The total combined number of fixed-wing aircraft accidents, incidents and fatalities declined for the U.S.-registered and non-U.S.-registered turbine business aircraft fleet in the first three months of this year versus the same period last year, according to data compiled by AIN. Some individual segments were inconsistent with the overall results, however. Specifically, accidents involving U.S.-registered business jets and propjets resulted in 15 fatalities in the first quarter compared with 22 in the same period last year.
When the FAA amended aircraft stall training last year to emphasize reducing angle of attack over the long-used procedure of limiting altitude loss above all else, training organizations across the U.S. were required to update their curriculums to reflect those changes.
Fifty years ago, on Sept. 14, 1963, a pair of test pilots for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries pushed the power levers forward and a uniquely designed twin-engine turboprop raced down the runway then lifted into the sky. Powered by two Turbomeca Astazou turboshafts, the XMU-2, as the prototype was named, spawned the production version Garrett 331-powered MU-2 family, of which about 290 are still successfully flying worldwide.
A second Level 5-certified simulator for the Mitsubishi MU-2 twin turboprop has gone into service at SimCom’s Orlando, Fla. training center.
SimCom and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America (MHIA) have qualified a second MU-2 simulator, which is located at SimCom’s Orlando, Fla., training center. The simulator is qualified to Flight Training Device (FTD) Level 5 standards and can be used for Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) pilot training, which is mandatory for all MU-2 pilots. Under SFAR 108, MU-2 pilots must receive specific initial, recurrent and requalification training. The new simulator replicates most MU-2 models except the MU-2F and earlier.
Jet Air Group in Green Bay, Wis., is to host a fly-in for Mitsubishi MU-2 twin turboprop operators. The event will convene at the MRO’s facility on July 26 and 27 as a prelude to the EAA AirVenture show in nearby Oshkosh the following week (July 29 to August 4). The meeting will include opportunities to conduct maintenance reviews and confer with Mu-2 vendors.
Turbine Aircraft Services (Booth No. 3724) announced that The Aviators, the popular PBS program now in its third season, will feature a segment on the Mitsubishi MU-2 turboprop in episode 11. Spoiler alert: Program host and commercial pilot Sara Rependa declares the aircraft “sturdy” and comments on the high quality of its handling characteristics.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and SimCom Training Centers have signed a new ten-year deal. Under the agreement, SimCom will continue to provide simulator training for Mitsubishi’s MU-2 twin-engine turboprop for the next decade.
Barrington Irving, the youngest pilot and the first African American to fly solo around the world, will welcome 50 students from Las Vegas’s Rancho High School to hear his inspirational story and view NBAA convention center exhibits tomorrow. Irving will meet the students between 9 a.m. and noon at the Turbine Aircraft Services booth (No. C6920). NBAA show attendees are welcome as well.
One lesson to be learned from the July 31, 2008, crash of a Hawker 800 in Owatonna, Minn., according to the NTSB, is that trying to initiate a go-around late in the landing roll might not be a good idea.
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