I enjoyed the article in April's issue,"Handle Wit 11 Care," about overgross
When the airplane took off on the accident flight, it was estimated to be in excess of its maximum takeoff weight by about 225 pounds, or about seven percent overgross
. It was further calculated the airplane was 177 pounds over its maximum gross weight--almost six percent--near the time of the accident.
On takeoff, the cause was a mix of not maintaining directional control and hitting something off to the side of the runway or overgross
airplanes getting into the air but hitting something off the end.
Ferry pilots routinely operate in overgross
conditions to accommodate the fuel necessary to get, say, from California to Hawaii.
In one accident, the non-instrument-rated pilot filled the seats with five people, took off overgross
and crashed after encountering weather en route.
Or all three, like the 26,000-hour ATP who tried to depart a 2000-foot turf airstrip on a 90-de-gree day 210 pounds overgross
. There was also the pilot and CFI who, "had been practicing touch-and-gos throughout the day, and repeatedly had difficulty achieving pattern altitude."
We suspect most owners will do what they are doing now: Top the tanks, put the people in and throw bags in the back for a 75-pound overgross
Those 30 or so gallons beyond what the NTSB calculated was the minimum aboard would mean the accident airplane was around 145 pounds overgross
, instead of 35 pounds under it.
You asked why the plane crashed in your October Accident Probe, "Overgross
." It's really simple: The Cardinal is a lousy climbing airplane, even within its envelope.
If you take off 250 pounds over gross, you're in violation of the FARs and your insurer won't pay any claim resulting from an accident related to the overgross
After reading October's Accident Probe, "Overgross
," about operating an aircraft at more than its certified gross weight, I wonder if we're being encouraged to regard the gross weight limitation as sometimes being an unnecessary intrusion into a pilot's option to choose which limitations to observe, and which to ignore.
I regularly fly my airplane some 250 pounds overgross
. But, I do it legally, since it's equipped with an STC'd tip tank installation.