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Old 4th Nov 2021, 17:18
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Rich Kovaly
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Originally Posted by Pilot DAR View Post
Yeah! It's only fair to tell the pilot when what you're about to do to the plane he's flying will probably put it out of C of G limits, dramatically increase drag, obstruct some airflow over the tail, and cause a sudden unexpected weight change, all while he's flying as slowly as you have asked him to! I had four jumpers do this to me, while I was flying a C 185, resulting in my entering a spin. I remember being very fearful that I would hit them, as I rotated down, but I did not. I had swift words with them afterward, along with a talk with the boss! I extend (for now) the possibility that the pilot was a victim of an unexpected event, which a really good preflight discussion could have prevented. It is noteworthy that jump planes are often stripped down for weight saving. In the case of a King Air, what is stripped out (air conditioning and avionics) is usually in the nose, moving the C of G back already! If the pilot intended to allow that many people to cling outside the plane that far back, I hope he had some authority to permit flight so misloaded!
I have a question. I am not a pilot and I kind of predicted as to what could have caused the plane to do what it did, but since I am not a pilot, or a mechanic, could you explain to me why the engines stalled? I can guess that the extreme drag could have through the whole thing out of whack, but I wouldn't have thought that the engines would shut down from it. Your going to laugh at me, but I can understand it in my head, I just can't put words to paper to explain it. lol. Could you please explain it to me so my conscious mind can understand it.
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