Pegasus Quantum 15-912, G-BYPB
The aircraft is a flex-wing microlight. Having completed a local flight, the aircraft returned to Redlands Airfield, where it was established on finals for grass runway 24R. The approach was uneventful until shortly before landing when the pilot realised that the aircraft was positioned to one side of the runway centre line and slightly low. The pilot stated that as he tried to correct for the low approach, rather than push the control bar away from him, he had pulled the control bar towards him, resulting in a sudden pitch down. The aircraft landed heavily on the runway before coming to a stop. The aircraft trike was severely damaged. Neither the pilot nor his passenger sustained injury; both were wearing protective helmets and were restrained by a lap and diagonal belt and full harness respectively. The pilot had flown 3,772 hours on fixed-wing aircraft and nine hours on flex-wing microlights. The pilot considered that when under pressure to correct the aircraft’s flight path near to the ground, he had inadvertently reverted to the pitch control characteristics of a fixed-wing aircraft.
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