NTSB Animation of Marlin Air Cessna Citation Accident Investigation Near Milwaukee Wisconsin

January 17, 2010

Video courtesy: NTSB

Washington, D.C. – The National Transportation Safety Board today determined that the probable cause of an aircraft that lost control and impacted water was the pilots’ mismanagement of an abnormal flight control situation through improper actions, including lack of crew coordination, and failing to control airspeed and to prioritize control of the airplane.

On June 4, 2007, about 4:00pm CST, a Cessna Citation 550, N550BP, impacted Lake Michigan shortly after departure from General Mitchell International Airport, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (MKE). The two pilots and four passengers were killed, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was being operated by Marlin Air under the provisions of Part 135. The aircraft was carrying a human organ for a transplant operation in Michigan. At the time of the accident, marginal visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the surface, and instrument meteorological conditions prevailed aloft; the flight operated on an instrument flight rules flight plan.

Due to the lack of a data recording system, the Board could not determine the exact nature of the initiating event of the accident. However, the evidence indicated that the two most likely scenarios were a runaway trim or the inadvertent engagement of the autopilot, rather than the yaw damper, at takeoff.

The Board further noted that the event was controllable if the captain had not allowed the airspeed and resulting control forces to increase while he tried to troubleshoot the problem. By allowing the airplane’s airspeed to increase while engaging in poorly coordinated troubleshooting efforts, the pilots allowed an abnormal situation to escalate to an emergency.

Therefore, the NTSB concluded that if the pilots had simply maintained a reduced airspeed while they responded to the situation, the aerodynamic forces on the airplane would not have increased significantly. At reduced airspeeds, the pilots should have been able to maintain control of the airplane long enough to either successfully troubleshoot and resolve the problem or return safely to the airport.

Contributing to the accident were Marlin Air’s operational safety deficiencies, including the inadequate checkrides administered by Marlin Air’s chief pilot/check airman, and the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) failure to detect and correct those deficiencies, which placed a pilot who inadequately emphasized safety in the position of company chief pilot and designated check airman and placed an ill-prepared pilot in the first officer’s seat.

Results from the Board’s investigation indicated that the captain did not adhere to procedures or comply with regulations, and that he routinely abbreviated checklists. Subsequently, the NTSB concluded that the pilots’ lack of discipline, lack of in-depth systems knowledge, and failure to adhere to procedures contributed to their inability to cope with anomalies experienced during the accident flight. Thus, the Board also concluded that Marlin Air’s selection of a chief pilot/check airman who failed to comply with procedures and regulations contributed to a culture that allowed an ill-prepared first officer to fly in Part 135 operations.

The report adopted today by the Board, points out that FAA guidance regarding appointment of check airmen requires Principal Operations Inspectors (POI) to verify the check airman candidate’s “certificates and background.” Additionally, all required training must be completed, and the airman’s training records must show satisfactory completion of initial, transition, or upgrade training, as applicable. The guidance does not specifically address POI actions when the background evaluation discloses negative information. This lack of guidance can result in the appointment of check airmen who do not adhere to standards and who possibly jeopardize flight safety.

As a result of this accident investigation, the Safety Board issued recommendations to the FAA, and the American Hospital Association regarding airplane and system deficiencies, FAA oversight, and the safety ramifications of an operator’s financial health.

A summary of the findings of the Board’s report is available on the NTSB’s website at:http://www.ntsb.gov/Publictn/2009/AAR0906.htm

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Part 9 – Katie Mcgrath Fight Training – Inside the World of Merlin with BAFTA 21 Nov 2009

January 13, 2010

Watch the OFFICIAL version on the BAFTA website:
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Stage Fight training

Inside the World of Merlin with BAFTA 21 Nov 2009

Ever wondered how TV makers create the magic you see on screen?
21 November 2009

Part 6 Colin Morgan

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I was told I was aloud to film but If Im not permitted to not to post please let me know and Ill take it down.

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Wind Waker Walkthrough part 56: Flight Training

December 15, 2009

Poe opens the way to the Earth Temple with the help of the new Earth Sage!

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Ron Weiss’s Magical Journey Part 1/3

August 24, 2009

Visit http://www.ronweissfoundation.org/
The Ron WEISS YOUTH AVIATION FOUNDATION is established in memory of our beloved Ron Weiss, an avid pilot who loved and excelled in all aspects of aviation. The Foundation exists to empower, educate, and foster the pursuit of excellence in aviation for children and young adults, through various programs and activities in each of the critical stages of success in aviation. These programs provide education and training from the earliest stages of model airplane building through FAA pilot training

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Ron Weiss’s Magical Journey Part 3/3

August 22, 2009

Visit http://www.ronweissfoundation.org/
The Ron WEISS YOUTH AVIATION FOUNDATION is established in memory of our beloved Ron Weiss, an avid pilot who loved and excelled in all aspects of aviation. The Foundation exists to empower, educate, and foster the pursuit of excellence in aviation for children and young adults, through various programs and activities in each of the critical stages of success in aviation. These programs provide education and training from the earliest stages of model airplane building through FAA pilot training.

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Low flying plane in New york city 4/27/09 RAW VIDEO (ABC)

May 14, 2009

NEW YORK (WABC) — A photo shoot involving an Air Force aircraft and a fighter jet led to hundreds of frightened calls from residents and workers in Lower Manhattan Monday.

For a half-hour, the Boeing 747 and F-16 jet circled the Statue of Liberty and the lower Manhattan skyline near the World Trade Center site. Offices evacuated. Dispatchers were inundated with calls. Witnesses thought the planes were flying dangerously low. The exercise involved an F-16 escorting the plane, a Boeing 747, over Battery Park City and up the Hudson River. Some reports quoted an administration official who said the purpose of the photo op was to update file photos of the president’s plane near the Lady Liberty.

The large plane is the military version of the 747 and is the type of plane the president uses to fly. When he is aboard, the plane is referred to as Air Force One.

The head of White House Military Office apologized for the incident late Monday.

“Last week, I approved a mission over New York. I take responsibility for that decision,” said Louis Caledra. “While federal authorities took the proper steps to notify state and local authorities in New York and New Jersey, it’s clear that the mission created confusion and disruption. I apologize and take responsibility for any distress that flight caused.”

President Obama was apparently not informed of the flight. When he learned what happened, sources said Obama was furious.

The maneuver was coordinated in advance with the FAA and state and local officials.

The Defense Department “coordinated the flight with FAA,” FAA spokeman Jim Peters said, “and we made the notifications to the city of New York, as well as the 311 and 911 centers, the NYPD, New Jersey State Police and various operations centers in the New York area.”

City officials were notified, but not the general public.

“The flight of a VC-25 aircraft and F-16 fighters this morning was authorized by the FAA for the vicinity of the Statue of Liberty with directives to local authorities not to disclose information about it, but to direct any inquiries to the FAA Air Traffic Security Coordinator,” a police statement read.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he is furious that the federal government flew the planes near Ground Zero. Bloomberg says the flyover so near the World Trade Center site showed “poor judgment” and was insensitive. He says he is furious that the NYPD and another city agency were notified last week, but did not tell him.

If he had known, Bloomberg says he would have tried to stop it.

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NEW YORK (WABC) — A photo shoot involving an Air Force aircraft and a fighter jet led to hundreds of frightened calls from residents and workers in Lower Manhattan Monday.

For a half-hour, the Boeing 747 and F-16 jet circled the Statue of Liberty and the lower Manhattan skyline near the World Trade Center site. Offices evacuated. Dispatchers were inundated with calls. Witnesses thought the planes were flying dangerously low.

But the flyover was nothing but a photo op, apparently one of a series of flights to get pictures of the plane in front of national landmarks.
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The exercise involved an F-16 escorting the plane, a Boeing 747, over Battery Park City and up the Hudson River. Some reports quoted an administration official who said the purpose of the photo op was to update file photos of the president’s plane near the Lady Liberty.

The large plane is the military version of the 747 and is the type of plane the president uses to fly. When he is aboard, the plane is referred to as Air Force One.

The head of White House Military Office apologized for the incident late Monday.

“Last week, I approved a mission over New York. I take responsibility for that decision,” said Louis Caledra. “While federal authorities took the proper steps to notify state and local authorities in New York and New Jersey, it’s clear that the mission created confusion and disruption. I apologize and take responsibility for any distress that flight caused.”

President Obama was apparently not informed of the flight. When he learned what happened, sources said Obama was furious.

City officials were notified, but not the general public.

“The flight of a VC-25 aircraft and F-16 fighters this morning was authorized by the FAA for the vicinity of the Statue of Liberty with directives to local authorities not to disclose information about it, but to direct any inquiries to the FAA Air Traffic Security Coordinator,” a police statement read.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he is furious that the federal government flew the planes near Ground Zero. Bloomberg says the flyover so near the World Trade Center site showed “poor judgment” and was insensitive. He says he is furious that the NYPD and another city agency were notified last week, but did not tell him.

If he had known, Bloomberg says he would have tried to stop it.

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Mass UFO Sighting New Jersey 9 Jan 09 !!

January 14, 2009

New Jersey-01-05-09-While driving home near interstate 287 northbound, I pulled over to watch the lights. They lasted about 15-20 minutes, then shot off into the distance.

I took a short video taken with my camera. My passenger and I both experienced awe as we watched. Neither of us have seen anything remotely close to this before.

The lights must have been visible for miles. They changed in pattern and shape throughout the 20 minutes or so.

Second Report

As an amateur astronomer of nearly 20 years experience, this is the second time I have seen something in the sky that is difficult to explain. I was on my apartment stoop smoking a cigarette when my neighbor, who was just coming home after parking his car in our complexs lot, called my attention to something around the corner of the building.

I moved to share his line of sight and immediately saw an equilateral triangle composed of six red lights. The lights shone at approximately -2.5 magnitude and covered an area of roughly 9 square degrees in the sky.

Three lights marked each of the triangles corners, and three others were arranged outside around them, forming a larger triangle, equal in proportion and orientation to the inner one.

As I watched, the individual points were in motion with respect to each other, but the group appeared to hang motionless in the southwest sky. At this point, the approximate alt-az of the lights was 160°(SSE) by 35° elevation.

I ran inside and retrieved my 6×30 image stabilized binoculars to get a better look. The formation had shifted to an irregular lambda shape of five or six lights when I came back outside.

Through the binoculars, the lights appeared as tiny points against a backdrop of clouds illuminated by nearby Morristown.

They were clearly below the cloud deck compared to airplanes elsewhere in the sky at the time, and appeared to be separate objects in no way connected by a larger structure.

They moved steadily in ascending, lateral, and descending directions in a manner that seemed to display deliberate coordination, but there was no noticeable sound of aircraft.

I returned inside again and readied my digital camera after waking my fiancé. By the time I started collecting video, the visible lights had been reduced to three or four and had moved to approximately 130°(SE) by 20° elevation and the formation covered less than the area of the full moon.

By this time, eight minutes had passed from when I originally observed the lights.

My fiancé and I watched them, with two of my neighbors, as they hung low in the southeast sky, flickering in a tiny triangle. They shifted into a straight line before the individual lights began to rapidly descend beyond tree line one by one.

One or two could still be seen hovering near the horizon in the distance before they vanished, leaving only a solitary beacon remaining higher up until it abruptly faded.

If the lights had not ascended during this event, I would have been fairly certain they were some kind of aviation flares, but I cannot confirm, as I am not familiar with that sort of thing.

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University of Cincinnati Professional Pilot Training

November 17, 2008

Sportys Academy, in conjunction with the University of Cincinnati, offers a two-year professional pilot program. The program caters to those who aspire to be aviation professionals. The Professional Pilot Program combines two years of college general studies with flight training, which leads to the issuance of the FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with an Instrument Rating. Along with the FAA qualifications, students also receive an ociate of Applied Science degree in Aviation Technology from the University of Cincinnati.

Academic Classes are conducted at The University of Cincinnati while the flight training takes place at the Clermont County/Sportys Airport. Sportys Academy is responsible for teaching the aviation classes and conducting all flight training in our FAA Part 141 approved Flight School. Sportys supplies the University with training aircraft and simulators, flight instructors, classrooms, and an Aviation Professor.

After completing an ociate Degree, students are eligible to continue their education for an additional two years and obtain a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from U.C.s College of Business Administration. Qualified students who graduate from the aviation program often work as flight instructors at Sportys Academy while they are still attending classes.

At Sportys, we are proud of our relationship with The University of Cincinnati in educating the aviation professionals of tomorrow. We are confident our graduates will have the knowledge and skill necessary to prosper in the aviation career of their choice.

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Crime Strike TV Documentry on Cops Who Care

November 5, 2008

Cops Who Care, an organization comprised of Wickenburg area police officers is featured on the Crime Strike TV Show. Cops Who Care is now in its 27th year of helping at risk children living in the Wickenburg, Az area that includes Aguila, Congress, Yarnell, Morristown, Wittmann and Circle City.

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Crime Strike TV Documentry on Cops Who Care

November 3, 2008

Cops Who Care, an organization comprised of Wickenburg area police officers is featured on the Crime Strike TV Show. Cops Who Care is now in its 27th year of helping at risk children living in the Wickenburg, Az area that includes Aguila, Congress, Yarnell, Morristown, Wittmann and Circle City.

Duration : 0:4:1

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