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Sunday, May 18, 2014

James Fallows, The Atlantic: It's been 15 years since the Cirrus SR20 made its debut as "the plane with the parachute." At the time of its introduction, and in some grizzled-aviator circles even now, the idea of a parachute for the entire airplane met hoots of derision. After all, "real" pilots should always be ready to glide an airplane to a landing if its engine failed or something else went wrong. Handling a "power-off approach" is part of regular pilot training. So isn't a parachute like a crutch, or training wheels, for flyers who really need to up their game? But people other than those grizzled aviators generally had an "Are you crazy? Of course you'd want a parachute!" reaction.


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What if the pilot passed out? Or it was nighttime and you couldn't see where you were going? Or you were over mountains or forests will no smooth landing site? Or the pilot hadn't practiced power-off landings for a while? Or any of a dozen other concerns.

Because of questions like these, the original SR20 and later, higher-powered SR22 have become the best-selling aircraft of their type worldwide.


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It's a good idea.

#1 | Posted by Tor at 2014-05-18 12:24 PM | Reply | Flag:

After folks jumped out of the World Trade Towers on 9/11 a company started selling special parachutes made for jumping out of buildings
I wonder if they are still selling them ?

#2 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-05-18 04:34 PM | Reply | Flag:

The SR20 and SR22 became popular for cost-effective speed you don't have to build yourself, not really the parachute.

#3 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2014-05-18 06:19 PM | Reply | Flag:

Where's zat to tell us he got his pilot's license at 12 and flew solo over the Rockies? Seeing that picture 5,022 times simply isn't enough

#4 | Posted by goatman at 2014-05-18 07:55 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

I am more interested in who his 15th uncle on his maternal side was, Goatman.

#5 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-05-19 01:01 AM | Reply | Flag:

That's really close to my house, Dex.

Am I the only person on the planet that doesn't have a camera going all the time?

Here I am taking a dump, Dex. This is my cat sleeping in some dirty laundry, Dex. Crikey Dex, is that a booger on my windshield? Good thing I've got the GoPro Hero 3+ or YouTube would be totally empty.

#6 | Posted by justanoversight at 2014-05-19 05:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

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