Remos Reminds Owners To Check Ailerons Before Flight

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Remos aircraft announced this week that it has issued a Mandatory Safety Directive to owners to ensure that proper checks are made to secure the aileron controls when extending folded wings. A preliminary NTSB report of a fatal accident in January found that the left aileron quick fastener had not been secured prior to takeoff. The directive contains illustrated directions for the proper method of securing the aileron controls when extending the wings, which can be folded for easy storage or trailering. The company also issued replacement pages for the POH and additional placards that prompt additional pre-flight checks for control quick fasteners. "We have issued this mandatory safety directive to assure that all pre-flight procedures are followed with precision," said Corvin Huber, CEO of Remos Aircraft. "We are in the process of making a safe airplane even safer." The Remos GX Special Light Sport Aircraft crashed Jan. 25, during the Sebring Light Sport Expo at Sebring Regional Airport in Florida, seriously injuring the aircraft's pilot and killing its passenger.

A witness who took off in-trail of the accident aircraft reported that both the left and right ailerons of the accident aircraft appeared to be drooping as the accident aircraft started to roll right and climbed through 50 feet. The right roll progressed as the witness observed the aircraft's rudder "fully deflected to the left." The accident aircraft then flew a slipping right turn to roughly 100 feet agl but lost altitude as the bank angle increased. Eventually turning through 270 degrees, the aircraft struck the ground at 80-degrees right wing down.