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 Post subject: Grob canopy opens on take-off
PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 4:18 pm 
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I shot this video this morning of a Grob motor glider on departure. Note how this take-off becomes anything but normal. The aircraft was departing runway 26 at KBTP. The runway length is 4801 ft.

https://youtu.be/Xj9FOhuh7WU


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 Post subject: Re: Grob canopy opens on take-off
PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 4:32 pm 
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Latch malfunction? Checklist malfunction?


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 Post subject: Re: Grob canopy opens on take-off
PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 8:29 pm 
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Yikes! I think my reaction would be similar to the pilot's: hold onto it until there's sufficient altitude/stability to take care of it with both hands. At least that's what it looked like he did.


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 Post subject: Re: Grob canopy opens on take-off
PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 1:26 pm 
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How much runway was left? Surprised he just didn't pop it back down.


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 Post subject: Re: Grob canopy opens on take-off
PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 2:20 pm 
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The runway is 4801 ft long.


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 Post subject: Re: Grob canopy opens on take-off
PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2016 9:39 am 
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Steel61 wrote:
The runway is 4801 ft long.


Should've just come back down. Throttle idle and away you go.


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