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Archive for January, 2010

20
Jan

Award of Valor

Posted by Jeff Dalton Comments Off

Last night four Hummingbird Aviation staff members received an Award of Valor. The recipients were Jacob Appel, Chris Cooper, Kelly DeBerg, and William Halpin. The Award of Valor is issued by the Police Chief to citizens who, conscious of danger, intelligently distinguish themselves by the outstanding performance of an act of gallantry and valor at imminent personal hazard to life, above and beyond the call of duty. Below is a letter from the Police Chief to these four individuals. I am proud to work with such a courageous group of people. 

From left to right: William Halpin, Jacob Appel, Shellie DeBerg accepting for Kelly Deberg, and Chris Cooper

Left to right: William Halpin, Jacob Appel, Shellie DeBerg accepting for Kelly Deberg, Chris Cooper

Award of Valor

On August 12, 2009 a private twin engine airplane took off from Flying Cloud Airport and crashed a few minutes later in the yard of the Cummins Grill House across the street from the airport. The airplane burst into flames upon impact.

From their offices at Flying Cloud Airport, four employees of Hummingbird Aviation heard the crash, called 9-1-1 and raced across the street to the crash scene where they found the airplane on fire. Jacob Appel, Christophe Cooper, Kelly DeBerg and William Halpin saw one of the victims lying near the cement step on the east side of the Cummins Grill House, just feet away from the burning wreckage. They dragged the victim from the step to the south side of the Grill House in order to protect him from the intense heat and fire from the crash. They then checked the victim’s vital signs and determined that he was deceased.

The group received a blanket from a construction worker and placed it over the victim’s body. They then grabbed a garden house from the Grill House and attempted to keep the flames from further damaging the house. In addition, they took photos of the scene which aided in the subsequent investigation of the crash.

All four men acted selflessly, taking action in a scene of chaos and confusion. They put themselves at risk when they pulled the victim away from the burning wreckage. They demonstrated compassion and respect by covering the victim’s body. In addition, they made a valiant effort to prevent further damage by dousing the historic Cummins Grill House with a garden hose. This action helped to save a valuable part of Eden Prairie history.

For their bravery, courage and clear thinking amidst a tragic accident, I hereby award Jacob Appel, Christophe Cooper, Kelly DeBerg and William Halpin with the Eden Prairie Police Department’s Award of Valor.

Rob Reynolds

Police Chief

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19
Jan
David Klemenhagen

David Klemenhagen

David Klemenhagen was recently hired as a First Officer for Air Cargo Carriers. David has been a real success story at Hummingbird Aviation. He began his aviation career at Hummingbird 5 years ago as a 17 year old lineman. He started his private pilot airplane flight training a few months later and then continued on to earn his instrument rating and commercial certificate. While working and training at Hummingbird, David went to St. Cloud State to earn a Bachelors of Science in Aviation Operations. He has also been flight instructing here since last May.

At the age of 22, David has 900 hours of flight time and will start training as a First Officer in a Shorts 360. After a few weeks of training in Milwaukee, he will go to LaGuardia to finish his type rating. He then will be flying night cargo for Air Cargo Carriers, a company who contracts for UPS and DHL.

Shorts 360

Shorts 360

Everyone at Hummingbird is proud of David’s accomplishments. I personally wish you the best in the fun and exciting career ahead of you.

Category : Graduation | Blog
14
Jan

Aviation Exploring Post

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Hummingbird Aviation hosted the first meeting for a new Aviation Exploring Post. We had a good turn out with 6 young adults signing up to join the post. The Aviation Exploring Post provides aviation career education for young men and women between the ages of 14 and 20. The young adults will be exposed to a variety of aviation opportunities and careers. We will also be taking tours of different facilities including the MSP Control Tower and the National Weather Service facilities. If you are interested in this program and would like further information let me know.

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4
Jan

Angie Smith 1st Solo!

Angie Smith 1st Solo

Angie Smith 1st Solo

Angie Smith soloed today and I am excited to have the year start off on such an exciting flight. In spite of the cold weather, Angie has been able to excel through her flight training. After a few good landings, I saw no reason for me to stay in the aircraft with her.  I radioed to the tower and informed them we were taxing back to Hummingbird. She dropped me off and took the Jabiru around the pattern by herself. After the flight, she said that she expected to solo sometime this week but not on her first flight of the year. Congratulations Angie for completing your first solo flight in the Jabiru Light Sport Aircraft!

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1
Jan

Happy New Year everyone!

I wanted to post this right away because I had personal experience with this very issue.  The link below is a link to a FAA Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin.  It discusses resetting circuit breakers on general aviation aircraft.  The personal experience I had was during a Robinson R44 instruction flight, the auxiliary fuel pump light came on and the circuit breaker had popped open.  I reset the breaker.  For a short time, the breaker stayed in and the light went out.  Eventually the light came back on and the breaker popped again.

Fortunately, the R44 showed no other signs of trouble.  The engine was continuing to run smoothly and the sound of the engine remained constant.  All my engine gauges continued to run in their normal ranges.  These indications told me the engine driven fuel pump was working just fine and we would be able to make it home.  The emergency procedures in the R44 POH outline that if the auxiliary fuel pump light should come on in flight, and if no other indicators of a problem exist, such as a rough running engine, then land as soon as practical, which is exactly what we did.  The flight ended successfully.

The FAA bulletin outlines that repeated attempts to reset breakers can be catastrophic, as it can cause fires.  This is a good reminder for all of us that if we see a popped breaker, do not reset the breaker more than once.  If the breaker pops again, work through the problem and remember the emergency procedure and act accordingly.

The link is below…

https://www.faasafety.gov/files/notices/2009/Dec/SAIB_CE-10-11.pdf

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