Czaw Sportcruiser, G-CFPA
Due to the prevailing winds, the pilot decided to land the aircraft on a grass area adjacent to the two published runways. The grass area was wet and approximately 190 m in length. During the landing roll he was unable to the stop the aircraft before striking a wire fence. The pilot was uninjured and vacated the aircraft. He had previously landed a flex-wing microlight on the same area, but not G-CFPA. There were no published dimensions of the grass area. The pilot considered that he should have aborted the landing and waited for the wind to reduce before landing on Runway 29, which was 450 m in length and of part concrete construction. The Pilot’s Operating Handbook (POH) stated that the landing distance from 50 ft on grass was 170 m and 180 m on concrete. An airtest conducted in support of the permit to fly detailed the landing distance from 50 ft as 327 m on a tarmac runway. The Light Aircraft Association (LAA) advised that it plans to review the POH with regards to landing distance performance. The airfield operator advised that it would review the publication of additional airfield information.
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