On the topic of “when to use the Chute”, if one has no alternative but to "ditch " the SR20, would deploying the chute be reasonable?. The aircraft is a total loss in any case, but what about the difference in impact?

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On the topic of “when to use the Chute”, if one has no alternative but to "ditch " the SR20, would deploying the chute be reasonable?. The aircraft is a total loss in any case, but what about the difference in impact?

L

When ditching, your kinetic energy is 1/2 times gross weight times square of speed - say 65 knots horizontal plus 5 knots vertical. Using the chute, its only 20 knots vertical. This is less than 10% of the energy which you have to dissipate!!! Also, the plane will (hopefully) not flip over the nose.

Timm Preusser

On the topic of “when to use the Chute”, if one has no alternative but to "ditch " the SR20, would deploying the chute be reasonable?. The aircraft is a total loss in any case, but what about the difference in impact?

L