On December 22, 1997, about 1512 eastern standard time, a Aeronca 7AC, N83589, collided with a parked aircraft N9RG, during landing at the Mid Florida Air Service, Eustis, Florida. The airplane was operated by Mid Florida Air Services under the provisions of Title 14 CFR Part 91, and visual flight rules. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for this local flight. The private pilot and sole occupant was not injured, and both airplanes sustained substantial damage. The flight originated at 1456. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
The pilot stated that this was his second solo flight in a tailwheel airplane. There was a 45 degree crosswind from the right at 8 knots. According to the pilot, while rolling out, the airplane struck a tire covering a runway light on the right side of the runway. The right gear collapsed during the collision, and the airplane veered off the runway to the right. The pilot stated the application of left rudder and power did not correct the problem. The airplane then struck another airplane parked on the ramp.
According to the FAA inspector, the pilot lost directional control on landing after bouncing on the runway. The airplane then exited the runway at a 30-40 degree angle and struck the tire covering the runway light. The airplane then continued on the same path until striking a parked airplane, a Boeing Stearman. The FAA inspector stated that the tire marks were consistent with the airplane veering to the right, with no unusual markings where the landing gear hit the runway light. He also stated there was no indications of attempted braking. He stated the landing gear strut was broken as a result of the collision with the parked airplane.