Mitsubishi MU-2 Training Special FAR Proposed

 - November 15, 2006, 6:09 AM

On Thursday, the FAA plans to release a proposed special FAR (SFAR) mandating recurrent training for all Mitsubishi MU-2 pilots. The notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) will have a short 30-day comment window. After a two-year period (2004 to 2005) in which 14 people died in 12 MU-2 accidents, an FAA evaluation determined that the MU-2B is a “complex airplane requiring operational techniques not typically used in other light turboprop airplanes,” according to the NPRM. While Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America has long pleaded with the FAA to require a type rating for the MU-2, the agency said this would not help because type ratings do not include mandatory recurrent training. Pilots will have to be in compliance with the SFAR 180 days after the rule becomes final. The FAA did not say whether it would apply the same training requirement for airplanes that have a higher accident rate than the MU-2, including the Piper Meridian, de Havilland -6/7/8 series and Merlin/Metro.