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Aircraft Performance

Soft and Short Fields, I

Precise airspeed control and minimum float in ground effect is important during these maneuvers and used with finesse for the soft field and precision for the short field landing and approach.

In spite of the above, sometimes the construction of the aircraft combined with the skills of the pilot can result to a undesirable results during landing. See the report below.

RV-9A flipover

NTBS report on a RV-9A flip or nose over in Alaska

Excerpt from the document:

On August 12, 2005, about 1500 Alaska daylight time, a tricycle gear-equipped homebuilt experimental Brabandt RV-9A airplane, N63EB, sustained substantial damage when it nosed over during the landing roll at a private airstrip, about 6 miles west of Palmer, Alaska. The airplane was being operated as a visual flight rules (VFR) local area personal flight under Title 14, CFR Part 91, when the accident occurred.

The airplane was operated by the pilot. The commercial certificated pilot, the sole occupant, received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The flight originated at the Palmer Airport about 1450, and no flight plan was filed.

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