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  • duxfordhawk
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Sep 2003
    • 2334

    Originally posted by fox glider
    We perform over 5 beat-ups a week at my gliding club and have never had any accidents caused by them. we frequently reach speeds upto 140knts 5 feet from the ground!

    Sadly Accident happen when you least expect them, My Late Grandad always said "Things only become dangerous when you become over familiar with them", It only takes one oversight, One mistake and you find yourself heading to the scene of a Accident.

    As to what happened to cause the accident with G-LENA lets leave that to the experts to decide, The sad fact is whatever caused the accident 2 people never went home to their families that night and never will, Thats the only thing i feel we should think about really.
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    • Neil G
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Jul 2005
      • 24

      Originally posted by duxfordhawk
      My Late Grandad always said "Things only become dangerous when you become over familiar with them",
      Yes my late grandfather said similar things. He having torn the undercarriage off a Tiger Moth (HM King paying) and turned over a Beech Sundowner (Insurance paying) I guess shows that to be a pretty accurate sentiment.


      • cstobart
        Junior Member
        • Aug 2006
        • 2

        When we do 'beat ups' at my gliding club, we are current in flying practice and make sure there are no other gliders in circuit, we also make a 'blind call' to let other know of our intentions, and if we feel it is not safe we wont do it!


        • The Blue Max
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Mar 2005
          • 2127

          When you do these "beat ups" at your gliding clubs i presume that you have the required exemption from the 500ft rule in place at all times
          It seems that we seem to be getting a little confused here! A pilot who is performing at a public display must hold a Display Authorisation, and that Authorisation will allow him to do the display he is carrying out. If that Display includes aerobatics then he will have been authorised to do do by a display examiner. this means that he will have displayed to that examiner he is compitent to do the said aerobatics and will not be allowed to display at low level untill he has done so. There fore we are legislated for low level aerobatics at displays allready ( the military have there own system!!)
          Low level aerobatics by GA pilots who have not been trained and not at public events is kinda hard to police and i fear that in the majority of accidents due to low level aero,s this is the case. Education is the best way to try and prevent these accidents but you willnever stop the guy who in the heat of the moment decides to have a go!!! It may look easy when you see it at a Display, it Aint!!!! If you have not been proberly shown and have the required qaulification "Dont Do IT!!"
          "I see something of the cobra in you Stachel!"

          Sywell Airshow 17th August 2014


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