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Re: Parachute

Postby svenolivier » Thu Oct 19, 2023 8:31 am

I stop around 1000 to 1200 feet agl and climb back up to start afresh. I appreciate the danger of low level and feel no compunction to go there. Once or twice ended up at 600 agl and was glad for the buffer. It is very easy to make mistakes.

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Re: Parachute

Postby Neil Spooner » Fri Oct 20, 2023 2:10 pm

On further you think a parachute would have helped any of these pilots?

Paul1954 wrote:I stopped looking after finding the first 10 accidents…

C/N 3 PH-MED Spun-in during low level aeros, 28/12/64.
C/N 5 D-EMIF Crashed during airshow, 14/06/64. Fatal.
C/N 12 D-EBUD Crashed during low level ‘demo’ flight, 14/05/60. Fatal.
C/N 13 D-EMED Crashed, out of control, 23/05/70. Fatal.
C/N14 OO-DAN Crashed during demo flight, 12/09/59.
C/N 19 D-EMEL Crashed during aerobatics, 26/07/63. Fatal.
C/N 20 D-EDOT Crashed, low level over pics house, stall & spin. Fatal.
C/N 21. OO-MIL Crashed, low level aeros, 13/07/63. Fatal.
C/N 48 OO-GDA Crashed, low level aeros, 15/05/60. Fatal.
C/N 70. G-AVKT Crashed, flew into ground following low level loop, 19,08,72. Fatal.
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Re: Parachute

Postby svenolivier » Tue Oct 31, 2023 8:02 am

Ouch, but i think that is more due to pilot error rather than the aircraft. I am not aware of any inherent handling problems of the Tipsy? Obviously cof is important, especially in spin recovery?

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Re: Parachute

Postby G-BLMW » Tue Oct 31, 2023 11:55 am

Just to have my thoughts, stay high, as they say, there is nothing so useless as the sky above you!
Here is a paragraph from strong parachutes:
"Deployment time and distance depend on many factors including airspeed. You should plan on pulling the ripcord immediately upon clearing the aircraft, but no lower than 500 feet. Generally, opening times are 2 to 3 seconds and altitude loss would be 150 feet (45.7m) to 300 feet (91m)".
Say no more.
Also consider the Nipper max weight of 311kg for aerobatics.


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