Aviation safety investigations & reports

Robinson R22 Beta, VH-HIW, Caloundra QLD, 24 October 1988

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot undergoing the check flight had completed a helicopter instructor course about two months earlier and had not flown this helicopter type for nine years. He was being checked for future employment as a Grade 2 helicopter instructor. The early part of the flight was conducted in the training area where various types of circuit and approaches were carried out satisfactorily. On return to the aerodrome the instructor demonstrated an autorotation to touchdown. The pilot under check then conducted two autorotations to touchdown. The instructor reported that during the touchdown phase on the second landing the other pilot applied excessive collective control. He attempted to correct the situation but was physically unable to prevent the other pilot from raising the control. Rotor rpm decayed excessively and the tail boom was severed in the ensuing hard landing. The pilot under check was experienced on another type of helicopter requiring a different landing technique from this one. He was also not used to having another pilot making control inputs and did not give precedence to these inputs. The instructor had evidently made no verbal comment to the other pilot that he was applying corrective inputs to the controls.

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General details
Date: 24 October 1988   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1230    
Location: Caloundra    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Hard landing  
Release date: 11 April 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Robinson Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model R22  
Aircraft registration VH-HIW  
Serial number 706  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Caloundra QLD  
Departure time 1105  
Destination Caloundra QLD