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Old 9th Feb 2019, 21:00
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Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: Melrose
Posts: 6
463 crash

What on earth was somebody with 18 1/2 hrs doing in a Olympia 463?! I wasn't allowed anywhere near one till I had over 200hrs P1. When I bought my first glider, an Oly2b, with about 50 hrs P1, I had to elect an instructor with a Silver C to my 'syndicate' to get insurance. No 'senior pilot', no insurance. The 463 as a type seems to have had a lot of crashes over the years. Mind you, if low hours pilots are allowed to fly what is quite a tricky plane, maybe that's the reason. I can confirm that the crash of my old 463 only killed the tug pilot. The club CFI who was aboard the 463 was fairly badly hurt by landing in a tree but he lived to tell the tale.
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Old 9th Feb 2019, 21:16
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Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: EGKH
Posts: 86

Never believe a thing a pilot tells you
Story told at our clubhouse, but ILAFFT:

Student and our CFI flying 2000' on QNH, 3 miles south of Borton (position obfuscated to protect the guilty)

hear a transmission: "G-ABCD, Cessna 172, 3000' 2 miles south of Borton"
CFI to Student: "What do you know from that message"
Student: "Well the Cessna is 1000' above and about a mile away from us"
CFI: "Nope, what you know is that their radio is capable of transmitting, and they are currently within range of our receiver"

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Old 9th Feb 2019, 21:44
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Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: London
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Goodwood to Lydd, 2500ft. Qualifying cross country, this was the second leg.

I’d stayed north of the downs, Shoreham had a display on. I’d been in touch with them. All very informative and exciting too. “Two Spitfires transiting in front of you, to Gatwick”.

As I was abeam Shoreham, I saw the perfect silhouette of “Lancaster 1”

All the while I’m dutifully logging every five or so minutes. Which means head down.

Maye 10 or 15 nm from Lydd, scribbling another entry on the knee pad, “****”. 90 degrees and on a perfect collision path but for maybe 100ft vertical, a Cessna is making a very very big shape in the windscreen. It was so last minute, I barely had a blink and it was gone.

The learning was about looking out, above and beyond studiously filling out a flight log. Where I was, nav confirmation was nearly redundant. Sea to the right, land to the left. Along with some common sense VRPs confirmed, why write a five minute by minute diary?

In some ways I wanted to blame that, the training requirement. But I did learn... stuff the paper procedure if it gets in the way of awareness.
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