AAIB investigation to Zenair CH 701UL, G-EOIN

Departed runway while landing and struck fence, Lamb Holm Airfield, Orkney Islands, 9 May 2018.


After touching down, the aircraft departed the left side of the runway and struck a fence, despite the pilot attempting to press the right rudder bar, to try to prevent the left turn. It was the pilot’s first flight in command of this aircraft and the first time he had flown it from the left seat. He subsequently realised that his right foot slipped, and he had pressed the left rudder bar installed for a pilot in the right seat, instead of his right rudder bar.

The pilot had not completed differences training for this microlight aircraft, because there did not appear to be a requirement for him to undertake such training. As a result, the CAA has published clarification that pilots without a microlight class rating must complete differences training, prior to acting as pilot in command of any microlight class aircraft.

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Published 13 September 2018