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Bembridge Accident

Old 21st Feb 2016, 13:04
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That looks incredibly short. Maybe 300 metres?
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Old 21st Feb 2016, 14:59
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Probably; piece of p1ss for an Islander. The 'old' Lerwick (Shetlands) strip was a similar length and had a stone barn at the end; Loganair had a special 'mod' approved which gave them (I think) 15 deg extra flap for PT flights.
We lined up on 19, the holding point being conspicuous as it was a huge patch of stinging nettles. Peter (the pilot) lowered full flap, then tripped the circuit breaker which gave him the extra flap, then it was full throttle against the brakes, yoke hard back, release brakes and it rotated after about 50yd, then check forward and climb away retracting the flaps slowly. Mind you we only had 2 passengers on board going to Unst so it was hardly overloaded.
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Old 21st Feb 2016, 17:09
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We lined up on 19, the holding point being conspicuous as it was a huge patch of stinging nettles. Peter (the pilot) lowered full flap, then tripped the circuit breaker which gave him the extra flap, then it was full throttle against the brakes, yoke hard back, release brakes and it rotated after about 50yd, then check forward and climb away retracting the flaps slowly.
Surely the extra flap was for landing not take off?
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Old 21st Feb 2016, 17:15
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the approach over the cliffs certainly focussed the mind too!
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Old 24th Feb 2016, 21:52
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Surely the extra flap was for landing not take off?

The electric flap settings are 0, take-off (10), Full (30). Selecting flaps down from the take-off setting would run them to 30 but if you pull the CB they will stop and remain at that position. Resetting the CB doesn't re-start the flap motor until the flap selector switch is activated (in either direction).

I've used 20 degrees to haul out of PNG mud, then using the CB eased them up to Take-off setting. Need to know by feel where the CB is....! (2nd row, 6th from the right if a 1981 memory is correct)
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