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By leiafee
Well aviation giveth and aviation taketh away I suppose...

All newly re-mojo-ed, off I set to get back current in the little X'Air. Perfect conditions. How could I fail to get a job lot of landings in, post-permit and post-lockdown ready for some autumn and winter flying?

If the sodding thing stops at 700' on climb out that's flipping well how.

Old Park is lovely and more than adequate for microlights but one of its issues is an obtructed climbout. Turning inside the cables wasn't a problem but doing it with enough airspeed to not frighten myself, left me with a bit of speed to lose once I was lined up on my intended spot and I overshot into the crop over the hedge.

Which was steeper than I thought - it's near to one of the runways and in my head, my mental model of that terrain isn't as steep as this bit of it was. So we arrived somewhat on the upslope.

The X'Air is the most fantasically robust bit of kit though - the undercarriage took a beating but passed almost none of it on to the squishy humans. (Remains to be seen where else it's transmitted it of course.)

Still seeking a definite cause. There was zero warning in terms of the performance up until that point. Engine turned by hand and felt like there was compression and there was fuel in the carb bowls when we looked on the ground.

For Would Do Differently, chiefly I wish I'd comitted harder to the touchdown point, I could have sideslipped or made the turn more drawn out to lose the height.

And failing that I wish I'd remembered about the Really Steep Bit at the bottom of the field. In my head the airspeed and descent were right and I'd just started to roundout and had a decent few seconds left to go, when thump we were down.
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By T67M
Very scary, but importantly the squishy humans all survived and can tell us the tale. Well done!
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By Selev
Well done! i'm glad there were no injuries, you are now in a "club" that i hope i never get into.
By johnm
Well done you! It's entirely typical of you that after the event you would analyse and seek to learn lessons :thumleft: Really glad that you walked away unharmed, the X'air will doubtless mend.
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By Rob P
Welcome to the club (The one nobody wants to be a member of)

It seems like you made a neat job of it - well done.

Rob P
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By PeteSpencer
Well done
Glad you’re OK Aeroplanes are mendable, peeps ain’t always.,.,,,,,,

Peter :wink:
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By Miscellaneous
@leiafee like given on account it was a landing you walked away from. You were even mindful enough to take pics. :D Celebrate the landing. :thumright:
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By leiafee
Thanks for enouragement all.

We're still very very speculative on possible cause but one possibility in exploration is ethanol damage to fuel lines - it's out there happening folks - keep eyes open to it eh?
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By Charles Hunt
Ooh er, having all four fuel lines on KATI collapse, can I emphasise that even good quality 'clear plastic stuff' (not in the mood to research the technicalities) has a life of maybe 5 years with Avgas or E0 pump fuel. Do not use UK forecourt fuel which is now mostly E5. (ie 5% ethano).
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By AndyR
Good effort Leia. You got it down, squishy people didn’t get squished. All is good in the world.

With my Timothy’esque number of engine failures now in twins, I’m hoping I’ll be spared the single engine one :?
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By WelshRichy
Fabulous result Leia, really happy to hear you are okay and do hope your aeroplane is back in the air soon.