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    Ultralight Trike Crash on landing

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    Super Video Don and pleased you are OK, I can see your mistakes, first mistake is not knowing airlaw, 500 feet is the rule, but don’t count when you are taking off or landing, I don’t know how the airlaw works in your part of the world but you took off with people and cars at the side of the runway so I would assume the 500 feet rule dose not apply on take off or landing as it is in the UK. turning an aircraft low down is a big mistake, unless you are having fun doing low level turns, you would need to be at a speed far greater than the landing speed. So if you are tuning due to wind low down on landing put on the power and go around.

    If you look at the video and pause at 2:10 2:11. you will see you took your right hand off the control bar and put it back on upside down. clearly seen at 2:16 I don't know you but I guess you have 3 axis experience and in the panic you took your right hand off the controls when you knew something was not right, putting it back on upside down your brain will not give the right input to what you wanted. you did stall and crash and this is my reasoning why.

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    Ouch. Can't get my head around that at all. It was so wrong altogether.

    At Rufforth our approach to 05 has to be very short but you straighten up and if it's not right, you put your foot down and go around.

    I counted about 3 points in that video where I would have "gone round"
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    I have to agree Vince, as the accident happened in the states the pilot is lucky the passenger didn't "sue his ass". Very Poor technique.
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    Never been in a trike but it looked like he just flew it into the ground?
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    Speed, he was missing speed ... and well too much relaxed ... and, I think he had no training or experience for landing in such weather conditions - hot and turbulent ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kestutis View Post
    Speed, he was missing speed ... and well too much relaxed ... and, I think he had no training or experience for landing in such weather conditions - hot and turbulent ...
    Agreed, far too slow for the conditions and well out of shape before hitting the ground. Human instinct I guess to just put it down instead of going around.

    I think this was covered briefly in MF a few months back, but still great to watch again.

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    Ouch, that looked very painful. Hope nothing long term there.

    Not really sure if the 500ft question is relevant to the crash. Certainly most small airfields do not have 500ft between the runway and assorted hangars/offices/club houses/spectator areas.
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    I feel sorry for his mate,first time in a microlight and he gets to eat dirt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Parky View Post
    I feel sorry for his mate,first time in a microlight and he gets to eat dirt.
    Ouch, should have joined the BMAA?

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    Definitely the wrong way to land a trike. Making those kind of high banked turns on approach is a bad idea, but making them at slow airspeed is a sure way to lose all control. They were lucky not to come off a lot worse. I don't see what the 500 ft rule had to do with this at all.
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