July 16, 2009 |
Homer E. Kolb, 78, of Phoenixville, an aeronautics innovator who developed ultralight aircraft, died Saturday at Phoenixville Hospital after cardiac surgery. Mr. Kolb received several awards for his aviation accomplishments and in 1999 was inducted into the Experimental Aircraft Association's Ultralight Hall of Fame. He was considered the first person to construct a plane lighter than man, said his son, Marcus, adding that the Smithsonian Institution requested one of Mr. Kolb's early ultralights for display in its National Air and Space Museum in Washington.
December 1, 2004 |
Pilot John V. Salamone received a six- to 23-month sentence in Montgomery County Prison yesterday for zigzagging his single-engine plane across Philadelphia airspace last January while drunk. Montgomery County Judge Bernard A. Moore also gave Salamone, 44, of North Coventry, Chester County, five years' probation, and ordered Salamone to undergo alcohol-abuse counseling. When he was arrested, Salamone's blood-alcohol level was 0.15 percent, nearly twice the level of 0.08 percent that constitutes drunken driving for automobile drivers in Pennsylvania.
November 24, 2004 |
Prompted by a Chester County pilot's dangerously erratic flight in January, the state legislature has approved a bill making it illegal to fly while intoxicated. The bill, passed early Sunday during the legislature's pre-recess rush, closes a loophole that had led to dismissal of driving-under-the-influence charges filed by Montgomery County authorities against John V. Salamone. During a four-hour flight in his private plane Jan. 15, Salamone came perilously close to several airliners at Philadelphia International Airport.
September 23, 2004 |
Two F-15 fighters fired flares at a small private plane to force it to land in Pottstown yesterday after the plane flew into airspace that was restricted because of President Bush's visit. Another small plane was forced to land in Philadelphia. A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said the Pottstown incident occurred about 2:30 p.m., as Air Force One was preparing to take off from Willow Grove Naval Air Station after the President's appearance at the Valley Forge Convention Center.
September 16, 2004 |
A judge found John V. Salamone, the pilot who flew his single-engine plane through Philadelphia airspace while intoxicated in January, guilty of risking a catastrophe yesterday. After a two-day nonjury trial, Montgomery County Court Judge Bernard Moore also found Salamone, of North Coventry in Chester County, guilty of reckless endangerment. Moore ruled immediately after lawyers gave their closing statements. Salamone, 44, faces a maximum of nine years in prison. The charge of risking a catastrophe is a felony and could bring up to seven years in prison.
September 15, 2004 |
Pilot Matt Graff didn't wait for air-traffic controllers to issue instructions on Jan. 15: When he saw a single-engine plane coming straight toward his twin-engine jet, he increased altitude immediately. "I'm guessing it was about 300 feet of separation," Graff testified yesterday during the trial of John V. Salamone, the Chester County man facing criminal charges for flying into Philadelphia's airspace while high on alcohol and Valium. "It very easily could have been a collision.
August 24, 2004 |
John V. Salamone, the Chester County man accused of flying his single-engine plane erratically over the Philadelphia region while intoxicated in January, faces trial Sept. 14. Montgomery County Court Judge Bernard Moore scheduled Salamone's trial yesterday during a pretrial conference, Assistant District Attorney John Gradel said. After taking off from Pottstown-Limerick Airport near Pottstown, Salamone, 44, of North Coventry, flew his plane to within a half mile of a US Airways flight carrying 37 passengers near Philadelphia International Airport, police said.
June 14, 2004 |
In the aftermath of a dangerous and erratic flight by an allegedly intoxicated pilot, a Montgomery County state representative has introduced legislation that would make flying under the influence illegal. Republican Kate Harper hopes the bill, which provides for jail time and fines for violators, will be approved before the General Assembly summer recesses at the end of this month. The bill was approved last week by the House Transportation Committee. "Pilots . . . have no business flying while under the effects of drugs or alcohol," Harper said.
March 31, 2004 |
The Federal Aviation Administration will levy no further penalties against John V. Salamone, who disrupted air traffic when he flew his single-engine plane erratically through Philadelphia airspace in January, allegedly while drunk. However, Salamone should stand trial on criminal charges of reckless endangerment and risking a catastrophe, a Montgomery County judge ruled yesterday. The FAA won't fine Salamone for violating FAA regulations during his flight from Pottstown to Atlantic City on Jan. 15, Thomas J. Lahovski, an aviation safety inspector with the FAA, testified in Montgomery County Court during a hearing on criminal charges filed against Salamone by state prosecutors.
March 4, 2004 |
John V. Salamone, accused of flying erratically over Philadelphia International Airport in January, wants his single-engine Piper back. Salamone, 44, of Pottstown, was in Montgomery County Court yesterday, trying to get a judge to order prosecutors to release the plane. His attorney, Joseph P. Green of West Chester, said Salamone wants to sell the plane. The Federal Aviation Administration revoked Salamone's pilot's license Jan. 22. "He doesn't have any intention of flying it," Green said . District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. impounded the plane after Salamone's four-hour flight on Jan. 15, when he flew into the path of other planes landing at Philadelphia International.