Highlights from the 2014 CAAA (Canadian Aerial Applicators Association) conference in Regina, SK.
First we would like to pass along a thank you to all that came by and said hello during the Trade show Thursday and Friday and a congratulations to this year’s recipients of the various awards and scholarships. It is always special to receive an award amongst your peers.
The conference covered a number of different topics this year with the major focus on Transport Canada rules and regulations and the operation and maintenance of Turbo Prop engines. The following is a brief overview of what we felt was important to share.
1. There will not likely be any changes made to the regulations regarding the Flying Farmer now or in the future.
2. PVI audits are not going to go away, you need to pull your manuals off the shelf and ensure that what is written in the manual reflects how your business operates day-to-day.
3. As the popularity of dual controlled aircraft grows and more operators find themselves with one or two in the fleet make sure you have Operations Specification 40. This operations specification will ensure that if you have someone other than flight crew on board you are not in violation of the air regulations.
4. Self-Training: For companies that are a one person operation you must ensure that your manuals reflect this type of operation. This has been a finding at a number of 702 operators, a review of policy letter 175 would be a good place to start.
Turbo Prop Engine Tips
1. Engine Bleed valves should be inspected and cleaned during a Hot Section Inspection.
2. Starter Generator overhauls should be accompanied by a report from the overhaul facility. Armatures should be balanced and the starter Gen should be tested for magnetism. Before installing the overhauled unit, inspect the unit and check the paperwork.
3. As an owner or operator of a PT6A-AG engine you should be receiving Service Bulletins from Pratt & Whitney, they are important and should be reviewed to ensure compliance. Proper documentation and reviews of SB may ensure you coverage down the road if you have problems with an engine.
4. Fuel Nozzle overhauls should accompany flow reports before and after cleaning. The fuel nozzles in your engine are one of the most critical components that can lead to engine trouble down the road. Ensure your nozzles are coming from a reputable shop with the proper paperwork.
If you would like any more information on any of the topics above please give us a call. Our knowledgeable maintenance staff would be happy to discuss your Turbine engine with you. For questions regarding a PVI inspection or regulatory matters Michael or Devan would be happy to answer any questions you may have or assist with manual amendments or updates.
The Miccar Aerial Ltd Team!
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