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  • AAIB September Bulletin

    http://www.aaib.gov.uk/publications/...ember_2013.cfm
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  • #2
    AAIB September Bulletin

    A couple of the reports gave me pause to consider that maybe flying from an unnecessarily long runway as I do (and paying for hangarage accordingly) might be not such a bad thing. The extra good over-shoot does provide a safety margin over flying from a private strip.

    http://www.aaib.gov.uk/publications/...k1__g_mtpy.cfm

    http://www.aaib.gov.uk/publications/...r__g_hotr_.cfm

    Both accidents seem to have been caused by unexpected wind shear on take off which there was little the pilots could do about, causing them to hit obstructions at the end of their take off area.

    My intention is not to sound smug, just to try and extract a 'take home' message from two pretty sobering reports involving experienced pilots.

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    • #3
      AAIB September Bulletin

      I well remember an incident years back, we took off with a nice breeze almost down the strip. We lifted off and wasn't enough runway to land back on then flew straight into the wind shadow of a large wood. The still air, probably with a bit of backflow killed our climb and we weren't going to clear the trees. Fortunatly my pilot had the room and was quick thinking enough to keep the nose down for speed and pull a tightish turn to clear the face of the woods.

      We both learned a lot from that and trying to visualise the effects of trees, tall hedges, buildings and the like is now part of my pre-take off checks.

      Ginge

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