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You saved my life, Skydive Nagambie Caravan crash

Old 15th Jun 2009, 14:33
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You saved my life, Skydive Nagambie Caravan crash

For those who didn't get to see this on Ch9 tonight...

Unbelievable footage & brilliant piloting

http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/...101903_001.pdf

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Old 15th Jun 2009, 14:52
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Amazing! Thank you for posting the video
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Old 15th Jun 2009, 23:38
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Unbelievable...thanks for posting it!
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Old 16th Jun 2009, 01:30
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Great story. Coundn't think of a more appropriate person to now be flying for the RFDS. Bloody well done mate
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Old 16th Jun 2009, 03:03
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The "Baz Strap" is a darned important bit of skydiving aeroplanes, that's for sure, and I won't fly a skydiving plane without a parachute, ever. The one day I decide I'll be ok, I'm sure will be the one day I need one.
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Old 16th Jun 2009, 06:12
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That video should be mandatory viewing for the hour builders that some of the skydive operators are " helping out ".

lifes to short to work for nothing let alone die for.
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Old 16th Jun 2009, 06:12
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i was gobsmacked by that footage!! amazing that he made it, absolute legend! on ya!


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Old 16th Jun 2009, 08:51
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easy hours -BullS&*t

outside flying AG, jump flying is potentially the most lethal form of flying that most of us get access to. Do Not take It Lightly....!!!!!!!
easy hours no, a verticle learning curve YES
be safe folks
Owen, you still owe me lunch...!!!!!
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Old 16th Jun 2009, 10:02
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Front door release pins

That accident is a jump pilots worst nightmare and he did a great job.

With skydivers packed in the back and then getting up and stacking up for an exit it's pretty easy to catch a cable or pin but the guys and gals are very aware of that and it never happened to me in 6 yrs.

When I was flying skydivers I bought my own thin-back parachute and had it repacked and inspected at the required intervals at my own cost as sometimes a chute wasn't available for the pilot (this was 15 yrs ago)

What I don't understand is why jump planes don't have a front door jetison system like some aerobatic aircraft (a pull handle with wires that pulls the pin out of the door hinges) which immediately allows the pilot to roll out of the cockpit in an emergency

The fact he made it to the rear door with the aircraft in that attitude is amazing.
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Old 16th Jun 2009, 11:43
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isnt it "als caravans" who fly at the gambie? i heard they were some of the best drop pilots ever.
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Old 16th Jun 2009, 11:54
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:ok This guy did a great job and its pleasing to note that his accident has lead to improved safety for other skydivers.
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Old 16th Jun 2009, 11:56
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I did some meat bomb flying in '92 in SA. Always wore a parachute. Would never have even thought not to! I certainly wouldn't have done any flight with parachutists on board without it. I couldn't believe it when he indicated that it wasn't a compulsory thing for him.
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Old 16th Jun 2009, 12:04
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I couldn't believe it when he indicated that it wasn't a compulsory thing for him.
I don't know about now but in the early 90's it wasn't compulsary for jump pilots to wear chutes and they weren't always available for pilot use.

I bought a new surplus RAAF thinback with a 28' lopo canopy from Parachutes Oz for A$850 at that time , also wore it doing aerobatics
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Old 16th Jun 2009, 12:51
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Al's pilots some of the best, nah, we all just ended up with harder heads from all the in flight punching...most of us could do a van 100hrly in our sleep though.

To any current Al's caravan drivers, I was wondering, is Midstrength the hangar cat still at Toogoolawah?

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Old 16th Jun 2009, 12:55
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That video is very inspirational stuff!

Originally Posted by aseanaero View Post
What I don't understand is why jump planes don't have a front door jetison system like some aerobatic aircraft (a pull handle with wires that pulls the pin out of the door hinges) which immediately allows the pilot to roll out of the cockpit in an emergency
The PAC 750 XL they now use at Nagambie does have a front door emergency exit for the pilot on either side of the aircraft. From what I've seen of it, it's an awesome jump plane (climbs to FL 140 at over 1200 ft/min with a full load).
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Old 16th Jun 2009, 14:49
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The PAC 750 XL they now use at Nagambie does have a front door emergency exit for the pilot on either side of the aircraft
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Old 16th Jun 2009, 19:02
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As far as his pilots go, if you last his 'training regime' ( those who have done it will know what I mean!) you will end up one of the best.
Ha Ha that is one of the funniest things I've heard!! if you last his training you will be out of pocket and full of incorrect assumptions about how to fly an aeroplane.
I did maybe 900hrs in his aircraft and it wasn't until I went onto different operators that I saw what a proffesional attitude from an employer was like.
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LMAO ...watch out top gun
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Old 17th Jun 2009, 02:31
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I agree with Owen
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Old 17th Jun 2009, 03:22
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What I don't understand is why jump planes don't have a front door jetison system
I heard a story from one of the original GA8 airvan test pilots that he had to jump out of one whilst doing CofG testing. Apparently because of the way it was spinning he jumped out the door and ended up sliding forward along the body and up over the engine cowling, through the prop arc and ended up on his back hurtling towards the ground with an airvan directly overhead! Thankfully he shut the engine down before exiting otherwise the prop would have chopped him up.

Magnified bar story? maybe. Makes you think twice about jumping out of an out-of-control airplane though.
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Old 17th Jun 2009, 03:45
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It's not just a concern for FW -

https://www.pprune.org/archive/index.php/t-52179.html
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