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Weight & Balance – GA-8 Crash Final Summary

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Weight and Balance

Further to our post in October 2019 detailing the tragic GA-8 Crash In-flight breakup, fatal (9), GippsAero GA8 Airvan, Sweden,  which took place on 14 July 2019,   we have followed the accident investigation and the final report has now been published.  Click here to read the summary with safety recommendations. 

IFA Comment:

Never under estimate the importance of weight and balance.  Never consider flying an aircraft which is outside the permitted weight and centre of gravity range.   Link to TC data sheet provided by UK CAA – Safetysense Leaflet 9 Weight and Balance

Notes 1. Weight and Balance.

A current weight and balance report including a list of equipment included in the certificated empty weight, an approved load data sheet and an approved loading system, must be provided for each aircraft at the time of issue of a Certificate of Airworthiness.

From the report………………..

“There were no described routines within the club regarding mass and balance calculation. According to information, no such calculations are made for each flight, as it is done based on experience, and you feel on the ground if the aircraft is too tail heavy and the parachutists can then be asked to move forward.”

 

Original Post – October 3 2019

GA-8 Crash In-flight breakup, fatal (9), GippsAero GA8 Airvan, Sweden, 14 July 2019

A key issue for the investigation into this tragic accident, which killed 9, will be whether the aircraft broke up in flight because the aircraft’s loading or flying exceeded the type’s certified limits.
CASA, the airworthiness regulator for Australia, where the GA-8 was designed and built (‘State of Design’), concluded, within days of the accident, that there was enough evidence that limits were exceeded that the accident does not question the type’s airworthiness. Consequently, CASA lifted its precautionary suspension of flights. However, the IFA notes that the principal investigator, Sweden’s SKA, is still publicly reserving its opinion.
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