I was just wondering how safe is it really? (CAPS_
I believe that you hit the ground around 1,500 FPM, How much damage would be sustained to the Aircraft and/or the Occupants on a flat surface?
Would CAPS be more effective on the Ground, than Water? To me, (my theory anyway), If it were in water the gear would just penetrate the waters surface, the Fuselage ‘smashing’ the surface hard, making it ‘stop’, while on the Ground the gear could be crushed and used as some kind of suspension?
Once CAPS has been deployed, If the aircraft can regain its airworthyness, Would an entire CAPS system have to be re-instated, or could the existing system be re-used?
Can anyone link me to stories, Videos, photos etc… or Unsuccessful or Successful CAPS stories?
Do you think future General Aviation aircraft, will start implimenting these systems, similar to Airbags in cars, once scares, are now Standard on most automobiles?
Sorry for the questions, The whole CAPS/Parachute Concept is really, interesting, I would love to know more about it!