Tercel N640BE Wyoming - 11-6-18


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This Tercel used to be based in Florida - a look at the FAA Register shows registration pending for Wyoming - assume recent purchase.


Gyroplane CFI
It is my observation that some people fly without an airworthiness certificate of registration because they feel they won’t get ramped checked.

I feel it is important to have the paperwork in order in case something doesn’t work out.

The registration for N640BE says “cert terminated” AKA not airworthy.

The registration, airworthiness certificate, operating limitations, and pilots license are supposed to be on board any time an aircraft is airborne.

Registration pending does not make the gyroplane airworthy.

If one of the two people on board has a pilot certificate or is a CFI there is likely to be an enforcement action. If neither has a pilot certificate there may be some legal hurdles to jump.

As the pilot in command it is my job to make certain anything I fly has all the paperwork on board.

The wheels of the FAA turn slowly and I feel there is value in doing things their way.

Glad there were no injuries.


Supreme Allied Gyro CFI
A properly handled sale can cause a "sale reported" flag to appear in the FAA database temporarily while the papers are processed through Oklahoma City, but the aircraft can still be operated in the interim if you carry the proper documents on board. You have to mess something up to get "cert terminated" in the records instead. This particular aircraft shows a manufacturing date in 2015, an airworthiness date in 2016, and a registration application early this year so it seems unlikely to be as simple as missing the three-year re-registration requirement. I wonder what happened.


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Update - the NTSB Factual Report states

On June 11, 2018, at 0715 mountain daylight time, an Aston Kinsey Tercel gyrocopter, N640BE, impacted terrain during landing at a private airstrip near Cokeville, Wyoming. The sport pilot and passenger were not injured, and the gyrocopter sustained substantial damage. The gyrocopter was registered and operated by a private individual as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of accident, and a flight plan had not been filed. The local flight departed the private airstrip at 0700.

According to the pilot, while performing maneuvers south of the private airstrip, he felt no response when he applied left cyclic, and the gyrocopter "was stuck in a moderate right turn." The pilot initiated an emergency descent back to the private airstrip. During the approach, the pilot was unable to regain control of the gyrocopter, and it impacted terrain while sliding to the right. The gyrocopter rolled over to the right and came to rest on its right side.

Post accident examination of the gyrocopter by Federal Aviation Administration inspectors revealed the gyrocopter sustained substantial damage to the main rotor blades, fuselage structure, vertical stabilizers, and horizontal stabilizer. A cyclic push/pull tube was fractured consistent with damage sustained during the impact; no additional anomalies were noted with the flight control systems. The examination revealed no evidence of mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.

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