Aviation safety investigations & reports

Grob-Werke G115, VH-TGD, Bankstown Airport NSW, 13 November 1989

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On 24 October 1989, the student pilot damaged the nose gear of a similar aircraft when he ground looped during a crosswind landing after returning from his first solo flight to the training area. Subsequently he did two dual training flights with different instructors, each flight involving upper air work in the training area and a single landing on return to Bankstown. The student was not given any specific crosswind circuit training, but was authorised for another solo training area flight. During the takeoff run, with an eight knot left crosswind component, the aircraft started to drift to the left of the runway centreline. The pilot applied back pressure to the control column and at this point the aircraft veered further left. As the aircraft ran off the side of the runway, the pilot closed the mixture and throttle and applied brakes. Before coming to a complete stop, the aircraft struck a taxiway sign post damaging the leading edge at the wing root.

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General details
Date: 13 November 1989   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1720    
Location: Bankstown Airport    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 08 December 1989   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Grob - Burkhart Flugzeugbau  
Aircraft model G115  
Aircraft registration VH-TGD  
Serial number 8085  
Type of operation Flying Training  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Bankstown Airport NSW  
Departure time N/A  
Destination Bankstown Airport NSW