Occurrence Briefs are concise reports that detail the facts surrounding a transport safety occurrence, as received in the initial notification and any follow-up enquiries. They provide an opportunity to share safety messages in the absence of an investigation.
On 15 February 2018 at 1845 Eastern Daylight-saving Time (EDT), the pilot of a Zenith Zodiac 601 was conducting stall recovery training approximately 16 kilometres east of Temora Airport, New South Wales (NSW). At approximately 6,000 feet, during a stall recovery, a bag containing tie down equipment dislodged from its stored position. The bag subsequently broke through the canopy of the aircraft before grazing the rudder and falling to the ground.
The flight continued without further incident and the pilot landed the aircraft safely at Temora Airport. The aircraft operator informed that ATSB that the bag punched a hole, approximately 400 millimetres in diameter, in the canopy of the aircraft causing damage to the leading edge of the rudder.
Prior to departure, it is important for pilots to ensure that all passengers, cargo and equipment are secure inside the aircraft. If the pilot is intending to undertake aerobatic flight or stall manoeuvres, they should always apply the HASELL checklist. The HASELL checklist is a mnemonic designed to ensure that:
- the aircraft has sufficient height for the manoeuvres
- the airframe can be configured correctly
- the cabin is secure with no loose articles that may move, even during violent or negative g manoeuvres
- the engine can be properly configured
- the location is acceptable, not over populated areas
- the pilot should keep a lookout for other traffic during the manoeuvres.
About this report
Decisions regarding whether to conduct an investigation, and the scope of an investigation, are based on many factors, including the level of safety benefit likely to be obtained from an investigation. For this occurrence, no investigation has been conducted and the ATSB did not verify the accuracy of the information. A brief description has been written using information supplied in the notification and any follow-up information in order to produce a short summary report, and allow for greater industry awareness of potential safety issues and possible safety actions.
|Date:||15 February 2018||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Location:||16 km E of Temora Airport|
|State:||New South Wales|
|Release Date:||28 March 2018||Occurrence category:||Incident|
|Report status:||Final||Highest injury level:||Minor|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Amateur Built Aircraft|
|Aircraft model||Zenith Zodiac 601|
|Type of operation||Private|
|Damage to aircraft||Minor|