Pilot Forced to Land Plane on its Belly

FLORENCE, Ore. — A Florence pilot did some quick thinking Friday when he was forced to land his plane without landing gear. An airport volunteer says the pilot knew his gear wasn’t coming down so he made a flyby, which confirmed to airport officials that his gear was indeed not coming down. The airport says … Continue reading »

Plane Makes Emergency Landing Along I-5

Near ROSEBURG, Ore. — A small plane made an emergency landing along I-5 between Roseburg and Sutherlin Wednesday afternoon. Police say the plane landed along I-5 near milepost 131 just before 2 p.m. The plane stopped in a median along the freeway. The only person on board was not injured. No other information is available … Continue reading »

Volunteers Restore Antique Plane

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. — Plane enthusiasts at the Oregon Aviation Historical Society¬† in Cottage Grove spent Saturday afternoon putting the finishing touches on a historic plane restoration. The 1935 Stinson aircraft spent years in pieces. It took nearly two decades for a group of volunteers to put the pieces back together. They said it took … Continue reading »

Alaska Air Passenger Reflects on Flight

EUGENE, Ore. — Alexander Herrera is blaming his bi-polar disorder for his troubling actions on an Alaska Air flight into Portland early Monday morning. Hererra says he wasn’t on his proper medication when he tried to open the exit door during the flight from Anchorage to PDX. Lance Risser of Eugene says the red eye … Continue reading »

Allegiant Stops Hawaii Flights to Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene travelers will soon say aloha to non-stop flights from Eugene to Honolulu. That’s aloha as in goodbye. Allegiant Airlines is already cutting that service from Eugene. Allegiant airlines announced in November that it would be adding the non-stop flights from Eugene to Hawaii, but just a few months later they’re stopping … Continue reading »

Allegiant to Halt Eugene-Hawaii Flights

EUGENE, Ore. — Allegiant Air announced Thursday that it will halt flights between Eugene and Honolulu. The airline’s service to Hawaii was just announced in November; but starting Aug. 14, Allegiant will no longer offer flights to Honolulu from Eugene and a handful of other cities. According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Newspaper, an Allegiant spokesperson … Continue reading »

Passengers Up 3.7% at Eugene Airport

EUGENE, Ore. — Between bowl games and business travel the Eugene Airport reports a record number of passengers traveled through the airport in 2012. Since 2011, the number of passengers increased by about 3.7 percent. Airport managers say in the past five years significant gains have been because of bumps in leisure travel and more … Continue reading »

Airlines Collect Millions More in Fees

EUGENE, Ore. — New numbers show how much we dole out to airlines when we hand over our bags. The U.S. Department of Transportation says airlines now collect more in baggage fees than last year. Reports show in the first quarter of this year the 17 largest airlines collected more than $815 million in baggage … Continue reading »

New Flight Simulator at Local Flight School

CRESWELL, Ore. — Local pilots know the frustration of dealing with Oregon’s ever-changing weather, but a Creswell Flight School takes Mother Nature out of the equation. Redbird FMX, a full-motion flight simulator, allows pilots to custom order the weather. The simulator gives pilots a chance to try out some maneuvers they wouldn’t normally be able … Continue reading »