FAA Issues New AD For TSIO-550 Series

The new AD applies to certain Continental Motors, Inc. including TSIO-550-K, TSIOF-550-K, TSIO-550-C, TSIOF-550-D, and TSIO-550-N reciprocating engines.

Prompted by a report of an un-commanded in-flight engine shutdown, resulting in injuries and significant airplane damage, the AD requires replacing the oil cooler cross fitting assembly. All AD-required action must be completed within 12 months or 100 flight hours after the effective date of Nov 18,2016.

Find the AD here

The FAA on Oct 14, 2016 issued its final rule on Docket No. FAA-2016-0069 which establishes AD 2016-21-04. The new AD applies to certain Continental Motors, Inc. TSIO-550-K, TSIOF-550-K, TSIO-550-C, TSIOF-550-D, and TSIO-550-N reciprocating engines. Prompted by a report of an uncommanded in-flight engine shutdown resulting in injuries and significant airplane damage, the AD requires replacing the oil cooler cross fitting assembly. All AD-required action must be completed within 12 months or 100 flight hours after the effective date of Nov 18,2016. The FAA estimates compliance will cost up to $261 for parts and up to two hours labor per engine.

A follow up on the High Altitude Flying post.

 Patrick Bridge who is one of our LOBO Oz members has provided this Paper on Decompression Illness. I highly recommend that if you occasionally fly high, you should have a read. Pat is in the early stages of building a Lancair IVP, his day job is as a military test pilot at ARDU where he regularly flies the PC9 which is unpressurised. Here is a drop box link to the article. https://www.dropbox.com/s/0hfscf8supvxjni/DCI%20Paper.docx?dl=0

Patrick Bridge who is one of our LOBO Oz members has provided this Paper on Decompression Illness.

I highly recommend that if you occasionally fly high, you should have a read.

Pat is in the early stages of building a Lancair IVP, his day job is as a military test pilot at ARDU where he regularly flies the PC9 which is unpressurised.

Here is a drop box link to the article:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/0hfscf8supvxjni/DCI%20Paper.docx?dl=0

Learning from investigations

Whilst this in not necessarily Lancair specific, it is most certainly worth a read… (Click on the title below to access the article.)

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Collision with terrain involving Vans RV-6, VH-ZMH, near Gatton, Queensland on 2 March 2014 – a report from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) 

“…Examination of the aircraft wreckage identified no mechanical issues or faults with the aircraft that may have contributed to the accident.”

With media coverage and comment, the General Aviation and the Experimental sectors suffer when accidents like this occur.

All pilots need to understand that the rules and regulations relating to pilot qualifications, ratings, endorsements and recency are more than just suggestions. Their purpose is for support, safety and survival. When incidents happen, we need to think of all the factors involved in an accident, and learn from even the most unfortunate outcomes.

There is most certainly a lesson in this investigation.