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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : zzz.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Amateur (Home) Built|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||landing : roll|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 40|
flight time total : 25000
flight time type : 40
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
non adherence : far
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
Flight Crew Human Performance
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
I was making my first water landing in the kitfox after amphibious floats were installed. Approach and touchdown were normal until I relaxed the back pressure on the stick at which time the front of the floats dug in the water. The aircraft decelerated rapidly and I was ejected out of the cockpit. The aircraft made left turns on the lake until running ashore. I was a little nervous because it was my first water landing in the kitfox. I was wearing life preserver and had a boat spotted on the lake I was landing on. I think because the environment was new to me I neglected to fasten my seatbelt. I believe this would have been a non event had my seatbelt been fastened.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: UNRESTRAINED DUE TO FAILING TO FASTEN HIS SEATBELT; PLT OF AMPHIBIOUS HOMEBUILT IS EJECTED FROM THE COCKPIT FOLLOWING A FLAWED RUNOUT ON HIS FIRST WATER LNDG.
Narrative: I WAS MAKING MY FIRST WATER LNDG IN THE KITFOX AFTER AMPHIBIOUS FLOATS WERE INSTALLED. APCH AND TOUCHDOWN WERE NORMAL UNTIL I RELAXED THE BACK PRESSURE ON THE STICK AT WHICH TIME THE FRONT OF THE FLOATS DUG IN THE WATER. THE ACFT DECELERATED RAPIDLY AND I WAS EJECTED OUT OF THE COCKPIT. THE ACFT MADE L TURNS ON THE LAKE UNTIL RUNNING ASHORE. I WAS A LITTLE NERVOUS BECAUSE IT WAS MY FIRST WATER LNDG IN THE KITFOX. I WAS WEARING LIFE PRESERVER AND HAD A BOAT SPOTTED ON THE LAKE I WAS LNDG ON. I THINK BECAUSE THE ENVIRONMENT WAS NEW TO ME I NEGLECTED TO FASTEN MY SEATBELT. I BELIEVE THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN A NON EVENT HAD MY SEATBELT BEEN FASTENED.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of May 2009 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.