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APCO FIESTA 2: DEEP STALL

SAFETY NOTICE
Issued by Angus Pinkerton - Chairman of the Flying & Safety Committee 04 January, 2005.
All paraglider pilots, Instructors, Coaches and Safety Officers must READ, DIGEST AND TAKE ACTION on
the contents of this Notice and keep it for future reference.
If you hold a copy of the BHPA Technical Manual this notice must be inserted into it and retained until it is
withdrawn or superseded on instructions from the Chairman FSC.
APCO FIESTA 2: DEEP STALL
Two examples of the Apco Fiesta 2 have been involved in accidents where they have entered a deep stall
during a winch tow launch.
Investigations are continuing into the flight characteristics of these particular gliders.
In the meantime pilots are advised to take extreme care if tow launching the Apco Fiesta 2. Standard tow
launching procedure must be followed: do not apply any brake (other than the minimum left or right brake as
needed from time to time to keep the wing aligned with the tow line).
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Ref. no.: FSC.SN.30
Date: 01/2005
Pages: 1 (Pink)

Reported on 23/01/2005 by Guest Author