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
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
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.
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
The fatal aircraft accident cited in the article shows that no performance data exists for overgross
operations, and four people died while someone operated the aircraft more than 100 pounds above its gross weight.
I regularly fly my airplane some 250 pounds overgross
But it clearly wasn't the best choice for this mission, forced as it was to take off and fly overgross
, with plans to add even more weight.