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Postby lazair » Fri Dec 03, 2004 9:21 am

Pilot killed in ultralight

Pilot killed in ultralight
By Gemma Jones and Jennie Dell
December 4, 2004

RESCUE workers waded through 3m-high sugar cane in a desperate search to find the pilot of an ultralight that crashed north of Lismore yesterday.

Officers from a police rescue squad and local farmers used tractors and quad bikes in a desperate attempt to locate the pilot, in the hope he may have survived the crash.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter eventually located the wreckage from the air but found the pilot had died on impact.

The pilot, a 53-year-old man from Yamba, near Lismore, was believed to be a former school teacher.

Minutes after the ultralight took off from Lismore airport witnesses heard the engine suddenly cut out.
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Postby ozzie » Mon Dec 06, 2004 2:57 am

futher update on this accident aircraft was a Drifter. apparentley suffered total engine failure loud bang heard by wittnesss on ground. aircraft entered slow spiral spin aircraft found inverted. prelim report, says no attempt to recover. if prop let go may have had control cables damaged. i would say that this type of crash is similar to others recently here that have spun in after engine failure, pointing out a huge flaw in the training system here. there is very little on stall spin recovery in training of pilots. this is also the same with GA training spin recovery was dropped from GA training in the seventies and most accidents that happen in the circiut area are stall spin types. i had to go to an aerobatic instructor to learn correct spin recovery. most pilots never practise stall recovery after receiving license. in fact one was accused of doing aerobatics when seen by the department practising stall recovery in a ultralight. the pilot ended up in court on assalt charge after he punched the unlisenced departmental man in the face. he was let off with a warning. magistrate was a hangglider pilot. (lucky) moral to this story. seek further training and practise it in the type you fly. don't rely on the minimum training required for your license. i try to find someone old and grey, they know most of the tricks.... ozzie
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Postby xgary » Mon Dec 06, 2004 10:07 am

ozzie, you are right -- stall and spin training should be mandatory.

If not how would a pilot ever recover with out previously doing it ?

There are MANY MANY AVOIDABLE accident and incidents yearly because of lack of proper TRAINING.

I have never been able to spin a lazair but stalls are fun power on . Stalls on lazairs are very docile adn with the dihedral it makes the lazairs just float like a leaf.

Asfar as the aerobatic statemnt -- some folks are just ignorant of flying and if it not 6 miles high and level it must be not flying properly.

As a non flyer what he thinks when a guy comes in sideslipping over trees at fast rate of desent what they think --prolly think it gonnna crash LOL
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Postby rayjb60 » Mon Dec 06, 2004 3:34 pm

Stall, spin training is taught with gliders still.

It was quite fun watching one long wing loose all its lift and head south,
glider turns over on its back, starting a good rotation.....6 turns in the spin and you start to feel a little dizzy.

Not that much height is lost as in a spiral, but still 1000' is a good margin allowing for some error.

Recovery is
1) neutralized controls,
2) forward stick(down elevator),
3) Opposite rudder
and after rotation has stopped, and flying speed has been achieved,
slowly but without delay bring the glider out of the resulting dive.

These are specifically done in that order as different gliders may recover normal flight at any of these points.

The G's in the resulting dive build up quickly if you dont act fast, but smoothly.
Dont want to pull your wings off with a sudden pitch manuever.

If you dont learn it elswhere go to a glider club and ask.....
It will save your life someday and is actually fun to do after your first try.
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