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So sorry Joe! It would have made a great cross country aircraft!
On Jul 16, 2020, at 6:51 AM, Joe Hood <joe.hood@...> wrote:
2.1 with the 75hp heads. Empty weight of 620 lbs.
I’m so glad that you’re safe. As a matter of interest which Revmaster engine were you using the 2,1 L or the 2,4L and what was your aircraft’s empty weight
I'm sorry about your crash as well, but glad you are ok. Also grateful for your consideration and courage to share your experience with our group. Things happen quick and could happen to any of us at any time, so sharing your experience hopefully keeps the rest of us alert.
On Wed, Jul 15, 2020 at 8:28 PM, Joe Hood
I don't think with the visible delamination in the fuselage that I have anything worth rebuilding. A bit of uncertainty now as family members weigh in and may have to delay my dreaming again.
Glad to hear you walked / limped away..a hard lesson to learn.
I would suspect you were well down on power. If your report saves one person from a similar or worse fate, it was not a complete loss. I could not help but reflect that your images were the perfect metaphor for 2020...
What are the plans going forward?
On Thu, 16 Jul. 2020 at 6:46 am, Joe Hood
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.