While the NTSB determined that “unnecessary and too aggressive” rudder inputs by the first officer broke the vertical stabilizer off American Airlines Flight 587, there was plenty of blame to spread among the airline, U.S. and French aviation regulators and Airbus Industrie, builder of the A300-605R that crashed into the community of Belle Harbor, N.Y., on Nov. 12, 2001.
Frasca’s newest flight training device, the Mentor, is being billed by the Urbana, Ill. company as one of the few devices capable of replicating the Garmin G1000 glass cockpit.
Reports of cracks found on the rudder-pedal arm assemblies of two Raytheon Beech Premier I light jets have prompted a proposed AD that mandates replacing affected parts. The directive would apply to nearly 100 U.S.-registered Premier Is. Comments on the proposed AD are due by August 19. For more information, contact the FAA’s David Ostrodka at (316) 676-3140.
Quest Aircraft’s Kodiak prototype (S/N 001) has logged more than 330 flight hours and is currently on schedule to receive FAA certification in the second quarter. At press time, the STOL turboprop single was being prepared for spin testing and was being fitted with a conforming rudder and horizontal stabilizer. Additionally, a three-display Garmin G1000 was installed in late December.
In his review of the MU-2 accident data, Greg Feith, a former NTSB investigator and aircraft safety consultant, tried to validate or dispel the following perceptions about the MU-2.
Swearingen SA226TC, Casper, Wyo., Feb. 20, 2006–In night VMC, the commercial pilot of Spendair Flight 1713 lost directional control taking off from Natrona County International Airport and the left propeller hit a runway marker light. The pilot said he had set power at 60 percent rpm and released the brakes. The airplane went straight down the runway for about 800 feet, then veered to the right.
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