Nasty Eclipse 500 problem and some outstanding aviating

Details have emerged, (as we journalists say about things that we didn’t know about at the time) of a dire incident on the VLJ that everyone is watching – the Eclipse 500. (Not the one in this pic.)

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It’s got the NTSB understandably spooked as you can read at the link below.

Fortunately some highly professional piloting saved the occupants and aircraft.

Here’s the scenario: double engine control failure during a windshear influenced final approach. FADEC reverts to last recorded power setting, which unfortunately is full power on both engines. Quite handy for the subsequent go-around, not so great for the desired landing. And then things get worse…

There is of course a major issue over the experience levels of at least some of the owner-pilots likely to end up flying this and other VLJs. The debate, I think it is fair to say, is likely to continue. 

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One Response to Nasty Eclipse 500 problem and some outstanding aviating

  1. Mutuelle santé September 22, 2010 at 7:38 am #

    The control and verification should be done thouroughly and more accurately. Though it is not a big airplane , It make many lives in danger.

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