Tuesday, September 18, 2018

AirBorne Edge X Classic, N4557C: Accident occurred August 25, 2018 at Lake Wales Municipal Airport (X07), Polk County, Florida

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

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

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


Location: Lake Wales, FL
Accident Number: GAA18CA554
Date & Time: 08/25/2018, 0730 EDT
Registration: N4557C
Aircraft: AIRBORNE Edge X Classic
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Hard landing
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The solo student pilot in the weight-shift-control aircraft, reported that he remained in the pattern and was performing full stop landings. During landing he flared too late, and the aircraft struck the runway hard.

The aircraft sustained substantial to the center-frame bar and the left wing tubes.

The student reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the aircraft that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 61, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: None
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  21 hours (Total, all aircraft), 21 hours (Total, this make and model), 1.2 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 21 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3.5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: AIRBORNE
Registration: N4557C
Model/Series: Edge X Classic
Aircraft Category: Weight-Shift
Year of Manufacture: 2009
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 582-306
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/25/2018, Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1040 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: 582
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 65 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: KBOW, 125 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1130 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 291°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 23°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Lake Wales, FL (X07)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Lake Wales, FL (X07)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0700 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Lake Wales Muni (X07)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 126 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 17
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3860 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 27.893889, -81.620556 (est)

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