airport (KCNO), San Bernardino County, California.

Date: 28-JUN-18

Time: 03:09:00Z
Regis#: N449JA
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 44 180
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: CHINO
State: CALIFORNIA

Beech B60 Duke, N11VC: Incident occurred January 16, 2022 at Treasure Coast International Airport (KFPR), Fort Pierce, Florida

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

Aircraft while taxiing maneuvered to avoid a parked aircraft and struck a taxiway light damaging the propeller. 

N11VC LLC


Date: 16-JAN-22
Time: 00:50:00Z
Regis#: N11VC
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: B60
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: FORT PIERCE
State: FLORIDA

Cessna 310J, N3195L: Incident occurred January 18, 2022 at Columbus Municipal Airport (KBAK), Bartholomew County, Indiana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Indianapolis, Indiana

Aircraft landed gear up.  

Jeff Air Pilot Services LLC


Date: 18-JAN-22
Time: 18:53:00Z
Regis#: N3195L
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 310
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: COLUMBUS
State: INDIANA

Thatcher CX4, N254RM: Accident occurred January 18, 2022 at Fuquay/Angier Field (78NC), Wake County, North Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greensboro, North Carolina

Aircraft crashed short of the grass strip taking evasive action to avoid a flock of birds and the left wing clipped a tree.  


Date: 18-JAN-22
Time: 18:38:00Z
Regis#: N254RM
Aircraft Make: THATCHER
Aircraft Model: CX4
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ANGIER
State: NORTH CAROLINA

Aero Commander 100-180 Lark Commander, N4096X: Incident occurred January 17, 2022 at University of Oklahoma Westheimer Airport (KOUN), Norman, Cleveland County, Oklahoma

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Aircraft performing pattern work and the propeller spinner came off. 


Date: 17-JAN-22
Time: 17:40:00Z
Regis#: N4096X
Aircraft Make: AERO COMMANDER
Aircraft Model: 100-180
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: MANEUVERING (MNV)
Operation: 91
City: NORMAN
State: OKLAHOMA

Beechcraft V35B Bonanza, N3735B: Incident occurred January 18, 2022 at McKinney National Airport (KTKI), Collin County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Texas

Aircraft landed and veered off runway down into a ditch. 


Date: 18-JAN-22
Time: 17:02:00Z
Regis#: N3735B
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: V35
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: DALLAS
State: TEXAS

Cessna 120, N90129: Accident occurred January 18, 2022 at Sylvania Airport (C89) Sturtevant, Racine County, Wisconsin

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Aircraft on departure, veered off the center line due to crosswinds and struck a fuel truck. 


Date: 18-JAN-22
Time: 17:00:00Z
Regis#: N90129
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 120
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: STURTEVANT
State: WISCONSIN

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Lancair IVP PropJet, N11AW: Incident occurred January 15, 2022; Accident occurred September 24, 2017; Incident occurred October 23, 2016

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Alabama and NW Florida

January 15, 2022:  Aircraft aborted takeoff and veered off runway into the grass at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (KBHM), Alabama. 


Date: 17-JAN-22
Time: 22:07:00Z
Regis#: N11AW
Aircraft Make: LANCAIR
Aircraft Model: IV PROP JET
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: BIRMINGHAM
State: ALABAMA

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA363
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, September 24, 2017 in Eagle, CO
Aircraft: LINN LANCAIR IV-PROPJET, registration: N11AW
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On September 24, 2017, at 1214 mountain daylight time, a Linn Lancair IV-Propjet, N11AW, experienced a partial loss of engine power and impacted terrain during final approach to runway 25 at Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE), Eagle, Colorado. The pilot performed a forced landing to a field about one-mile from the approach end of runway 25 after he was unable to increase engine power above idle. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The pilot was uninjured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a test flight that was not operating on a flight plan. The local flight originated at 1204 and was destined to EGE.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

October 23, 2016:  Aircraft on landing, gear collapsed at Eagle County Regional Airport (KEGE), Colorado.

Date: 23-OCT-16

Time: 19:28:00Z
Regis#: N11AW
Aircraft Make: LANCAIR
Aircraft Model: IV
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: EAGLE
State: Colorado

Piper PA-28-160, N5276W: Accident occurred January 16, 2022 in Scottsdale, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Aircraft experienced engine issues and landed on a road. 

Third Step 2 LLC


Date: 18-JAN-22
Time: 05:56:00Z
Regis#: N5276W
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: SCOTTSDALE
State: ARIZONA

Bell 205A-1, N502HQ: Incident occurred January 14, 2022 at Gillespie Field Airport (KSEE), El Cajon, San Diego County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Diego, California

Rotorcraft landed hard. 


Date: 15-JAN-22
Time: 22:00:00Z
Regis#: N502HQ
Aircraft Make: BELL
Aircraft Model: 205A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: EL CAJON
State: CALIFORNIA

Van's RV-4, N2275S: Incident occurred January 14, 2022 at Waterbury-Oxford Airport (KOXC), New Haven County, Connecticut

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Bradley

Aircraft was taxiing and a gust of wind flipped on its nose incurring a propeller strike. 


Date: 14-JAN-22
Time: 17:18:00Z
Regis#: N2275S
Aircraft Make: VANS
Aircraft Model: RV4
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: OXFORD
State: CONNECTICUT

Beechcraft A24R Sierra, N52LV: Incident occurred January 15, 2022 at Miami Executive Airport (KTMB), Miami-Dade County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Aircraft performed an uncommanded 180° turn striking Mooney M20C Ranger, N5738Q and Piper PA-28R-180, N4534J. 


Date: 15-JAN-22
Time: 15:10:00Z
Regis#: N52LV
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: A24
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: STANDING (STD)
Operation: 91
City: MIAMI
State: FLORIDA

Airbus A321, N130AN: Incidents occurred January 17, 2022 and July 05, 2018

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

January 17, 2022:  Aircraft struck a bird during departure damaging nose cone at Orlando International Airport (KMCO),Orange County, Florida.

American Airlines


Date: 17-JAN-22
Time: 11:31:00Z
Regis#: N130AN
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A321
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: AMERICAN AIRLINES
Flight Number: AAL1729
City: ORLANDO
State: FLORIDA

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Los Angeles International Airport - Certificate Management Office

July 05, 2018:  Aircraft was at gate when it sustained a rudder strike by an inbound aircraft at Los Angeles International Airport (KLAX), California. 

American Airlines 

Date: 06-JUL-18
Time: 04:46:00Z
Regis#: N130AN
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A321
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: STANDING (STD)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: AMERICAN AIRLINES
Flight Number: AAL162
City: LOS ANGELES
State: CALIFORNIA

Rans S-7S, N828S: Accident occurred January 16, 2022 in Winnemucca, Humboldt County, Nevada

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno, Nevada

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances. 


Date: 16-JAN-22
Time: 16:42:00Z
Regis#: N828S
Aircraft Make: RANS
Aircraft Model: S7S
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: WINNEMUCCA
State: NEVADA

Cessna R182 Skylane RG, N736YY: Incident occurred January 16, 2022 at Bend Municipal Airport KBDN), Deschutes County, Oregon

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Oregon

Aircraft nose gear collapsed on landing. 

Bend Aircraft Mechanics LLC


Date: 16-JAN-22
Time: 18:45:00Z
Regis#: N736YY
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: R182
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BEND
State: OREGON

Progressive Aerodyne SeaRey, N851SR: Incidents occurred January 16, 2022 and March 27, 2021

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Juan, Puerto Rico

January 16, 2022:  Aircraft landed gear up at Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport, San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

Davila Associates


Date: 16-JAN-22
Time: 17:40:00Z
Regis#: N851SR
Aircraft Make: PROGRESSIVE AERODYNE
Aircraft Model: SEAREY
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SAN JUAN
State: PUERTO RICO

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

March 27, 2021:  Aircraft landed gear up at Leesburg International Airport (KLEE), Lake County, Florida.

Progressive Aerodyne Inc


Date: 27-MAR-21
Time: 20:18:00Z
Regis#: N851SR
Aircraft Make: PROGRESSIVE AERODYNE
Aircraft Model: SEAREY
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: LEESBURG
State: FLORIDA

Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage, N646CA: Accident occurred January 14, 2022 at Dimmit County Airport (KCZT), Carrizo Springs, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

Aircraft landed, ran off the end of the runway and gear collapsed. 

Single Windmill Ranch LLC


Date: 14-JAN-22
Time: 21:30:00Z
Regis#: N646CA
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA46
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: CARRIZO SPRINGS
State: TEXAS

Sonex Waiex B, N21YX: Incident occurred January 16, 2022 at Abilene Regional Airport (KABI), Taylor County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock, Texas

Aircraft was conducting a high speed taxi down the runway and veered off runway striking a taxiway sign. 


Date: 16-JAN-22
Time: 19:26:00Z
Regis#: N21YX
Aircraft Make: SONEX
Aircraft Model: WAIEX B
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: ABILENE
State: TEXAS

Rutan Long-EZ, N365DB: Incident occurred January 14, 2022 at Jack Brooks Regional Airport (KBPT), Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

Aircraft landed and gear collapsed. 

Rutan Aircraft Flying Museum 


Date: 14-JAN-22
Time: 16:00:00Z
Regis#: N365DB
Aircraft Make: RUTAN
Aircraft Model: LONGEZ
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BEAUMONT
State: TEXAS

Piper PA22-150, N6916D: Incident occurred January 15, 2022 near Lamesa Municipal Airport (KLUV), Dawson County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock, Texas

Aircraft crashed in a field under unknown circumstances. 


Date: 15-JAN-22
Time: 01:35:00Z
Regis#: N6916D
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA22
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: LAMESA
State: TEXAS







DAWSON COUNTY, Texas (KCBD) - A 70-year-old man has only minor injuries after crashing a small plane in a desolate area in West Texas.

The crash happened on the evening of January 13, 2022, about 15 miles east of Lamesa, Texas. It was around 7:30 p.m. when the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office received the call.

The Lubbock Civil Air Patrol reports it was alerted to a missing plane on Jan. 14. The pilot, 70-year-old Dennis Harrington, walked to a distant road to get help. The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office found him, but Harrington could not tell them where the plane crashed.

Sgt. Steven Blanco with DPS says Harrington was able to look up a map on his cell phone before he lost reception and knew the closest major roadway was Hwy. 180. He was able to call for help. He reported he lost control of the plane. He was flying from Addison, Texas to Hobbs, NM and was trying to land at the Lamesa airport to refuel.

Dawson County Sheriff Matt Hogg says a deputy, one person from EMS and one person from Fire drove on Hwy. 180, then began walking north to the last known location of the plane. Sheriff Hogg says the team reported they walked about 3.5 miles before finding Harrington. He was taken to the Medical Arts Hospital in Lamesa and had minor injuries.

Civil Air Patrol Commander Kyle Vernon says Harrington walked South for two hours over the rough terrain with steep drop-offs. The sun had already set when the plane crashed.

Because of the high winds and blowing dirt in the area, DPS could not use its helicopter to help find the crashed plane. DPS reports the Dawson County Sheriff’s Department, EMS and Fire were able to find the plane the next day with the help of the Lubbock Civil Air Patrol.

A ground-team member from Lubbock used a personal drone and was able to find the downed plane in a single flight, which helped the team eliminate 40 percent of the search area.

The plane was found around sunset.


LAMESA, Texas — The Texas Department of Public Safety said a pilot suffered minor injuries in a plane crash Friday evening along the Dawson/Borden county line, 15 miles east of Lamesa.

“The pilot was flying from Addison … to Hobbs,” DPS said. “The pilot was attempting to land at the Lamesa Municipal Airport to refuel. While descending the pilot lost control of the plane and crash landed.”

DPS said there were high winds at the time. The pilot was identified as Dennis Harrington, 70, of Hobbs. The plane was described as a Piper PA-22-150 Tri-Pacer.

North American AT-6C Texan, N16JG: Incident occurred January 16, 2022 at Stinson Municipal Airport (KSSF), San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

Aircraft gear collapsed on landing. 


Date: 16-JAN-22
Time: 16:26:00Z
Regis#: N16JG
Aircraft Make: NORTH AMERICAN
Aircraft Model: AT-6
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SAN ANTONIO
State: TEXAS



Stoddard-Hamilton Glasair SH-2R, N99WR: Incident occurred January 15, 2022 at Fall City Airport (1WA6), King County, Washington

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle, Washington

Aircraft landed and ran off the end of the runway into mud. 


Date: 15-JAN-22
Time: 23:21:00Z
Regis#: N99WR
Aircraft Make: GLASAIR
Aircraft Model: SH-2R
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: FALL CITY
State: WASHINGTON

Piper PA-24-180 Comanche, N6620P: Incident occurred January 16, 2022 in Casco, Kewaunee County, Wisconsin

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Aircraft experienced engine issues and landed in a field. 


Date: 16-JAN-22
Time: 17:28:00Z
Regis#: N6620P
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA24
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: CASCO
State: WISCONSIN

Monday, January 17, 2022

Jet Air: Some fans will be arriving to Green Bay in style via private jets




Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin (WLUK) -- A luxurious way to travel, eliminating most of the stress that comes with flying commercial.

An option Jet Air Operations Manager Dylan Masse says some will be exploring leading up to this weekend.

"We've seen upwards of 100 planes in a single day some years," said Masse.

Masse is referring to private planes flying into Austin Straubel Airport.

But ever since COVID, those numbers have been down.

"This year it's picked up, I'd say probably close to 50%," said Masse. "We haven't seen the total volume that we normally would still."

Still, Masse is expecting between 60 to 80 private planes will fly into the area for Saturday's game.

He says some feel more comfortable chartering a plane.

"People maybe don't have the level of money to own a plane, but they kind of evaluate and are like well I'd rather fly my family in a safer fashion," said Masse. "It's actually picked up quite a bit as far as charter traffic goes."

CEO for Discover Green Bay Brad Toll spoke to us on Sunday about what the playoffs do for the area's local economy.

Saying private jets like this one coming into the area provide a boost.

"They're all being fueled here at our airport, they're all being serviced, they're all being catered and they're not typically catering chips and salsa," said Toll. "Those are some pretty nice amenities loaded onto the air craft."

And that's good news for Jet Air, as planes from the west coast will need fuel for their trip back.

"Coming from San Francisco, a lot of that traffic, you sell more fuel when they're coming from California than when they're coming from Minneapolis or Detroit," said Masse.

Saying even if it doesn't look like a lot is going on outside of the hangar, it will be full of jets this weekend.

SkyWest may be forced to wait until Plattsburgh International Airport (KPBG) finds new airline



PLATTSBURGH, New York (WCAX) - SkyWest is pulling its service from the Plattsburgh International Airport by April but it’s part of a federally funded contract. Our Kelly O’Brien found out what that means for the airport moving forward.

Skywest first landed at the Plattsburgh International Airport in August 2018.

“This flight to Washington was an excellent flight. It was booked up 80% all of the time,” Clinton County Legislator Bobby Hall said.

In its time at the airport, more than 89,000 passengers were on board the flights to and from Plattsburgh to Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.

“We are disappointed by the news but we also realize that the last two years with the COVID pandemic, it’s caused some unprecedented challenges for the airline industry,” said Chris Kreig of the Plattsburgh International Airport.

SkyWest cites the latest omicron surge and its impact on staffing as its reason to pull out of the airport.

“They are getting out of the Northeast as far as we have been told,” Hall said.

The Skywest flight was part of the federally subsidized Essential Air Service program through the U.S. Department of Transportation.

EAS allows smaller communities to access larger aircraft, and mid to large airports with regularly scheduled daily flights.

“We appreciate the partnership with SkyWest and their service to the community, and we look forward to future opportunities if they present themselves to work with them,” Kreig said.

SkyWest’s contract is up in July, but technically the airline can’t pull its flights until a new contract is signed if they want to stay eligible for the EAS program and the federal dollars that come with it.

“They would have to stay until July if we don’t have another carrier,” Hall explained. “Now, if we have another carrier, they can leave in the 90 days without any problem at all.”

Contracts are due to the U.S. DOT by January 27 and country legislators say that decision will be made very quickly. But they are concerned about the role COVID will play.

“That’s a big concern,” Hall said. “We will definitely get one but the problem is to make sure we get the one that we want.”

Hall says the county predicts it will get contracts to Boston, which was the EAS flight before 2018, but he hopes to see other big name airports in the running.

“We would really like a flight to Philadelphia or preferably back to Washington. Washington would be the best one,” Hall said.

Boeing 737-8F2 (WL), N803XT: Incident occurred January 16, 2022 at Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport (KSTS), Santa Rosa, California

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Avelo Airlines




A plane set to take off from the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport on Sunday went off the pavement on the way to a runway, prompting the evacuation of passengers on board, officials said.

There were 109 passengers and six staff members on the Avelo Airlines flight headed for the Hollywood Burbank airport in Los Angeles County, according to an airline spokeswoman.

Nobody on the plane was injured in the incident, which happened at about 3 p.m., said Jon Stout, manager of the airport northwest of Santa Rosa.

The pilot was turning from a taxiway to a runway and cut a corner too tight, Stout said.

Two of the plane’s wheels were driven into the dirt and got stuck, Stout said.

The plane, a Boeing 737-800, was towed out of the dirt by aircraft tugs, which followed the airport’s protocol for such incidents, according to Stout.

Passengers got off the plane and were taken back to the airport terminal on two Sonoma County Airport Express buses.

“We are working with our customers to accommodate them on alternative flights to (the Hollywood Burbank airport) this evening and tomorrow morning,” Avelo spokeswoman Courtney Goff said Sunday in an email.

Goff said the airline is investigating what caused the incident.



Nantucket Memorial Airport (KACK) receives $344,000 state grant for taxiway reconstruction




The Select Board will accept a $344,000 state grant for work at Nantucket Memorial Airport and vote to approve several contracts when it meets with a relatively light agenda at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday via Zoom.

The grant from the Department of Transportation’s aeronautics division will help fund the reconstruction of an airport taxiway.  

To watch Wednesday’s meeting via YouTube, click here

To register to participate via Zoom, click here 

Click here to view the complete agenda. 

Grassroots campaign to keep Hartford-Brainard Airport (KHFD) open organizes amid new push to close century-old airfield




HARTFORD — A grassroots campaign to organize opposition to the closing of Hartford-Brainard Airport is taking shape as a city task force is poised to develop a plan for shutting down the state-owned 
airport and redeveloping it.

“A small airport like Brainard has such potential that it is a sin not to have our city [leaders] recognize that,” said Michael Teiger, a Hartford pulmonologist and pilot who flies his single-engine Piper Saratoga out of Brainard for business and pleasure.

“What we are trying to do is slow down the movement by being very vocal about the benefits of the airport,” he said.

Teiger is leading the formation of the Hartford-Brainard Airport Association, which drew 50 pilots, business owners and others to a meeting earlier this month.

Teiger and other supporters of the airport say the city should use Brainard as an amenity to attract new businesses to relocate to Hartford. Improvements should be made that would, among other things, allow larger aircraft to fly in and out of the South Meadows airport, they said.

“Look at what Tweed is doing,” Teiger said. “Tweed is expanding with commercial services down to Florida, and now Sikorsky is trying to expand because they see value.”

Teiger also rejects the notion that the airport is solely the province of smaller recreational aircraft, pointing out the aviation-related businesses that are located at Brainard, including flight training schools. CT Aero Tech School for Aviation offers aircraft maintenance training for those seeking a career in the field, Teiger said.

The Connecticut Airport Authority, which oversees Brainard’s operations, has said it has no plans to close the airport. But there are other avenues, including through the state legislature.



Not the right fit?

The Hartford City Council has approved a non-binding resolution supporting decommissioning, closure and redevelopment of the airport. In October, it also backed the formation of a task force that would outline the best path for shuttering Brainard and options for redevelopment.

“The whole point of decommissioning is to finally make some good use of the 200 acres that’s there, and that’s development that benefits the city of Hartford and its constituents,” said Councilman James Sanchez, a Democrat, a vocal proponent of redeveloping Brainard. “It’s not that we hate pilots and aircraft. It’s not the right fit.”

The South Meadows Area Redevelopment Task Force is expected to begin its work in late February, with a deadline of 90 days to produce its recommendations.

Critics of the airport, including Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and state Sen. John W. Fonfara, D-Hartford, say the 200-acre airfield is at the enviable intersection of two interstate highways and with frontage on the riverfront.

Brainard would be better targeted for a mixed-use development, including housing, entertainment venues, shops and a marina, that would draw visitors and new residents into the city and provide a much-needed boost to city tax coffers, they say.

Sanchez said he has watched the development plans unfold on the opposite side of the Connecticut River in East Hartford and it was time Hartford did the same.

As pressure grows to close Hartford-Brainard Airport, sides in debate see different path to economic development for the century-old airfield. »
The Metropolitan District Commission, the regional water and sewer authority, already had its eye on the airport well over a decade ago.

In 2006, the MDC spearheaded a proposal calling for nearly 7 million square feet of commercial and manufacturing space, stores, apartments, a marina, a rebuilt trash-to-energy plant and a river park.

The MDC plan was headed up by William DiBella, the agency’s chairman and a former Democratic state Senate majority leader.

No other conceptual plans for the area exist besides the 2006 vision advanced by the MDC.

Since then, the decision has been made to close the trash-to-energy plant in June, potentially expanding the redevelopment potential to 300 acres. But building on the property, especially the trash-to-energy plant, could take years and require an environmental clean-up that could cost millions of dollars.

But the debate over whether Brainard should remain open isn’t new. It stretches back to the late 1950s when the size of the airport was dramatically reduced to make way for development in the South Meadows.

Teiger said he is not deterred by high-profile political opposition pushing for the airport’s closure, vowing that the fledgling association would hire attorneys and a lobbyist to press its case, if necessary.

Teiger pointed to a 2016 legislative report that recommended further investment in Brainard, rather than redevelopment. Redevelopment, the report said, would be too costly, require large public subsidies and take at least two decades. The report has been dismissed by Fonfara and others who favor redevelopment.

“Nothing has changed since that report,” Teiger said.



Rapper Vic Mensa arrested at Washington Dulles International Airport (KIAD) for illicit narcotics in luggage




STERLING, Virginia — Rapper Vic Mensa was arrested at Washington Dulles International Airport on Saturday after officers discovered a cache of illicit narcotics in his baggage.

Mensa arrived on board a flight from Ghana at about 7 a.m.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers say they found about 41 grams of liquid Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), about 124 grams of Psilocybin capsules, 178 grams of Psilocybin gummies, and six grams of Psilocybin mushrooms concealed inside the 28-year-old's luggage.

Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Despite some states decriminalizing certain personal quantities of illicit narcotics, travelers should be aware that narcotics possession remains illegal under federal law.

“Travelers can save themselves time and potential criminal charges during their international arrivals inspection if they took a few minutes to ensure that their luggage is drug free,” said Daniel Escobedo, Area Port Director for CBP’s Area Port of Washington, D.C. “Narcotics interdiction remains a Customs and Border Protection enforcement priority and we remain committed to working closely with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to ensure that those who transport illegal narcotics into the United States are investigated and prosecuted.”

Flying Above the Clouds in a Powered Parachute Is Peaceful and Terrifying

Soaring high up in the air in little more than a motorized chair ain't for the faint of heart.




A powered parachute, also known as a PPC, is the result of what happened when someone realized you could couple a parafoil with a paraglider. It allows one to fly without having to jump off of tall things thanks to its small engine, and without relying on thermals (columns of rising air) for additional lift. As demonstrated by @Oliveiron23 on TikTok, it can be a moving and peaceful experience to fly one, albeit with some unique risks.

The powered parachute shown, similarly to the paramotor, relies on a non-rigid airfoil, or parafoil, to generate lift. The parafoil is made of tough fabric and is inflated by the wind, allowing it to hold a lift-generating shape while the PPC is in motion. 

Unlike paramotor designs, which are very similar, steering of the PPC is achieved via bars pushed on by the feet, rather than using the hands. A PPC also features a wheeled airframe allowing for plane-like takeoffs and landings. Single-seat PPCs don't require a pilot's license to fly by most regulatory bodies and are simple enough to be transported and launched by a pilot operating alone. 

The videos shared by @oliveiron23—which we can't embed directly on this story but you can watch here—show us the joys of these simple, lightweight aircraft. PPCs are excellent at flying low and slow, and runs over the crop fields near the ground are rather exciting to watch. There's a bit of a scare factor though, too, when it comes to footage of our pilot sitting on a little metal chair thousands of feet above the ground. Perhaps most beautiful, though, are the images shot soaring at over 4,000 feet, with the clouds looking soft and ethereal below.

It's here where the risks can come in, too, with one video seeing @oliveiron23 point at a small aircraft flying through the cloud line. "This right here is why it's so dangerous to go through the clouds, cause that guy is [at] probably 1,000, 1,500 feet." he says. With no radios, radar, or air traffic control, PPC pilots operating in uncontrolled airspace must rely on their eyes and wits to avoid collisions with other aircraft.

Unfortunately, sometimes the worst occurs and collisions do happen. Just last month saw a small plane crash into a paraglider in Texas as reported by Fox 26 Houston, leaving two dead. For such aerial operations, "see and avoid" is often the key measure to averting catastrophe, but such measures can only go so far.

It's no coincidence that many of the videos on TikTok bear a warning: "The action in this video could result in serious injury." However, PPC incidents are actually quite rare. Engine-out incidents typically just lead to a careful glide landing, and it's considered difficult to deflate a wing unless flying in dangerously high winds. Regulations against flying at night also go a long way to reducing crashes into trees, powerlines, and other obstacles.

Overall, flying a PPC can be a glorious, peaceful, and beautiful experience. It just pays to observe the rules and be keenly observant to make the most of what is an exciting and joyful hobby, as @oliveiron23 has shown us.

Brenham City, Texas: Council to Consider Appointment of Airport Liaison




The appointment of an airport liaison for the Brenham Municipal Airport will be among Thursday’s topics of discussion for the Brenham City Council.

The decision to potentially name an airport liaison comes after the dissolution of the city’s Airport Advisory Board in November.  In place of the board, staff members are proposing a single council-appointed liaison and ad-hoc committees formed as needed.

The city received eight applications for the liaison position and interviewed three candidates with a panel consisting of Councilmembers Shannan Canales, Leah Cook and Adonna Saunders, City Manager Carolyn Miller, Development Services Director Stephanie Doland and J. Shane Howard of Burditt Consulting.  According to the agenda packet, the interview panel is recommending Joseph Randy Hodge to serve as liaison beginning this month and ending December 2024.  Other applicants who were not selected will be considered to serve on the business and facility ad-hoc committees, as well as the planning advisory committee to the upcoming airport master plan project.

The responsibilities of airport liaison will include serving as the sounding board between airport stakeholders and the city, advocating for additional airport resources or improvements through the city or grant funding, reporting violations of airport minimum standards or Federal Aviation Administration standards, serving as the committee chair for ad-hoc working groups and providing recommendations from those groups to the city council for final approval.

According to the cover letter submitted by Hodge to the city for the position, he and his family moved to Brenham in 2016 and became a tenant at the airport in 2017.  He received a Master of Business Administration degree in finance and accounting from Texas Christian University, and spent 12 years in airline management and eight years as the secretary/treasurer of a pilot labor union.  He has been a member of the general aviation community since 1976.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Cessna 162 Skycatcher, N620SC: Incident occurred January 16, 2022 at Scottsdale Airport (KSDL), Maricopa County, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Aircraft nose gear collapsed during landing.  


Date: 16-JAN-22
Time: 20:07:00Z
Regis#: N620SC
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 162
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SCOTTSDALE
State: ARIZONA

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — Two people are safe after a plane they were aboard crashed in Scottsdale on Sunday.

The nose gear of a light sport aircraft collapsed while a pilot was landing at the Scottsdale Airport around 1 p.m. The two occupants were the only people on board, airport officials said.

The runway was temporarily closed for authorities to move the airplane but has since reopened. 

Officials have not yet said what was the cause of the crash but the FAA will investigate. 

Cessna R172K Hawk XP, N736PY: Incident occurred January 16, 2022 near Brigham City Municipal Airport (KBMC), Box Elder County, Utah

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah 

Aircraft experienced engine issues and landed on the interstate. 

White Sands Financial Inc


Date: 15-JAN-22
Time: 18:37:00Z
Regis#: N736PY
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: R172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: BRIGHAM CITY
State: UTAH




BOX ELDER COUNTY, Utah  -  January 16, 2022

A student pilot was forced to make an emergency landing on I-15 Sunday morning, January 16, shutting down northbound traffic for a time.

A report from Utah Highway Patrol said the plane had engine trouble about 11:40 a.m., requiring the pilot to bring the aircraft down at approximately MM 365.

The landing was made safely without any mishap and no one was injured. The location of the plane shut down one lane of traffic for an hour and a half.

The FAA is currently investigating the incident.

    



BRIGHAM CITY, Utah — A small airplane made an emergency landing on I-15 in Box Elder County late Sunday afternoon, officials said.

According to the Utah Highway Patrol, the aircraft performed the landing at approximately 11:44 a.m. near mile marker 365 in Brigham City.

The pilot believed there were some mechanical issues and decided to make the landing on northbound lanes, authorities said.

The plane initially blocked all lanes, but troopers were able to move it off the roadway. Just after 1:15 p.m., UHP stated the aircraft was being transported to Brigham City Municipal Airport.

No injuries were reported, and no vehicles were damaged.

UHP says the Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating.







BRIGHAM CITY, Utah, January 16, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — A pilot in a single-engine plane made an emergency landing on northbound Interstate 15 near Brigham City Sunday morning.

The pilot, alone in the small aircraft, was uninjured, and neither was anyone on the ground, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Alexander told Gephardt Daily. The landing happened at about 11:44 a.m. near mile marker 365.

“It was blocking the entire freeway, but they moved it to the median,” Alexander said at about 12:25 p.m. “So currently the left lane is closed and the right lane is open.”

The plane landed several miles south of Brigham City Municipal Airport. Alexander said he could not confirm whether that was the plane’s planned destination.

The FAA will be investigating the incident, Alexander said.