Mitsubishi MU-2

October 1, 2008 - 5:04am

Since the FAA issued the special regulation governing MU-2 pilot proficiency in February, nearly 300 pilots have completed the additional training required to fly the turboprop.

September 5, 2008 - 6:24am

Since August 11, the FAA has been conducting a special certification review (SCR) of the Eclipse 500 very light jet, the agency announced on August 20. A team of seven FAA experts led by former Boeing safety executive Jerry Mack is examining aircraft safety, certification of aircraft trim and flaps, avionics screen blanking and stall speeds.

August 20, 2008 - 11:56am

Since August 11, the FAA has been conducting a special certification review (SCR) of the Eclipse 500 very light jet, the agency said today. A team of seven FAA experts led by former Boeing safety executive Jerry Mack is examining aircraft safety, certification of aircraft trim and flaps, avionics screen blanking and stall speeds.

July 28, 2008 - 11:38am

In an unusual move, the FAA has proposed an AD that would require pilots to view a new icing-awareness training video before they could serve as PIC of Mitsubishi MU-2Bs. The requirement would supplement a 1997 AD requiring MU-2B pilots to take an eight-hour training course about flying in icing conditions.

May 6, 2008 - 9:48am

Owners of some 360 U.S.-registered Mitsubishi MU-2s would be required to install newly designed torque-tube joints to prevent possible failure of the flap control system, if a recently proposed AD is adopted.

February 26, 2008 - 7:05am

More than two years after the FAA completed its latest evaluation of the relatively high accident rate of the Mitsubishi MU-2 twin turboprop, the agency issued a special FAR (SFAR 108) that makes MU-2 training mandatory for all pilots who want to fly the airplane. The action marks only the second time that the FAA has issued special training regulations for type-specific pilot training in aircraft that don’t require a type rating.

January 29, 2008 - 11:02am

Yesterday, the FAA issued the final version of MU-2 Special FAR (SFAR) 108, which requires mandatory training for all Mitsubishi MU-2 pilots. This is only the second time that the FAA has enacted a mandatory training rule; the first was SFAR 73 on the Robinson R22 helicopter (it also applies to the R44), issued in the mid-1990s.

January 29, 2008 - 11:02am

Yesterday, the FAA issued the final version of MU-2 Special FAR (SFAR) 108, which requires mandatory training for all Mitsubishi MU-2 pilots. This is only the second time that the FAA has enacted a mandatory training rule; the first was SFAR 73 on the Robinson R22 helicopter (it also applies to the R44), issued in the mid-1990s.

January 11, 2008 - 6:32am

Owners of some 360 U.S.-registered Mitsubishi MU-2Bs won’t be required to install newly designed flap torque-tube joints, as proposed last September. Operators have been required to perform repetitive inspections of the joints under an AD issued in 1988, and the FAA found that there have been no service difficulty reports indicating cracks in joints for current design parts since that directive.

November 27, 2007 - 6:58am

The FAA released on November 8 a new fact sheet, “Safer Flying in Icing Conditions,” to warn operators that aircraft icing is a “continuing concern in all parts of aviation, from small airplanes to jumbo jets.” To combat icing-related accidents, the FAA is employing a multi-pronged approach to icing issues, using immediate safety actions and longer-term rule changes.

 
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