Very happy to see no speculation on this site!
Sometimes being small has benefits, as there just isn't a significant number of experts to opine on stuff.
The last few days have been crazy and embarrassing for many who claim to be journalists and aviation experts.http://seaplanemagazine.com/2017/11/09/ ... day-crash/
Love the train comparison & Keith's story on his Volkswagen stopping a train.
Couple years ago, Paul Walker (very famous actor from Fast and Furious) wrapped a 500 horsepower Ferrari (or Porsche, all the same, but thanks for the email correction!) around a tree and converted himself to an unappetizing piece of mush. Surprisingly a few things could be observed:
1. No NTSB or other DOT outlet got "to the bottom" of it.
2. No Person who had ever seen a car wanted Ferrari (or Porsche, all the same, stop emailing me about it!!) to stop producing and selling sportscars.
3. Unlike our own aviation media, nobody in automotive media world lowered themselves to judge Ferrari (I will freak out, if you tell me one more time that it was a Porsche!) or dingle hopper around basking in the sun, spewing "expert" statements about the dangers of driving cars or driving Ducati Motorcycles (who had nothing to do with it!)
4. We know that on average, flying small planes is not one bit safer than driving a motorcycle. How many thousands of people die on motorcycles each year?
Flying is still the most adventorous and exciting thing a person could do in their life. The smalles part of our worlds population has any concept or idea about it. The fewest of the few get to even do this!
One would hope that some of those planting themselves into any sort of flying contraption realize that flying bears risk (no matter how crash proof and "safe" it has been built) of injury or death, especially if maneuvered in such a way that aerodynamics change into the laws of physics of impact force.
We need a completely new approach and way of thinking about all of this. We need it PRONTO, before our candle is blown out.
We have a megaton of selfinduced damage as an industry from this and its neither Roy Halladay's nor ICON's fault. The coverage of the last few days is nothing short of embarrassing and our aviation industries response to it was an insult to everyone with more than half a loaf of wet bread in their head.
May god help us!