Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Airtime Cygnet, Two Trike Pilots LLC, N145AT: Accident occurred September 16, 2016 in Venice, Sarasota County, Florida

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

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

Two Trike Pilots LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N145AT

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Miami FSDO-19

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA498
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, September 16, 2016 in Venice, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/06/2017
Aircraft: AIRTIME AIRCRAFT INC CYGNET, registration: N145AT
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The flight instructor in the amphibious float-equipped, weight-shift aircraft reported that the accident flight was the third flight with the student pilot, and the student pilot’s first flight in the front seat. He further reported that during the takeoff roll they “began to [lose] the center line to the left and then to the right.”

He reported that in this particular aircraft, to turn to the right you push the left pedal and to turn to the left you push the right pedal. He instructed the student pilot to release the throttle. He then attempted to “take the controls back and keep the [aircraft] on the runway”, but was unsuccessful. The aircraft veered off the runway to the right, the right float impacted grass, and the aircraft spun 180 degrees. 

The student pilot reported that he told the flight instructor that he would “follow along with him on the controls during the takeoff to feel how he was moving them”. He further reported that when the aircraft veered off the runway to the right, he “took [his] hands off the controls” to allow the flight instructor to correct for the veer. 

The aircraft sustained substantial damage to the right lift strut.

The flight instructor reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The student pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during the takeoff roll and the flight instructor’s delayed remedial action, which resulted in a runway excursion. 

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