Close 1d2 NOW! Prohibit Experimental ‘Test’ Flights Over our Schools, Homes, and Neighborhoods per FAA FAR rules!
Experimental airplanes started flying at 1d2 in 1961. The Canton population was 5,313 with a density of 147.58 people per square mile. The population has increased 1650.42% since 1961. The 2017 Canton population is now ~93,000 with a density of 2583.3 people per square mile. The township landscape is radically different than it was in 1961! See Population Density Section for more details.
Update Friday December 14, 2018 – Experimental Amateur Built (E-AB) N112SD Prototype Hand Built and Assembled at Canton Plymouth Mettetal (1d2) Airstrip Crashes at Willow Run Airport (YIP)!
Experimental Amateur Built (E-AB) [EAA] [pdf] Detroit Flying Cars (DFC) WD 1 experimental hand built prototype (N112SD) built and assembled at Canton Plymouth Mettetal (1d2) airstrip crashed with substantial, almost complete and total destruction of the airframe, at Willow Run Airport (YIP). The FAA [faa] cannot seem to manage or control ANY of these out of control clowns to prevent hazard to and protect the Health, Safety, and Welfare of the Canton Township neighborhoods, many close PCCS schools, and assisted care living & rehabilitation facilities! [ASN] [aeronews] [wxyz] [avweb] [FlyingMag] [fox] [youtube][Facebook]. The Pilots of America forum was NOT very kind! One mans pipe dream is another mans schools and community nightmare!
NOTE: on page 8 of the October 2018 newsletter the mention of a Light Sport kit build project that will require testing over schools and densely populated neighborhoods. There are usually between five (5) to ten (10) of these repair, rebuild, and new build projects that require some sort of testing over Plymouth and Canton Schools and neighborhoods at any one time. Unfortunately, the local FAA FSDO does not have the manpower, is NOT notified, is therefore unaware, and cannot seem to control what goes on at Canton Plymouth Mettetal 1d2 airstrip. The Canton Plymouth Mettetal 1d2 airstrip has pretty much done what they’ve wanted to do when they’ve wanted to do it, including testing of E-ABs and anything else that flies including helicopters, hiding behind State of Michigan owned status for over 20 years!
Even the FAA, local and non-local, have stated “off the record”, that this is by far the most arrogant, hostile group, this includes MDOT employees, their selected third-party contractors, Special Interests and Industry Lobbyists, and participants at the Canton Plymouth Mettetal 1d2 airstrip that the FAA has encountered anywhere! The local FAA FSDO is literally helpless to do anything at 1d2 Canton Plymouth Mettetal airstrip other than conduct an optional “Safety Class” that everyone at Canton Plymouth Mettetal 1d2 mocks and laughs at openly.
Update Tuesday, February 28, 2017 – E-AB Experimental Crashes are Everywhere
See for yourself! Search ‘ “experimental plane” crash ‘ with Bing or Google to check it out! Not very surprising, but most people do not realize the extent of the hazard and danger we are subjected to without our consent every single day!
On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, an experimental amateur-built (E-AB) airplane with a single piston engine crashed into a condominium complex building in a densely populated neighborhood killing the pilot. The E-AB aircraft was in the pattern on a one mile final approach attempting to land when it nosedived and violently crashed into the condo building.
Miraculously, nobody was in either of the two condos that were destroyed from the E-AB plane crash impact. Luckily, no one else on the ground or in the other condominium complex buildings were killed or injured. See 1d2 related crashes and fatalities for 1d2 related fatalities.
Two witnesses reported seeing flames coming from the small E-AB plane just before it crashed into the condominium building, according to recordings of 911 calls released. “I’m a lucky person in the fact that I wasn’t there,” Mike Paglieroni, the owner of one of the destroyed condos said. “I know I usually work during those hours, but it could’ve been any time of the day. I could’ve been home. It could’ve been later at night.”
A fire quickly spread in the two condos resulting from the experimental E-AB airplane crash. “I could see a lot of smoke coming out the back. It was hard to see because it was up a few hundred feet,” a witness said. Sprinklers in the building helped contain the fire, officials said. The E-AB crash has displaced 34 residents that now have no place to go now. The City, the American Red Cross, and the Salvation Army are assisting the displaced residents. Federal safety inspectors will now take a closer look at the fatal experimental E-AB plane crash.
The 73 year old pilot was identified as the former city council member and mayor. The retired former mayor recently completed the construction of the aircraft entirely by himself and flew the experimental E-AB plane for the first time in May 2016. He received his pilot certification in May 2014 as a sport pilot, which means he has many fewer hours of training and extremely less stringent requirements than a private pilot and is not licensed to carry passengers. See Safety Section for more details on pilot certificates.
This is the second time in recent memory when a plane from the same airport crashed into the same condo complex. Four people — three adults and one child — were seriously injured in a previous crash when their airplane lost power after takeoff and crashed in much the same way.
See Safety Section for details about another horrible fatal crash directly into a home in a densely populated neighborhood on the day before this that killed 3, critically injured 2 more, and completely destroyed two homes.
Common Safety and Health Dangers of Experimental E-AB Aircraft at 1d2
Based on the NTSB studies, Experimental Amateur-built (E-AB) is approximately 10 percent of the GA fleet, yet account for 27 percent of accidents with only 5% of all flight time.
It is not possible to compare experimental aircraft to FAA Part 23/25/27/29 at all. Experimental aircraft does NOT require any formal certification process at all. It amounts to an easy way to circumvent FAA process/procedures to sell experimental, kit, and sport aircraft. Experimental aircraft in a densely populated neighborhood is NOT in the best interest of the general public at all.
FAA sponsored aviation ’collaboration’ schemes and projects without FAA certification only serves the special interest aviation ‘stakeholders’ to favor and enhance industry revenues and profits at the expense of those adversely impacted communities. These impacts diminish the quality of life and health and present unacceptable safety risks to the community.
It is harder to put an ‘experimental’ car on the highway than it is to put an experimental aircraft in the sky. There is just too much danger to the unsuspecting public with respect to an experimental aircraft. That’s why communities are passing their own rules and regulations to curtail and even curb experimental activities over densely populated areas, including schools, homes, and neighborhoods.
Basically, experimental and amateur-built aircraft include any aircraft that is fabricated and assembled by anyone for their own education and/or recreation. This means non-professionals, home shop mechanics, wannabe engineers, wannabe test pilots, which conjures up many images, most not so comforting or reassuring.
Sometimes experimental amateur-built aircraft are referred to as homebuilt aircraft because they are literally homemade, made by hand, built at home, etc., e.g. and are not the product of any certified professional activity. Anyone can do this, there are no particular skills or requirements to perform this activity at all, just fill out the forms and have a documentation review and a single one-time visual inspection, and you’re good to go!
E-AB aircraft can contain previously untested systems, including engines not designed for aircraft use, and modifications of airframes, controls, avionics, and instrumentation. Even industry experts doubt the general capabilities of E-AB such as the (instrumentation) avionics in some homebuilts that are barely adequate for basic visual flight rules (VFR) flight, the most basic type of navigation.
WARNING: Experimental aircraft do not comply with any Federal Safety Regulations for standard aircraft at all! In fact the FAA requires that the following placard must be displayed in the aircraft in full view of any occupants:
“NOTE: PASSENGER WARNING―THIS AIRCRAFT IS AMATEUR-BUILT AND DOES NOT COMPLY WITH FEDERAL SAFETY REGULATIONS FOR STANDARD AIRCRAFT.”
The NTSB performed a study entitled The Safety of Experimental Amateur-Built Aircraft, here a few select points from the report:
- WARNING: FAA E-AB airworthiness certificate is issued based only on a review of submitted documentation and a one-time visual inspection of the aircraft after it has been completed. E-AB safety is not managed by FAA regulatory requirements. FAA works with several self-administered organizations that provide airworthiness administration and approval processes. There is NO FAA requirement for pre-approval of the project or in-process inspections of materials / workmanship, functional testing, or certification, validation, or verification of any part of the experimental aircraft at all.
- E-AB aircraft account for a disproportionate number of total accidents and an even more disproportionate share of fatal accidents when compared with similar non-E-AB aircraft conducting similar flight operations. E-AB is approximately 10 percent of the GA fleet yet 27 percent of accidents with only 5% of overall flight time
- Accident analyses indicate that powerplant failures and loss of control in flight are the most common E-AB aircraft accident occurrences, accident occurrences are similar for both new and used aircraft.
- The majority of newer E-AB aircraft are now built from commercial kits, rather than from purchased plans or original designs.
Part 21.191 Experimental Certificates.
Based on the above findings of the NTSB Experimental Amateur-built (E-AB) aircraft clearly pose a serious danger to the densely populated area of Canton, Plymouth and the surrounding communities that many are simply unaware of.
Toxicology Results of Fatal Experimental Amateur-Built (E-AB) Aircraft Accidents
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) – operates the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI) under the auspices of the Federal Aviation Administration Office of Aviation Safety, and is is the medical certification, education, research, and occupational medicine wing of the Office of Aerospace Medicine (AAM). CAMI published a report in pdf format Toxicological Findings in Fatally Injured Pilots of 979 Amateur-Built Aircraft Accidents (AIM-11-21).
In summary the report states of the 6309 aviation accidents from which Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI) received postmortem samples for accident investigation, 979 (16%) were related to Experimental Amateur-Built (E-AB) aircraft. The highest number of amateur-built aviation mishaps occurred during summer.
There was a decreasing trend in accidents of non-amateur-built aircraft, whereas there was an increasing trend in accidents of Experimental Amateur-Built aircraft (E-AB). In the 979 accidents (pilots), 392 were positive for ethanol and/or drugs. Ethanol was found in 29 pilots, drugs in 345, and ethanol plus drugs in 18. For ethanol/drug-related accidents also, a decreasing trend was observed with non-amateur-built aircraft and an increasing trend with Experimental Amateur-Built Aircraft (E-AB).
This is an important article with many references:
US National Institute of Health, US National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology
Toxicological findings in fatally injured pilots of 979 amateur-built aircraft accidents. – PubMed – NCBI (reference)
The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Transportation Research Board (TRB)
Toxicological Findings in Fatally Injured Pilots of 979 Amateur-Built Aircraft Accidents (reference)
Toxicological Findings in Fatally Injured Pilots of 979 Amateur-B…: Ingenta Connect
Available in PDF or HTML format.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Toxicological Findings in Fatally Injured Pilots of 979 Amateur-Built Aircraft Accidents – AM11-21.pdf
Here is a local copy of the article Toxicological Findings in Fatally Injured Pilots of 979 Amateur-Built Aircraft Accidents – AM11-21 in pdf format if other sites are not responding.
Toxicological Findings in Fatally Injured Pilots of 979 Amateur-Built Aircraft Accidents
very unpredictable site based up/down times, but has many other useful reports when the site is available . . .
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Hunt Library
List of all FAA Aviation/Aerospace Medicine Reports (1961 – 2017)
FAA Aviation/Aerospace Medicine Reports | Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Hunt Library
Other aviation reports related to the article”Toxicological Findings in Fatally Injured Pilots of 979 Amateur-Built Aircraft Accidents” reports by Arvind K Chaturvedi
References and Further Reading
Dramatic video shows a plane crashing Monday in a Riverside neighborhood, igniting a fire. Authorities said three people were killed and at least two people were hurt in the crash. More: http://bit.ly/2m08UjU
Posted by Fox 11 Los Angeles on Monday, February 27, 2017