February 9, 2021 at 12:45 PM #11264John BenarioGeneral Member
On February 7, afternoon, pilot attempted launching an Atos rigid wing from Regionals. Witness states that the left wing started rising which caused the right wing tip to contact the ground. The pilot was unable to lift the right tip off the ground and the launch motion caused the wing to ground loop. The wing never became full airborne.
The mid afternoon conditions at recorded at Marshall were 5 to 10 knots south and southeast through the afternoon. The witness stated that at Regionals the wind was light at south and southwest.
Extensive, likely impractical to repair.
The witness did not know his name, but stated that he is a long time HG pilot from the local area. Witness knew him to the extent that his experience and ratings were appropriate for the Atos.
Pilot did not control the wing during takeoff run
With no direct contact with the accident pilot, it is only conjecture, but based on this accident and another the same day, it is likely the pilot wasn’t cautious of the light and switching wind and did not run aggressively enough for the lighter than usual conditions.
During light conditions perform a personal brief to run aggressivelyFebruary 9, 2021 at 8:38 PM #11270
John sums it up pretty well.
63 year old 152lb “pilot” attempts light-wind launch on hastily reconfigured 90lb wing that had only been used for powered flight for a decade… Knowledgeable witness said wing was unbalanced at launch. I knew was it after the first step and the right side had no lift. I didn’t or wasn’t able to abort or power through it. It hit the first big bush and I came down pretty gently no injuries.February 10, 2021 at 7:11 AM #11273
Did the glider fare well? or farewell glider?February 12, 2021 at 4:14 PM #11292Jonathan DietchGeneral Member
Fare Thee Not-So Well. It appears to be A-Toast.February 13, 2021 at 6:58 AM #11299
Should the owner be interested, my storage shed may have some of the parts to repair the glider .February 13, 2021 at 6:11 PM #11301
The old ATOSs make pretty good trike wings.
Batteries are getting cheaper
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