Joe: The point you bring up is a good one, but at some point we have to talk about the minuteness of the risk and the benefit of the training.
Let’s face it, in order to worry about the issue, there has to be a “CAPS event,” over water, in such wind conditions that the parachute settles on the aircraft!
Then we have to look at the training, and determine the amount of improvement that it would offer. When I was in the USAF, they did tell aircrews about the method of getting out from under a parachute in water. I presume the USN does as well and did to the A6 aircrew. But it didn’t help them!
that leads to the question," how much training is sufficient?" Should the technique just be told verbally? Should it actually be practiced. Clearly, the latter would be better? But at what level would the time be better spent learning about a riskier topic.
I really do agree that knowing the technique may be important. In the guide book that I distributed to members attending the Bahamian trip, I did include the technique. But every plane was going to be over water for at least 1.5 hours. I also get into that survival stuff. So far, to the best of my knowledge, no Cirrus has been ditched, with or without the parachute. I just don’t think it is important enough to try to cram into the very limited transition training time. Perhaps, if COPA offers more ditching seminars the topic could be included.