EV-97 TeamEurostar UK Eurostar, G-CFNW
The EV-97 teamEurostar UK is a two-seat low-wing microlight aircraft, of aluminium construction, that is operated in the UK under a Permit to Fly. The student pilot was carrying out solo circuits in the aircraft, consisting of multiple ‘touch and go’ landings. The pilot reported that the wind was light and variable, and Runway 03 was active. On one of the landings the aircraft bounced immediately after touchdown and then touched down again with heavy contact on the nosewheel. The pilot aborted the landing attempt and applied full power to climb away. He requested a visual inspection from the tower during a fly-past and the tower controller reported no visible damage. As a precaution the pilot requested the airfield fire truck to stand by. The pilot subsequently landed uneventfully, but an examination of the aircraft revealed a minor propeller strike, a dent in the nosewheel rim and a slight buckling of the firewall and cockpit floor.
Published 10 December 2014