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I have been told that Cirrus wings are not removable without destroying the airframe. Is this myth or fact? I would like to refute this if it is a myth. It is from a composite hater aluminum lover…
Also, was told that once the chute is deployed the aircraft is totalled because the wings cannot be removed?
Myth x 2. But people who make these silly statements aren’t likely to be change their position. Facts will only confuse them more.
It is true that an airplane whose chute has been deployed is not airworthy, pending inspection. There will certainly be some repair - could be minimal, or the airplane could in fact be beyond repair.
Of the four deployments that have occurred to date, I believe two flew again, and the other two will. But the chute does not guarantee a good outcome - for the occupants or the airframe. There are too many variables. Like a car’s airbag, it represents the best alternative when the situation is dire, and that’s about it.
The wings come off as one unit, very cleanly. But they are often left on after a deployment, because it’s so easy to hoist the entire airplane by helicopter crane using the parachute’s risers, which are already attached to optimum locations on the airframe.