Cirrus Design test fired the CAPS system on three aircraft this morning.
Cirrus Design conducted the tests on three aircraft, two factory owned demonstrators and a third aircraft randomly chosen from the assembly line. The first two aircraft were made to conform to the two CAPS related SBs and the third was manufactured that way from the start. Mike Radomsky, COPA’s Chief Technical Liaison, was a witness and participated in the activation of the third aircraft. According to Mike, the tests were entirely fair and the only pre-test preparation of the aircraft was what was necessary for safety and filming. (removing the door and emptying the fuel).
The tests revealed some shortcomings which may exist in older aircraft, but overall, the tests were successful. Mike will post a full accounting of the tests and most importantly, what a pilot may expect if they have to activate the system.
We at COPA commend Cirrus Design for conducting these tests and the open fashion in which they were performed. We are convinced that the shortcomings will be addressed as aggressively as the previous SB’s have been. We also commend Cirrus Design for its ongoing commitment to the safety and quality of the aircraft that they produce.