Pilot aids parachutist mid-flight

Discussion in 'Sports, Adventure Training and Events' started by EX_STAB, Jul 19, 2008.

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  1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7515262.stm

    If the pilot was serving I would have thought an AFC would be in order or at least a Queen's Commendation.
     
  2. Pilot was a civvy.

    Seems a strange thing to do, firstly flying where para exercises were being held (didn't he check NOTAMS or speak to ATC before he blundered into the area?) and secondly cutting the para adrift in the hope that his reserve would save him. Perhaps he just wanted to get rid of the evidence?

    Not sure how he accomplished freeing the para in 30 seconds, either. Ever tried opening something like a Cessna 172 door in mid flight whilst keeping in on track, let alone leaning out upside down to fiddle with somethng wrapped around the gear? I wouldn't recommend it.

    Still, glad the para survived.
     
  3. Ermm....WAH protector ON.
    Have you considered that the door was already open, as it was the aircraft that the bloke jumped out of ?
     
  4. How would people be jumping out if the door was closed?
     
  5. /wah protector/

    pyro thought the pilot cought the para in flight.
     
  6. Wonder what bait he was using....
     
  7. BiscuitsAB

    BiscuitsAB LE Moderator

    Wife beater and porn?
     
  8. last pilot to catch a parachutist in flight over germany had a Me109 i think
     
  9. Have you ever wondered why people call you 40 watt?
     
  10. Just had to explain that to Mrs. ES.

    What wattage does that make her then :?
     
  11. Women huh? :)
    I've been there mate, it all starts getting a bit surreal when you end up trying to explain Ohms law on the back of a napkin.
     
  12. Ohms law, thats something to do with yoga, right? :meditate:
     
  13. I would try and explain it to mine... just it's Sunday and why should I waste a whole fukkin day of rest.
     
  14. Pyro, the civvie pilot was flying the plane that the 6 parachutists were jumping out of. He is the pilot at the Parachute training centre in Germany, just North of Sennelager.

    I am not sure, but l think that job neccesates him flying where the parachustists are jumping. :D

    It is an Adv Trg site, not parachuting as in P coy and all that. So the "Para" could be a Loggy, Engr, Rifles or even a local civie.

    If they are still using an Islander, the door is a slide door, very easy to open in flight, otherwise the parachutests would get a bit bored. :D

    I assume, EX-STAB, this is what that lunatic from the other night was one about? Where he claimed he had "seen" a plane land with a parachutist still attached.
     
  15. I think "lunatic" is a bit harsh! As I recall he said he had seen it stooging round with someone hung up under it, don't think he said he saw it land with the guy attached.

    Good argument for having a despatcher I think.