As a new owner that just completed training in Duluth, I couldn’t help but notice how difficult it is, even among the instructors, to always remember to reinstall the safety pin after a flight.
Typically, they seem to suggest putting it away in the center console. On a related matter, even the new preliminary written checklist that Cirrus is working on (I have a rough copy) totally forgets to list reinstalling the pin as one of the last checklist items. It doesn’t appear anywhere. I will call them on Monday to advise them about this.
In any event, I have come up with an idea that I believe solves this problem, at least for me. Purchase a very small alligator type clip that you can permanently fasten to the red flag or metal loop holding the safety pin. When you remove the pin prior to take off, simply take the pin/flag and attach it to your ignition key loop. It is very unlikely that you will remove your key from the ignition and fail to notice the 4" red flag attach… “ahaaa, guess I ought to put this pin back in the CAPS.”
One last note, while in Duluth the chief instructor re-emphasized two things… the importance of removing the safety pin each time before flight, AND if you decide to deploy the CAPS to immediately also activate the ELT manually, since the recent crash in Texas under the CAPS deployment was so soft, the ELT never activated on its own!
Can you imagine a commercial that starts off…“Even when our planes do crash, they do it so softly that the ELT never goes off!”