Back when real jets made lots of noise and poured black smoke! Not only did you hear them, you could feel them! Some are dazed by all the flashy glass and shiny jets. I still love the 727, 9 and 20 series Lears we fly!
A Cirrus and CAPs system is by no means a replacement for good airmenship and professionalism. The system isn't designed to be a crutch or a fall back system for incompetency or bad decision making.
You have a life saving safety device, just like an airbag, seat belt, helmet, or life boat/vest.
A safety device only works if you use it. You wouldn't set sail across the ocean without a life boat would you? As history would have it with the Titanic, why would you ever need a safety device like a life boat, when you have a huge unsinkable solid ship to carry you safely across the ocean. We are not infallible. CAPS is a safety device but it only works if you use it, the key to it's success is not waiting until the very last moment when you realize you actually need it, or as the last thoughts through so many pilots before the end, They wish they had more time.
The thing about safe flying is detecting a risk early and minimizing it. The parachute is a risk mitigating safety de
They did in later Serial # airplanes. I think the thought was they would be able to get the FAA to extend the repack, but when that didn't look like it was going to happen, they redesigned the system so they could access it from within the baggage compartment. As it is right now, only the G1 aircraft have reached their 10 year repack. The later models with the redesign are coming due I believe later this year into next.
The early G1 did not have a PFD, they used round gauges. There is no backup HSI and Solid IFR in the surrounding area apparently if he had to descend below 800' to be in the clear.
Partial Panel is not an easy task and it takes but a few moments to lose control even for experiences pilots. No one is immune to spatial disorientation. Why not pull the CAPs and give the plane back to the insurance and walk away?
BTW, Cirrus will not go public with this until next week, but I highly recommend you view this page and the video. It is educational and may just change your views of the system.
It is true, all of us traditional pilots who learned to fly an airplane without a parachute sort of have a Macho Attitude, we dealt with the emergency and flew the airplane either with success or without, because that was our 1 and only option.
When I was presented with compounding failures in the Sim, including a catastrophic engine failure after going missed off a PP approach to below minimums I admittedly flew the thing the best I could all the way into the ground. The thought of pulling the CAPs never even crossed my mind all the while. All I had to do was reach up and pull the red handle. It is a difficult concept to overcome, when all your traditional training reinforced Aviate, Navigate, Communicate... all the way into the ground, but it was an eye opener, never
Prices vary, but currently with all the early G1 aircraft the price is around the 10K mark so long as the chute is not damaged. This is due to the amount of work to repack, which involves cutting through the exterior of the airframe.
Soon the G2 aircraft with the service access in the rear baggage compartment will come due for repack. It is expected these repacks will be significantly less to repack due to the access door, and no need to cut open the airplane and repair/repaint.
It is a proven system, this is the first case of a failed deployment when used within the AFM/POH suggested design criteria. Obviously the issue lies within the repack, this aircraft being Serial #16, was one of the first to be repacked, so there will be a lot to learn from this. Ironically, Cirrus had a webinar for it's Cirrus Partners Wednesday, the day before this occurred, with much of the emphasis on new training guidelines and reinforcement of the CAPs system. Cirrus has really put their foot and backing into the system now with it's success. Times are changing in small GA to the point their is more liability to manufacturers to not incorporate this system.
In defense of the pilot, pulling the CAPs is/was the best decision. Get over the macho hazardous attitudes with flying the thing all the way into the ground. The system has worked properly and saved countless lives in every deployment within it's demonstrated deployment window, and many beyond that.
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