The pilot/owner was ferrying the Lancair IV from the United States to Europe, and he had installed an auxiliary fuel bladder in place of the rear seat.
Before takeoff, the fuel tanks were topped off, and 60 gallons of fuel were added to the auxiliary fuel bladder.
The estimated weight of the airplane during takeoff was about 509 pounds over its maximum gross weight. The estimated center of gravity (CG) of the airplane was 93.2, which was near the aft limit of the CG range. [Read more…]