First Solo Pilots fails to recover from landing bounce

AAIB Bulletin No: 11/2002 Ref: EW/G2002/09/03 Category: 1.3
Aircraft Type and Registration: Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee, G-OIBO
No & Type of Engines: 1 Lycoming O-360-A4A piston engine
Year of Manufacture: 1966
Date & Time (UTC): 2 September 2002 at 1715 hrs
Location: Wellesbourne Mountford Airport
Type of Flight: Training
Persons on Board: Crew – 1 Passengers –
Injuries: Crew – None Passengers – N/A
Nature of Damage: Bent propeller tips
Commander’s Licence: Student Pilot
Commander’s Age: 32 years
Commander’s Flying Experience: 13 hours (all on type)
Last 90 days 9 hours Last 28 days 5 hours

The student pilot was undertaking his first solo flight in good weather conditions with a very light wind. After a normal approach the aircraft bounced on touchdown. The pilot kept the power at idle and eased the nose of the aircraft down in an effort to recover. However, this resulted in the propeller striking the runway on the subsequent landing, damaging the propeller tips. The pilot taxied the aircraft back to the parking area before shutting down. The student pilot had been taught the appropriate bounce recovery technique during his training.



2 thoughts on “First Solo Pilots fails to recover from landing bounce

  1. Your instinctive response must be to GO AROUND from a large bounce-nosing forward only ensures the next touchdown, which will be heavier, will be on the nosewheel and they are purely ornamental in the air, so you can kiss them goodbye straight away usually if you land heavily on them. Always land on the big wheels, thats what Mr Cessna & Mr Piper designed them for!

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