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 My analysis of the accidents in the PA46 community place most (not all, but most) accidents into two
broad categories:
1. A stall/spin accident – The stall/spin accident is
always fatal for all onboard the airplane. But the stall/ spin is not the cause, rather it is the result. It is usually precipitated by some other situation that is mishandled such as fumbling the autopilot controls, inappropriately handing ice accretion, over-rotating on takeoff, or botching an engine failure. There’s lots of ways to create a “stall and a yaw” in the PA46, and most pilots do not understand the dire implications.
2. A ground accident – These accidents are rarely fatal and are almost always costly. The insurance companies hate them. These ground accidents include mishandled crosswinds, brake failures, tire failures, left-turning- tendency mishandling, and nose gear collapses. The result is usually a wing-ding, prop strike, or gear collapse, but the insurance company gets involved and everyone loses in the event.
My general analysis of client performance at recurrent training is:
• PA46pilotsdon’tflyenough:100hours/yearisthebreaking point. Those that come to me with 100-plus hours in the last year usually perform well, and those that don’t have incrementally poor performance as fewer hours are flown.
• PA46pilotsgenerallyhavepoorfootwork:Iseesometerrible footwork on landing, takeoff, and even while maneuvering in flight, even from experienced PA46 pilots.
• PA46 pilots don’t understand the stall/spin accident: Most pilots cannot tell me the difference between a slip and a skid, and don’t know basic stall/spin recovery techniques.
• PA46 pilots don’t receive consistently good training from providers: I hear a common lament from clients about the wide range of instructional strategies and instructional ability of some instructors, mainly the newest instructors that don’t have much PA46 experience.
How Do We Fix This?
The MMOPA Board heard my recommendations, agreed wholeheartedly, and dutifully sent me away with the homework assignment: Begin the process of assembling a safety initiative to solve those problems.
At the next board meeting in the spring of 2018, the MMOPA Board again focused its attention on safety initiatives. Executive Director Dianne White asked former Air Force test pilot, space shuttle commander and former JetPROP owner Charlie Precourt to join a portion of our meeting via video teleconference as we discussed safety initiatives. His input was crucial in focusing everyone
in the room on a solution. It was clear that my basic framework of ideas was good and moving in the right direction, but I needed help. It was decided to reactivate the Safety Committee to tackle the problem.
Collaboration was the key. We had unity amongst
the board members, but we needed unity amongst
the training providers that are dedicated to the PA46 community. An initiative created by one person would never gain traction; an initiative created by a team of dedicated professionals can change everything. I was to be the chairman of the committee, and we then began the process of assembling a team of instructors to do the grunt work required to birth a good safety initiative that everyone would support.
The following individuals agreed to serve on this all- volunteer, unpaid committee:
Joe Casey, MMOPA Board Member, PA46 CFI Bart Bartlett, MMOPA Board Member, PA46 CFI Dave Bennett, MMOPA Board Member
Hank Gibson, PA46 CFI
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