2000-03-20: The solo pilot of C-GSVX
, a Lancair IV, was conducting a local VFR test flight near the Medicine Hat Airport when he reported a loss of engine power and smoke in the cockpit. He did not declare an emergency and received an airport advisory only. The pilot landed the a/c on Runway 21, turned onto Runway 09 and exited the a/c. He then pulled the a/c off the runway by hand. It was reported that this a/c has been built with a turbocharged Subaru engine instead of the factory-recommended Continental engine. A representative from the Lancair Company in the U.S. contacted an investigator from the Edmonton office of the TSB this month to express some concerns about potential safety issues with the installation of the different engine (i.e. power, weight and balance, etc.) in C-GSVX
. OPI - Maintenance and Manufacturing UPDATE M. & M. reported that the owner advises that the turbo charger on the engine failed, which in turn caused the engine to lose power and oil, which led to the smoke in the cockpit. The owner has not determined the cause of the failure, nor has the engine been repaired to date. At this time the aircraft is unserviceable (inactive).