I know a guy who was flying a Pitts Special until he was 76.April 13 2012 at 8:39 PM
Adam (Login Pittsdude)
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Response to don't exactly see why. After I posted it I though perhaps...
If you brain is still fine, you can fly. The aerobatics in this video is not that physically demanding - particularly for someone who is doing it frequently. I doubt the pilot was pulling more than 4G in that clip - and certainly no negative G, as this gets expensive on Merlins I believe.
As far as that recent Bearcat crash goes - that same issue (whatever it was) could have killed a 21 y.o pilot. I don't think it's been released or even remotely determined what caused that crash - could of been fuel, engine, prop or pilot health related, etc, etc.
The thing always is to fly within your limits. With aerobatics, you always have to keep a reserve of energy to land the aeroplane. With something like a Mustang, it ain't landed until it's back in the hangar! Currency is everything. If you are flying once or twice a year in a certain type, well this is far riskier than say flying once or twice a month.
OK, you're over old dudes killing themselves in these machines. Well, plenty of younger people kill themselves in aeroplanes all the time too. It's up to every pilot to determine their own limits and stay within them. Have you any idea how many pilots kill themselves in USA from low altitude aerobatics? I'll tell you, it's heaps! I used to get Sport Aerobatics magazine (from IAC) until I got depressed reading about all the fatalities from pilots performing aerobatics way too low and way outside of their own skill set to survive. Flying does involve risk. All pilots have to do their own "risk management" to better the odds of a suscessful outcome.
I really think it's up to the pilot to decide when to call it a day. Every pilot should think if he or she is up to the task before climbing into the cockpit.
I enjoyed the video for what is was - cool music and awesome footage. It was a delight for me. I'm sorry that you only saw it was a potential smoking hole in the ground - sad indeed.
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