188 Nine Lessons from Cirrus Midair Collision over Denver
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188 Max talks with pilot Eric Gundersen, who created a video that shows some of the factors that led to a midair collision between a Cirrus SR22 and a Metroliner at Centennial airport in Colorado. The factors identified could apply to any aircraft type and serve as a cautionary tale for all pilots. Here’s a summary of Max’s 9 Lessons Pilots can Learn from the Cirrus midair plus a tenth lesson for Cirrus pilots:
- Fly the correct pattern speeds
- Faster speeds require steeper bank angles
- Autopilots don’t bank steeply enough for use in the pattern
- Get comfortable with 30 degree banks in the pattern
- Don’t overshoot the final, but if you do, consider going around.
- Refer to a traffic system to identify pattern traffic
- If in doubt, start your turn early
- Use G1000 and Perspective Track Vectors to eliminate overshoot
- Don’t Get Distracted
- Bring a parachute
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Erik Gundersen’s video with ground track and ATC audio
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