Sunday, May 27, 2018

Air Tractor AT-502B, N6180J: Accident occurred May 27, 2018 in Butler County, Missouri

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BUTLER COUNTY, MISSOURI (KFVS) - A small plane has crashed in Butler County, Missouri on Sunday, May 27.

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol, a crop duster crash on County Road 221 near County Road 220.

The pilot was uninjured. 

Missouri State Highway Patrol officers have cleared the scene.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been advised of the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.kfvs12.com

Defense bill provides relief for pilot shortage, pay raises for Sheppard Air Force Base

US Rep. Mac Thornberry
Sheppard Air Force Base stands to benefit from measures striking at the heart of the pilot shortage the Air Force has been battling, as well as from the biggest military pay raise in nine years.

The House approved a $717 billion National Defense Authorization Act on Thursday that is bristling with efforts to retain and recruit pilots such as those in Sheppard’s Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program.

U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, Wichita Falls’ congressman, said the Air Force isn’t producing enough pilots. Faced with a shortage of 2,000 pilots and counting, the military has to compete with the private sector.

“The airlines are hiring with good benefits, and one of the factors that’s contributed to losing pilots is our maintenance problems,” Thornberry, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said in an interview earlier this spring.

Thornberry, R-Clarendon, said pilots don’t stay in the Air Force to make more money.

“You stay in the Air Force because you can do cool things,” he said. “If you can’t fly or if your flying hours are far below even the minimum that they should be to maintain your proficiency, you start looking at other options.”

And that’s what has happened, he said.

“We have passed provisions for pilot bonuses, thinking a little more money and so forth could do it. It doesn’t hurt maybe, but the real issue is, how much time do you have to fly?” Thornberry said.

“If your planes are grounded all the time, then it’s like, OK, maybe I’ll go work for an airline,” he said.

The defense bill sets aside $2.8 billion to buy spare airplane parts for the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, according to a media release from Thornberry’s office.

In addition, the defense authorization bill ratchets up dollars for flying hours by $24.2 million, allowing for more time in the air for pilots.

To address the pilot shortage, the legislation calls for the Air Force to evaluate pilot staff requirements with an eye toward maximizing pilots’ time in the cockpit.

What’s more, the legislation puts $10 million to help speed up the development of technology to mitigate physiological episodes aircrew have experienced.

T-6 Texan II aircraft were grounded from Feb. 1 to Feb. 26 at Sheppard and elsewhere as the Air Force identified issues with the plane’s on board oxygen system.

A series of unexplained physiological episodes at Sheppard, Columbus AFB in Mississippi and Vance AFB in Oklahoma led to the grounding of the trainer aircraft.

In such episodes, aircrew may become dizzy or lose consciousness.

In addition, the defense authorization bill puts $39.5 billion toward overcoming a crisis in military aviation by getting more aircraft flying. It also specifies the purchase of 77 F-35 fighter jets.

The legislation also hikes pay 2.6 percent for service members, according to the release.

In addition, it helps combat high turnover in high-demand fields with special pay and bonuses for those military members.

The House approved the bill 351-66 on Thursday to set troop end strength and a plan for spending.

“The key focus of this bill is restoring readiness to ensure that when our men and women in uniform go out on mission, they have the best equipment, the best training and the best support our nation can provide,” Thornberry said upon passage of the bill.

A separate defense appropriations bill will put the money behind the plan.

The Senate Armed Services Committee approved the upper chamber’s version of the bill later Thursday.

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