starchkr said:Soooooooo......help me here, i'm confused...did the plane "stall" or did the engine "stall." Gotta love reporters. Kudos to the pilot though, he did a good job.
starchkr said:Alin...sorry about that, i should have extended my intent of extreme sarcasm with that report. The reporter says the "plane" stalled, and then later says the engine quit... plane stalling and engine quitting are two completely different things.
i think i need to start putting those little faces in my replies...
Phoenix45 said:I actually drove past the plane at about 1:30pm. That was a tough spot for him to land at, on a downhill corner. If he made it another 100 yards, it would have been a nice long straightaway to land on. Good job putting her down there. Although I am surprised the motorists let him land so easily.
mattpilot said:well, what i would do if i were in such a position (pilots pos.), is i'd descend fast over the highway and bleed off my airspeed low over the cars. I would be flying faster than the cars, so those that i'd overshoot will most likely see me, slow down, and make room for me to land as my airspeed approaches landing/stalling speed.
Alin10123 said:I guess it really depends on where you are. On CA maybe people are a little smarter when they are on the roadways. But in Georgia... people are really stupid when it comes to driving. So basically if the same thing happened in Georgia, people wouldn't slow down and make way. Instead, they would just sit there going the same speed going "ooooh, aaaaaah look at the airplane". It wouldn't even phase them that something is happening.
flydrummer said:hahahaha.....smart drivers in California?! Half of them can't read the road signs and if there's a plastic bag on one of our 5 lane freeways it causes a traffic jam.
news article said:Wadsworth, 28, of Acton had been flying about six months. He brought the plane low - about 20 feet above the eight-lane freeway that divides a golf course and an open-air strip mall.
Cardinal said:Bad decision making, IMHO.
Cardinal said:YOU shoulder the risk when YOU go flying, it should not be the general public! How many airshow pilots have risked and sometimes sacrificed their own lives to nurse thier crippled aircraft away from the crowd?
Further: If you abort above V1 for a nuisance item and nobody dies, that doesn't make it the right course of action. The fact that nobody died in this incident doesn't make the aviator any less stupid and selfish.