CWUPilot From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 126 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2062 times:
We had our second engine failure today in two weeks at our contract flight school, Midstate Aviation. It seems like they have been a safe place to fly (albiet expensive and our only option) untill now, but this incident and several personal observations I've made recently have gotten me a bit worried.
Both engine failures are believed to be the result of a spray of some sort that the mechanics have been putting in the carbs recenty. As a result, all airplanes with carbs have been grounded.
My question is, what do you think the FAA will do to the flight school. Two incidents like this in a row are sure to be noticed. Will the FAA ground the fleet even after the flight school has made the a/c safe to fly? Will there be fines? Just curious, It seems like some sort of penalty will be assesed for their careless mistake.
"The worst day of flying still beats the best day of real work."
Pilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3117 posts, RR: 11 Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2025 times:
It really depends on the FSDO. The way that each individual FSDO handles everything from certification to penalties varies greatly. There is a flight school near here that they found was flying aircraft that weren't complying with ADs, and weren't getting 100 hour and annual inspections. They yanked their certificate for a few days, fined them, and made sure they comply with the regs. Would I fly there? No.
On a side note, this spray could have been approved for use. There was a synthetic oil made by one of the petroleum companies a couple years back that was hailed as the future. It was approved by the FAA and after a short time taken off the market because they found it was tearing the crap out of aircraft engines and causing a high number of failures.
My advice to you, look at the logs. Make sure the aircraft is legal. Talk to the mechanics, see what they say. See what problems the aircraft have been having. While engines don't die all the time, it is possible that they had two failures in a short time that were simply because of bad luck. You don't have to be a genious to tell if their equipment is in good shape, or if it's rough. Be very thourough on your preflights as well. The first thing I ask for at a flight school when I'm thinking about getting checked out to rent there is their log books. I had one tell me they were locked up and I walked out never to return.