Sunday, April 22, 2018

Pitts S-1C Special, N25YD and Staudacher Jon S-600F, N27KJ: Accident occurred October 20, 2017 at Farmville Regional Airport (KFVX), Virginia

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Richmond, Virginia

N25YD Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


http://registry.faa.gov/N25YD

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

Location: Farmville, VA

Accident Number: GAA18CA017A
Date & Time: 10/20/2017, 1030 EDT
Registration: N25YD
Aircraft: YOUNG DAVID E PITTS S1 C
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Collision during takeoff/land
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot of the tailwheel equipped Pitts reported that he had departed from runway 3, flew out to the aerobatic practice box, completed his practice, and returned to the airport. He added that, he entered a downwind for runway 3, and announced his location relative to the traffic pattern throughout the landing. He heard another aircraft making calls in the traffic pattern but nothing he was concerned about. After he landed, during the rollout, about midfield, he heard someone announce on the radio that there was an airplane on the runway. This was the last thing the pilot remembered prior to the impact with the S600.


The pilot of the tailwheel equipped S600 reported that while he was en route to the designated aerobatic box, he decided that he needed to return to the airport and land. He added that because the winds were calm he elected to land on runway 21. He made a right base call and did not hear anyone else on the radio. He touched down about 300-500 ft down the runway about 75 miles per hour. He further reported that the impact with the Pitts came without warning.


According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Inspector the pilot of the S600 had taken off from runway 3 en route to the practice box. While en route, the pilot noticed a loose water bottle inside the cockpit and returned to the airport to drop it off. The pilot flew a tight right steep approach for runway 21. The inspector noted that all the S600 radio traffic calls were for runway 3. During the landing roll the two airplanes collided.


A postaccident examination revealed substantial damage to both airplanes.


Both pilots reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.


Pilot Information


Certificate: Private

Age: 49, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 5-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/23/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 02/04/2017
Flight Time: (Estimated) 272 hours (Total, all aircraft), 97 hours (Total, this make and model), 218 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 35 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 10 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information


Aircraft Manufacturer: YOUNG DAVID E

Registration: N25YD
Model/Series: PITTS S1 C NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2004
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental; Aerobatic
Serial Number: 625369829
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/29/2017, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 230 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: IO-320
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 150 hp
Operator:  On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan


Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions

Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KFVX, 417 ft msl
Observation Time: 1415 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 14°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 12°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.27 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Farmville, VA (FVX)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Farmville, VA (FVX)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1005 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information


Airport: FARMVILLE RGNL (FVX)

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 415 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 03
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4400 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information


Crew Injuries: 1 Serious

Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 37.356111, -78.438611 (est)

N27KJ Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

http://registry.faa.gov/N27KJ

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

Location: Farmville, VA
Accident Number: GAA18CA017B
Date & Time: 10/20/2017, 1030 EDT
Registration: N27KJ
Aircraft: STAUDACHER JON S 600F
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Collision during takeoff/land
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot of the tailwheel equipped Pitts reported that he had departed from runway 3, flew out to the aerobatic practice box, completed his practice, and returned to the airport. He added that, he entered a downwind for runway 3, and announced his location relative to the traffic pattern throughout the landing. He heard another aircraft making calls in the traffic pattern but nothing he was concerned about. After he landed, during the rollout, about midfield, he heard someone announce on the radio that there was an airplane on the runway. This was the last thing the pilot remembered prior to the impact with the S600.

The pilot of the tailwheel equipped S600 reported that while he was en route to the designated aerobatic box, he decided the he needed to return to the airport and land. He added that because the winds were calm he elected to land on runway 21. He made a right base call and did not hear anyone else on the radio. He touched down about 300-500 ft down the runway about 75 miles per hour. He further reported that the impact with the Pitts came without warning.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Inspector the pilot of the S600 had taken off from runway 3 en route to the practice box. While en route, the pilot noticed a loose water bottle inside the cockpit and returned to the airport to drop it off. The pilot flew a tight right steep approach for runway 21. The inspector noted that all the S600 radio traffic calls were for runway 3. During the landing roll the two airplanes collided.

A postaccident examination revealed substantial damage to both airplanes.

Both pilots reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 58, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Rear
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 5-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/22/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/01/2015
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 4100 hours (Total, all aircraft), 282 hours (Total, this make and model), 4100 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 38 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 15 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: STAUDACHER JON
Registration: N27KJ
Model/Series: S 600F NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2005
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 32
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/03/2017, Continuous Airworthiness
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2100 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 730 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: AEIO-540-EXP
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 300 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KFVX, 417 ft msl
Observation Time: 1415 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 14°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 12°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.27 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Farmville, VA (FVX)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Farmville, VA (FVX)
Type of Clearance: Unknown
Departure Time: 1030 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: FARMVILLE RGNL (FVX)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 415 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 21
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4400 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 37.356111, -78.438611 (est)

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