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February 16, 2023

Continental Engine Issue Affects More than Just Cirrus

Upcoming Service Bulletin Precludes More than 5 Hours of Operation Before Service

News broke, recently, regarding an operational pause at Cirrus Aircraft, when they paused all flight operations on SR22/SR22T aircraft manufactured between June 1, 2021 and February 7, 2023 - but the issue runs even deeper than expected -- even for Cirrus. When news broke of an upcoming service bulletin from Continental Aerospace Technologies, details were slim regarding the extent of the issue, until Continental gave out a worrisome Valentine's day gift: A Service Bulletin for thousands of its newer engines, affecting 360, 470, and 550 series engines made between 2021 and now.

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Classic Aero-TV: Making Good Planes Better--Micro VGs Offer Aero-Enhancements

From 2013 (YouTube Version): Vortex Generators Can Radically Improve Many Airframes VERY Cost-Effectively

While at the AOPA 2013 convention, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell had a chance to talk with Anni Brogan the President of Micro Aerodynamics Incorporated. Micro Aerodynamics develops and produces vortex generators for various functions on numerous aircraft make and models. In this video, Brogan explains how the vortex generator works and how it does more than we may think it does. It’s common to see vortex generators on the leading edge of a wing and we usually associate this with reducing the stall speed. 

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA46

Passenger With Serious Injuries Was Able To Egress From The Cabin And He Contacted First Responders With His Cellular Phone

On January 17, 2023, about 1039 central standard time, a Piper PA-46-350P JetProp DLX airplane, N963MA, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Yoakum, Texas. The pilot and copilot sustained fatal injuries. Two passengers sustained fatal injuries and one passenger sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 business flight. A preliminary review of Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast (ADS-B) data showed that the airplane departed from the Memphis International Airport (MEM), Memphis, Tennessee, at 0748.

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