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Super STOL demonstrator crash

Postby alan » Mon Aug 10, 2015 8:36 am

I just read an article on Avweb detailing the company's green SS. Water in the fuel led to a total loss of power resulting in a crash. The aircraft was totally destroyed but Troy and a passenger are ok. I was so happy to hear that last part.

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Re: Super STOL demonstrator crash

Postby HS-JAT » Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:47 am

Glad they are ok!
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Re: Super STOL demonstrator crash

Postby jjacky » Tue Aug 11, 2015 11:21 am

Bummer...Good to hear they made it out OK . I've also been a victim of water in the fuel (lost partial power on takeoff but had enough to limp back). That's why I use a gascolator rather than an inline filter.
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Re: Super STOL demonstrator crash

Postby SheepdogRD » Tue Aug 11, 2015 8:07 pm

Here's a link to that AvWeb article: http://www.avweb.com/avwebflash/news/Water-In-Fuel-Blamed-For-Just-Aircraft-SuperSTOL-Crash-224673-1.html.

I looked at that picture and couldn't imagine what that airplane would have looked like if it was made of sheet metal. These Just airplanes have certainly proven to be crashworthy. I like that there's a strong possibility not just of survival, but of minimal or even no injuries.

The designs benefit from constant testing and development. Troy and Gary are actively flying practically every day. They're not once-a-week pilots or desktop designers; they're pushing the planes hard practically every flight. The factory airstrip and their home airstrips are challenging or impossible for most airplanes, but these guys make 'em look easy, several times a day. Add input from Steve Henry, who takes his planes in and out of amazing spots, and who places high in the standings in STOL competitions with a Highlander and a SuperSTOL built not for competition, but for everyday flying. Then add input from the rest of us.

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Re: Super STOL demonstrator crash

Postby HS-JAT » Fri Aug 14, 2015 11:35 am

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Re: Super STOL demonstrator crash

Postby xpflyr » Sat Aug 15, 2015 9:34 am

HS-JAT wrote:http://www.aopa.org/News-and-Video/All-News/2015/August/13/Just-Aircraft-explains-accident?WT.mc_id=150814epilot&WT.mc_sect=news

How they both could walk away from that is a testament of the planes safety! Amazing!
Water in the fuel is bad news. Once it's in those carbs, it's so hard to clear out.
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Re: Super STOL demonstrator crash

Postby Augustus » Tue Aug 25, 2015 4:04 pm

I really think that the Richard Holtz post is so right on. I thank him for the post. I spent quite a bit of time at JA building my plane with the help of the JA folks. Troy and Gary really care about their customers. I saw it time and time again. Love these guys!
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