PA-46 down outside Seligman, AZ

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  1. John Spartan

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    damn those are stout planes, I wonder which model
     
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    PA-46-310P, 1984 model.

    T-storms in the area, according to the Flightaware track.
     
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    Those last 20 seconds look like a real unpleasant ride.

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    guessing 366kt is somewhere above a PA46's redline.
     
  5. John Spartan

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    I knew about the thunderstorms. That looks horrific.
     
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    Unbelievable.
     
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    I’m guessing 271 is above redline.
     
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    the registered owner has a bit of a checkered history with the law and a student certificate (at the moment)

    will wait for more details and confirmation of the certificate but doesn't look great
     
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    With his DUI history, it would be amazing if he'd get a medical at all. Took his wife with him, it appears.
     
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    I thought you couldn't fly with DUIs?
     
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    Let’s be real, though. The medical may or may not have saved his life. Pilots with current medicals also fly into thunderstorms with negative consequences. The issue is ADM. What if the DUI issue actually made it harder to get this guy into hands where he would get better instruction on good ADM? The lack of a medical didn’t stop him from flying, or dying.
     
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    I am pretty sure the engine will start no matter what sort of record you have and this guy didn’t seem constrained by rules.
     
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    Well I'll be damned
     
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    Clearly lived by… Have money, will fly. Regs be damned.
     
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    Getting a medical with a DUI is going to be very difficult. Flying an airplane illegally without a medical is not all that difficult.
     
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    Don't you have to get a medical in order to have a student certificate? I bet the Form 8500-8 is interesting.
     
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    Nope. The student pilot certificate has been a separate certificate from the medical certificate for a while now.
     
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    I used to look at Malibus as a possible “step up” aircraft, but they seem to break apart like this QUITE often. :/
     
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    It's not the airframe but how it is flown. Play stupid games...win stupid prizes.
     
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    Really, what other GA plane can handle testing at or near the speed of sound?
     
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    I betting the test you refer too was straight and level with high altitude. The plane in question broke apart at or below 366 knots so I’m not sure that “at or near the speed of sound” argument will fly very far. At 80,000 feet I could flat and level a 172 to insane speeds if it only had the engine to get there. Low altitude in a storm with high speeds and all bets are off…. As well as the wings. And tail.
     
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    You don't think you can rip the wings off of Cessna's? Why do you think they have a redline then?
     
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    Let’s just agree storm cell penetration is not healthy for most GA airframes.
     
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    INDICATED AIRSPEED - "Structural testing and review of the Malibu/Mirage airframe came from several sources. The FAA, Piper, and the NASA Langley facility validated the results of Piper's original calculations on the PA-46's aeroelasticity and flutter characteristics. The analysis proved that the wings would begin to flutter at about 600 KIAS, the horizontal tail at better than 1,000 KIAS. That's better than three times the airplane's VNE of 198 KIAS and well into the supersonic realm."
     
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    of course you can. the point was the testing comment isn’t really relevant. Fly into a thunderstorm and bets are off. And any test taking a GA airframe to nearly the speed of sound isn’t maneuvering or in turbulence.
     
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    I’m sure the Malibu is a spectacular plane, MalibuJim

    Assuming your moniker indicates ownership, you are a lucky guy. Wouldn’t test that speed of sound thing though. ;)
     
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    I doubt the speed itself was the terminal factor, the G loading AT that speed and the turbulence in the TS were more than likely his demise. This guy had a death wish, more money than brains, and if it wasn't this accident that killed him, it would have been another in the not-too-distant future. He didn't have a license or a medical, so rules meant nothing to this guy.
     
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    100% and an unhealthy invincibility complex.

    Guy was a contractor too. One would have to wonder about his work at this point. Hope he didn’t build things the way he approached aviation. Yikes.
     
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    His company's website (wilsoncontractingwf.com) ironically suggests an emphasis on demolition and excavation.
     
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    Assuming there's a contingent of not-so-great pilots among all the manufacturers, is there any empirical data out there that suggests Pipers come apart more readily when pushed outside their envelope?

    If a 206, Bonanza, Mooney, PA-46, and SR-22 all blast into the same cell will they all come apart?

    Maybe Ron has some stats in his formidable database?
     
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    Strut-braced Cessnas don't come apart in flight often, but Scott Crossfield (C-210A) proved it can be done.
     
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    Do you really believe this was flight testing?
     
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    In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the safety of the Beechcraft V35 Bonanza became a major issue. The problem was a pattern of in-flight airframe failures. Many of these disintegrations occurred in instrument meteorological conditions and with non-instrument-rated pilots at the controls. There was considerable speculation that the V35's V-tail design was partially to blame. It was learned that under certain high G loadings, the tail structure could twist and bend to an unusually large degree. Once again, a certification review was ordered, and once again, it was determined that the airplane met the rules. Eventually, a method of strengthening the V-tail's tail spar assemblies was developed by Beech, then offered to owners free of charge.

    That took care of the structural component of the situation. As for the human factors aspects, the picture was less clear. Was the Bonanza too slippery, too demanding for a low-time — or unproficient — pilot?

    We'll probably never know the answer to that kind of question, but it came up again in 1989 and in a similar context. This time, the reputations of the Piper Malibu (PA-46-310) and Malibu Mirage (PA-46-350) aircraft were on the line. Between May 1989 and March 1991, there were seven fatal accidents, six of them involving Malibus, one of them a Mirage. All were in-flight breakups; most occurred at altitude, some involved flight in thunderstorms, and some involved relatively low-time pilots.

    The NTSB's response took more of an educational tack. It urged that pilots better familiarize themselves with the capabilities and limitations of the Malibu/Mirage's autopilot, flight director, and altitude preselect components. It also asked for more training in unusual attitude recoveries and high-altitude operations. These are good ideas for pilots of any high- performance, autopilot-equipped airplane.

    It's tempting to say that the Malibu's reputation has been saved by the SCR's findings. But if the certification team spoke the truth about the Malibu/Mirage, it also revealed some other truths. One of them is that many pilots stepping up to the Malibu/Mirage's left seat apparently don't have sufficient respect for the kind of high-performance airplane that they've bought, nor the environment in which they fly.
     
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    Thanks for the detailed and thought out response. I believe the MU2 also had a rash of issues and was the result of what was ultimately more training. Cirrus, for a plane with a parachute, was, at least at its debut in the early 2000s involved a high number of fatal accidents, until the training evolved.

    All that aside, the perception at least is that there are some planes that are less tolerant of sloppy pilotage. and for all the grief Cirrus and its pilots get I'm not aware of many inflight breakups. My favorite plane, the Aerostar, is often referred to as the 'deathstar' due to its intolerance to poor pilotage

    I've always been partial to Piper products, did my training and a hundreds of hours in PA-28 and my favorite current plane to rent is our club Aztec. Sometimes the 'glad the wings didn't fall off' jokes though get tired after a successful PA-28 flight haha
     
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    To answer your question, I really doubt the V tail was as fault.

    Case in point, this video

     
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    brilliant video. Thanks that!
     
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    yeah it's a really cool video

    I'd like to see how I would do in a SIM since I have thousands of hours in MSFS time :D
     
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    I got the sense it might have been a Kobiashi Maru scenario with the guy in the right constantly altering whatever you overcame with a new problem. I am curious about doing that test though.
     
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    that's a good point....From the video I think he wasn't making it easy. Looks like he was adjusting the IMC level and also throwing some turbulence at them.

    What's interesting is that you can see at every point where it's obvious they are screwed but they don't know it yet.
     
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