Smoke Oil Cutoff


As we prepare to dive into the heart of the air show season, a brief reflection on past incidents tells us that problems related to smoke oil pumps continuing to pump oil after an accident have plagued the air show business for many years, resulting in injuries and fatalities.

In 2012, the gearheads in our business got together and came up with multiple solutions to this nagging issue that have been demonstrated to be simple, inexpensive and effective. In each case, they shut off the smoke oil pump in the event that engine power is lost. Details on two of these can be found here and here.

Please, don’t fall victim to a known hazard for which our industry has already identified viable and effective solutions. Find time to read about them and then install one in your aircraft.

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The International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) is a trade association dedicated to building and sustaining a vibrant air show industry to support its membership. To achieve this goal, ICAS demands its members operate their air show business at only the highest levels of safety, professionalism, and integrity.