Here's some edited footage from several of the cameras the divers were wearing that day. Sorry if this has already been posted. I couldn't find anything in the original thread.
Yeah, I'm curious to find out if the blame will rest on both shoulders or if the NTSB will find one pilot dropped the ball on the seperation. I don't know anything about form flying, but somebody must have lost sight of somebody and continued.The kid I would assume landed (since his plane wasn't on fire and SOMEONE landed) looked like he was about 12. That's a story to tell the grandkids.
Yeah, I'm curious to find out if the blame will rest on both shoulders or if the NTSB will find one pilot dropped the ball on the seperation. I don't know anything about form flying, but somebody must have lost sight of somebody and continued.
having three divers hanging out there adds considerable weight on a 182.
He meant drag... but ya, it's not much.No, it doesn't.
It seemed to me that they were both set on unloading on the right side (maybe the only way they could). In that scenario, I can see putting the more experienced pilot in the trail position and having him fly above the lead since that gives (slightly) better visibility than having the lead sitting in the trail's wing. Any way you look at it, though, flying in formation with someone you can't see is mostly on the trail pilot for failing to say "no, thanks" and breaking off once he lost sight of the lead, imho (remember, though, that I'm not a Trained Formation Pilot <tm>). Any way you look at it, the whole thing is damned peculiar, and not in an "oh, well, things happen!" kind of way. Like, who flies formation with an aircraft they can't really see and thinks "Ah, should be fine!"? Even I wouldn't do that!
And per FAR 105, all occupants of a plane engaged in parachuting activities is required to wear a rig, even Wuffos.
Different gear but same topic, what's the regs say about skydivers and seat belts? There's a reg that states that seat belts need to be used during taxi, takeoff, and landing. How do skydivers get away with sitting on the floor?Are you sure about that? I was always told the requirement to wear a rig was part of the door STC on the 182, not per FAR 105. Plus on the way up, tandem students aren't wearing parachutes, just a harness.