Wednesday, August 25, 2010
"Having the Fish" with Jetwhiner and Airplane Geek Rob Mark
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You're probably familiar with my #havethefish hashtag on Twitter and/or that longstanding and nearly universal fantasy of non-airline pilots involving both pilots on an airline flight becoming incapacitated and said non-airline-driver being called up to the cockpit and heroically landing the airplane (to the applause and adoration of all aboard, to say nothing of the rest of the world). Something a-la Executive Decision (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116253/). I've long wanted to have a current or former airline driver or two on Airspeed to take a more technical look at that fantasy.
Given a good airplane in cruise at altitude with plenty of fuel, good comm, CAVU day conditions at the destination, and someone on the ground with knowledge of the airplane to talk him down (a-la the King Air off of Marco Island a couple of years ago), what are the chances that a, say, 300-hour instrument-rated private pilot could sit down in the left seat and land the aircraft with the airplane and pax having a reasonable chance of being reusable?
Rob and I talk through the scenario from sitting down in the left seat to how much braking to do.
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Airplane Geeks: www.airplanegeeks.com