Increasing The Safety And Reliability Of The MU-2...
While at NBAA 2015, ANN News Editor, Tom Patton, had an interesting discussion with Pat Cannon, who is the President of Turbine Aircraft Services. The discussion circled around the issue of safety and the Mitsubishi MU-2. Tom started the conversation by making the statement that the MU-2 has had a rather shady history as it relates to safety. However, something has changed as the airplane's safety record has now improved. Tom asks Cannon what he attributes this to.
Cannon responds that it's a number of things that have all come together to make this high performance corporate airplane safer, and he attributes this, in large part, to the owners of these aircraft themselves. He points to the creation of the special FAA regulation, SFAR-108, that requires a specific training program and recurrent training annually for the MU-2. Cannon says that owners are responding well to this.
Cannon goes into details about the training program, and as he discusses its effect on MU-2 safety and reliability, we find that many of the training issues with the MU-2 relate directly to issues that can be applied to almost any airplane. This discussion is a shining example of how training and recent experience work together to improve safety.
This video provides an interesting view of aviation safety as it relates to the MU-2, and to all of general aviation.
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