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Discussion in 'Flight Following' started by motoadve, Jun 8, 2019.
Very cool. I've always been impressed with those pilots. Particularly the one below. Bet they could do carrier ops from a pontoon boat in a farm pond.
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40 knot headwinds are nice, aren’t they?
How steep a bank would you guys say that is around 1:40 on the OP video?
No more than 20*.
Where did you get the ball indicator you have mounted up top?
Take a look at the water. Looks like no more than about 10 knots of wind.
Disagree that this can be done safely as is said in the video. You're limiting yourself to where you have very little, if any, room for mistakes or for anything to go wrong. I don't think that can be called safe.
It's very cool, practice and skill make it safer, and I have no issue with people doing it, but it's not safe under any reasonable definition of the word.
Flying single engine piston airplanes isn't "safe" to a lot of people. There is basically no safe or unsafe absolute. It's all a matter of likelihood and consequence. You know, risk management. We all assess the mission and make the call. He decides the risk/benefit decision is acceptable and goes and does it. I know I am not qualified to do it (despite the FAA thinking so!) but that's the way it works.
No argument. But to intentionally push the edges of the envelope and then try to call it safe, isn't logical. This type of flying by nature is unsafe. That's what makes it amazing. That's what makes it unusual. No amount of skill can make up for the fact that they are pushing it to the point where skill can't resolve a problem if it occurs. As they gain more skill, they find more challenges to remove the safety factor they've built up. It's a lot of things, but safe ain't one of 'em - by design.
Isn't "pushing the envelope" a logical endeavor in of itself? Thomas Wolfe wrote about it in The Right Stuff regarding the engineering idiom that got us to the Moon with relative safety.
Is safety in the eye of the beholder?
Now, if BC182 decided to try this in my Sierra, I'd pause with concern.
I push my luck every day. I hear people say "today is my lucky day" all the time. I don't how they know and I don't want to miss my lucky day when it comes, so like I said, I push my luck every day.