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May 12, 1997 | By Douglas Belkin, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A 29-year-old Norristown pilot was killed yesterday afternoon at the Pottstown-Limerick Airport when he either fell or walked into the spinning propeller of a stationary plane. Ronald Allen Croy, a part-time flight instructor for Fare Share Ltd. for four months, had just returned from a one-hour flight and parked his Cessna next to a Sparrow Piper airplane. He climbed onto the wing of the Sparrow to help the pilot start the engine, Limerick Police Officer Fitz Duffy said. After talking the pilot through the ignition process, Croy, who was kneeling next to the cockpit, went off the front of the wing into the propeller, Duffy said.
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September 8, 1997 | For The Inquirer / HINDA SCHUMAN
Paul DiMascio of Boyertown starts the propellers on the plane that he built. He was at the Pottstown-Limerick Airport, which yesterday hosted a Fly-in and Breakfast, sponsored by the Pottstown Aircraft Owners and Pilots. The public was invited to breakfast with pilots and see antique and military planes.
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January 17, 2000 | TOM KELLY IV/ FOR THE DAILY NEWS
The pilot of a single-enginer Cessna walked away unharmed after an emergency landing at the Pottstown-Limerick Airport in Montgomery County shortly before 2 p.m. yesterday. The pilot was not immediately identified. Authorities said two of the plane's three wheels would not come down and the plane belly landed. Firefighters were on the scene but were not needed.
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March 4, 2004 | By Keith Herbert INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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August 24, 2004 | By Keith Herbert INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 7, 2001 | By Stephen B. Goldstein FOR THE INQUIRER
I have lived in Manayunk for six years - but never realized I was right under a flight pattern until my son started yelling, "Daddy, Daddy! Airplane!" Now my son has planes on the brain and I need to satisfy his appetite. The 47th Annual Fly-In Breakfast at the Pottstown-Limerick Airport Sunday would allow me to do that. Sponsored by Pottstown Aircraft Owners & Pilots Inc., it promises to leave your appetite sated and your imagination soaring by offering a pancake breakfast and more than 200 aircraft on display.
NEWS
August 25, 1987 | By Paul Scicchitano, Special to The Inquirer
It was more than a typical fender-bender. Oliver H. Reid Jr. of Pottstown was driving along Airport Road in Limerick Township two years ago when the landing gear of a twin-engine Piper Chieftain airplane struck the roof of his Ford pickup. Yesterday, Reid filed a lawsuit in Montgomery County Court, contending that the pilot had approached the airport at a "negligent, dangerously low and illegal altitude. " The suit seeks damages of more than $20,000 from the pilot, Robert M. Heimovitz, 43, of Bear, Del.; Fare Share Ltd. of Pottstown, and Weather Vane Corp.
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March 3, 2004 | By Keith Herbert INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Montgomery County district justice dismissed a drunken-driving charge yesterday against a pilot accused of flying a single-engine plane while high on alcohol and anxiety medicine Jan. 15. Limerick District Justice Walter F. Gadzicki Jr. rejected the prosecution's argument that airspace above Montgomery County is equivalent to public highways. But John V. Salamone, 44, of Pottstown, still faces legal trouble stemming from his four-hour flight, characterized by erratic altitude changes and disruptions in air-traffic control.
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September 23, 2004 | By Marc Schogol INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
March 21, 1997 | By Scott Cech, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A massive, multi-vehicle accident at rush hour yesterday afternoon on the Route 422 Expressway in Limerick left seven people dead and three injured. One of the dead was an infant. The four-lane highway was closed to traffic for hours last night as police and emergency workers from six municipalities swarmed over the scene, between the Limerick-Linfield and Sanatoga exits, opposite the Pottstown-Limerick Airport. Two people, including the infant who later died, were taken from the scene by helicopters.
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July 16, 2009 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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December 1, 2004 | By Keith Herbert INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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November 24, 2004 | By Marc Schogol INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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September 23, 2004 | By Marc Schogol INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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September 16, 2004 | By Keith Herbert INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
September 15, 2004 | By Keith Herbert INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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August 24, 2004 | By Keith Herbert INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 14, 2004 | By Marc Schogol INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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March 31, 2004 | By Keith Herbert INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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March 4, 2004 | By Keith Herbert INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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