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Old 13th Jan 2021, 13:38
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Pilot DAR
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Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Ontario, Canada
Age: 59
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A wise person once told me: "Chances of survival are inversely proportional to angle of arrival". If you're flying, you know that you have to contact the surface at some point. The more parallel you are, the better the outcome. Airplanes are designed to protect the occupants through a much greater forward crash load than a vertical impact load. For obvious reasons, helicopter occupant design standards are different, more protecting for vertical arrival to the surface. Losing control of the plane just before contact with the ground should never be a crash survival tactic, unless you're sacrificing yourself to save someone else on the surface.
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