Well. isn't this too risky??I mean, how far is the guy on the truck from the propeller??any minor miscalcullation and we wouldn't have had this amusing video.
Plus, isn't the whole point of bringing the landing gear down as a ''security measurement'' for the pilot not to be harmed??but instead he risks someone on the ground??a bit of a paradox....Seems to me that he wants to save his pricy plane from a costly repair or a write off.My two cents.
A340Spotter From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1989 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 7098 times:
Dont have access to watch this video, but if its the one where the guys in the back of the truck help get the gear unstuck, know that the guy helping in the back ended up in his own plane incident at BFI a year or two later, getting caught in the wake of a UPS plane and having his Cessna end up tangled in the electrical wires near the BFI tower. He was fine in that incident, but if IIRC, he passed away in yet another separate aviation incident a few years later.
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EMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6965 times:
Well... this is far far from current or new. I think it happened over 20 years ago. They realized just how stupid this idea was and ended up chasing the plane down the runway with an Audi Turbo and a guy in the sunroof. He reached up and pulled the main down and the plane landed safely. Still not the brightest idea...but it saved tens of thousands in repairs and the possible injury to the pilot if anything went wrong on landing.
[Edited 2006-02-09 11:44:51]
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Meister808 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 974 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 6540 times:
Quoting A340Spotter (Reply 1): the guy helping in the back ended up in his own plane incident at BFI a year or two later, getting caught in the wake of a UPS plane and having his Cessna end up tangled in the electrical wires near the BFI tower. He was fine in that incident, but if IIRC, he passed away in yet another separate aviation incident a few years later.
Just goes to prove, once again, that there are old pilots and bold pilots, but no old bold pilots.
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GEEDO From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 366 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 6144 times:
Quoting EMBQA (Reply 2): Audi Turbo and a guy in the sunroof.
I've seen that video several times. The guy that pulled the gear down was a big, burly man, who in his excitement banged his hands along the front of the sunroof opening on the car so hard that he bent up the roof panelling. Saved the plane, hurt the car, a fair trade all things considered.
Almost anything would be safer than that! Scrape the belly, bend the prop, and call your insurance company! In a couple weeks your airplane is back in the air, and your Audi is scratch free. Reminds me of those famous last words; "Hey guys, watch this!"
If we went into the funeral business, people would stop dying.-Martin S. (PanAm CEO)