Originally Posted by Plumbmaster
The question has arisen as to whether or not it is possible to open the canopy while in flight. Specifically, can the slider on a RV6A be slid open while in flight in order to bail out? Has anyone had a slider open on them accidentally? Has anyone bailed out of a RV?
This all has to do with aerobatics and whether or not it's possible to bail out...I mean we all have parachutes-right? :-)
Short answer (having attempted opening it inflight as low as 60 KIAS) NO.
The slider canopy could be easily modified to jettison.
I don't know of any successful RV bailouts and I've been around these airplanes since 1985. There have been however, several fatalities after loss of control, aft CG spin into terra firma
, jammed flight controls, structural failure, inflight fire, mid air collision, and CFIT.
Having sat on an ejection seat equipped Jet for most of my adult life, extricating yourself isn't the most difficult part, trust me. It's making the decision to exit the aircraft
It cost two of my close friends their lives.
Bottom line if you're not accustomed to setting a minimum maneuver altitude (hard deck if you will) and adhering to it, practice doing it. The FAA says 1500' AGL minimum.https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/14/91.303
However, extricating yourself from an RV after departing controlled flight or catastrophic structural failure will take more than 1500 feet IMHO. 3000' AGL.
is a much more realistic number.
If you like aerobatics but have never worn a chute or jumped, maybe a trip to a nearby drop zone for a demo tandem jump will give you an appreciation. Either way, parachute use with training could save your life if so needed. Whether you wear one or not is a personal decision you have to make
based on your own abilities.
Personally, I feel the BRS has a much higher percentage of saves,
but that's another subject for another thread.
Practice makes perfect, have a plan and stick to it...
Good Aerobatic bailout story https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.a...97FA037&akey=1