UAV and blocked pitot tube

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UAV and blocked pitot tube

Postby zzodr » Thu Aug 15 2019, 05:18

Getting ready for those unmanned commercial passenger drone flights. any day now..

https://www.atsb.gov.au/media/news-item ... -blockage/

Pitot system blockage results in unmanned aircraft accident

An unmanned aircraft’s collision with terrain highlights the importance of confirming the significance of any unexpected observations during pre-flight checks, an ATSB investigation has detailed.
Insitu ScanEagle X200 unmanned aircraft system (UAS)

The 9 January, 2019 accident occurred after the Insitu ScanEagle X200 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) was launched to conduct ‘beyond visual line of sight’ aerial survey work in the Woleebee Creek area of Queensland. The operating crew consisted of two pilots and two ground crew.

Shortly after launch, the X200 pitched up and then entered an aerodynamic stall. It self-recovered, but the pilots then received an alert indicating an airspeed sensor failure. The X200 continued to fly to its first programmed waypoint, oscillating as it passed out of sight. While the flying pilot was executing the emergency procedures checklist, the X200 entered a second aerodynamic stall. Once again, the UAS self-recovered, but then entered a third aerodynamic stall and collided with terrain. The aircraft was destroyed.

During the pre-flight check, the crew had not identified erroneous airspeed indications...

“A post-accident inspection of the wreckage identified a partial blockage to the aircraft’s pitot system,” said ATSB Director Transport Safety Stuart Macleod. “The pitot system provides data to the autopilot which is used to maintain controlled flight.”

The ATSB investigation found that the blockage in the pitot-static system resulted in the autopilot receiving unreliable airspeed data. During the pre-flight check, the crew had not identified erroneous airspeed indications, and the ground control station had not flagged them. This led to the X200 eventually entering an aerodynamic stall at a height that was insufficient for recovery.

“This occurrence highlights the importance of confirming the significance of any unexpected observations during the pre-flight checks, to minimise the risk of the aircraft departing with an unserviceability,” Mr Macleod said. “In addition, providing pilots and ground crew with the reasoning behind specific checks and procedures can enhance their ability to identify anomalies and perform the appropriate corrective actions in a timely manner.”

As a result of this accident, the manufacturer took several safety actions to prevent a recurrence, including providing support to pilots and ground crew in identifying anomalies, both on the ground and in-flight. All the operator’s pilots underwent refresher training with a focus on identification and emergency procedures regarding incorrect indications.

Additionally, updates to the operational software are intended to ensure that any spurious on-ground anomalies will be accompanied by an alarm, to prevent X200s being launched with any unidentified issues in the future.


https://www.atsb.gov.au/media/news-item ... -blockage/
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Re: UAV and blocked pitot tube

Postby Evil Twin » Thu Aug 15 2019, 08:21

Guess the drone doesn't understand Power + Attitude = Performance as long as balance is maintained. In VMC a human pilot would've managed the situation, possibly even to an extent IMC though it would be a challenge. Poor old computer couldn't figure it out..... Another one bites the dust
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Re: UAV and blocked pitot tube

Postby FerrariFlyer » Thu Aug 15 2019, 10:00

Anyone keen for a holiday via an unmanned airline?
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Re: UAV and blocked pitot tube

Postby Eric Hunt » Thu Aug 15 2019, 10:02

Pitot/static problems confuse the heck out of pilots too, plenty of Airbus have gone splat because the pilots couldn't understand why the airspeed was so high, even though they pulled the nose up, and...what is it doing now? Why are we falling? The speed is still so high, gotta keep pulling the nose up...ooppss..
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Re: UAV and blocked pitot tube

Postby Jacob Cooke » Thu Aug 15 2019, 10:35

Ferrari, we won't be joking about that soon my friend.
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Re: UAV and blocked pitot tube

Postby godfather007 » Thu Aug 15 2019, 10:40

I hate computers.
They hate me.
Technology has the ability of confusing it self and destroying it self.
————- ##### boom. New hard drive required.
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Re: UAV and blocked pitot tube

Postby godfather007 » Thu Aug 15 2019, 10:49

OH! BTW, Thanks zzodr.
I appreciate the cold hard truth about this event.
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Re: UAV and blocked pitot tube

Postby Evil Twin » Thu Aug 15 2019, 11:14

Eric Hunt wrote:Pitot/static problems confuse the heck out of pilots too, plenty of Airbus have gone splat because the pilots couldn't understand why the airspeed was so high, even though they pulled the nose up, and...what is it doing now? Why are we falling? The speed is still so high, gotta keep pulling the nose up...ooppss..


C'mon Eric, you and I both know that 75% tq, 0 in pitch and maintain balance and the Jetty will give you 100kts or thereabouts all day long, or at least all tank long :lol: .

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