Aviation Safety Letter 1/2004

Explanatory Note Concerning Recreational Aviation 4/2003 - Alberta, RAF Gyroplane Accident

The RAF 2000 Gyroplane accident synopsis that was published in the Recreational Aviation section of ASL 4/2003 may have led readers to believe that the mishap occurred when manoeuvres performed were beyond those prescribed. This, however, was not the case. This very unfortunate accident occurred last January, and took the life of a very well known and experienced pilot under circumstances that have been difficult to identify. To quote from the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) report A03W0015, "it could not be determined that [pilot-induced oscillation] was a contributing factor to this accident." We would like to apologize to the family of the deceased for the choice of words in the original article. - Ed.

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