Mitsubishi MU-2

October 13, 2010 - 8:21am

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America’s (MHIA) Aviation Product Support Division provides support for some 400 MU-2 twin turboprop aircraft operating outside Japan, including around 300 in North America. Here at the NBAA show, Turbine Aircraft Services, an independent company that contracts with MHIA to provide MU-2 parts and technical support, is exhibiting at Booth No. 6043.

July 6, 2010 - 10:44am

An FAA Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin released last month warns of potential hazards and air-worthiness concerns related to having loose equipment in the flight compartment, particularly items placed on the glareshield.

January 27, 2010 - 10:24am

In 2008, the FAA issued new rules affecting pilots who fly the remaining fleet of more than 350 Mitsubishi MU-2 twin turboprops.

January 27, 2010 - 5:12am

A Mitsubishi MU-2 crashed on the afternoon of January 18 during approach to landing at Lorain County Regional airport in Elyria, Ohio, killing all four occupants aboard the turboprop twin. This is the first fatal MU-2 accident since the FAA issued new special FARs governing MU-2 pilot training (for more on this training, see page 30).

January 19, 2010 - 11:43am

A Mitsubishi MU-2 crashed yesterday afternoon during approach to landing at Lorain County Regional airport in Elyria, Ohio. All four occupants of the MU-2 were killed in the accident. This is the first fatal MU-2 accident since the FAA issued new special FARs governing MU-2 pilot training. There has been only one nonfatal accident involving an MU-2 since the SFAR took effect two years ago.

December 29, 2009 - 5:54am

MU-2 operators and maintenance facilities now have a formal training program available through SimCom Training Centers. The company will offer MU-2 maintenance training to aircraft owners, operators, mechanics and technicians. The week-long course will familiarize mechanics and technicians new to the MU-2 withtype-specific inspection requirements and maintenance procedures.

December 29, 2009 - 5:50am

MU-2 operators and maintenance facilities now have a formal training program available through SimCom Training Centers. The company will offer MU-2 maintenance training to aircraft owners, operators, mechanics and technicians. The week-long course will familiarize mechanics and technicians new to the MU-2 withtype-specific inspection requirements and maintenance procedures.

December 2, 2009 - 10:36am

SimCom Training Centers is now offering a week-long maintenance training course for the MU-2 turboprop, to be held at MU-2 service centers in the U.S. twice a year. Two classes have already been held this year, and the next is scheduled for spring 2010 at a location to be determined. Training at the service centers allows instructors to combine classroom sessions with hands-on instruction and demonstrations in the service center.

October 14, 2009 - 11:18am

Any safety expert who wants to improve accident statistics could learn a lot by observing the Mitsubishi MU-2 situation. Since the issuance of the final rule outlining special training regulations for MU-2 pilots, there has been only one accident, and that was nonfatal. This contrasts markedly with the MU-2’s accident history before the enactment of the special FAR (SFAR).

October 1, 2008 - 9:46am

One of the tools in the FAA’s kit is the special certification review (SCR). According to the agency, the post-certification evaluation provides “a way to evaluate the type certification project and potentially unsafe design features on previously approved products.” The FAA initiates an SCR based on a variety of issues, one of which is service experience pointing to safety problems.

 
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