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light plane crash north of Canberra - 13 April 2021


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I saw a similar operation in effect south of Canberra couple of years ago. I would describe what I saw then as extreme maoeuvering with very minimum altitude. Very risky. Don

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Unfortunately there are two deceased !   We all know low and slow .......... your pushing the envelope !

 

Doesn't matter  if it's mechanical or human failure.

 

My deepest condolences to all family involved !  

 

We all put our faith in our abilities and the the Aircraft that we fly to keep us safe.

 

RIP...... clear skies

 

   

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Very sad to hear two people lost their lives while doing their day job.

I always thought they used helis exclusively for line inspections. That would seem the safer option as helis can fly slower horizontally than fixed wings and forward airspeed is not critical. I have done a bit of flying around a point, whale watching and photographing landmarks etc and I'm always paranoid about my airspeed. It's very easy to get distracted positioning and lose focus on the airspeed.

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I did my flying with young Tom (18)  he was the observer on the plane having just been  certified for it and he was so excited to get a "start".. Both Hayden and Tom were excellent pilots.  Tom and I had just been to Temora airshow and I always felt safe and confident in his ability even for a person so young.. He wanted to  do AG Flying and was trying to talk his brother and dad into buying a plane ...

Lovely family from Corryong... sadly missed all ready.

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It hurts more when the victim is more than "an 18-year-old man" in the media report, but is "my friend ..."

 

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50 minutes ago, Student Pilot said:

Flying powerlines has been done for many years. I would consider an Ag rating the minimum training. Was this an RAA aircraft? 
 

Tom was the observer..it was vh registered. Pilot was commercial... both great young men.

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We had breakfast at the Tumut Aero Club on Sunday. These 2 men had spent a week based there. Reports were that they were very nice fellows. Always such a waste and a tragedy. IMO powerline surveys should be helicopter or drone based activities. Too dangerous for fixed wing.

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