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Addressing Single Engine Turbine Accidents.

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Blog, Training | 2 comments

I think there is a growing problem. Since 2008 I have been monitoring several single engine turbine accidents and incidents. Most have been Caravans, but there are a few reports of PAC-750s. The problems seem to stem from the concept that a single engine turbine is just a step up in power over a single engine piston aircraft. However, the types of accidents I am seeing leads me to believe that not enough information is being shared and training has been inadequate for the growing number of single engine turbine aircraft in the skydiving fleet.

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Aircraft Control After Engine Failure on Takeoff

Posted by on Jan 8, 2016 in Blog | 1 comment

This is a document that just came out from the FAA January 2016. It’s only two pages long in pdf. It’s a good quick read and should be part of any initial jump pilot training to reinforce what should already be known but sadly we’ve seen the results from inaction or incorrect action. YOU WILL BE STARTLED

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Old model Cessna 182 unusable fuel.

Posted by on Oct 3, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

This NTSB final report has come out on a 182 crash at Geneseo, IL. The FAA does not understand the fuel system of the early 182 models. The old Cessna 182 (1956) A through (1960) D has an unusable fuel of 5 GALLONS PER TANK. In the report they say that 9 gallons were left which 6.5 were usable. This is not true. It would be 4 gallons and I question even that. Pitching “up and down” is maneuvering flight. Second, the right tank was dry. There may be a venting problem which caused the system to syphon the right tank dry and then a vacuum prevented fuel from flowing from the left tank. If you have to pitch up and down to get fuel that tells me you know you have wrinkled fuel tank bladders. That plane is unairworthy to begin with and unusable fuel goes up above the 5 per tank normal! While the NTSB correctly states the cause of the accident as fuel exhaustion the body of the report leaves you scratching your head as to how that can be. Fuel exhaustion is no more usable fuel. Fuel starvation is fuel is on board but for some reason is not making it to the engine to be combusted. Please Please Please stop thinking you have more usable fuel in these old models. The POH is very misleading in how it states the unusable fuel. You are ALWAYS maneuvering in the traffic pattern to land. Unusable fuel is TEN gallons total, five gallons per tank. You can reference Cessna 182 Type Data Sheet here. Join our Facebook group for easy...

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History repeats itself….almost.

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

About a year ago I made a blog post here about whether the “money shot” (rolling hard after last jumper was out so that you could dive past the freefalling jumper) was worth it. I added video and a graphic photo of what the collision with a freefall photographer’s face looks like. However, a Porter pilot at Thai Sky Adventures decided his metal was better.

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