Grob canopy opens on take-off


#1

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.

youtu.be/Xj9FOhuh7WU


#2

Latch malfunction? Checklist malfunction?


#3

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.


#4

How much runway was left? Surprised he just didn’t pop it back down.


#5

The runway is 4801 ft long.


#6

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