Marcus Schrenker, a 38-year-old financial manager under investigation by the SEC, apparently attempted to fake his own death on Sunday by parachuting from his Piper Meridian before the turboprop single crashed at about 9:15 p.m. in a swampy area near Milton, Fla., according to an FAA preliminary report.
Avidyne last month began shipping the first production versions of the MLX770 two-way datalink transceiver after receiving FAA technical standard order (TSO) approval earlier in the month. The MLX770 is intended to bring “affordable and comprehensive worldwide datalink weather services” to the general aviation market.
Piper Aircraft president Jim Bass has laid out a clear strategy for carrying the company into the next decade by expanding its line of cabin-class singles, from piston-powered models to the PiperJet. Bass said the company has no plans to adopt Cessna’s style of capturing clientele with light sport aircraft and then moving them up the product line.
Seeking to establish a firmer foothold in the avionics retrofit market, Meggitt last month introduced a new digital flight control system for older turboprops. Developed as part of a broader collaborative effort with subsidiary S-TEC in Mineral Wells, Texas, the new Magic 2100 DFCS is intended for operators of Twin Commanders, King Airs and Cessna Conquests equipped with aging autopilots no longer supported by OEMs.
PIPER PA-46-310P, OSTEEN, FLA., JUNE 14, 2002–The JetProp DLX-conversion Malibu (N9143B) disappeared from radar at 8:39 p.m. while on an IFR flight plan and flying in IMC. The right wing of the turboprop single reportedly separated in flight, and the airplane fell to the ground near Osteen, destroying the aircraft and killing the private pilot and two passengers aboard.
Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage, Atlanta, Dec. 3, 2006–The NTSB attributed the Mirage accident to the airplane design stress limits being exceeded when the pilot lost control during cruise after his attention was diverted to the right-side attitude indicator, which the pilot reported as “tilted.” The pilot was looking at the indicator when he realized the airplane was in a dive.
Following reports of incorrect altitude and airspeed indications by Avidyne Entegra EXP5000 primary flight displays, the FAA last month issued an airworthiness directive requiring cockpit placards and aircraft flight manual/pilot operating handbook limitations until affected displays can be repaired.
On June 14 a JetProp DLX-converted 1988 Piper Malibu Mirage crashed in Osteen, Fla., while on an IFR flight from Raleigh-Durham, N.C., to Marco Island, Fla. According to the NTSB’s preliminary report, radio and radar contact were lost at 8:39 p.m. local time as the pilot attempted to deviate around thunderstorms at FL 260. The right wing separated and was found three days later, but not at the main crash site.
Following a rash of reports of incorrect altitude and airspeed indications by Avidyne Entegra EXP5000 primary flight displays, the FAA yesterday issued an Airworthiness Directive requiring the addition of cockpit placards and aircraft flight manual/pilot operating handbook operating limitations until affected displays can
JETPROP DLX CONVERSION OF PIPER PA-46-310P, HILTON HEAD, S.C., AUG. 31, 2003–P&WC PT6-powered JetProp DLX Piper Malibu conversion N70DL, registered to Hickory Travel and operated by a private pilot, collided with trees, crashed and caught fire during an attempted return-to-land maneuver at Hilton Head Airport (HXD) at 3:29 p.m. EDT. The pilot and only passenger were killed and the airplane was substantially damaged.