Early morning flight ends fatally

Aircraft: Grumman Yankee Injuries: 1 Fatal. Location: Morgan, Utah. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: A witness reported that the airplane took off just before sunrise and that the engine sounded normal. However, during climb-out the airplane collided with rising terrain about three miles from the airport and about 776 feet above field elevation.

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EAA chapter helps bring mogas to Southern Oregon airport

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What do you get when you combine an industrious chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association and a resourceful airport manager? If you are at Grants Pass Airport (S38) in Southern Oregon, you get a fuel truck that dispenses automotive fuel, known as “mogas,” for use in aircraft engines.

The acquisition of the fuel truck makes Grants Pass one of only two airports in the Beaver State that dispenses automobile fuel.

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Wrong hose contributes to accident

Aircraft: Cessna 172RG. Injuries: None. Location: Lexington, Ky. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: Upon arrival at the destination airport during an instructional flight, the landing gear did not fully deploy. Only the nose gear and the left main landing gear extended and locked in the down position.

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Anti-airport group victorious in Santa Monica

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On Nov. 4, a ballot initiative to give the Santa Monica City Council more control over operations at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (KSMO) in Southern California was approved by voters, signaling — for some — a death knell for the embattled airport.

Measure LC allows the City Council to manage the airport as it sees fit, including closing all or part of the 227-acre property. The measure, which passed with a 60% margin, mandates that the airport land be used only for parks, open space and recreational facilities until voters can approve land-use guidelines.

It had the backing of several community groups which have been trying to close the airport for years, citing safety concerns and calling the airport a playground for “rich hobbyist pilots.”

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Inadequate inspection leads to fatal crash

Aircraft: Piper Cherokee Six. Injuries: 3 Fatal. Location: Jackson, Miss. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.

What reportedly happened: The airplane had been stored in a hangar with its fuel tanks half full under varying temperature conditions. The accident flight was the first time in two months the plane had flown.

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Changes in store for Black Hills Airport

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An airport is like any other business in that you need to invest time, as well as money, to make it grow. Usually that task falls to the airport sponsor, and sometimes a change of sponsor is in the best interest of the airport.

That’s the situation at Black Hills-Clyde Ice Field (KSPF) in Spearfish, S.D.

Currently, the airport sponsor is Lawrence County, but a plan is underway to have the city of Spearfish assume sponsorship, because, according to Dana Boke, the mayor of Spearfish, “The city has more time and resources to focus on the economic development of the airport.”

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Tailwind landing goes bad

Aircraft: Cessna 182. Injuries: None. Location: San Antonio, Texas. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, as he touched down he felt turbulence and tailwind. He applied the brakes. When he realized that he was running out of runway, he applied the brakes harder but couldn’t stop the airplane before he ran out of runway and into the grass.

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Extended slip kills engine

Aircraft: Cessna 210. Injuries: None. Location: Jasper, Ga. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot, who was attempting to land to refuel during a cross-country flight, switched the fuel selector from the right tank which, according to the fuel gauge contained 1/4 tank of fuel, to the left tank which, according to the fuel gauge, showed between 1/3 and 1/2 tank of fuel, then began the descent.

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Cable failure brings down airplane

Aircraft: Rans S12-XL. Injuries: None. Location: Gordon, Ala. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot reported that the takeoff was normal, but as he accelerated to cruise airspeed the elevator suddenly began to flutter violently, shaking the airplane.

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