Sunday, November 06, 2022

Federal Aviation Administration holds first workshop for West Virginia International Yeager Airport (KCRW) expansion

The Federal Aviation Administration held the first of two public scoping workshops Wednesday as it begins an Environmental Impact Study to expand the runway at Charleston’s International Yeager Airport.

The airport, owned by the Central West Virginia Regional Airport Authority, wants to extend its main runway by 285 feet from its existing length of 6,715 feet to 7,000 feet and shift the parallel taxiway as it makes improvements to the runway safety area. The airport was 6,802 feet long before a reinforced slope failure.

The proposed project being studied would establish standard 1,000-foot-long by 500-foot-wide runway safety areas at both ends of Runway 5-23 and a runway extension to meet the takeoff runway length needs of the existing and forecast future aircraft fleet mix at the airport.

The expansion requires filling in a large valley, which would encroach on approximately 400 acres of Coonskin Park.

The FAA has to complete the Environmental Impact Study study to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. As part of the process, the FAA is inviting public feedback that will take an estimated two years to complete.

“At the start of the process, we take the airport’s proposal and we bring it to the public,” FAA Regional Environment Program Manager Andrew Brooks said. “Essentially what we’re saying is, our airport authority is proposing this in your community. This is your opportunity to provide some input into what is being considered through the environmental process that is to come.”

The FAA will complete what Brooks calls “alternative screenings” as it attempts to address the airport’s runway length without impacting Coonskin Park. After that, a series of informational meetings will be held to update the public on where the FAA stands in the process.

“Once the EIS, which is currently scheduled for the first quarter of 2024, we’ll come out and have the public meetings, potentially hearings, where the public will be able to see the full breadth of impact analysis, provide comment and testimony on the record at that point,” Brooks said.

The study involves multiple federal, state, as well as local agencies. They include the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, West Virginia Development Office, and the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission.

With hundreds of acres of Charleston’s most prized park at stake there has been considerable public pushback to the project. The park’s Alice Knight Memorial Trail and Coonskin Grotto waterfall are listed on West Virginia Tourism’s website as state attractions.

Chad Cordell, a member of Kanawha Forest Coalition said the project does not make sense for Charleston.

“Coonskin Park is really special to a lot of people in the area. It’s been part of our families for generations and it’s a place that we don’t want to see destroyed,” Cordell said. “This proposal right now would take almost half of Coonskin Park, would bulldoze it and fill tens of millions of yards of fill of the Coonskin branch, you know 100s of feet deep. We’re talking about bulldozing and burying a large portion of this wonderful park that for a lot of people is one of the most accessible green spaces in the Charleston area.”

Brooks said as the FAA moves forward with the study they will be closely exploring the potential impacts on Coonskin Park and the surrounding environment.

“If we achieve those standards by using less grading or less size, then that acreage could potentially be reduced,” he said.

Dave McMahon questioned the need for more safety. “There are only 9 commercial flights today,” McMahon said. “I understand there are an average of 14 air national guard flights a day. Do you really need to have a separate taxiway? Leave the other planes at the gate until the other planes have taken off. I don’t see enough flight activity to justify moving the taxiway.”

Heather Sprouse, the Ohio River Coordinator for West Virginia Rivers Coalition was at last night’s meeting.

“We are pleased to hear that the FAA is carefully considering public comments. Now is the time to share ideas about what should be included in the Environmental Impact Study, including how important Coonskin is to the community of Charleston as our only urban forested green space.”

Yeager Airport Director Dominique Ranieri said the informal walk-through setting of the FAA scoping workshops gives the public a chance to talk one-on-one with FAA consultants.

The workshop highlights the EIS study in visual detail through informational boards that explain the project in various stages of development.

“It’s an opportunity to hear the information in a little bit more of a casual conversation setting,” Ranieri said. “All the consultants and members of the FAA team are here and they are available to get into the minutiae as are the people from the airport to talk about the proposed project.”

Ranieri said the thoughts of community members will be taken into account.

“After they see all of the different project boards throughout the room, that’s the end point: before you leave, please leave us your formal comments,” she said. “We will review every single one and take them into consideration as part of this long two year process.”

The FAA scoping study will continue through November 17. A second workshop was scheduled Thursday evening. A virtual workshop meeting will be held on Monday, November 7.

Surveillance plane helping take fentanyl pills off the streets faces extinction

GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who also serves as a pilot in the Air National Guard, is sounding the alarm about plans to cut funding for a little-known military surveillance aircraft that law enforcement officials tell CNN is an essential tool for dismantling drug trafficking organizations and has helped them take tens of thousands of illegal fentanyl pills off the streets last month alone.

Kinzinger is among a small group of Air National Guard pilots who operate the RC-26 aircraft and have helped law enforcement agencies target large shipments of fentanyl that are flowing into the US from across the border.

But despite being described as an essential asset for law enforcement officials on the ground as they carry out raids and serve search warrants, the aircraft currently finds itself on the chopping block as Air Force leaders are planning to scrap the program, he told CNN.

"Law enforcement lives have been saved by having this asset available," according to Kinzinger. "We can see anything weird that's going to happen," he said, adding that pilots can also follow suspects with their aerial camera without them knowing, allowing agents to maintain the element of surprise.

"We've been saving it every year piecemeal," he said. "The guard has made it very clear. It's gone in April."

No other options

Law enforcement officials from around the country and National Guard pilots who fly the RC-26 have appealed directly to Air Force leaders in Washington to keep the plane or provide a capable replacement, according to multiple sources familiar with those discussions.

But despite self-imposed limits to the types of operations that can be flown by RC-26 National Guard pilots, Air Force leaders have now decided they no longer want to fund piloted reconnaissance assets for border and counter-drug missions, claiming unmanned drones can be offered up to fill that need, Kinzinger said.

Supporters of the aircraft like Kinzinger say, in reality, the Air Force does not currently have a plan to replace the capabilities provided by the RC-26 if the program is shuttered.

The Air Force has determined that divestment of the RC-26 "leaves no capability gap" and the service possesses sufficient "Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance assets" to support the needs of law enforcement authorities, Air Force spokesperson Ann Stefanek told CNN in response to questions about the future of the aircraft.

A law enforcement official who spoke to CNN under the condition of anonymity to speak frankly about his opposition to the Air Force's plans to get rid of the aircraft, said doing so would take away the biggest advantage officers have over drug trafficking organizations that are currently "flooding the market" with large quantities of fentanyl and killing swaths of Americans in the process.

"I know the Air Force is trying to say there are other options ... but they don't have the same capabilities," the law enforcement official, who has routinely requested assistance from Air National Guard pilots operating the RC-26, said.

"It would be a great loss for us in law enforcement," he added, noting it allows police departments to work more cases and spend less money on things like overtime for officers.

While the RC-26 is used for a variety of missions, it has proven to be very effective in helping law enforcement agencies not only seize large amounts of fentanyl but also arresting and building cases against violent drug traffickers bringing the deadly substance into the US.

Outfitted with a range of surveillance gear, including infrared imaging systems and secure radio communications, the Air Force's small fleet of RC-26 aircraft has played a prominent role in several recent operations targeting illicit shipments of fentanyl by serving as the preverbal eye-in-the sky for agents and officers on the ground, according to current and former officials.

An agent or police officer is often on-board the aircraft to direct the pilot where to go and, working in tandem, they are able to collect information to help inform the decision-making of law enforcement officials on the ground in real time as they execute search warrants and conduct raids.

Over the last two weeks in Arizona, the relatively obscure turboprop plane was involved in three separate fentanyl seizures of 22,500 pills each, according to law enforcement data obtained by CNN.

Each seizure prevented 10,000 potential deaths, according to a US official familiar with the operations, who noted that the DEA says four pills in 10 have a lethal amount of fentanyl in them.

But despite proving itself to be a valuable asset for drug interdiction, particularly at a time when the Biden administration is facing increasing pressure to stop the flow of fentanyl coming into the US from across the border, funding for the RC-26 aircraft is again on the chopping block.

Air Force officials believe that the relatively small amount of money used to keep the current fleet of 11 RC-26 planes in the air would be better spent elsewhere. If a House amendment to provide more funding for the aircraft fails to make it through conference and is not included in Congress' next defense spending bill, the plane will be "gone in April," according to Kinzinger.

'Less than a drop in the bucket'

The cost of maintaining all 11 RC-26s is between $25 and $31 million per year, according to a source familiar with the program, who note that is a "less than a drop in the bucket" considering the annual defense spending bill ranges in the hundreds of billions of dollars.

Kinzinger has sent a letter to the Armed Services Committees requesting they keep the current language related to funding for the RC-26 in its next defense spending bill, which would keep the aircraft around for at least one more year and require an independent assessment of how the National Guard could replace it, with a cost analysis.

But even if that happens, the aircraft's long-term survival remains in question, as does the future success of the specialized missions it currently flies.

Kinzinger is not alone in his support of the RC-26. CNN spoke with current and former law enforcement officials working in what are known as High Intensity Trafficking Areas who were adamant that the plane is a critical tool for stopping the flow of illicit drugs into the US.

"I think of the RC-26 as my state bird," said Rand Allison, a recently retired narcotics officer who spent over a decade working with RC-26 pilots as part of federal task forces focused on intercepting shipments of illicit drugs.

Heightened public awareness about the dangers of fentanyl, bipartisan concerns and law enforcement statistics obtained by CNN also underscore how the RC-26 remains relevant despite claims by some air Force officials that it is too old.

For example, data provided to CNN by the Southern Nevada High Impact Narcotics Task Force shows law enforcement agencies have used the RC-26 to seize 134,009 fentanyl pills and 15.7 pounds of pure fentanyl powder this year alone -- a dramatic increase compared to the roughly 67,000 pills and 2.7 pounds of powder seized in 2021.

In 2020, the task force documented its first seizures of fentanyl pills and powder, underscoring how the dramatic rise in law enforcement operations focused on these trafficking operations in particular.

If the RC-26 program is ultimately scrapped, law enforcement officers would lose their best asset for dismantling trafficking operations bringing fentanyl into the US from across the border, Allison told CNN.

The RC-26 aircraft was also used in three separate drug busts over the last three weeks where law enforcement agencies seized more than 60,000 fentanyl pills in total, according to federal drug task force data obtained by CNN.

The first operation took place on October 18 in Las Vegas, Nevada, where the DEA seized 21,500 fentanyl pills.

Exactly one week later, agents with the Department of Homeland Security Investigations division carried out the bust in Tucson that yielded more than 25,000 pills. The next day, a HIS team in Phoenix, Arizona seized an additional 5,000 pills and are building a much larger case, according to a law enforcement official familiar with operation.

Losing the war against fentanyl

Still, one law enforcement official who regularly works with Air National Guard pilots to conduct counter-drug operations acknowledged feeling like they are "winning many battles but losing the war when it comes to fentanyl," making the RC-26's survival even more imperative.

Over the last eight years, Kinzinger has been at the forefront of efforts to save his plane from extinction and preserve its ability to fly the type of missions that have endeared it to law enforcement officials across various agencies.

Now, the RC-26 is again at risk of being phased out due to the shifting priorities of Air Force leaders that do not include flying border or counter-drug missions, according to the Republican lawmaker, who opted not to run for re-election but is using the final months of his time in Congress, in part, to advocate for the aircraft's survival.

If that happens, the Air Force will also lose more than 60 Air National Guard pilots who are trained to fly the RC-26, Kinzinger added, noting the service is already suffering from a pilot shortage.

Mayors snubbed on aircraft committee: Teterboro Airport (KTEB), New Jersey

PASCACK VALLEY, New Jersey — Woodcliff Lake Mayor Carlos Rendo said that the Pascack Valley Mayors Association would devise a new plan at its November 9 meeting in its fight against noise pollution from private jets that overfly the Pascack Valley on their way into Teterboro Airport.

At the October 26 meeting of Teterboro Aircraft Noise Abatement Advisory Committee, or TANAAC, Rendo said he and other local mayors were told that they would not be allowed a seat on the TANAAC board to represent their towns over air traffic volume and noise concerns.

The mayors had been pressing for months to be included on the TANAAC board and hoped to be admitted so that their voices — and the complaints of tens of thousands of potentially affected residents — could be represented to the airport owners, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

TANAAC is an advisory committee open to local officials representing towns within approximately 5 miles of Teterboro Airport. It includes officials from Bogota, Carlstadt, Hackensack, Hasbrouck Heights, Little Ferry, Maywood, Moonachie, Ridgefield Park, Rochelle Park, Rutherford, South Hackensack, Secaucus, Teaneck, Teterboro and Wood-Ridge.

“This issue is not going away for us. We have residents in town that are intent on donating money to retain an attorney to see what can be done,” said Rendo on October 31. “They [the Port Authority] have to be willing to come to some type of compromise. It’s not too much to want to enjoy your backyard on the weekends,” said the mayor, noting the constant drone of private jets likely lowers property values.

Rendo said that the mayors association will “look at what avenues we have for relief” such as possibly hiring an aviation expert to look at the airport’s landing flight patterns, hiring a lawyer to bring a court case, or holding a demonstration at a public venue or meeting to raise awareness.

“We’re at the mercy of the information they’re [TANAAC] giving us. And to not let us have a voice when our residents are complaining daily about the noise…this is a quality of life issue,” said Rendo. He said the mayors will consider next steps in their fight against private jet volume and noise when they meet Nov. 9. He said a letter to the airport demanding action on an alternate landing flight route was only one option open to the group.

Rendo said they were told that the TANAAC members opposed their membership because if they opened it up to one representative from their mayors’ association, that would set a precedent and they would then have to let in other towns/mayors who wanted to join.

Rendo said they only wanted to have one person on TANAAC to represent the Pascack Valley. “We’re getting the brunt of it, with the jets often 2,000 feet or lower over us.” He noted that a graphic shown by the committee showed a convergence of private jet traffic over Woodcliff Lake especially, as well as other towns.

He said though pilots were using a new landing pattern route over Route. 17, most pilots preferred the long-established landing route that traversed Emerson, Montvale, Park Ridge, Hillsdale, Washington Township, Westwood, and River Vale.

A chart presented at the July TANAAC meeting showed noise complaints lodged over a six-month period from January to June 2022 ranged from a high of 7,343 complaints from 40 complainants in the Township of Washington to a low of 33 complaints from 11 individuals in Montvale.

Hillsdale Mayor John Ruocco emailed residents advance notice of the TANAAC October meeting and an online log-in to attend. He questioned the committee’s decision to exclude a representative from the mayors’ association. The association includes all eight Pascack Valley towns, plus Old Tappan and Oradell.
“Their reasoning was that if they did it for us, they would have to do it for other mayors. I think that’s not a reasonable position, given that the skies above the towns in the Pascack Valley are where most of the routes converge during the approach to the airport, and on that basis alone a case can be made for allowing the PVMA a representative on the TANAAC,” Ruocco told Pascack Press.

Ruocco added, “The other development of note was that they put up a slide that showed greater use of the Alternate Route 17 approach. In the third quarter, it was used by 38% of the incoming night flights, which was considerably more than the previous quarter. Use of the Alt Route 17 approach during the day increased marginally, but is still only used by 4% of the incoming flights.”

The FAA established the alternate route in late 2020 in response to noise complaints from many communities, including Hackensack and Maywood, which lie closest to the airport’s landing field, Runway 19, that is used by most incoming private aircraft. Private jets flying over the Pascack Valley towns are generally heading for Runway 19.

At TANAAC’s July meeting, Rendo said that jet planes used his home as “ground zero” for turning over the reservoir and towards a Teterboro landing, according to the meeting minutes posted online. He questioned then why pilots were not using the Route 17 Alternate Approach landing route and asked for relief for residents on the weekends. He also asked for data on the number of flights on weekdays versus weekends heading into Teterboro Airport using Runway 19.

James Schultz, FAA manager for the New York district, explained that “traffic density on the weekends was still busy enough to prevent air traffic control from having the ability to do mixed approaches into Teterboro even on the weekends. They are looking at options,” according to the July minutes.

At the July meeting, a discussion ensued over a possible relocation of a portable noise monitor scheduled for Woodcliff Lake. Officials with TANAAC were leaning toward the Borough Hall while other local officials pushed for a site closer to the municipal pool, where more private jet traffic is sighted on a daily basis.

A location without ambient noise and a readily available power source was highly prized by TANAAC officials.

Each of the 15 communities on TANAAC is represented by the mayor or a duly appointed alternate.

In addition, the Bergen county executive and Board of Commissioners’ chairman, a member of Congress for the Ninth District, state assembly members and state senators of the 36th and 38th districts are represented by themselves or a duly appointed alternate.

According to its Port Authority of New York and New Jersey website, TANAAC was established on February 26, 1987.

“The main purpose of the committee was to establish a meaningful dialogue between the airport community and the residential communities. The primary goal of the committee is to work collaboratively with the airport management and Federal Aviation Administration in an effort to enhance the quality of life of the residents of local communities while ensuring the continued efficient operation of the airport,” the website states.

“TANAAC is comprised of the locally elected officials or their duly appointed alternates, and members of the aviation community,” it adds.

Cirrus SR20 G6, N700YZ: Fatal accident occurred November 05, 2022 at Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport (KMYF), San Diego, California

Exyion Aviation Inc 

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290.


The pilot of a single-engine plane that crashed on takeoff at Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport was pronounced dead, the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office said Sunday.

The crash was reported at 11:56 a.m. Saturday. San Diego Fire-Rescue Department crews arrived at 12:06 p.m. at 8634 Gibbs Drive, near the northeast end of the airport, said SDFRD Deputy Chief of Operations Dan Eddy.

The pilot, Andre Roosevelt Green, 46, was trapped in the plane’s wreckage and was extricated by fire crews. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition and pronounced dead at 1:20 p.m. Saturday.

Green was the only person on board.

The runway was shut down and hazmat crews were called to the scene to clean up a fuel spill, Eddy said.

A total of 14 firefighting units were on the scene along with 41 firefighter personnel.

Ercoupe 415-C, N99726: Struck stool and construction scaffolding inside hangar

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AIRCRAFT:  1946 Engineering and Research 415-C N99726, s/n: 2349, AFTT 2223.2, current Tach 1800.

The last annual inspection is dated 04/04/22 at 2219.7 AFTT, 1797.2 Tach. 

ENGINE:  Continental C-75/85-12, s/n: 2528-6-12. 

The last annual inspection is dated 04/04/22 at 1797.2 Tach, 982.4 SMOH. The current Tach Time is 1800.0                                                                                                                                                              
PROPELLER:   McCauley 1B90-CM7150, s/n: 34853. 

The last annual inspection is dated 04/04/22 at 1797.2 Tach, 922.2 SPOH.  The current Tach Time is 1800.0

EQUIPMENT:     XCOM 760 Radio

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  On 07/04/22 while taxiing to park in a hangar, N99726 struck a stool and construction scaffolding inside the hangar.  A transition from grass to concrete near the hangar impeded the forward motion which was overcome by adding throttle.

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES:   The damage includes but may not be limited to the following:
propeller struck a stool inside the hangar and is damaged. 

cowlings at the nose and right side are damaged.

right wing near the wingtip is damaged.

left wing is damaged outboard of midspan. 

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:  Weirsdale, Florida                                               

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Salvage is as is/where is. 
The posting information is the best to our knowledge. 
Logbooks may not be complete.

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Cessna T210M, N36X: Incident occurred October 28, 2022 at Spinks Airport (KFWS), Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Texas

Aircraft experienced engine issues and landed short of the runway, gear collapsed and skidded into a field. 

ArchAngel Aviation LLC

Date: 28-OCT-22
Time: 01:30:00Z
Regis#: N36X
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: T210
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew:  1 No Injuries
Pax: 1 No Injuries 
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
State: TEXAS

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N737HE: Incident occurred October 27, 2022 at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport (KLBE), Latrobe, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allegheny, Pennsylvania

Aircraft struck a bird on approach leaving a dent on the left wing.  

Vee Neal Aviation Inc

Date: 27-OCT-22
Time: 21:15:00Z
Regis#: N737HE
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew: 1 No Injuries 
Pax: 1 No Injuries  
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91

Airbus A320, N377NW: Incident occurred October 28, 2022 in New York, New York

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; New York, New York

Aircraft struck a bird damaging radome. 

Delta Air Lines Inc

Date: 28-OCT-22
Time: 00:27:00Z
Regis#: N377NW
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A320
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew:  2 No Injuries 
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: DELTA AIRLINES
Flight Number: DAL366

Eurocopter EC-135 P2+, N835DH: Incident occurred October 28, 2022 at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Heliport (NH82), New Hampshire

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

Rotorcraft struck a bird damaging lower chin bubble.  

Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital

Date: 28-OCT-22
Time: 02:13:00Z
Regis#: N835DH
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: EC135
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew:  1 No Injuries 
Pax: 3 No Injuries
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 135

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N858AU: Incident occurred October 27, 2022 at Moton Field Municipal Airport (06A), Tuskegee, Alabama

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

Aircraft landed hard damaging left main gear strut, nose gear and propeller.

Auburn University

Date:  27-OCT-22
Time:  20:05:00Z
Regis#: N858AU
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type:  INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew: 1 No Injuries
Pax: 1 No Injuries
Aircraft Missing:  No
Activity: FAR 141 PILOT SCHOOL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation:  91
Aircraft Operator:  AUBURN UNIVERSITY