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“Safety Bulletin #5”

Two accidents involving Fisher Flying Products aircraft have been reported to the Factory in recent weeks. In both cases, the Filot error factr is so prominent that the term “acci- dent’ hardly applies.

Case #1:
The aircraft, an FP-101, was flown on the first test flight by an experienced, licensed pilot. On the take-off roll, the aircraft refused to fly itself off the runway and after about 1000 ft. of ground roll was forced into the air by the pilot. The aircraft would not climb out of ground effect, and the pilot would not abort. The aircraft was flown the full length of a 2000’ runway, with no attempt made to land. An addition- al 500’ of grass was over flown and the flight terminated in
a tree about 600’ from the run way end. The aircraft was de-
stroyed with only minor injuries to the pilot. The engine and prop installed on this aircraft were stock factory items.

Case #2
The aircraft, an FP-202, was flown on its first test flight by an experienced, licensed, military pilot who also had about 100 hrs. experience in ultralight aircraft. The engine in- stalled was not factory standard equipment, but a “will-fit” installation known to be too heavy and incapable of producing enough thrust to fly this aircraft. In addition because of the engine installation, the flight was attempted with no cowl installed. The aircraft was forced into flight by the pilot after a ground roll of approx. 800 ft. No acceloration was apparent and after struggling to an altitude of about 45’ the aircraft nosed over, fell off to the right, and struck the ground in that attitude. The aircraft was destroyed and pilot severly injured.

Both of these aircraft were found to be extremely nose heavy.

A brief review of the flight characteristics of the FP
aircraft follows:
Take-off roll, no wind, 100-120 ft. maximum.
Initial rate of climb 700-800 fpm.
Aircraft flies itself off the runway at approx. 30 mph.
Aircraft does not break over at stall when C.G. location is within envelope.