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Old 08-26-2021, 11:52 PM
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Default Successful water landing

Looks like a 9a went into the drink somewhere and someone caught some pics. The pilot made it out safely.
I stand corrected. It was a 6A


https://twitter.com/myedmondsnews/st...328451076?s=20

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Old 08-27-2021, 12:32 AM
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Looks like a 9a went into the drink somewhere and someone caught some pics. The pilot made it out safely.


https://twitter.com/myedmondsnews/st...328451076?s=20
Looks like he opened the canopy. Hope we get more details about what happened.
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Old 08-27-2021, 12:52 AM
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... and managed to stay upright. Max alpha at the right moment probably helped, well done!
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Old 08-27-2021, 01:14 AM
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The people walking on the beach appear oblivious to what is happening behind them!
Lucky escape for the pilot.
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Old 08-27-2021, 01:44 AM
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are the flaps extended? looks like it stayed upright and the pilot was not injured. good deal. Sully award!

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Old 08-27-2021, 03:47 AM
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Looks like he opened the canopy. Hope we get more details about what happened.
Glad the pilot is ok and congratulations to him on achieving such a good outcome in difficult circumstances. It’s reassuring to know that it’s possible to remain upright on water in an RV - although I wonder if that’s related to the lower stall speed of the 9?

Like the pictures we saw from the RV water landing in Italy, these photos suggest the open canopy moved forward during the rapid deceleration of landing. I’ve felt for some time that it could be advantageous to have a means of latching the canopy open to aid egress in a forced landing situation, particularly given the tendency to finish upside down.

I too hope we get to hear more from the pilot.
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Old 08-27-2021, 04:10 AM
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It’s reassuring to know that it’s possible to remain upright on water in an RV - although I wonder if that’s related to the lower stall speed of the 9?
you bet it is. good to see this positive outcome. the 9 wins again.
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Old 08-27-2021, 05:02 AM
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I don't believe you can get this high AOA with flaps. I don't see flaps but maybe they are there.

... looking as closely as I can, I don't see flaps. I think it was a no flap belly flop. perhaps that is what made it successful.

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Old 08-27-2021, 05:08 AM
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Great result.

Does this suggest flaps up should be SOP for water landing, to minimise likelihood of flipping? Or down for minimum speed at impact.

Whatever, it looks like this guy made all the right calls once the engine had stopped!
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