Hearing coming up Monday

There is a hearing in the Winslow case Monday.

Looks like Incredible Adventures is trying to get removed from the suit. Let’s pray that does not happen. Justice should be served. And they knew..they knew he was dangerous.

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Winslow vs Incredible Adventures et al

This one is likely to take a while.

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What absolutely infuriates me is that with Riggs dead, Gilliss dead, this poor man dead and his widow grieving, a lawsuit pending and they are not only still advertising these flights but they are still using the pictures of the plane that was destroyed and killed 2 other people several years ago.

Incredible Adventures is, in my opinion, an absolutely disgusting example of business in this country.

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Probably cause regarding Boulder City accident

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

An in-flight emergency followed by a collision with terrain for reasons that could not be determined because postaccident examination of the airframe, engine, and forward and aft canopies revealed no evidence of mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.

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The Factual on the Boulder City crash

The Factual report on the Boulder City crash has been released.

You can read it here

Oddly I don’t see any determination of cause. I will investigate that some more.

What I did find interesting..and sad is the following:

A review of the operating limitations for the airplane dated March 24, 2011, indicated that the operating limitations did not expire. Of note were items number 10, 30, 38, and 43.

Item 10 states in part…
No person MAY be carried in this aircraft during the exhibition of the aircraft’s flight capabilities, performance, or unusual characteristics at air shows, or for motion picture, television, or similar productions, unless essential for the purpose of the flight.

Item 30 states…
No person may operate this aircraft other than the purpose(s) of exhibition to exhibit the aircraft, or participate in events outlined in Walt Woltosz’s Program Letter or (any amendments) describing compliance with 21.293(d). In addition, this aircraft must be operated in accordance with applicable air traffic and general operating rules of part 91, and all additional limitations herein prescribed under the provisions of 91.319)e). These operating limitations are part of Form 8130-7, and are to be carried in the aircraft at all times and be available to the pilot in command of the aircraft.

Item 38 states…
This aircraft is authorized for flights or static display at air shows, air races, and in motion pictures conducted under a waiver issued in accordance with 91.903.

Item 43 in part states…
The special airworthiness certificate and attached operating limitations for the aircraft have no expiration date.

Obviously I do not have the entire Program letter but I would like to see it. I still have yet to see anything that makes these flights legal.

Sadly, my sources tell me that the FAA cannot find any way to prosecute the people at Incredible Adventures who sold these flights (and continue to advertise them). The regulations only address a pilot actually DOING the flights, not the people who actually sell the flights. So it seems that companies like IA can continue to profit even if people die. Because obviously the criminal authorities aren’t going to do anything because with only one death of a passenger, it’s not worth their time or effort and definitely not worth the cost to prosecute.

That’s too bad.

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Falsified Loan?

I have a question. Why does the FAA just accept any piece of paper given to them as being legitimate. We saw a lot of that with the paperwork for the plane he stole previously (N484E).

Today we see it again.

This document was sent to me today.

A plane owner just happened to order a disc of all the documentation on his plane. He was getting one for another plane he bought so he figured he’d throw his old plane in there too. Good thing he did.

What he got was a “Record of Security Conveyance” for a $25,000 loan on his plane with a company called Aerobanc of America out of Camarillo.

A loan that he never took out.

The document is dated January 11, 2013
Was filed with the FAA on May 30, 2013

They filed it, no questions asked.

They did NOT send a copy, or any other notification to the person listed.

They DID apparently send a copy to the supposed lender.

To their credit Aerobanc has stated they will do what they need to in order to get this fixed. Meaning making sure that there is NO record of a loan recorded on this plane, paid, unpaid or otherwise. They state they had no idea about this loan and never would have issued it because they don’t do loans on experimentals.

But think what this could have caused had this owner tried to sell his plane.
Or if Riggs put into action whatever plan he had when he filed this. And yes, we know that’s who did it. He could have filed a lien for an unpaid loan and no doubt, the FAA would have turned over ownership, just like the did on the plane in the previous article.

I would strongly suggest that anyone who ever had any sort of tangle with Riggs do the same thing this pilot did and pull a copy of your planes records. There is no telling what you might find

Because the FAA, for some unknown reason, accepts any piece of paper they receive at face value and have nothing in place to actually notify the owners of the planes that they are recording this stuff on. It’s unbelievable to me that these are the people in charge.

This pilot will get this figured out I’m sure. But Riggs has been dead for almost a year…and his crimes are still coming to light.

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Factual report released – more to follow.

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HISTORY OF FLIGHT

On May 18, 2012, about 1215 Pacific daylight time, an experimental exhibition Aero Vodochody L-39, N39WT, impacted desert terrain about a 1/2 mile northwest of the Boulder City Municipal Airport (BVU), Boulder City, Nevada. Mach 1 Aviation and Incredible Adventures operated the flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The airline transport pilot and one passenger were fatally injured; the airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and wing assembly. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the adventure flight, and no flight plan had been filed for the local flight.

The accident airplane, along with another L-39 (N139CK), departed Van Nuys Airport (VNY), Van Nuys, California, about 0730 on the morning of the accident.

The purpose of the day’s flights was to celebrate a birthday for one of the eight passengers, which included a Hollywood Top Gun Adventure flight, in two L-39 Albatross jet airplanes. Each flight was scheduled to be 45 minutes in length, and each passenger would be provided with a film of their flight. Two flights were scheduled for the morning, with the last two flights to take place in the afternoon following lunch. The mornings’ flights were uneventful.

The pilot in the lead airplane for the accident flight stated that the takeoff and climb out were normal until he heard the other pilot radio “canopy.” He could not elaborate further as to why the accident pilot made that statement.

The passenger in the lead airplane for the accident flight stated that he and the other passenger got into their respective airplanes, but that he did not watch the other passenger get ready for their flight. He stated that he figured out how to put his own seatbelt/safety harness on, and was then instructed about the canopy usage. After the canopies were closed, he was able to hear the pilot of his airplane and the pilot of the other airplane over the radio. The passenger stated that his pilot received a clearance for takeoff and the pilots taxied the airplanes to the runway and came to a stop. The lead airplane was on the left side of the runway and the accident airplane was on the right side of the runway. There was a discussion about the crosswind and if there were any issues on takeoff. The lead airplane would make a left turn, and the number two accident airplane would make a “harder left [turn].” The passenger reported that the takeoff appeared normal. He recalled that they were about 400 feet above the ground, when his pilot instructed the other pilot to stay in formation. The passenger stated that his airplane was in a climbing left turn and he overheard who he thought was the accident pilot over the radio making a mayday call, followed by a canopy call. He looked out of his window and saw the accident airplane in a right turn, then saw it level off followed by a puff of dirt, which he believed was the airplane impacting the terrain. He also recalled seeing the accident airplane fly below one set of power lines. The passenger stated that there were no further communications from the pilot of the accident airplane.

Prior to the two airplanes departing from BVU, a pilot from a flight of 6 military helicopters reported that they were inbound for landing at the airport. After the mayday call was issued by the pilot in the lead airplane, one of the crews of the inbound helicopters reported that they would locate the accident site and land, and render assistance to the pilot and passenger until rescue personnel arrived on-scene. The military pilot reported that he observed the accident airplane on its belly and the engine was still running at full thrust. The pilot in the circling jet was giving instructions on how to get the canopy off and to shut down the engine. The military crew was able to take off the front canopy; however, they were unable to shut the engine down. The engine stopped after about 20 minutes.

Responding rescue personnel reported that upon their arrival they noted two military personnel and an individual from the airport, as well as, two people slumped over inside the airplane. They observed the three individuals attempting to shut down the engine, which they were not able to do. Eventually the engine began to misfire and discharged flames from the rear of the airplane prior to the engine shutting itself down. The front canopy was open rendering the front seat pilot accessible to rescue crews. The rear canopy appeared to be latched on the left side, with the right side of the canopy slightly raised from the fuselage. The canopy had to be forced up and to the left by first responder/emergency personnel in order to gain access to the rear seat passenger.

According to the individual responding from the airport, he noted that when he attempted to idle the engine to shut it down, the throttle appeared to be broken as it had no tension to the control, but the engine sounded as if it was still running at 100 percent power.

According to Boulder City Police Department, they dispatched an officer at 1218. The officer arrived at 1245. The detective reported that the engine was still running upon his arrival at the accident site, and shortly thereafter started to sputter.

Witness Statement

Four of the eight birthday party members were interviewed by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors; they stated that they were driven by bus from their hotel to the Boulder City Municipal Airport. Once they arrived at BVU, they made their way to a Fixed Based Operator (FBO) and were told by FBO personnel that the two airplanes were en route from Van Nuys. While they waited for the airplanes to arrive, the group discussed the order in which they would fly since only one passenger could fly in each airplane at a time. After the airplanes arrived, the group reported seeing two people exit each airplane; pilots and film technicians. The group talked to the pilots and took pictures of themselves with the airplanes. They met inside the FBO in a conference room where they received a briefing of what to expect. Members of the group indicated that there would be four flights; two flights would occur before lunch, the airplanes would be refueled, and then they would have the final two flights.

The passengers did not report any mechanical problems or anomalies during the first two flights. The accident flight occurred on the third flight of the day after the lunch break.

PERSONNEL INFORMATION

The pilot, age 65, held an airline transport pilot certificate (ATP) that was issued February 28, 2011. He also held a flight instructor certificate with ratings for airplane single engine and multiengine, and instrument airplane that was issued on June 8, 2011. The pilot held a second-class medical certificate issued on December 01, 2011. It held the restriction that the pilot must wear corrective lenses. The pilot’s logbook was not available for review. On the pilot’s most recent FAA medical application dated December 01, 2011, he reported a total time of 5,900 hours with 80 hours accrued in the past 6 months.

According to FAA records, the pilot’s ATP certificate was subject to an emergency revocation in September 2009, and the ruling was upheld on November 25, 2009. The revocation was for a period of 1 year, and the pilot was eligible to reapply for his pilot certificate after September 28, 2010. The certificate was reissued on February 28, 2011. He received his initial airline transport pilot certificate on August 31, 1973.

The pilot in the lead airplane, as well as the birthday party group that were flying that day, reported that the pilot appeared to be in good health and was in good spirits.

AIRCRAFT INFORMATION

The two-seat (tandem) low-wing, retractable-gear airplane was an experimental Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatross, serial number 132127. It was a high-performance jet trainer manufactured by Czechoslovakia in 1981. It was powered by an all metal turbofan Ivchenko AI-25-TL engine.

The fuel log and final fuel receipt were obtained from BFE Aviation at Boulder City Airport. The fuel log revealed that the accident airplane had received Jet A fuel two times the day of the accident; once at 0900 for a total of 92 gallons, and again at 1120 for a total of 180 gallons.

Airplane Maintenance

A review of the airplane’s logbooks revealed that a 50-hour/6-month inspection had been signed off on January 12, 2012, at an airframe total time of 2,459.8 hours. The last entry in the airplane’s logbook was dated January 17, 2012, at an airframe total time of 2,459.8 hours, where the airplane had been signed off for a 100-hour condition inspection. Maintenance records showed that a 50-hour engine inspection was completed on January 12, 2012, at a recorded engine time of 570.3 hours.

The airplane was purchased on December 10, 2009, at an engine total time of 550 hours and an airframe time of 2,440 hours. The owner of the airplane had an arrangement with the owner of Mach 1 Aviation, which allowed the owner of Mach 1 Aviation to use the accident airplane for these flights.

COMMUNICATIONS

Boulder City Municipal Airport was a non-towered airport; however, it did have an active UNICOM radio frequency, which pilots could announce their intent. The UNICOM radio communications were recorded and a review of the recordings indicated the lead pilot in airplane N139CK, announced over UNICOM that N139CK was a flight of two Albatross fighters and they would be taking the active runway 27L, with a southbound departure followed by a left turn to proceed southeast. The lead pilot then radioed that “139CK flight of two Albatross fighters taking the active 27L making a left turn out.” About 2 minutes later on the audio track, the lead pilot radioed “dash two come around,” then “dash two you ok?” The accident pilot radioed “canopy canopy,” and the lead pilot replied “roger, what are you heading back?” The next radio call overheard on UNICOM was “Mayday Mayday Mayday, we got an airplane down, Mayday Mayday.” The entire UNICOM audio track is located in the public docket for this case.

WRECKAGE AND IMPACT INFORMATION

The accident site was approximately 1/2 mile northwest of the airport in flat desert terrain. The airplane came to rest intact between two sets of power lines next to an access road. The first identified point of impact (FIPC) was a flat area adjacent to a berm alongside the road; an impression of the airplane fuselage and wings were observed in the dirt at the FIPC. The debris field from the FIPC to the main wreckage was about 480 feet long. Undercarriage and a gear door were found about 100 feet from the main wreckage. A 25-pound ballast weight was found on the other side of the access road, a 4-foot-deep by 20-feet-wide crater was noted just behind the engine.

MEDICAL AND PATHOLOGICAL

The medical records for the pilot and passenger were reviewed by the NTSB’s Chief medical officer. The medical officer reported no evidence of a medical event having occurred by either occupant at the time of the accident.

Pilot

The pilot was recovered from the front seat of the airplane. He was secured by his safety harness.

The Clark County Coroner completed an autopsy on May 18, 2012. The cause of death was listed as multiple blunt force trauma due to an aircraft collision with ground.

The FAA Bioaeronautical Sciences Research Laboratory Civil Aeromedical Institute (CAMI), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, performed toxicological testing of specimens of the pilot. Analysis of the specimens contained no findings for carbon monoxide, cyanide, volatiles, and tested drugs.

Passenger

The passenger was recovered from the rear seat of the airplane. He was secured by his safety harness.

The Clark County Coroner completed an autopsy on the passenger on May 19, 2012. The cause of death was listed as multiple blunt force trauma due to aircraft collision with ground.

The Bioaeronautical Sciences Research Laboratory CAMI, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, performed toxicological testing of specimens of the pilot. Analysis of the specimens contained no findings for carbon monoxide or cyanide; an analysis of the specimens for volatiles, and tested drugs were not performed.

TEST AND RESEARCH

The wreckage was inspected on December 11, 2012, at Air Transport in Phoenix, Arizona. The inspection revealed no mechanical anomalies that would have precluded normal operation of the airplane or engine. Flight control continuity was established.

Airframe

The accident airplane was originally manufactured with ejection seats. In a letter dated February 8, 2010, to the FAA from the airplane owner, the owner reported that both of the ejection seats had been rendered nonfunctional; deactivated.

There were two canopies; one for the front seated pilot, and one for the rear seated passenger. Examination of the wreckage revealed that the pilot’s canopy handle lever was selected to the OPEN position. The Plexiglas canopy for the pilot remained intact. The canopy seal tube remained mostly continuous with about 6 inches of the aft portion of the seal missing. The four retaining bolts for the canopy were in place and not deformed. On the left side of the canopy there were two vertical hinge points that were also intact and not deformed. When the release for the canopy was manipulated, the pilot’s canopy functioned normally.

The passenger canopy (rear seat), the seal was fully intact for the entire canopy. The forward left portion of the canopy was broken with both pieces found at the accident site. The aft left side of the canopy was deformed. All four retaining bolts and the two hinge pin attachment points were undamaged. The rear canopy release handle was in the locked position and was not movable due to damage to the fuselage. It was noted that the canopy tube inflation system for both canopies had been disconnected, and it was determined that this system was disabled by recovery personnel to facilitate the removal of the canopy.

The airplanes’ original pressurization systems had been modified to accommodate United States (U.S.) Nitrogen and oxygen bottles. The nitrogen valve was in the OPEN position, and all of the fittings were in place and secured. The oxygen system was also intact with all fittings in place and secured.

The wings and flap system on the accident airplane was examined. The hydraulic flap actuator was extended indicating flaps at 25 degrees, which was set to the takeoff position. The yellow manual flap indicator pin located about midspan of the top of the wing and visible to the pilot, was extended verifying that the gear was down. The flap sensor is connected to the pitot tube and once a specific airspeed has been achieved, will automatically raise the flaps; the landing gear was found in the up (retracted) position.

Engine

Examination of the engine revealed extensive damage throughout the entire engine as a result of the accident sequence and postcrash engine fire. Rock and debris were located in the engine inlet. Approximately 4 compressor blades (12 o’clock to 1 o’clock position) were noticeably damaged, with minimal damage to the remainder of the blades. Tip damage was noted to the turbine blades. The engine was manually rotated from the turbine section with no binding evident and the compressor blades were observed to move in proper rotating order. The gearbox magnetic plug was removed and did not have any debris on the tip. The throttle position indicator on the fuel control was at 86 percent. An inspection of the airplane and engine identified no mechanical anomalies that would have precluded normal operation. A detailed examination report is attached to the public docket for this accident.

Instrument panel

The following items were retained and shipped to the NTSB materials and vehicle recorder laboratories for further examination in Washington, D.C.:
Forward and Rear annunciator panels (4)
Dynon Avionics EFIS-65
G-meter
JPI 450
TS EFIS AP III-DC
Aspen Avionics EFD1000
GARMIN GPS Map 96C

The four annunciator panels and G-meter gauge were examined at the NTSB’s materials laboratory. The examination of the four annunciator panels was to determine if hot coil stretching of the light bulb filaments had occurred. Each panel had a bank of 12 positions; fire, 150kg fuel, don’t start, canopy unlocked, dangerous altitude, HYD. Sys fail, engine vibration, cabin pressure, M Max, generator, emergency generator, INV. 115V fail. Each light bulb from all four annunciator panels was examined; the light bulb filaments were found intact and not stretched.

The G-meter instrument gauge was submitted to determine if witness marks from the needle were present on the gauge face. There was no witness mark identified on the gauge face. The full report is attached to the public docket for this accident.

The Garmin 96C, TRUTrak System EFIS AP 111-DC, and the Dynon EFIS-D6 were examined at the NTSB’s vehicle recorders laboratory. The technician was able to download the Garmin unit; however, there were no recorded tracks. The TruTrak System does not record data; however, when power was applied to the unit it was functional. The Dynon EFIS-D6 was an early software version and hardware design, as such; it did not record any data. However, when power was placed to the unit, it was functional.

Video

According to the pilot of the lead airplane there were two video cameras onboard the accident airplane. One video camera was recovered from the accident airplane; however, the second video camera was not recovered. The video camera that was recovered had been positioned so that it was facing the rear seat passenger. The one video camera was shipped to the Vehicle Recorders laboratory in Washington, D.C. The specialist downloaded the video; however, the accident was not recorded on the video.

The onboard video obtained from the pilot of the lead airplane was also reviewed by the NTSB’s Vehicle Recorder laboratory. Due to background noise (lead airplane’s engine), the specialist was not able to isolate the air-to-air communication between the lead pilot and accident pilot. However, the specialist was able to reduce the background noise significantly and while faint, a conversation between the lead pilot and accident pilot can be heard. The lead pilot queried the accident pilot if everything was ok, and if the accident pilot was going to return to the airport. The accident pilot’s response cannot be understood. This was followed immediately by a mayday call from the lead pilot that the accident airplane had gone down.

Boulder City Municipal Airport provided the NTSB IIC with recorded video of the runway. It showed the airplanes taxiing to the active runway, the takeoff roll, and initial lift off from the runway.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

According to the flight manual, a red canopy unlocked light will illuminate in each cockpit when one of the canopies is not locked. According to the emergency procedures for the L39, section 3-27 titled Cockpit Pressurization/Ventilation System Malfunction, stated in part, that if the canopy was open/lost/broken during flight, the pilot was to reduce airspeed to 145 knots indicated airspeed (KIAS), descend below 10,000 feet, and land as soon as practical. It also stated that the landing airspeed should be the takeoff airspeed plus 20 KIAS maximum.

The reservation form provided by Incredible Adventures, Inc., Sarasota, Florida, to the passengers, was the cancellation policies. One section titled, “Additional filming rules & regulations,” that the passengers agreed to abide by all the regulations set forth by the FAA and the local Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) governing motion picture and television operations. It indicated that a briefing would take place and include informing the participants of the risks involved, emergency procedures, and safeguards to be followed during the filming production event. The brief would also include any additional provision issued by the FSDO that has “geographical responsibility for the operational area, including the location of boundaries or time limits.”

A review of the operating limitations for the airplane dated March 24, 2011, indicated that the operating limitations did not expire. Of note were items number 10, 30, 38, and 43.

Item 10 states in part…
No person MAY be carried in this aircraft during the exhibition of the aircraft’s flight capabilities, performance, or unusual characteristics at air shows, or for motion picture, television, or similar productions, unless essential for the purpose of the flight.

Item 30 states…
No person may operate this aircraft other than the purpose(s) of exhibition to exhibit the aircraft, or participate in events outlined in Walt Woltosz’s Program Letter or (any amendments) describing compliance with 21.293(d). In addition, this aircraft must be operated in accordance with applicable air traffic and general operating rules of part 91, and all additional limitations herein prescribed under the provisions of 91.319)e). These operating limitations are part of Form 8130-7, and are to be carried in the aircraft at all times and be available to the pilot in command of the aircraft.

Item 38 states…
This aircraft is authorized for flights or static display at air shows, air races, and in motion pictures conducted under a waiver issued in accordance with 91.903.

Item 43 in part states…
The special airworthiness certificate and attached operating limitations for the aircraft have no expiration date.

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FAA Proposes $66,000 Civil Penalty Against Nazarene Aviation Fellowship

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $66,000 civil penalty against Nazarene Aviation Fellowship of Overland Park, Kan., for allegedly violating Federal Aviation Regulations.

The FAA alleges that Nazarene Aviation Fellowship operated an aircraft in an unauthorized and unsafe manner. Nazarene owned an Aero Vodochody L-39 jet that had a special, experimental airworthiness certificate for the purpose of exhibition and air racing. Nazarene allegedly gave a pilot named David Riggs permission to use the aircraft during May 2012 to perform proficiency checks on other pilots and for motion picture filming activities.

Riggs, however, used the aircraft on May 18, 2012, to conduct three passenger-carrying flights out of Boulder City Airport in Nevada. He allegedly charged passengers for those flights, and each flight was operated in formation with another Aero Vodochody L-39.

During the third formation flight, the pilot flying in formation with Riggs crashed, killing himself and his passenger.

The FAA alleges Nazarene violated Federal Aviation Regulations that prohibit operating an aircraft in a careless or reckless manner so as to endanger other people’s lives or property; operating an aircraft in formation flight while carrying passengers for hire; and charging people for rides on an aircraft with an experimental airworthiness certificate.

The FAA revoked Riggs’ pilot certificate for the regulation violations he committed during the May 18, 2012 flights.

Nazarene has been in communication with the FAA about this matter.

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Winslow widow sues

Got a hold of the lawsuit today. Already found one GLARING error. seriously, the attorneys couldn’t spend 20 minutes here to make sure they got the details right? Why am I not surprised.

I’ll go into more detail on that soon. Waiting for some damage control to get done for yet another innocent party being swept up into Riggs nonsense.

One thing I do find interesting is that they named Walt, which we knew they would. Simulations Plus Inc which they say was also owner of the plane (along with Walt). Mach 1 Aviation Inc., Aviation Classics Ltd., the Doug Gillis estate, the David Riggs estate, and..

Incredible Adventures.

Will update as we get more information but if you’re interested here is the filing.

Winslow lawsuit

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Lawsuit filed in Boulder City NV crash

Mrs. Winslow has now filed suit against a company called Aviation Classics, stating they maintained the plane that went down with her husband and pilot Doug Gilliss in it. The article states that they, and anonymous corporations are the only defendants.

I’m glad to see them doing this, but again, I wonder why nobody is holding Incredible Adventures liable since they were putting on the flights, are STILL advertising the flights and knew the flights were illegal to begin with. There are comments right here on this site where they were informed and knew, at least, that those flights were questionable.

Court House News

LAS VEGAS (CN) – Seeking to give her husband the birthday present of a lifetime, a woman bought him and his friends a $29,000 “Top Gun dog-fighting experience” in a Soviet-era military jet, which crashed on takeoff, killing a friend and the pilot, the widow claims in court.
Sherri Winslow blames Aviation Classics, which maintained the L-39 jet, for the death of her husband Richard, in the Boulder City, Nev., crash two years ago. The pilot, David Gillis, also died.
Aviation Classics and anonymous corporations are the only defendants.
Winslow claims in the lawsuit that her friend Sandy Young paid $29,000 to Incredible Adventures for the present for her husband, Richard and seven of his friends.
“The 8 participants were to be briefed and instructed on Top Gun fighter jet dog fighting and then taken up on mock aerial missions in Soviet-era jet fighters,” according to the lawsuit in Clark County Court.
The weather was good, according to the Las Vegas Sun.
Two pilots in separate aircraft were each to carry one passenger at a time, taking off in tandem, then flying aerial maneuvers and landing. “The first two flights were unremarkable,” Winslow says in the complaint.
On the third flight, with her husband aboard, “The two jets took off in tandem down the runway. Shortly after takeoff, the jet piloted by Gillis veered to the right. Pilot Gillis was heard making a ‘may day’ call over the radio. The jet then crashed into the desert. Both occupants were killed,” the widow says in the lawsuit.
The Aero L-39 Albatros, is training and ground-attack het developed in Czechoslovakia and used by the Soviet Union from the late 1960s through the 1980s.
Winslow seeks damages for negligence, pain and suffering, lost earnings and loss of consortium.
She is represented by Bill Bradley, with Bradley, Drendel & Jeanney, of Reno.

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2 year anniversary

Sunday May 18th was the 2 year anniversary of the Boulder City crash and the death of both Richard Winslow and Doug Gilliss.

There are still so many unanswered questions. Why did the plane go down? Why was Riggs still able to do illegal flights in those planes with the booking assistance of Incredible Adventures (who is STILL advertising them by the way) even though multiple people had reported it to the FAA for YEARS? Why hasn’t anyone been held responsible?

I’m still waiting for the NTSB report. I know from a source that the day of the crash the camera in Gillis’ plane went missing. That footage might have answered an awful lot of questions. Unfortunately, the cops didn’t know who they were dealing with and they allowed Riggs to go to the plane alone, ostensibly to shut it down. He took the camera with him when he did so. As usual, he was ready to cover his own butt.

What I want to know though is, why is Incredible Adventures still advertising those flights? Who is doing them now? Will someone else have to die before somebody FINALLY puts a stop to this nonsense? Was Mr. Winslow’s death not enough for the FAA to put an end to the shenanigans?

What does it take to get someone to do their job?

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One more down – The end of Tiscareno

As many of you know a friend of Riggs’ by the name of Tony Tiscareno sued me for Copyright Infringement. In March myself, Netflix, Blockbuster and Eric Norwitz were granted a Summary Judgment that ended that case.

Well yesterday we got a ruling on the Motion for Legal Fees. The full ruling is here

But here is the important part.

fees

As you’ll recall Tiscareno had previously filed another Federal Copyright Infringement case regarding Kill Speed that I discussed here and here.

And the court remembered that too. This is what the judge had to say about it:

disturbing

Thankfully, I had an incredibly good attorney and was able to have this handled in a very professional and successful manner. But please, don’t think for one minute that I won’t do anything I can to recover at least a portion of those fees.

Had Tiscareno and Riggs had their way, this move, almost 2 years ago now, would have scared me away. At one point Tiscareno demanded that I take down not only the posts about Kill Speed, but the ENTIRE SITE. But that wasn’t going to happen.

And you can bet your last dollar, that I will do anything I legally can to get any portion of that judgment that I can. It’s my understanding Federal Judgment is good for 10 years and can then be renewed for another 10. It’s also my understanding that 7% interest accrues. Two years of my life was spent stressing and dealing with this. Two years of my attorney’s life was spent dealing with this. It was a malicious and worthless lawsuit from day 1.

In this country you can pretty much sue anyone for anything, but if you file a false or ridiculous lawsuit there ARE consequences. I’m okay with that.

And this is just one more of Riggs’ moves that backfired on the lackey that he got to do his dirty work for him. But at least it’s over. I can only guess that Mr. Tiscareno will do some serious thinking before he attempts to file another merritless lawsuit against someone.

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Still Preliminary

One has to wonder how long this crash report will remain in the “preliminary” status. Since there are still questions about who has the liability in this case (Riggs was found responsible by the NTSB court and lost his license for it) but what about Incredible Adventures? I don’t think that question can be asked (or answered) until this report is done.

Anybody have a guess how long that will take.

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Three planes left

Or so it seems.

This video is on the Chinese version of YouTube.

Paperwork….all of it.

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Long write up in “The Pitch”

He got most of the details right and was only slightly off base on a few.

David Riggs’ cons lacked artistry but never daring

The Raytown prodigal’s blithe globe-trotting had yielded consequences in the past — not least, a trail of scorned investors and furious business partners. But once he thought of his next risky stunt, executing it was generally a matter of when, not if.

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Creepy

These are just creepy. There are a few others as well, but wow. MONTHS after he died and someone still feels the need to try to leave comments here. Really makes you wonder about the mental stability of some people.

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One case down

As mentioned previously…just because Riggs died doesn’t mean the headaches and damage stop. There are still several lawsuits going on, many issues for many people both legal and otherwise. It may take years for that to all be settled.

Let’s take a look. Two cases would have gone to trial in February had he not crashed.

Case Number: BC366673
KATHRYN PEASLEE VS DAVID G RIGGS ET AL

Filing Date: 02/21/2007
Case Type: Contractual Fraud (General Jurisdiction)
Status: Pending
Future Hearings

06/25/2014 at 08:30 am in department 20 at 111 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Status Conference

Case Number: BC377905
JON ZIMMERMAN ET AL VS DAVID G RIGGS ET AL

Filing Date: 09/21/2007
Case Type: Fraud (no contract) (General Jurisdiction)
Status: Pending
Future Hearings

06/25/2014 at 08:30 am in department 20 at 111 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Status Conference

Both have been postpones until June. Presumably to substitute the estate for the person.

Case Number: BC431213
DMITRI GUZEEV ET AL VS DAVID RIGGS ET AL

Filing Date: 02/04/2010
Case Type: Contractual Fraud (General Jurisdiction)
Status: Dismissed – Other 07/26/2013
Future Hearings

None

This one was dismissed..it appears with a settlement of some sort.

There is also the bankruptcy.

In addition there was the Federal Lawsuit against me, Blockbuster and Netflix. That was filed in July 2012 by Tony Tiscareno and I still believe it was filed as a way to assist Riggs. Almost TWO YEARS later we finally got a ruling today on a Motion for Summary Judgment. It was granted. That case is finally ended. Stupidest lawsuit ever.

If you don’t know about this case you can read about it here. Basically, I got sued for doing a review of a movie and posting the trailer.

If you’d like to read the Order Granting Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment that outlines everything it’s here

I will continue to update this site as things progress and are resolved. The damage that someone like Riggs can do, even after death, is crazy.

And because it REALLY ticks me off that I had to deal with almost 2 years of FEDERAL LAWSUIT bullshit…

Here’s the trailer again. Watch the movie if you want. I liked it.

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And China visits again

The video that was sent with the previous message disappeared shortly after I posted.

Interesting that the only visit from China after that came from Shanghai. Should we be waving hello to Gary?

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For those who didn’t see it, the video showed all the paperwork for all the planes that were in China. Including Dave LaFaille’s (the ONE that wasn’t somehow tied to Riggs). It also showed lease agreements between Convergent Solutions and Youth Canada for the Christen Eagle.

Not that it matters, but I am really curious why this guy specifically mentioned that plane. Riggs had it for several years so it was my thought that the plane actually did belong to him, but the message sent seems to indicate otherwise.

What a long strange trip it’s been. Indeed.

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Well..this is an interesting twist

I received this message today:

In http://www.aviationcriminal.com/riggs/?p=807
you wrote “It seems that the planes that went to China may still be sitting in China. It seems that someone may be demanding payment for them before they will be shipped back.” and “I may have someone that can assist you in retrieving your plane, or at least prevent it from being held hostage.”

Would you mind helping me get a message out to those interested in getting the airplanes back?
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Hi there. A couple of weeks ago I went to Northern China where I arranged for a crane and three trucks to move the containers holding the planes to… where never mind where they were moved to. I’m now the only person who knows both where the containers are and what’s inside them.

The point is the planes are still in China. The planes are not being held hostage. I’m not demanding payment for them to be shipped back. I’m not asking for a fee to tell you where they are. I’m telling your readers, and the owner of C-FRFU in particular, I’ll personally throw open the container doors to the local scrap merchants before I see the planes repatriated. YOU ARE NOT GETTING THE PLANES BACK. Soon they will have Chinese / Russian tail numbers to go with their new Chinese / Russian owners. Now I realize this news might cause a bit of alarm, but that’s not my intent. Be happy the planes are going to have new owners who will love flying them just as much as you did.

Happy Chinese New Year to all, and safe flying to everyone!

edit Guess he wasn’t so brave. About 2 hours after sharing his message he deleted this video and a second, shorter one

There is a video that is more than interesting here:

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNjYyNjczNjQ4.html

I traced the IP that the message came from:

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This site will not be down anytime soon

There isn’t much to update at this point (although that could change).

I am still dealing with the Federal Copyright Lawsuit I’m stuck in (co-defendant with Blockbuster and Netflix) that was discussed previously here.

There is a probate for Riggs’ estate.

The planes that went to China are all still apparently sitting there.

There is another court case still open in which Riggs is the defendant.

And who knows what else will pop up.

I have been asked if the site is coming down. No.

I have been asked to edit it and delete some information. No.

The people who were involved with Riggs were involved with him voluntarily. The people who flew the illegal L-39 flights and were involved in the Fighter Combat flights (also illegal) did so because they wanted to even though they KNEW they were illegal. Those people don’t get a free pass just because Riggs died. History doesn’t re-write itself just because there is no future.

Sorry.

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Threats and stupidity

This email came to me within hours of the crash. Authorities were notified. There were others. They’ve also been turned over to authorities. I am pretty sure I know who this came from. I’m just waiting for proof. Can you believe this insanity? This is why I do not think the story of David Riggs is over.

From: Stopped Riggs
To: groundriggs@gmail.com
Cc: groundriggs@aviationcriminal.com
Subject: Do you want to join Dave?
Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2013 21:33:18 +0800
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit
Content-Type: text/plain

Riggs was warned. Riggs didn’t listen. Riggs thought we had forgotten about him. Riggs thought because years had passed that he was free to ignore our warnings. Thanks to you we were able to track him to Faku, where Riggs left his airplanes in a poorly secured hangar. And now Riggs has been permanently grounded.

This public spat of yours with Riggs has been a stone in our shoe . We were patient in exacting retribution and eventually he got what we promised was coming to him. Now that Riggs has been stopped it’s time for you to stop too.

Leave your site up if you like, but no more posts. Ignore this warning like Riggs did and you’ll end up like Riggs did.

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China Pilots

I’m hearing an interesting rumor.

It seems that the planes that went to China may still be sitting in China. It seems that someone may be demanding payment for them before they will be shipped back. I’m a little bit confused by this because it appears that 4 of the planes I suspect went to China belonged to either Youth Aviation of Canada (Riggs) or a company called Convergent Solutions LLC that we also suspect was Riggs. That would be the Christen Eagle, 2 pitts and a white Lancair N747RH. The only other plane I’m sure was there is Dave LaFaille’s as it appears in pictures I received. So who is going to pay for them to come back?

If one of the pilots there had a plane that I’m not aware of, or if LaFaille is having that problem, I may have someone that can assist you in retrieving your plane, or at least prevent it from being held hostage.

Contact me if you’d like.

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Curiouser and Curiouser

One person put Riggs in the plane
One person identified Riggs when the body was found
One person arranged his cremation in just a few short hours after he was found
One person flew his ashes home
One person emptied his house
One person had a $1 million life insurance policy (allegedly)
One person had a power of attorney signed before Riggs died (allegedly)
One person is attempting to close his estate.

One.

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Canadian Registration FRFU

If someone tries to sell you this plane, or if you know someone talking about buying it, make sure they (or you) verify that the person you are buying it from has the legal right to sell it. Sources tell me that someone may be trying to dump that plane, probably very cheaply. Sources tell me that plane is still in a container on a boat coming back from China. It has been grounded in Canada as un-airworthy. Someone buying it may get a cheap deal in the beginning, but the problems that are likely to follow (as with anything involving Dave Riggs) would not be.

And just fyi, a power of attorney does not necessarily mean a person has the legal right to sell it.

In addition, it’s been reported that a probate has been opened on Riggs’ estate since he died without a known will.

Taking ANYTHING that belonged to Riggs could turn ugly so please, protect yourselves.

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N139CK

If someone tries to sell you this plane, or if you know someone talking about buying it, make sure they (or you) verify that the person you are buying it from has the legal right to sell it. Sources tell me that someone may be trying to dump that plane, probably very cheaply. Not only are there huge questions in relation to the safety and maintenance on that plane, there are big questions as to the rightful ownership of that plane. Someone buying it may get a cheap deal in the beginning, but the lawsuits that are likely to follow (as with anything involving Dave Riggs) would not be.

And just fyi, a power of attorney does not necessarily mean a person has the legal right to sell it.

In addition, it’s been reported that a probate has been opened on Riggs’ estate since he died without a known will.

Taking ANYTHING that belonged to Riggs could turn ugly so please, protect yourselves.

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Interesting blog post on a flight with David Riggs

http://www.flyingmag.com/blogs/flying-time/my-flight-david-riggs

It’s too bad this person didn’t post this before he was dead. Again, warnings to others might have saved someone. Might have caused the authorities to do something. But then again, the over 35 victims who begged for justice were ignored.

It was always a “civil” issue instead of a criminal one. It wasn’t enough money stolen (almost $10 million). He denied selling the flights in the L-39, even though he advertised very blatantly at Incredible Adventures who STILL have the ads up by the way. It was too hard to catch him when they did the Fighter Combat flights even though I managed to get schedules of where they would be for almost 2 solid months worth of flights. They were either too lazy, or too outsmarted..I’m still not sure which.

Then Riggs upped the ante, and we headed toward the coastal area northwest of Ventura. We were no longer formation flying, but cruising a few hundred feet behind the other airplanes. Riggs brought the Lancair way too close to the water. We appeared to be at the same altitude as the crest of some of the waves, and there were several birds in the area. I was definitely uncomfortable, but I made the mistake of not speaking up. The other pilots played with the contours of the shoreline, cruising very close to the water, then each of them pulled up into a steep climb.
Read more at http://www.flyingmag.com/blogs/flying-time/my-flight-david-riggs#UR0oPyp2izfAH4FR.99

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David Glen Riggs – Obituary

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kansascity/obituary.aspx?n=david-glen-riggs&pid=167157061&

March 7, 1962 to Sept. 16, 2013 Beloved son of James and Virginia Riggs David, formerly of Raytown, tragically died at the age of 51 in a plane accident while performing at an air show in northeast China doing what he loved best. He will be remembered by his family and friends as a person with a love for life, his generosity and caring nature. David was born in Kansas City, Mo., on March 7, 1962. He graduated from Raytown South High School in 1980. He was a member of One Spirit United Methodist Church in Kansas City. He was preceded in death by his mother, Virginia Riggs, an infant brother, Thomas Riggs, grandparents, Dewey and Edna Riggs, and Roy and Elizabeth Donovan, uncles and aunts, William and Rosalee Donovan, Roy Donovan, Jr. Dorothy Ford, and infant, Kenneth Riggs. He is survived by his father, James Riggs, a sister, Carol Walz, and uncles and aunts, Dan and Carrie Riggs, William Riggs, and Kennith Ford and nephew, Caleb Walz. Memorial services will be Saturday, Sept. 28, at One Spirit United Methodist Church, 7900 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. with the service at 11 a.m. Arr.: Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, (816) 313-1677. – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kansascity/obituary.aspx?n=david-glen-riggs&pid=167157061&#fbLoggedOut

Read more here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kansascity/obituary.aspx?n=david-glen-riggs&pid=167157061&#storylink=cpy

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Victim identified

I really struggled with whether to share this or not. I have decided to share but I will not post her name here. You can read it at the article. I just don’t want that to be the final note in a 19 year old’s life.

She was a musician. She was an actress. She was beautiful.

“Beautiful Queen’s College Student Killed in Plane Crash”

My absolute deepest sympathies go out to her family and friends.

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Body of David Riggs cremated in China

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-09/24/c_132744104.htm

SHENYANG, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) — The body of the U.S. pilot who died in a plane crash in northeast China’s Liaoning Province, has been cremated, local authorities said Monday.

The body of David Riggs was cremated at 2 p.m. Sunday. His stunt team colleagues left China to return home on Monday afternoon, said a spokesman with the Faku County Committee of Communist Party of China.

The accident occurred around 1 p.m. on Sept. 17 when a Lancier aircraft with Riggs and a Chinese translator onboard crashed into Caihu Lake in during a test flight.

The translator was pulled from the water but died later in hospital. The body of Riggs was not found until Friday, after 70 hours’ searching.

Riggs was an experienced Hollywood aerobatic pilot who had set several speed records worldwide. He, together with the U.S. air performance team, came to Shenyang to attend an air show on Sept. 20 to 22 in Faku county.

The CAAC Northeast Regional Administration has set up a work team to investigate the cause of the accident.

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Oh Canada

This story isn’t about Riggs anymore. It’s about the failure of multiple agencies to do anything to stop him. I know there are people that think the site should come down because he’s dead. I disagree. I disagree because there are others out there doing the same stuff. Maybe not as bad, maybe worse. But either way there are a lot of lessons to be learned here. The least of which is that if the aviation and business industries don’t band together to stop this sort of activity, more people will get stolen from and more people will die.

A perfect example is the answer to the question I keep getting…if the FAA revoked his license, how was he flying on a Canadian license? I don’t know. I am trying to find that out because I was told that if the FAA revokes a license, Transport Canada will too.. but I was told he had a private license in Canada the day of the crash (although he was supposed to have a commercial to fly in the airshow).

BUT they did try… the chain of events went like this:

In May 2012 he applied to convert his commercial FAA license to a Canadian license. This was literally days after the Boulder City crash. They denied him and I was told that they actually tried to arrest him at that point and missed him literally by minutes. When the police arrived at the airport, the plane was just taxiing away.

At that time a note was put in his file that he might be in the country illegally (because he had never admitted to them that he had felony convictions).

In December 2012 he was sent a letter informing him that TC was unable to issue him a commercial license due to the fact that his FAA certificate was suspended. (Maybe this is the problem, it wasn’t suspended, it was revoked).

Then in August 2013 he went to Vancouver and wanted to write a commercial exam. While he is in writing the exam the RCMP were called and they approached him as he left the building. TC had a breakdown in communication so when the RCMP arrived, they were unsure of what they were called for. Because the person who called them did not know all the details, she could not relay much info to the police. They checked his passport and it looked like a legit US passport. The took down his information and released him.

The passport he used was in a different name (Glen David Riggs I think) with an altered birthdate as well. The next day they figured out who he truly was and went to speak/arrest him as he was not allowed to be in Canada. He had checked out of the hotel and was long gone.

Sadly, because they didn’t have enough information, he was tipped off and managed to get out of the country again.

It’s small things like this that allow someone to continue doing crimes unabated..and it makes some of them more and more bold because the more they get away with it, the more they feel invincible. I have little faith that the government will ever get it right, and that is why it is up to the honest law abiding citizens to help bring attention to these situations and prevent them before they go to far.

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Threats and crimes even after death

Since the day that Riggs crashed I have received numerous threats of “revenge”, “retribution” and yes, even a death threat. I want to make it very clear that while I don’t take those threats at ALL lightly, and I will contact, and stay in touch with, the authorities, that doesn’t mean I will shut up.

Riggs was a criminal that should have been stopped. Riggs had no conscience and no morals. Those who did business with him were either the same, or just dumb and greedy. I don’t care which. I have no interest in you unless you are hurting or endangering others.

But that doesn’t change the story of Riggs. And just as I told all those who yelled and screamed earlier when their names appeared here in connection with one of his scams, if you were involved with him, whether because you thought it was a good idea or because you saw a chance to make some money, then you are guilty too. And I couldn’t, and wouldn’t tell half a story.

I still won’t.

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David Glen Riggs 1962- 2013

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http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/rescuer-us-pilot-missing-china-dead-20314107

Divers have found the body of a missing U.S. stunt pilot whose plane crashed into a lake in northeast China while attempting a tricky maneuver in the rain, the head of the team searching for him said Friday.

David Riggs, whose U.S. pilot’s license had been suspended, had been missing since Tuesday’s accident outside the city of Shenyang in which his young female Chinese translator died. Riggs was in China to take part in an air show and was apparently rehearsing one of his tricks when the accident occurred.

Zhang Fang said Riggs’ body was found during a search of the bottom of Lake Caihu by divers from the Dalian branch of the Beihai Rescue Bureau.

“It’s likely he was killed on impact, but we don’t know for sure yet,” Fang said by telephone from the accident scene.

bodyfound
*****

Finally.

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China was warned in 2010

When Riggs was planning to go to China for airshows in 2010 they were warned. They were warned again this year.

The letter shown herewas sent to them in 2010 warning them of Riggs’ activities and the dangers involved in dealing with him. The person who sent the letter even took the time to have an official translator copy it into Chinese to insure there would be no confusion caused by a language barrier. It was ignored.

This year I personally talked to, and sent information to, people involved in the airshow who were trying to prevent his attendance. This included sending the NTSB Oral Decision revoking Riggs’ American pilot certificate and much of the information included on this website. I also verified, by phone, with Transport Canada that Riggs had NOT received his commercial license there.

In addition, a media person who lives outside of the United States made several calls to the United States Consulate in Shenyang, starting on Friday 13 September, shortly before Riggs’ arrival in China. She advised the Consulate that he was expected at any time to participate in the air show and filled them in on his background.

After she made another call on Monday, confirming that Riggs had arrived in Faku and yet another call early on Tuesday morning, September 17, providing more details, an assistant to the Consul General, Scott Weinhold rang her back around 10.30 am (Shenyang local time) that morning to confirm that the information she had given them (which is all in the public arena) had been passed on to a team at the Consulate who would investigate. That information included the address for this website. The assistant, after explaining that Consulate staff had been frantically busy with another issue so had not been able to get back to her earlier, said that as the Riggs matter was now in hand it was not policy to report back any information they may find out or actions they may take.

The extensive details this media person gave the consulate included background information on Riggs, the revocation of his pilot’s certificates in the US, the fact that he had pending bankruptcies and is a convicted felon – which he probably did not tell Chinese officials, and that he was receiving worker’s compensation after breaking his femur earlier in the year and that this claim for that compensation was being investigated. She suggested the obvious – how could he fly safely if he was still on workers’ comp for his injuries? Did he have a medical certificate?

She also told the Consulate that Riggs’ time for completing a substantial amount of mandatory community service for buzzing the Santa Monica pier in November 2008, was fast running out.

But most importantly, she said that if something was not done urgently he could kill someone as people had already died in planes under his management.

A little over three hours after that confirmation call from the Consulate, Riggs crashed his plane into a lake in Faku, killing an 18-year-old translator and by all accounts, himself, though he is still officially reported as missing.

Since then, repeated calls by this media person to the US Consulate General’s office in Shenyang have produced only a looped answer-phone message.

Again, this begs the question why is it that US government always seems to drag their feet or is oblivious to the actions of this man? We can only wonder now if the Consulate staff are questioning themselves over the fact that if they had responded with more urgency the young woman who took that ill-fated ride in Rigg’s plane would be alive today. The even bigger question is why authorities in the US did not warn the Consulate in Shenyang about Riggs imminent arrival. Perhaps they don’t have a legal responsibility to do so, but they most definitely should feel a moral one. Why is it always concerned citizens who have to do the footwork. This time though – to no avail. We were in time, they were not.

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Rescuer states David Riggs probably dead

BEIJING — A missing U.S. stunt pilot whose plane crashed into a lake in northeast China likely died on impact, the head of the team searching for him said Friday.

David Riggs has been missing since Tuesday’s accident outside the city of Shenyang in which his young female Chinese translator died. Riggs was in China to take part in a local air show.

Head rescuer Zhang Fang said parts of Riggs’ high-performance single-engine Lancair 320 my note – it was a 360 and has been erroneously reported as a 320 multiple times plane had been recovered, including one of its two seats.

Zhang said the plane had been traveling at a high speed and it would have been almost impossible to survive such an accident.

“In such an air crash, the victims have a very slim chance of survival,” Zhang said by phone from the accident scene. “The American pilot sank to the bottom of the lake and … has a very low chance of survival.”

Zhang said Riggs crashed on a practice run while attempting a stunt in which the wheels of his plane were to drag along the lake surface. He had just taken off shortly after 1 p.m. in a light rain, but there was no indication he had violated any flying regulations, Zhang said.

Zhang said multiple rescue teams were working at the lake, but referred other questions about the crash to the city government, where phones rang unanswered on Friday, which was a public holiday in China.

Riggs was a well-known Hollywood stunt pilot no he wasn’t a stunt pilot and holder of several aviation speed world records, but lost his U.S. license twice for buzzing the famed Santa Monica pier in Los Angeles in his Vodochody L-39 Albatros jet trainer and for selling rides in his plane without permission.

His website said his aerial performances had featured in movies and television shows including “Iron Man,” ”Jarhead,” and the James Bond film “Casino Royale.” No, he did the trailers for DVD sales and the L-39 maybe appeared in Iron Man, but HE did not

Despite his license being currently under suspension, he was hired by the organizers of the AOPA-China Fly-In 2013 air show as one of its star attractions. It wasn’t under suspension, it was revoked, and he presented them with a Canadian license. In Canada he ONLY had a private license, not a commercial, which was required to fly in this air show

China’s official Xinhua News Agency said other U.S. flyers scheduled to take part in Friday’s opening ceremony had pulled out of the show. Pilots and aircraft from Sweden, France and Lithuania were also due to take part in the show.

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Video report

Does anyone find it strange that they said they found a man floating and took him to the hospital and he died? We know that the translator was a girl. Is it possible this is just a translation issue?

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This post is brought to you by the letter…

FAA, FBI, DOJ, DOT, IRS, BK, RMCP, CAA, NTSB, CADOJ, CAFTB, LAPD, LADA and others.

These are the initials of all the agencies that knew about Riggs, knew his history, knew that the more he got away with the more emboldened he became and did…nothing.

We had been told for over a year that something would “probably” happen. That he would be indicted, held accountable, something.

The FAA did what they could in November 2012 when they revoked (again) his ticket. They did NOT do anything that we are aware of when they found out he was traveling both to Canada (to try to get a commercial license), and to China with yet another team of pilots to do an airshow.

While I have posted here as continuously as I could through this entire ordeal, there was a lot of stuff I didn’t post. Some because I was asked not to, and some because I couldn’t verify things. But of those things I was asked not to, it was simply to not intrude on their “investigations”. Investigations that went absolutely nowhere.

It wasn’t enough that Terry Fregley and Hoss died. It wasn’t enough that Doug Gilliss and Richard Winslow died. It probably wasn’t enough that an 18 year old school girl from China died. We’ll never know because Riggs is dead (supposedly) and they will never have the chance to show if they ever would have done anything. This is good..because he will never be able to hurt anyone again (with the exception of those who will be hurt in the immediate aftermath of this accident). This is devastating because that 18 year old should be at home with her mother.

I wonder what those people are thinking now? Or the pilots who traveled to China with him, and supported his actions. They all knew full well his past, his present and his criminal behavior. Some of them were involved in the UARC fiasco. Some were involved in the L-39 flights that were later found in court to be illegal (even though we all knew, and had reported them for years). And yet, they went.

Is it possible that maybe, the death of an 18 year old will make someone, anyone, in these agencies wake up and pay attention next time?

I thought this site would end once Riggs was either in jail or dead. Now, without even knowing the girls name, I feel like my job has probably just begun.

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Search area expanded…US team “may not appear”

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-09/19/c_132734527.htm

SHENYANG, Sept.19 (Xinhua)– Rescuers are expanding their search for a missing U.S. pilot on Thursday, though they said the pilot was unlikely to be found alive two days after his stunt plane crashed into a lake in northeast China’s Liaoning Province.

The accident occurred around 1 p.m. on Tuesday when a Lancier aircraft with pilot David Riggs and a Chinese translator onboard crashed into Caihu Lake in Liaoning’s capital city of Shenyang, during a trial flight.

The translator was pulled from the water but died later in hospital. Riggs remains unaccounted for.

Rescuers on Thursday expanded their search area to 100 meters around the site of the crash. Twenty rescuers from the Beijing-based Lantian rescue team also have joined the 11-member team from the Beihai rescue bureau under the Ministry of Communications in the search.

A seat and two seat-backs have been salvaged with another seat yet to be found, leading to speculation that the missing pilot was probably fastened to the seat and remained trapped in the aircraft.

Riggs is an experienced Hollywood aerobatic pilot who had set several speed records worldwide. He came to Shenyang to attend the “AOPA-China Fly-In 2013″ air show scheduled to run from Sept. 20 to 22 in Faku County.

The organizing committee of the show said the U.S. team may be absent from the performance due to the accident. A total of 12 aircraft from Sweden, the United States, France and the Republic of Lithuania were due to attend the event.

The aircraft was assembled at a local airport, according to the committee, but it had undertaken three successful trial flights before the accident.

The aircraft, which is too small to be equipped with a black box, belongs to the MACH 1 aerobatic team from the United States.

The CAAC Northeast Regional Administration has set up a work team to investigate the cause of the accident.

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Chance of Dave Riggs’ survival growing slim

Short news video here

Rescue officials in China has said that the survival chances of a US pilot who crashed into a lake are growing slim.

Salvage operations began on Wednesday after a small aerobatic aircraft on a trial flight crashed at 1pm the day before.

Pilot David Riggs remains missing while his Chinese translator was pulled from the water, but died later in a local hospital. –

See more at: http://www.ntv7.com.my/7edition/international-en/CHANCE_OF_U_S_PILOT_S_SURVIVAL_IN_CHINA_CRASH_GROWING_SLIM.html#sthash.yZLtImOC.dpuf

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No information coming out of China

Information coming out of China seems to very sparse.

Approximately 2 hours before the crash the US Consulate had confirmed to us that they were going to investigate Riggs and whether he was in the country legally, and flying according to their rules (commercial license required). Unfortunately, it was too late.

Since that time all calls to them have resulted only in being answered by voicemails.

News reports have been sparse as well.

The site went down for a few hours. Oddly coincidental but according to the web server it was some sort of connectivity issue and not the web attacks we’ve had previously.

In the meantime below is a report that KNBC in Los Angeles did today.

Pilot Presumed Dead

Brian Kaberline has also followed up his previous articles at the Kansas City Journal.

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Update on the crash site search

http://english.cri.cn/6909/2013/09/18/2743s788360.htm

Rescuers are still searching for a missing U.S. pilot one day after a light aircraft crashed into a lake in northeast China’s Liaoning Province, local authorities said.

The accident occurred around 1 p.m. on Tuesday when a Lancier aircraft with pilot David Riggs and a Chinese translator onboard crashed into Caihu Lake in Liaoning’s capital city of Shenyang, during a trial flight.

Rescue forces, including a 11-member team from the Beihai rescue bureau under the Ministry of Communications, were dispatched to the scene immediately after the accident.

The translator was pulled from the water but died later in hospital. Riggs remains unaccounted for.

“During the six hours following the crash, hundreds of rescuers searched the surface and underwater, retrieving some parts of the aircraft,” said Deng Yong, head of the rescue team.

The scope of the search has been expanded to more than 70 meters around the impact, according to Zhang Fang, chief rescuer from the Dalian branch of Beihai rescue bureau.

A seat and two seat-backs have been salvaged with another seat yet to be found, leading to speculation that the missing pilot was probably fastened to the seat and remained trapped in the aircraft.

“The aircraft crashed into the water, which badly damaged it and decreased the likelihood that Riggs will be found alive,” Zhang said.

The search has been hampered by poor visibility and low temperatures which have meant divers cannot spend more than half an hour underwater.

Riggs is an experienced Hollywood aerobatic pilot who had set several speed records worldwide. He came to Shenyang to attend the “AOPA-China Fly-In 2013″ air show which is to be held from Sept.20 to Sept. 22 in Faku County.

Wang Dawei, chief of the organizing committee office, said a total of 12 aircraft are scheduled to attend the air show from Sweden, the U.S., France and the Republic of Lithuania.

“Safety watchdogs from local civil aviation authorities have assured us that our security and organization has reached industry standards,” said Shen Haiqing, general director of the air show.

The accident will not disturb the show, he said, adding that security will be strengthened.

The aircraft was assembled at a local airport, he said, but the craft has undertaken three successful trial flights before the accident, while the pilot himself had affirmed that the aircraft was in good condition.

The aircraft, which is too small to be equipped with black box, belongs to the MACH 1 aerobatic team from the United States.

The CAAC Northeast Regional Administration has set up workteam to investigate into the cause of the accident, according to Wang Hongbo, director of security office of the bureau.

The investigation will require time due to the lack of a black box, the unaccounted for pilot and the craft having been torn apart in the crash, Wang added.

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News from China

All American pilots have been fired, ordered to disassemble their planes and to leave China in 2 days. The rest of the airshow will continue as scheduled.

Even after his death people are paying the price.

Rumor has it that the body had not been found as of last night, but enough was found for them to potentially do an identification. Dental records. I haven’t been able to 100% verify that yet, but it did come from a reliable source.

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Wreckage found – Riggs’ body still missing

Again I have to ask. Is he really dead?

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-david-riggs-missing-china-20130917,0,4062158.story

A Southern California pilot who lost his license twice for buzzing the Santa Monica Pier and illegally selling rides to the public remains missing after his small plane crashed in northeast China.

David G. Riggs was reportedly flying a Lancair 320, a high-performance single-engine aircraft made from a kit, Tuesday when he struck the surface of a lake outside Shenyang, where he was planning to perform in an airshow, organizers and Chinese state media said.

His 18-year-old translator was killed instantly, but Riggs’ body was still missing as of Wednesday afternoon local time.

Witnesses said Riggs was practicing a stunt in the rain that required him to gently touch the wheels on the water to produce a skiing effect. Apparently, the landing gear or another part of the plane caught the water.

“We are investigating the cause of the crash,” said Xu Jiuqing of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, one of the organizers of the air show.

Riggs was supposed to be performing a stunt inspired by the Tom Cruise movie “Top Gun” for the International Flight Conference & General Aviation Products Expo, which opens Friday.

Riggs’ flight took off at 1:40 p.m. local time Tuesday from the Shenyang Faku General Aviation Base.

“As soon as he took off, he turned right and the plane went straight into the lake,” Xu said on Wednesday.

Xu said that the wreckage of the aircraft had been recovered, but that as of Wednesday afternoon, Riggs’ body had not.

Riggs, whose aviation company is based in Studio City, is one of the most notorious private pilots in Southern California.

In November 2008, he made several low-level passes over the Santa Monica Pier in an Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros, a Czechoslovakian-built jet trainer once popular with Soviet bloc air forces.

The Federal Aviation Administration revoked Riggs’ flight privileges for a year and he was convicted of recklessly operating an aircraft, a misdemeanor. He was sentenced to 60 days of community service and 60 days in county jail, but he only served a few days because of overcrowding.

Last November, Riggs lost his pilot’s license for another year for selling rides to the public in an L-39 without FAA approval. The enforcement action stemmed from an accident in May 2012 in which another L-39 crashed in the desert outside Boulder City, Nev., killing a veteran pilot and his passenger.

Authorities said Riggs was flying with another passenger in his own L-39 next to the ill-fated plane shortly before it crashed. He and the other pilot had sold rides to eight people who traveled to Boulder City Municipal Airport.

In an interview published Tuesday in China’s Business Times, Riggs praised the rapid development of the Chinese aviation industry. But when asked what advice he would offer to budding pilots, he said they should concentrate not on flying but on their studies.

“Establish a solid foundation while you are young, especially study math and sciences, and continuously strive towards your dreams,” he told the newspaper.

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Pictures

Looking at the pictures at the end…that plane totally came apart.

Please note..the first picture is NOT Dave Riggs’ plane. That is Dave LaFaille’s and appears to be a picture probably taken at Oshkosh.

Click here for Xinhuanet

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LA Times Report

At least the LA Times got the whole story and not just the bs posted on Riggs’ own sites. It’s a dishonor to that poor girl who died to not print the truth about this guy. I think I’m still in a bit of shock. I had wondered, after not flying for almost a year due to his leg injury, after being on serious pain killers for said injury and surgery, how him flying again would pan out. A responsible pilot would have been alone, doing some passes and pattern work to get used to what is, in truth, a squirrely plane. But not Riggs.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-in-local-pilot-missing-20130917,0,617495.story

A local aviator who lost his pilot’s license twice for buzzing the Santa Monica Pier and illegally selling rides to the public was missing Tuesday after his small plane crashed in northeast China, according to state news media.

David G. Riggs was reportedly flying a Lancair 320, a high-performance single-engine aircraft made from a kit, when he struck the surface of a lake outside Shenyang, where he was planning to perform in an airshow. Aboard was an 18-year-old woman serving as his translator, who was killed, according to the Xinhua News Agency.

Witnesses said Riggs was practicing a stunt in the rain that required him to gently touch the wheels on the water to produce a skiing effect. Apparently, the landing gear or another part of the plane caught the water.

Xinhua News stated that an investigation was getting underway Tuesday as teams recovered the wreckage and searched for Riggs. The body of the translator was found, the agency reported.

Riggs, whose aviation company is based in Studio City, is one of the most notorious private pilots in Southern California.

In November 2008, Riggs made several low-level passes over the Santa Monica Pier in an Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros, a Czechoslovakian-built jet trainer once popular with Soviet bloc air forces.

The Federal Aviation Administration revoked Riggs’ flight privileges for a year and he was convicted of recklessly operating an aircraft, a misdemeanor. He was sentenced to 60 days of community service and 60 days in county jail, but he only served a few days due to overcrowding.

Last November, Riggs lost his pilot’s license for another year for selling rides to the public in an L-39 without FAA approval. The enforcement action stemmed from an accident in May 2012 in which another L-39 crashed in the desert outside Boulder City, Nev., killing a veteran pilot and his passenger.

Authorities said Riggs was flying with another passenger in his own L-39 next to the ill-fated plane shortly before it crashed. He and the other pilot had sold rides to eight people who traveled to Boulder City Municipal Airport.

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Email from China

This is the email I received from China early this morning.

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I’m sorry Dave Riggs crashed his Lancair into the lake and his plane was broken into pieces, he died with a passenger whom is a 18 years old Chinese girl !!!

I’m so sad to see this incident and the girl’s mother becomes mad !!!!
He insisted on taking off in rain and flew very low above the lake with very high speed !! stupid and crazy!

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Video report

From China..there is a video of a newscast (but not of the crash).

http://english.cntv.cn/program/newsupdate/20130918/100032.shtml

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Dave Riggs missing

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-09/17/c_132729133.htm

I have to assume this is the original article since it came from a China news site in Shenyang.

It’s devastating to me that he took an 18 year old girl with him.

I have been told by someone involved in the airshow that Riggs insisted on flying in rain, very low and very fast over the water. Someone else stated that he was trying to do a “wheels on the water” maneuver.

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Do you believe it?

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/09/17/3632381/1-dead-1-missing-in-stunt-plane.html

I wonder if he’s faking his death.

BEIJING — A U.S. stunt pilot was missing and his Chinese translator dead after their aircraft crashed into a lake in China’s northeast on Tuesday, state media reported.

The accident involving David Riggs took place about 1 p.m. on Tuesday outside Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning province, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

Xinhua said Riggs had been flying a high-performance Lancair plane that had been assembled at a local airport. It said rescuers were still searching for Riggs while an investigation into the crash was under way.

Riggs’ website listed him as a Hollywood stunt pilot, movie producer and holder of several world aviation speed records. It said he became the first American to fly from a Chinese military base since World War II during the 2010 China International Air Races.

Calls to the Studio City, California, offices of Riggs’ Mach One Aviation Inc. were answered by a message saying it was unable to connect to voice mail.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/09/17/3632381/1-dead-1-missing-in-stunt-plane.html#storylink=cpy

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Riggs is in China

I have confirmed that Riggs is in China. He arrived at FaKu airport, Shen Yang. His 6 aircrafts are going to fly in the ShenYang Airshow which will be held on Sept 20-22.

This is the most frustrating thing in the world.

Why has the government done NOTHING to stop this criminal? NOTHING. The FBI, the Department of Justice, the Bankruptcy Court. NOTHING. Absolute disgusting joke.

He is supposedly injured. He is claiming workman’s comp. He is claiming disability. But he’s in China flying in an airshow.

Absolute most inept, worthless group of people EVER.

Do you people reading this realize that this conman is still making more money than ANY of us. He’s not paying taxes. He files bankruptcy to get away from it and NOBODY gives a damn.

I have a lot of information that I haven’t posted previously. That’s about to change.

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Airshow Shenyang 2013

2013 Shenyang Air Show

It’s in chinese, but if you watch the video..you will see an appearance by Riggs’ yellow plane (N360DR) flying next to Craig Shultze’s plane. Now why would they have those planes in an ad for a Chinese airshow if they weren’t involved?

And Riggs is on disability. Hmmm.. Workman’s comp?

It comes from this link:

http://aero-shenyang.com/english/****

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No Commercial License

A call to Transport Canada confirmed that Riggs did NOT get a commercial license there. He only has a private license. Still not sure what his plans in China are, but have been told he is going, and the “planes” are already there. Good luck to China.

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The government is a joke

Rumor has it Riggs was in Canada last week trying to upgrade to a commercial pilot license there. Why? To go fly another air show in China. Do not know if he got it or not but this leads to a lot of questions.

The air show is September 20-22 in Shenyang China. Several planes are already there from what I’ve been told by my sources. Not entirely sure which pilots are going this time but I was told today that Ben Coleman is still working with him. He was the “safety advisor” for the UARC. Ex-FAA investigator. I can only shake my head.

Supposedly he is still hurt. He is collecting Workman’s Comp, unemployment or disability (not sure exactly which but definitely some combination of these). If that’s true, are they aware that he is going to China to fly in an air show? Court records state he made over $100k for the last show. And if he’s so injured, how is he flying to China anyway. Last I heard he hadn’t made payments on any of the multiple judgments against him. So where is this money to move the plane to Canada and fly to Canada to upgrade a license, etc coming from?

He is making both the State, the Feds and the victims look like total idiots. And I don’t see anyone doing anything to stop him. No wonder he’s a 30+ year criminal.

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The courts are useless

n139ckDid you know that the bankruptcy that Dave Riggs filed in April 2010 is still open? Yes, it has yet to be discharged. I, and others I assume, had hoped it would not be as he was attempting to get out of debt that was accrued by allegedly stealing and swindling from people. One of the things I found really interesting (and still do) is that the court has yet to charge him with any kind of fraud even though it appears that is exactly what he did. Without going into the entire bk, because that would take months, here is just one instance.

That plane (last seen at Van Nuys) was registered to Mach 1 Aviation (SAN DIEGO) on May 25, 2006. Mach 1 Aviation was never that I am aware of, a California Corporation. It was in Vegas. Owned by Riggs. And filed bankruptcy on April 25, 2010.

The ownership of that plane transferred to Nazarene Aviation Fellowship on May 13, 2010. Almost a month AFTER filing bankruptcy and never being claimed as an asset of the bankrupt corporation. And Nazarene Aviation Fellowship was established in April 2010.

From what I have seen over the past couple of years NAF claims no assets, no income, no expenses. But we know that plane has flown. It was flying the day of the crash in Boulder City when 2 people died. It was flying all the days that it appears in videos on Youtube (and a commercial for the Washington State Lottery). How can there be NO asset value, no income, no expenses?

This is so blatant it’s ridiculous. And yet, the courts have done nothing.

When you ask me why he just keeps on keeping on I can only say this. Because they let him.

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Absolute joke

I am 100% convinced that the Federal Government truly is nothing more than a joke. They are going to do absolutely nothing to this worthless, lifetime criminal. All we can do is leave this site up to try to warn and protect people. This pathetic, sad nanny government has no time for it. Gross

He has completed 200 of the 480 community labor hours (supposedly). We all know he’s going to show up in court and plead disability. At which point the court will feel sorry for him and cut him loose.

Who will be next?

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Mach One vs Me – Part 2

It was brought to my attention that I never really followed up on the ending of the lawsuit in Nevada against me.

Mach One Aviation sued me for defamation (amongst other things) saying that I caused them to lose money because of the Camarillo Air Race being cancelled (the show went on).

It was stated that I lied about a whole bunch of things including one of the UARC pilots lying on a California morning show about the race, Riggs getting in trouble in South Africa and Hong Kong, Riggs stealing planes, etc.

I found a very competent attorney in Las Vegas to represent me.

Several motions were filed back and forth including my attempt to fight it on jurisdiction (since everything happened in California). That didn’t work mostly due to the question of who has jurisdiction when a website is involved .. that’s something that I think is really still being worked out in courts across the country.

Riggs pulled his usual nonsense of trying to get the names and IPs of people that have commented here, with no success. Several of the things they listed in the lawsuit weren’t even written by me (they were comments).

Eventually his attorney tried to get me to settle. First by taking down the site. No. Later, remove the picture on the front page and make the site about things other than just Riggs. No. Go dark on the site (no updates) for a specified period of time. No.

It finally looked as though we were going to have to go trial. His attorney submitted their requests for discovery. I answered (basically I proved that everything I’d said was TRUE, DOCUMENTED and PROVABLE and it became “oh we want to dismiss”.

Las Vegas is a bit different than Los Angeles. A person can’t just dismiss a case because they want to, the defendant has to agree. Initially I didn’t want to, because there was nothing to stop him from refiling in a week and starting the entire mess over. Also, because of the way that Las Vegas (Nevada) law is structured I had to forfeit my legal fees. I definitely wasn’t going to do that if another suit was going to start in a month.

We did come to an agreement though. I agreed to dismiss with the agreement that if he were to file again it has to be in Los Angeles. They reimbursed me for my filing fees.

And that was the end of that.

It cost me some money and time but wasn’t nearly the pain it could have been. I sort of feel sorry for Riggs’ attorney because I can only guess that he was lied to and caught by surprise. When the discovery went back for documentation to support every single thing I wrote (even to the extent of the BOOK written about Riggs’ exploits in South Africa) he had to be not pleased with what he saw.

But it’s over. Just have to finish with the Federal Copyright Infringement suit filed by Riggs’ buddy Tony Tiscareno and the legal wranglings should be over.

And hopefully sometime in the near future Riggs’ will be seeing the inside of a jail cell for bankruptcy fraud, business fraud, workman’s comp fraud and anything else they can come up with.

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No wonder Riggs is walking free.

I’m sure you all heard about the news station in San Francisco that SERIOUSLY screwed up today with a news report on the supposed names of the Asiana aircrash pilots. Now I’m sorry but these “names” were so incredibly, blatantly fake and racist I will never understand how it got by them (except someone obviously doesn’t have a brain with the ability for independent thought). With that said..apparently the NTSB is taking credit for the error by stating that a “summer intern” was the one who confirmed the names. You can see that press release here.

One has to wonder if it was the same summer intern that decided there was no need to prosecute Riggs or his attorney for the blatant and disgusting witness intimidation that occurred at the NTSB hearing in relation to the Nevada crash.

I am seriously just sickened by all of these events and realizing I am going to be forking out money for this website for many years to come because it seems nobody else has the intelligence or fortitude to stop this guy. So someone has to keep warning people and try to keep the damage to a minimum.

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The FAA really seems to slack

This website was brought to my attention today.

It’s all about Dell Schanze who is a paragliding instructor in San Diego. Seems he’s done more than a few questionable things, and recently (4 days ago) had a student die in a gliding accident.

I almost laughed as I read the article at Fox 5 and his own words…it all sounds so familiar.

“It was a fluke thing. I could never have guessed he was going to freeze up like that,” Schanze told Fox 5.
Schanze said it was hard at first to deal with the accident, “but now I realize I couldn’t have done anything more. I am the best instructor and the leader of the biggest paragliding school in the world, and this is the first death I’ve ever had in my 12 years of instructing.”

How incredibly sad is it that the FAA, with millions and millions of dollars every year, does nothing about these yahoos and citizens who get tired of it are the ones that have to out these guys.

Is Shanze as bad as Riggs? Well if you’re an animal lover (as I am) yes he is..kicking owls?? Really you ass? And one person dead, sounds like others injured. So yeah, I guess he is. And what will they do about it? Probably nothing.

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Workman’s Comp

Who didn’t see this coming? According to my research he would qualify for workman’s comp as a “volunteer” but not an employee. This would mean he could, in theory, apply for lost wages. Can you imagine what he will claim that number is? I hope they verify everything he says. I knew this is what would come of his “accident”. That or a lawsuit against the county.

workmans comp case

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It’s like dejavu

So, this moving the plane to Canada thing..it really is Deja Vu.

Here is when it happened another time:

On 22 April 2009
To Mach One Aviation Inc, Studio City, CA with c/r N535Z (L39C, 433134).

On 13 July 2009
Civil registration, N535Z, cancelled.
Deregistered.

On 21 July 2009
To Youth Aviation Of Canada Inc, Calgary, AB with c/r C-GFSH (L-39C, 433134).

Now this picture below was taken on July 25, 2009 (4 days after the Canadian registration) at Van Nuys airport.
The interesting thing is that Riggs appears to be flying it (everyone knows the yellow helmet).

His license was revoked at that time. It had been revoked on February 18, 2009 for the Santa Monica incident.

There is another story that ties this plane and the yellow one together as well. Suffice to say, there are a lot of questions about how he came into possession of both.

4 days after being registered in Canada - taxiing by in Van Nuys

4 days after being registered in Canada – sitting in Van Nuys

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They do prosecute bankruptcy fraud..so why haven’t they prosecuted Riggs?

Former MLB star Lenny Dykstra is finally a free man after serving 6.5 months behind bars for bankruptcy fraud, TMZ has learned.

Dykstra was released from Victorville Federal Correctional Complex in California on Thursday.

Dykstra was sentenced to serve time in December after pleading guilty to three counts stemming from his bankruptcy fraud case — one count of bankruptcy fraud, one count of concealment of assets, and one count of money laundering.

Dykstra filed for bankruptcy in 2009, and was then accused of illegally hiding and selling up to $400,000 worth of possessions inside his mansion … including valuable sports memorabilia, chandeliers, and even an oven.

Dykstra had been serving a 3-year sentence for grand theft auto and falsifying financial statements — beginning in March last year — but the sentences were then rolled together into one, and Dykstra served them concurrently.

As for the grand theft auto case, it appears he got out early.

He is now on 3 years supervised release — the terms of which include: 500 hours community service, drug testing, a substance abuse program … and he also has to pay $200,000 in restitution to his creditors.

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/page/2/#ixzz2WsawiNAW

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The plot thickens

N360DR Canadian Registration

Riggs yellow plane (N360DR) was de-registered in the United States on May 15, 2013. It was registered in Canada on May 23, 2013. It was registered to the Youth Aviation of Canada. Interesting. What do you think he’s up to now? I think maybe he’s trying to get this plane to China. I heard a rumor he’s trying to put together another air show. If he did that, he would simply tell them he has a Canadian plane and license (tricky). Or he’s going to try to fly in Canada since he has a PRIVATE license there. Just my guess.

So who is Youth Aviation of Canada? Some other corporation Riggs has. He registered the plane there but used a California address. A very familiar California address. His “world headquarters”

N360DR Canadian Registration part 2

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Things (again) that make you go hmmm…

N360DR – This is Riggs’ yellow plane. Previously owned by Whirly Bird in Las Vegas.

N360DR

And where is Whirly Bird these days? REVOKED

whirlybird

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Another settlement

It appears the Russians may have reached a settlement with Riggs. the hearing the other day now shows a new hearing in July .. with an “Order to Show Cause” for a dismissal.

I know they aren’t settling to get money. Riggs never pays. But I wouldn’t be surprised to find they are just sick of paying money to attorneys to go after a scumbag that the authorities won’t do anything about.

I wonder how much they lost. Millions I have no doubt.

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The Russians and Riggs

Tomorrow (just a few hours from now) one of Riggs’ hearings will be taking place in LA Superior Court. Well, the final status conference anyway. Since he tried to get out of his last hearing based on his “injury” and inability to participate I wonder if he’s done that in this one as well. He does have an attorney for this one (he’s representing himself in other ones) .. so I suppose she can appear for him..and most likely request a delay. I hope they are prepared for that.

Case Number: BC431213
DMITRI GUZEEV ET AL VS DAVID RIGGS ET AL

Filing Date: 02/04/2010
Case Type: Contractual Fraud (General Jurisdiction)
Status: Pending
Future Hearings

06/06/2013 at 08:30 am in department 49 at 111 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Final Status Conference

06/20/2013 at 08:30 am in department 49 at 111 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Jury Trial

I had thought previously that this case was over but I see now that only a portion of it is..based on the entry for the last action on the case.

It appears the cross complaint was dismissed.

05/13/2013 Partial Dismissal (w/o Prejudice) ( *CROSS-COMPLAINT )
Filed by Attorney for Pltf/Petnr

I’ll update when I find out what is happening.

This is in reference to the Afterburner / Kerosene Cowboys mess.

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The NTSB fails

Well here is something that I’m sure won’t surprise anyone. In December I told you how Riggs and his attorney tried to intimidate the Canadians. They filed a lawsuit and then threatened them if they testified in the NTSB hearing.

Judge Garaghty was absolutely appalled. Apparently he was the only one.

Here is the response that was sent out after a request was made for the NTSB to follow up with the attorney and Riggs for Federal Witness Intimidation.

Nada. But they are welcome to do something themselves.

So. He does illegal flights for hire. Two people die. The FAA finally does the right thing and prosecutes him. People from Canada actually travel here and take the time to testify. The get sued (which was immediately dismissed when his license was revoked) and threatened and the NTSB says “eh, no biggie”.

Honestly, they are pathetic. No wonder he gets away with so much crap. Our own government doesn’t protect us from him and his yahoo lawyers doing whatever they want. I am totally embarrassed by our government, and absolutely disgusted with the legal system.

And again, that is why this site exists. If they won’t protect us, someone has to.

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One year anniversary of the L-39 Boulder City Crash

Saturday will be one year since Doug Gillis and Richard A. Winslow died. The NTSB has not issued a final report. The NTSB did revoke Riggs’ license. I have not heard of any lawsuits filed against Riggs, Mach One Aviation or Incredible Adventures. I believe the statute of limitations would be two years, so I hope they are simply waiting on that report. Although, I don’t know why, it’s already been established that the flights were illegal. Incredible Adventures continues to advertise the flights although they have “re-worded” the ads, based on the decision in Riggs’ hearing.

At this point, it looks like two people died for absolutely no reason, and no one has done anything to hold the people responsible culpable for the damage they caused.

Very sad.

Here is the preliminary report to refresh your memory.

NTSB Identification: WPR12FA216
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, May 18, 2012 in Boulder City, NV
Aircraft: AERO VODOCHODY L-39, registration: N39WT
Injuries: 2 Fatal.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On May 18, 2012, about 1300 Pacific daylight time, an experimental exhibition Aero Vodochody L-39, N39WT, impacted desert terrain about 1/2 mile from the Boulder City Municipal Airport (BVU), Boulder City, Nevada. Mach 1 Aviation and Incredible Adventures operated the flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The airline transport pilot and one passenger were fatally injured; the airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and wing assembly. The accident airplane, along with another L-39 (N139CK), departed Van Nuys Airport (VNY), Van Nuys, California, about 0730 on the morning of the accident. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the cross-country flight, and no flight plan had been filed. The flight was destined for Boulder City.

A group of eight people had paid for a flight package. The flight was to be 45 minutes long, and at the end of the flight each passenger would be provided a film of their flight. The majority of the group was interviewed, and they stated that they were driven by bus from their hotel to BVU. Once they arrived at BVU, they made their way into BFE FBO (fixed based operator) and were told by someone at BFE that the two airplanes were en route from VNY. While they waited for the airplanes to arrive, the group discussed the order in which they would fly since only one passenger could occupy one seat in each airplane. After the airplanes arrived, the group reported seeing two people exit each airplane. The group talked to the pilots and took pictures of themselves with the airplanes. They moved inside BFE to a conference room where they received a briefing of what to expect. Members of the group indicated that there would be four flights; two flights would occur before lunch, the airplanes would be refueled, and then they would have the final two flights. The passengers did not observe any mechanical problems during the first two flights. The accident flight occurred on the third flight of the day after the lunch break.

The passenger in the lead airplane for the accident flight stated that that he and the other passenger got into their respective airplanes, he did not watch the other passenger get ready for their flight. He stated that he figured out how to put his own seatbelt/safety harness on, and was instructed about the canopy usage. After the canopies were closed, he was able to hear the pilot of his airplane and the pilot of the other airplane. The passenger stated that his pilot received a clearance for takeoff and was notified that a flight of Apache helicopters were inbound for landing. The pilots taxied the airplanes to the runway and came to a stop. The lead airplane was on the left side of the runway and the accident airplane was on the right side of the runway. There was a discussion about the crosswind and if there were any issues on takeoff, his airplane would make a left turn, and the accident airplane would make a “harder left [turn].” To the passenger the takeoff was normal. He recalled looking at the altimeter and noting that about 400 feet above the ground, his pilot instructed the other pilot to stay in formation. The passenger stated that his airplane was in a climbing left turn and he heard the other pilot say mayday three times and “canopy.” He looked out of his window and saw the accident airplane in a right turn, then saw it flatten out followed by a puff of dirt. He recalled seeing the accident airplane go underneath one set of power lines. The passenger stated that there were no further communications from the pilot of the accident airplane. One of the helicopters approaching BVU during the airplanes takeoff saw the crash and landed near the accident site to render assistance. The pilot of the lead airplane circled over the accident site and gave the helicopter’s crew instructions on how to open the canopies and turn off the engine.

The pilot in the lead airplane stated that the takeoff was normal. The climb out was normal until he heard a “canopy” call coming from the pilot of the other airplane.

The accident site was approximately 1/2 mile northwest of the airport in flat desert terrain. The airplane came to rest intact between two sets of power lines next to an access road. The first identified point of impact (FIPC) was a flat area adjacent to a berm alongside the road; an impression of the airplane fuselage and wings were observed in the dirt at the FIPC. The debris field from the FIPC to the main wreckage was about 480 feet long. Undercarriage and a gear door were found about 100 feet from the main wreckage. The airplane rotated slightly to the west next to the access road. A 25-pound ballast was found on the other side of the access road. Investigators noted a 4-foot-deep by 20-feet-wide crater just behind the engine.

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