Private Pilot Recovers From 26 Turn Spin
Pilot loses control of his plane, goes into a spin, spins 24 times, loses 2800 ft of altitude in 40 seconds and recovers 700 ft above ground.
Definition: flat spin: An aircraft spin in which the longitudinal axis is more nearly horizontal than vertical.
The spin was supposed to be a normal erect spin to the right, but for various unintentional reasons the spin went flat, up until that point I had never flat spun an aircraft.
I eventualy mananged to get the aircraft into a normal erect spin from which I was able to recover.
This aircraft is not fitted with an electric starter motor, so I was unable to restart the engine.
During the "flare" to land the main undercarriage caught the top wires of a barbed wire fence that was invisible to me.
After coming to rest inverted I waited 20 mins for the rescue services to come and right the aircraft so I was able to exit via the outward opening canopy.
The aircraft rotated 26 times total, I was extremely dissorientated after the recovery to straight and level flight, and was unable to read the instruments.
From the video I estimate I recovered at about 700ft from an entry altitude of 3500ft. If you listen carefully you will hear me say:
"I think this is it". At that stage I did not think I would be able to recover.
However I continued to try various control inputs based on the aircraft attitude and rotational rate, which eventually effected a recovery.
The Tipsy Nipper T.66 is an aerobatic light aircraft, developed in 1952 by Ernest Oscar Tips of Avions Fairey at Gosselies in Belgium. It was designed to be easy to fly, cheap to buy and to maintain.
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