Pilot Uses iPad to Find Airport After Electrical Failure; Makes Belly Landing

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  1. bradl macrumors 68040

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    Found this at KOTA-TV, via FlightAware.

    As they say in aviation, the best landing is the one you can walk away from.

    BL.
     
  2. noisycats macrumors 6502a

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    Someone had their cellular signal on during flight. Tsk, tsk, tsk...
     
  3. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    Well yeah, what do you think caused the planes landing gear to fail in the first place!!!!!
     
  4. bradl thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Not sure if you are being sarcastic or not...

    But while we know that modern avionics are well shielded from such a signal, we do not know if:
    1. The iPad was WiFi only or had a cellular connection,
    2. If the iPad was on and active during the flight, or
    3. If the iPad was the true cause of ALL avionics to be lost, including comms, which would go out over VHF.

    I seriously doubt the latter, because the frequencies used by cell towers, are far lower on the VHF band than avionics and communications.

    But either way, the fact that the iPad was used, the pilot was equipped with the right substitute for instruments (ForeFlight, FltPlan, Jeppesen, and FlightAware apps for charts - for all we know, GPS was not used; there is a basic app that calculates radial, bearing, and distance from a given VOR), and the pilot knew how to fly his aircraft to a safe landing is really all that mattered. He could fix the plane; but he couldn't fix it if he were dead.

    BL.
     
  5. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    Sorry, yes I was being sarcastic..... :D:)
     
  6. noisycats macrumors 6502a

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    As was I. :)
     
  7. chabig macrumors 68040

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    This isn't really a big deal. At night, the lights of cities are easy to see, and most cities have an airport. It's pretty easy to fly to one and land. All the iPad did was help him find a particular airport, something old fashioned aviation charts would have also done. Still, kudos to the guy for landing safely.
     

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