Re: Im Sorry, I Crashed my Q2


AND a 75 horse Revmaster.
A 3400 foot runway with 8000' density altitude is just scary!

-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Fisher <rv7a.n18pf@...>
Sent: Wed, Jul 15, 2020 2:33 pm
Subject: Re: [Q-List] Im Sorry, I Crashed my Q2

I'm glad you are alright.  And thank you for sharing, hopefully someone else can learn from this.  A 3400 foot runway with 8000' density altitude is just scary!


On Wed, Jul 15, 2020, 14:14 Joe Hood <joe.hood@...> wrote:
Just to clarify, this wasn't my first flight but the start of the second leg, after 3.5 hours of cross-country flying. I had done a number of touch and goes but only in density altitudes up to 4500'.

On Wed, Jul 15, 2020 at 2:46 PM Joe Hood via <> wrote:
I spent so much time learning how to fly my Q2 (high speed taxis and all) but didn't learn proper performance taking off at 8000' density altitude.
The alternate airport I chose from the air had way too short of a runway (3400') when just 20 miles more was a strip of 9000' (I normally fly out of 3500' runway (at 839'), so the normal warning bells didn't sound). My planned destination had a 10,000' strip.

On take off, doing the normal hold the stick back until rotation, then release pressure at 70: nothing happened. 75mph, still on the ground. 50 foot wide runway and my hold the plane on the centerline was not good enough to brake and remain on the runway. At the end of the runway was a cliff. I ended up trying to push the plane into ground effect, like other planes but only succeeded in porpoising and rolling right. I leveled on the way down, impacted terrain, then off a bluff, landing in a Russian Olive tree (overlooking a river valley at U10).
I am lucky to be alive.
In hindsight I didn't need to learn mountain flying at the same time as learning to fly the Q2; flying her was like having fleeting time with a high school crush. The Q2 was like the perfect horse, you could direct her whichever direction you wanted her to go.

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