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April 4, 2015

The SSF is pleased to announce a revised web site with a new look and feel. As with any update, it will take a few days to find and fix any links that don't work. If you find a broken link or notice that something you use to use is no longer available then contact the SSF webmaster at webmaster@soaringsafety.org. Simply note the page you are looking at and the link that no longer works, or the typo that you think needs to be corrected. New features and content will be uploaded as the site stablizes. Thank you for your willingness to support the SSF. The SSF Trustees Rich, Ron, Burt, Steve, and Tom.

The Soaring Incident Database is now available to help pilots, safety officers, clubs, and commercial operators develop new programs that can help prevent incidents from becoming major accidents. See more incidents by searching the database or register a new incident.

Region Pilot Certificate Pilot Injuries Passenger Injuries Type of Flight Launch Method Type of Aircraft
Midwest CFI None None Local Aero Tow Blanik L-13
Incident Activity Damage to Aircraft Damage to Canopy Incident Date Incident Time Weather SSA Member
Preflight None 0000-00-00 1200-1400 Clear Yes
Incident Description Blanik L-13 was returned from maintenance. On the return to service flight, the pilot did a positive control check after a thorough preflight. Upon takeoff, the glider was observed swerving back and forth behind the towplane but took off. The serving continued during tow. The pilot released in the pattern and made a rather rough landing on the runway. So what happened? The rudder cables were hooked up backwards. On the positive control check, be didn't verify the controls were moving in the right direction. We now verify controls are moving the correct direction during positive control checks. The other problem with this flight was the pilot continued the takeoff even though he was having control problems. We stress to all pilots, if it doesn't feel right deal with it on the ground and not in the air.
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