Re: Max flying Weight++
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As I get older I have started to examine the things we humans say and do more closely.
“He is a nice guy” or “He is a fine fellow” What do those statements mean, exactly?
What does “nice” or “fine” exactly mean to us in the real world? And what does it have to do (or not) with a fatal aircraft accident?
Here’s another one: “Be safe.” How does one “Be safe” exactly?
Martha King (King Schools) in a recent aviation article examines this saying. She suggests that “Safe” is really a pretty
nebulous term and that we pilots would give more airworthy advice if we said “Manage your risk.”
This recent email about Brinkerhuff brings this to my mind. Yes he was a “fine” guy… but he didn’t manage his risk well.
Don’t be arrogant, don’t be narcissistic when a sensible person points to something risky with your aircraft or technique. Cross
handed use of throttle and stick fits in the same risk category as the guy who dismissed the use of his shoulder belts on first flight,
lost it on the takeoff roll, then piled his Q2 into a Volkswagen bus killing himself. I’m sure a number of people attending
the funerals grieved the loss of a “fine” man.
(And, of course, from time to time in the nightly news we hear of neighbors describing a “nice” guy who has been discovered
with four corpses buried in his back yard… or some such. We don’t really know about “nice”)
From: Jerry Gmail
Sent: Wed, Mar 26, 2014 7:58 am
Subject: Re: [Q-LIST] Max flying Weight
Having flown the Tri-Q2 Revmaster 2100 for 300 hours, I would not dream of taking two 250lb'ers (assuming you can both get into it). I don't know what density altitudes you see where you are, but it had better be near sea level. The Revmaster may be fine for small people, undergross weight. I now have a Tri-Q200 with a pumped up O-200 with another 300 hrs and I am still not comfortable at gross weight. If you are going to pursue this, (hopefully not) please get comfortable solo, then load the right seat with 250lbs + of sand bags. Don't experiment with your buddies. The ultimate solution is a different airplane or fly it solo only. Also, heed Mike Dwyer's comment.
On 3/26/2014 8:45 AM, Mike Dwyer wrote: