Areas with volcanic ash – Pilatus recommendations Pilatus recommendations for flights in areas with possible volcanic ash: Perform flights only if necessary Follow the instructions given by the local authorities Flying through an ash cloud in the vicinity of a volcano should be avoided by all means. Please be aware that the weather radar is not effective in detecting volcanic ash clouds If a flight is conducted in or through areas of possible volcanic ash contamination open the inertial separator to minimize the risk of material entering the engine Report areas of possible volcanic ash contamination to ATC Leave the area of possible volcanic ash contamination as soon as possible following ATC instruction Use of oxygen masks shall be considered (if applicable) After landing: – If flight did go thru obvious volcanic ash contamination, perform the maintenance instructions given by P&WC and Pilatus – If flight did not go thru obvious volcanic ash contamination perform a thorough visual inspection of the entire aircraft after each flight. Pay special attention to air inlets (engine, pitot tubes, static ports, etc), propeller, windshield and leading edges of the wings, horizontal stabilizer and vertical stabilizer. If evidences of damage are found please contact Pilatus Customer Support. Ensure that all protection covers are installed when the aircraft is parked Disclaimer The above recommendations are based on Pilatus’ best knowledge about the possible effects of volcanic ash on Pilatus aircraft. However, Pilatus cannot accept any liability for damage arising out of flights in areas with suspected or actual volcanic ash contamination.
Areas with volcanic ash – Pilatus recommendations