ANN regrets to report the loss of aerobatic pilot Eric Beard in
what appears to be a weather related crash in the State of
Washington. Well known as the pilot of "Russian Thunder," a Yak 54,
Beard was apparently flying a Piper light twin Friday night when he
went down in reduced visibility in Skagit County, WA.
Doctor Dies In Tragic, Unsuccessful, Emergency Landing
Investigators are picking over the remains of Dr. Jay S.
Richards's Mooney 231, N27ER, which crashed Thursday just 30 feet
from the taxiway that could have been his deliverance. The
51-year-old anesthesiologist from Portland, Oregon died instantly
when his plane plunged into an orchard of filbert trees. Richards
made a mayday call that his plane was losing power, moments after
being cleared to land at Hillsboro Airport.
Senators Michael Crapo and Larry Craig (pictured below) have not
let up in efforts to protect backcountry airstrips. The two Idaho
senators recently introduced the Backcountry Landing Strip Access
Act into Congress. AOPA is strongly supporting the bill.