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May 17, 2007


brad dupee

you had me chewing my nails Paul. glad things went well...in the end. posting this makes a lot of sense as you convey it.

Ben Casnocha

Whew! Glad I wasn't on board!

Paul Berberian

The scary thing is - unless you knew what to look for you would have never noticed anything was wrong. Flying in the clouds you lose all bodily sense of left, right, up and down. If we bit the dust, a passenger whould have never known it was coming.



As a pilot, I thank you for sharing this experience with the public. It is telling reminder that flying could be a dangerous game if not proactive. BTW - thank goodness you were in a SR22 - not many aircraft would have recovered as quickly :)


Andrew Hartley

Thanks for this post... it's a good reminder to us pilot types that being "current" does not necessarily equal being "safe."

The scariest thing about this post is that your logic is not at all flawed... except that you knew you were rusty - the only REAL mistake I gathered from your post is your not adding power after raising the flaps, because of your distraction of not being on course on descent.

It's good to be able to learn from mistakes - even if they have to be your own mistakes! At least you survived to think about the lesson! And now, as Vince said, other can learn from it as well.

BTW - I'd still fly with you... once a week is still FAR more flying than many pilots do (myself included, unfortunately). :)



Glad you made it Paul. The board wouldn't be the same without you. :)

But seriously, I also almost died because of a series of mistakes, culminating with me being evacuated by helicopter from Nepal.
Yes, a good reminder that I can be stupid-- and most definitely am mortal!


Really glad you're OK, Paul. See, don't you wish you had taken me up on running? :-)

Despite the scary story, I'm up for a ride anytime.


You mentioned the Cirrus parachute recovery system
at the beginning of your post, but would have been interesting
to know if you thought of deploying it when you realized "Oh S*it!"
Also, I don't know what the recovery envelope for that is, but
with a 1,000 fpm decent and less than 500 feet of altitude,
it might not have worked for 'ya?

Great story ... glad this had a (semi) unventful ending ... and thanks for sharing.

Jeremy Zawodny


I don't fly flapped airplanes (just gliders and old Citabrias), so I'm puzzled about the go-around procedure.

It would seem to be safer if the power came before retracting flaps. What's the reason for retracting flaps while you're low and slow *before* adding power?

From a safety point of view, it just seems backwards. What's the risk of full flaps and full power for a few seconds?

Paul Berberian

You're right

Cram it, clean it, call it -

Full power, remove flaps, call your “missed or go around”

That’s one of the first things you learn when you learn to fly – I don’t know why I spaced...

Mike Straka

good story, glad to hear you recovered OK. Funny how that workload sneaks up on you but your training came through - did your scan and caught the down-needle on the VSI.

I did the same thing only once during training but my instructor really reamed me about it so now I know - power up, pitch up, clean up, call up. VFR for now but planning to get IFR near future. I fly out of Jeff, er, I mean Metro. You?


PS, started a blog a little bit ago myself: http://wingnut-flightblog.blogspot.com/

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