Aerotechnik EV-97 Eurostar, G-IDOL
During the takeoff roll, the nosewheel struck a bump on the runway surface, causing the aircraft to lift off prematurely, at a low airspeed. The engine torque and propeller slipstream effects, in combination with a crosswind component, caused the aircraft to turn to the left. The pilot was unable to correct this deviation using the rudder, so he closed the throttle and applied the brakes. Nevertheless, the aircraft eventually collided with a car at the end of a row of vehicles that were parked to the left of the runway.
A subsequent flight test on a similar example of this aircraft type confirmed that it met the requirements of the appropriate design code used to assess its suitability for the issue of a UK Permit to Fly.
Aerotechnik EV-97 Eurostar, G-IDOL 10-11.pdf (413.97 kb)
Published 10 December 2014