Caravan Safety Initiative Launched
Cessna Aircraft has joined forces with the FAA and the Regional Air Cargo Carriers Association (RACCA) for a Cessna Caravan “educational and awareness campaign,” according to a spokesman for the OEM. The new coalition “will pool resources to enhance existing operational procedures in harsh environments, including operation in icing conditions,” proclaimed RACCA president Stan Bernstein, whose members fly the overwhelming majority of Caravans. The Cessna spokesman said his company will expand its existing Caravan safety awareness program to ensure all users are aware of the potential hazard–to any airplane, not just Caravans–of flying in icing conditions. Cessna and RACCA will meet regularly to develop the program and give a report at the RACCA annual spring conference in June. Caravans have been plagued with a number of recent icing accidents and the turboprop single is the subject of a number of new equipment and operational requirements and recommendations.