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Old 03-14-2017, 05:09 AM   #1
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Default Pitts S2E crash in NC

I just ran across this on Kathrynsreports. Looks like the owner was the builder..

Damn sad...You all be careful out there!

JORDAN, BRUCE C

http://www.kathrynsreport.com/2017/0...-accident.html
APEX, N.C. (WNCN) – The pilot of a small aircraft died when his plane crashed near a small airfield in Apex Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

APitts S2E Special aircraft crashed near the Cox Field Airport in Apex, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The plane is believed to have clipped trees as it attempted to land.

The pilot was injured during the crash and later died.



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Old 03-14-2017, 05:15 AM   #2
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Very sad. I didn't know this man but a friend of mine kept his C-170 at the same airport and knew him well. He had also built an S1.


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Old 03-14-2017, 08:32 AM   #3
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This is sad news, Bruce was a really nice guy and a top notch builder, he built a s-2e, s-1s and a eagle, he had a lot of time in these airplanes. This sucks.
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Old 03-14-2017, 12:34 PM   #4
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Very sad. Like so many accidents this one is a heads-up to me since there is a line of trees on top of an old elevated RR right of way on the approach to my field. They are the cause of a displaced threshold which I tend to disregard since my "usual" steep approach gives me adequate clearance.
Only a slight misjudgment and I confess to being very close to said trees....

I say to myself, Maybe shoot for the displaced threshold as there is plenty enough runway available.....?

Also a caution to others. 1W3 is a grass strip with the displaced threshold ID'ed by a set of cones. You must look-up the airport and note the displaced threshold as it is not evident at a glance like on a hard surface runway. I've noted many if not most transient aircraft land "short" and are quite close to the trees(Which continue to grow. The FAA guys made us cut them back several years ago)

Again, very sad

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http://www.airnav.com/airport/1W3

Runway edge markings: RY 27 DSPLCD THLD MKD WITH CONES ON BOTH SIDES. RUNWAY 27pattern:left Displaced threshold: 340 ft. Obstructions: 65 ft. trees, 671 ft. from runway, 10:1 slope to clear
APCH SLOPE 20:1 TO DSPLCD THLD AT CNTRLN
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Old 03-14-2017, 03:06 PM   #5
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Bruce was an energetic wonderful fellow and talented builder. He'd flown that approach over those trees in a Pitts for over 30 years. Something caught up to him. Very sad. That S-2E he built was a show piece. The S-1S he built graced the cover of AOPA Pilot in Jan '12. He will be missed around here.
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"Hit the trees" doesn't exclude the possibility something happened to cause him to hit the trees.
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Sad no matter why. If there's a lesson to learn I hope we all can, if there was a failure of some kind the outcome is the same as a "oops". That in itself is a lesson accidents like this remind me of...even great pilots with years of experience can make a mistake (Im not saying he did or did not as we do not know only pointing out no matter the reason I hope we can all be alittle more aware and less complacent, even on a perfect day with a perfect plane on a perfect runway ,I've flown in and out of my whole life.) Each flight is a risk and we must mitigate those risks with always reminding ourselves of the cost of ever letting ourselves get behind the curve. My sincere condolences to all his friends and family - he sounds like a wonderful man and wonderful asset to aviation in general.
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Makes me think of the tree steadily growing into the approach path of runway 15 at S43. Took a friend up a week or two ago, and on a slip down to the runway (the first real slip he'd ever experienced, and which I'd forgotten to prepare him for), he described being able to count the needles on the branches with eyes as big as saucers. We weren't that close, and the slip freaked him out, but I've come too close to that tree numerous times. Its saving grace is that it keeps you from running into the elevated wires right at the end of the runway that are the nominal reason for the displaced threshold.
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Indeed something else may have caused him to hit the trees? But still a useful heads-up for me.


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