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  • Gyro down in Sebring, FL 2 fatal

    So sorry to report that a gyro crashed into the trailer park on RT 98 just west of Lake Jackson killing the two occupants and injuring one.

    Very sorry to report that Chris Lord was one of the two victims. My friend in Indiana saw the story about crash on the news. I called my friend near Sebring who checked around and verified that it was Chris. My friend is devastated as he worked for Chris. Such a loss for the community. I was told the identity of the second victim, but I did not write it down.
    I was told Chris left behind a wife and three children. My condolences to those that knew and loved him.
    Tom Milton, PRA Director, Need a DAR, Seat tank, Prerotator, Rotor Brake, or Rotor Tach?
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        • #5
          Very sad news. Praying for his wife, kids, and family.
          Tim Chick
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          • #6
            Very sad news. Praying for his wife, kids, and family.
            Tim Chick
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            • #7
              So sad; Chris was a true gentleman, probably the nicest guy I met in the gyro community. He did my gyro sign off in Wauchula.
              My condolences to his family.

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              • #8
                So sad; Chris was a true gentleman, probably the nicest guy I met in the gyro community. He did my gyro sign off in Wauchula.
                My condolences to his family.

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                • #9
                  How awful! Chris was my first gyro CFI, whom I met at Oshkosh years ago. On a handshake deal there, he flew out nearly 1,000 miles to train me over a weekend.
                  I admired how he made something of himself in a difficult industry, and with his young family in tow. My heartfelt prayers and deepest condolences to them and his colleagues.
                  PP - ASEL complex (Piper 180, C206, RV-7A), SP - Gyro (Calidus, RAF, SC2), soloed in gliders; checkride soon

                  Wasn't happy with my RAF's pitch instability, so I installed a Boyer H-Stab to my great satisfaction!

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                  When an honest but mistaken man learns of his error, he either ceases to be mistaken -- or he ceases to be honest."

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                    PP - ASEL complex (Piper 180, C206, RV-7A), SP - Gyro (Calidus, RAF, SC2), soloed in gliders; checkride soon

                    Wasn't happy with my RAF's pitch instability, so I installed a Boyer H-Stab to my great satisfaction!

                    "
                    When an honest but mistaken man learns of his error, he either ceases to be mistaken -- or he ceases to be honest."

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                    • #11
                      Chris signed me off and helped me more in 2 hours than the CFI I had did in three weeks. Very very sad news he will be missed by many.

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                      • #12
                        Chris signed me off and helped me more in 2 hours than the CFI I had did in three weeks. Very very sad news he will be missed by many.

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                        • #13
                          https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=216917

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                          Below (if no forum upload error occurs) is a screenshot of Garmin Pilot map from KSEF to KDED.

                          (crash site at orange dot, about 9sm from KSEF)

                          Curiously, the flight path from KSEF Sebring to KDED Deland went over Sebring instead of avoiding it to the east.
                          Perhaps they wanted to do a touch-and-go at KAVO Avon Park?

                          Regards,
                          Kolibri




                          PP - ASEL complex (Piper 180, C206, RV-7A), SP - Gyro (Calidus, RAF, SC2), soloed in gliders; checkride soon

                          Wasn't happy with my RAF's pitch instability, so I installed a Boyer H-Stab to my great satisfaction!

                          "
                          When an honest but mistaken man learns of his error, he either ceases to be mistaken -- or he ceases to be honest."

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                          • #14
                            Preliminary consensus so far is that it was probably a mechanical issue, given Chris's piloting experience and the CTAF distress call just minutes after take-off.

                            Witnesses said the aircraft was in some kind of distress before it clipped a power line then crashed into a mobile home in the Sebring Falls Retirement Subdivision.
                            https://www.wfla.com/news/local-news...ing/1562464299


                            One witness who posted on FB mentioned something that points to a control system failure:
                            I saw it and wondered what it was doing kept going around and around so sad
                            In the event of pitch/roll control failure (e.g., the push/pull cables) can the Cavalon trim system function as back-up control?
                            I haven't experience in that type, hence my question.




                            Regards,
                            Kolibri


                            PP - ASEL complex (Piper 180, C206, RV-7A), SP - Gyro (Calidus, RAF, SC2), soloed in gliders; checkride soon

                            Wasn't happy with my RAF's pitch instability, so I installed a Boyer H-Stab to my great satisfaction!

                            "
                            When an honest but mistaken man learns of his error, he either ceases to be mistaken -- or he ceases to be honest."

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                            • #15
                              I have not read of a report of a distress call on the CTAF until now.

                              When I make a distress call I report my location, souls on board, my initial assessment of the problem and the expected outcome.

                              If Chris made a distress call on the CTAF it may be informative.

                              The typical failure mode of a push-pull cable is to seize so trim would not do much good if the cable seized.

                              If somehow the cable became disconnected or broke at the front; in my opinion it would be possible to fly a Cavilon using the pneumatic trim.

                              I havenít read anything that points to a control system failure.

                              If I was having engine problems and felt I was near a suitable landing zone I might circle as I tried to find a way to get the engine to run correctly.

                              Given the intensity of the fire in my opinion it is unlikely a control system failure or engine malfunction will be identified.

                              Based pm what little I have read it appears to me to be an emergency landing that didnít work out because of hitting wires.

                              In my experience once I have chosen a landing zone my options are reduced if I discover it is unsuitable as I get closer.

                              I have been training in an RAF out of Carson City and there is a mobile home park on the down wind. The wires are very hard to see and the poles difficult to identify in the ground clutter.

                              I am deeply saddened by the loss of my friend and would be pleased if more is learned in the investigation.

                              It is hard on my wife not knowing what happened or why it wouldnít happen to me. It doesnít help when I point out that it could happen to me.
                              Regards, Vance Breese Gyroplane CFI http://www.breeseaircraft.com/

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