Region Pilot Certificate Pilot Injuries Passenger Injuries Type of Flight Launch Method Type of Aircraft Incident Activity Damage to Aircraft Damage to Canopy Incident Date Incident Time Weather SSA Member
Edit East Student None None Instructional Aero Tow ASK-21 Flight Minor 0000-00-00 1200-1400 Not a Factor Yes
Incident Description During one flight, the student landed the ASK 21 and had done a fairly good job but was a bit long and were on the roll out and I relaxed a bit. I couldn't see rubber cone (the one we had set out to mark a ground hog hole) in front of us from the back seat. The student tried to avoid the cone by going to the left of it but he didn't get the the glider turned enough to avoid it and the left wing hit it. When I saw what was happening I tried to get the left wing up to avoid hitting it. I was not successful in getting the wing up and we hit the cone. There were black marks on the lead edge of the left wing and black marks on the underside of the wing. When we got back to hangar, we used polish to get all the black marks off the wing successfully. However there are two very small indentations in the underside of the left wing from rolling over the cone.
Other Comments Had I been more vigilant on the landing roll out, we could have just turned slightly right and avoided the cone. The VASI light on the right side of the grass runway 14 probably influenced the student to try turning to the left. What I learned from this is that you can never relax with low time students until the glider completely stops and you are out of the glider.
Region Pilot Certificate Pilot Injuries Passenger Injuries Type of Flight Launch Method Type of Aircraft Incident Activity Damage to Aircraft Damage to Canopy Incident Date Incident Time Weather SSA Member
Edit East Student None None Instructional Aero Tow L-13AC Preflight Substantial 0000-00-00 1200-1400 Overcast Yes
Incident Description Flying conditions were reported as being quite rough with strong, variable winds generally from 140 to 180 heading 10 gusts to 25. The first flight of a three flight introduction was taken in the club’s Blanik L13AC with the duty instructor. Upon landing it was reported conditions were not suitable for any introductory training – very rough and no sustainable lift. I was asked if I wanted to fly in these conditions. I thought it would be good experience to try in these conditions and got ready. Takeoff and landing would be done on runway 14 which I had not done in quite a few months. I talked about this with the instructor to have a plan for landing. We also talked about the conditions in general and what I should do on tow, during the flight, and in the pattern. Takeoff, tow, and the general flight seemed as if I had control of the glider for windy and rough conditions. We released from tow at 3500 feet MSL. The instructor commented on low speed at some points for the conditions as I sometimes slowed to between 40 and 45 knots. She also noted that my turning was not always coordinated at times as indicated by the yaw string being out of position. One spot on the ridge had a small section of lift that allowed us to maintain our height at about 2000 feet MSL (1,400 AGL) for awhile. As we lost height to under 1900 feet MSL (airport elevation 660') we decided to enter the pattern to use 14 for landing. Downwind and base legs were OK. Turning to final I may have had excess altitude, but under the conditions I felt this was not bad and landing long was a possibility (2,800' runway). As I continued towards my aim point, my speed did drop some and as coached by the instructor I believe that I corrected this. The next thing I heard was the instructor saying to crab. (I believe this what she said to me.) I immediately started to take a crab position, but I went in the wrong direction turning the nose away from the wind. The instructor said, "t
Other Comments I believed I was capable of doing the needed actions for a successful landing, but should have been communicating more with Linda or even giving control of the glider to her when I turned to final under the conditions at that time.