Friday, July 1, 2016

Evolution Revo, N20EV, registered to and operated by Twilight Aviation: Accident occurred June 29, 2016 near Park Township Airport (KHLM), Holland, Michigan

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids, Michigan

Aviation Accident Factual Report -  National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket- National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N20EV




Location: Holland, MI
Accident Number: CEN16LA245
Date & Time: 06/29/2016, 1900 EDT
Registration: N20EV
Aircraft: EVOLUTION AIRCRAFT INC Revo
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On June 29, 2016, at 1900 eastern daylight time, an Evolution Aircraft Inc. Revo, weight-shift aircraft, N20EV, impacted terrain during landing at Park Township Airport (HLM), Holland, Michigan. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The flight instructor received serious injuries, and a student pilot received minor injuries. The aircraft was registered to and operated by Twilight Aviation under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight that was not operating on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight that originated at 1800.

The operator/student pilot stated that purpose of the training flight was to receive instruction on straight and level flight. The operator stated that the student pilot and the flight instructor performed "some" straight and level flying during the flight with the flight instructor demonstrating S-turns. The student pilot then took the flight controls and they flew to HLM, and as the airplane approached HLM, the flight instructor took the flight controls. The flight instructor flew the aircraft into a left-hand airport traffic pattern and about 700 feet above ground level, he made an approach to landing for runway 23. The aircraft touched down on the runway, and then the engine "seemed to go to full throttle." The aircraft then lifted "slightly," about 10 feet above the runway, and ceased to climb. The aircraft drifted right and over a grass area on the right side of the runway. The aircraft still did not climb and began a "mild oscillation." The student pilot said they were "rapidly running out of runway," and the aircraft hit the ground "very hard," ending up on its side.

The student pilot stated that that earlier in the flight, he had asked the flight instructor what was the trim position. The student pilot said the flight instructor told him that the trim position was in the "fast" position. The student pilot said that after recovery of the aircraft wreckage, the trim was in the "fast" position.

The student pilot stated there was no mechanical malfunction/failure of the aircraft.

Post-accident examination of the aircraft by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the trim position was in the fast position, and the examination also confirmed flight control continuity.

According to the Evolution Aircraft Inc. Aircraft Operating Instruction and Flight Training Supplement - Evolution Aircraft, Inc Rev 7.0, the electric in-flight speed trim is an option that allows the pilot to fly hands off by changing the speed of the wing with the push of a momentary switch. The electric in-flight speed trim shifts the entire hang block fore and aft on the keel. It is important to understand that this system only relieves the pilot's arms from holding the bar in a position that may be different then a fixed hang point trim speed. In no way can it over-ride the pilot's input. To use the speed trim press and hold the momentary switch. Holding down the switch will pull the hang block forward and shift the center-of-gravity of the wing forward causing it to trim faster. Holding up the switch will allow the hang block to slide back and shift the center of gravity of the wing aft causing it to trim slower. Takeoff in a full fast trim setting will require much more pressure to push the control bar forward. The control bar is the best indicator of where the trim is set when in flight. It is also possible to simply look up and note the position of the hang block between the stops for trim setting. Setting the trim for landing position is similar to the takeoff position. Landing in full slow trim however, will require more pressure to pull the control bar in.

The supplement states that if the electric speed trim is not set properly, it will require more pressure to slow the aircraft down when trimmed fast and more pressure to maintain higher air speed when trimmed slow which may be taxing to the body. Ultimately, the pilot controls the speed not the trim setting of the aircraft.

A review of the aircraft checklist showed that the trim setting was an aircraft checklist item for phases of flight that included descent and landing. 

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Private
Age: 63, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/01/2012
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 70, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Rear
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot
Last FAA Medical Exam: 
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 
Flight Time:  30 hours (Total, all aircraft), 30 hours (Total, this make and model), 1 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: EVOLUTION AIRCRAFT INC
Registration: N20EV
Model/Series: Revo
Aircraft Category: Weight-Shift
Year of Manufacture: 2014
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental Light Sport
Serial Number: 000600
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/17/2016, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1160 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 34 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: 912 ULS
Registered Owner: Twilight Aviation LLC
Rated Power: 100 hp
Operator: Pilot
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: BIV, 698 ft msl
Observation Time: 1853 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 4 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 145°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C / 6°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots, 270°
Visibility (RVR): 
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV): 
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Grand Haven, MI (3GM)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Grand Haven, MI (HLM)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1800 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Park Township Airport (HLM)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 603 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 23
IFR Approach:  None
Runway Length/Width: 2999 ft / 50 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Touch and Go; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 42.795833, 86.916944 (est)

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA245
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 29, 2016 in Holland, MI
Aircraft: EVOLUTION AIRCRAFT INC Revo, registration: N20EV
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On June 29, 2016, at 1900 eastern daylight time, an Evolution Aircraft Inc Revo, N20EV, impacted terrain during an initial climb at Park Township Airport (HLM), Holland, Michigan. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The flight instructor received serious injuries and a student pilot received minor injuries. The airplane was operated by the student pilot under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight that was not operating on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight that originated at 1800.
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PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — One person was airlifted to the hospital after his ultralight aircraft crashed near Holland Wednesday evening.

The crash happened around 7 p.m. at Park Township Airport off Ottawa Beach Road, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office. The aircraft veered off the runway after landing and crashed.

Pilot Richard Henley, 63, was airlifted to a Grand Rapids hospital with serious injuries.

His back seat passenger, 71-year-old Leland Klink, sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene before being released.

The cause of the crash is not yet known. The Federal Aviation Administration will be on the scene Thursday to investigate.




Holland, Mich.--

A Holland pilot whose small aircraft crashed Wednesday evening, June 29, at the Park Township Airport remains in critical condition at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids.

Richard Henley, 63, was still listed in critical condition Friday afternoon.

Henly was injured when his aircraft, an Evolution Revo, veered off the runway and overturned in the grass during a landing at the Park Township Airport on Ottawa Beach Road.

Henley was treated at the scene before being turned over to AeroMed.

The backseat passenger and the aircraft's owner, Leland Klink, 71, of Spring Lake, suffered minor injuries and was treated and released at the scene.


The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have been notified of the crash.


OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. --  A man was airlifted to the hospital after the small aircraft he was piloting toppled after landing.

Ottawa County deputies say the crash happened around 7:08 p.m. at Park Township Airport on Ottawa Beach Road. An ultralight aircraft was landing when it veered off the runway and rolled into the grass.

Richard Henley, 63, from Holland was piloting the craft and was seriously injured. He was airlifted to the Spectrum Butterworth by Aero Med.

His passenger - and the aircraft's owner - Leland Klink, 71, from Spring Lake suffered only minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation.

Story and video:  http://fox17online.com

HOLLAND, MICH. - Ottawa County officials say two men were on board a small aircraft that crashed at Park Township Airport at 1269 Ottawa Beach Road in Holland. 

It happened just after 7:00 p.m. Wednesday night, as the aircraft landed. Officials say it veered off the runway into the grass, where it overturned. 

The pilot of the plane, 63-year-old Richard Henley, of Holland, was flown from the scene by Aero Med to Spectrum Butterworth with serious injuries. His passenger and the owner of the plane, 71-year-old Leyland Klink, of Spring Lake, was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

We're told the aircraft was a Evolution Revo. 

The FAA and NTSB are now investigating. 

Story and video:  http://www.wzzm13.com

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