Condolences to his family and friends, and as always, lets not speculate anything. Just wait for the official reports to come out and we will know what happened. let's just leave the investigation to the professionals, and in the mean while everyone, fly safely...
DCA airlaw is very similar to ours, there is the 500ft law. Contrary to our media suggesting that a talented young man was killed due to flying in JB on old planes or bad instructing, it is probably due to his own actions.
I believe no instructors will ever teach those stunts he did on his first few area solo. Throughout 8 years of flying I nv bank my wings past 60AOB, not even once.
Reason for what he did was that he was bored and wanted to seek excitement as well as to try to spot the potian wanton mee stall. On his blog he mentioned that the stall warning on 9M-EYM was fault. It may have played a part in the crash of the aircraft.
It may be possible that while banking the aircraft steeply, the AT4 loses airspeed rapidly and he didn't notice due to inop stall warning. The aircraft when into a stall and a spin immd due to wing down. This may match what the eye witness description of the aircraft circling as it goes down.
I believe no instructors will ever teach those stunts he did on his first few area solo.
First area solo and he should have been practicing what's in the syllabus for the issue of a PPL. Perhaps a few steep turns at 45 or 60 degrees AoB, climbing descending turns, medium level turns etc. But according to the link above, he was bored and decided to do a turn at 120 degrees AoB which pretty much means he's rolled the aircraft inverted, and expected to recover at 300 ft AGL?? All this at probably 20 hours TT? I've been a flight instructor in the past and have about 1000 hours instructional flight time and I've never heard of any maneuver that requires a 120 degree AoB.
I wonder whether the playing on flight sim on the home PC have given student pilots a false sense of confidence these days to try such maneuvers.
I wonder if the type of aircraft he flew also led to create a sense of adventure - after all, with a bubble canopy and control stick, he might have decided that he was in a fighter instead. It's still terribly tragic, but from that link above, I can't help but feel that something was always going to happen at some point
Yet another reminder to all pilots, current and potential, to always respect the limitation of skills and aircraft, the rules and regulations, and the weather. Flying is fun, but can be unforgiving too.