Mitsubishi MU-2

January 5, 2007 - 9:46am

Despite comments on a variety of subjects regarding the FAA’s proposed Special FAR mandating training for Mitsubishi MU-2 pilots, the agency has made changes to only one part of the proposal. Yesterday, it issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking, redefining pilot experience requirements.

December 26, 2006 - 5:12am

A spate of crashes that led the FAA to propose mandatory pilot training requirements for the Mitsubishi MU-2 galvanized Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) into action. Representing constituents Jim and Linda Presba, whose son was killed in a Dec. 10, 2004, MU-2 crash near Centennial, Colo., Tancredo launched an effort to force the FAA to ground the MU-2.

December 22, 2006 - 4:20am

Although the FAA allowed only 30 days for comments on the proposed Special FAR mandating Mitsubishi MU-2 pilot training, 72 comments were submitted to the docket. The SFAR will require all MU-2 pilots to obtain initial/transition, requalification, recurrent and/or differences training.

December 19, 2006 - 12:07pm

Although the FAA allowed only 30 days for comments on the proposed Special FAR mandating Mitsubishi MU-2 pilot training, 72 comments were submitted to the docket. The SFAR will require all MU-2 pilots to obtain initial/transition, requalification, recurrent and/or differences training.

November 15, 2006 - 6:09am

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.

November 13, 2006 - 6:27am

Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) in a letter last Thursday asked President Bush to replace FAA Administrator Marion Blakey and NTSB chairman Mark Rosenker because they have not grounded the Mitsubishi MU-2.

November 13, 2006 - 5:50am

A series of articles in the Miami Herald that took a look at the safety of air-cargo operations has exposed what the articles’ author seems to view as the ugly underbelly of commercial aviation. To hear the paper tell it, the air-cargo industry is a business rife with lawbreaking operators, pilots pushed to fly while dangerously fatigued and old airplanes that barely hold together.

November 7, 2006 - 9:19am

Following its safety evaluation of the Mitsubishi MU-2 last year, the FAA has issued a proposed Special FAR that will force all current and future MU-2 pilots to obtain formal training to fly the high-performance turboprop twin.

November 7, 2006 - 8:28am

A U.S. congressman is raising a fundamental question about the Mitsubishi MU-2. Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) is convinced that the airplane has a “shockingly high accident rate” and appears to be concerned that no one in the government took his advice last year that the airplane be grounded.

November 6, 2006 - 8:18am

Despite the issuance by the FAA of a Special FAR (SFAR) mandating initial and recurrent training for MU-2 pilots, lawmakers still want the airplane grounded because of its poor safety record.

 
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