It’s good to be wrong.

A highly skilled person has disproved a long-held opinion of mine: that it’s impossible to put a transport category aircraft down on water (from flight speed) without massive structural failure.

As always, credit should also go to the hundreds of people who design things like APUs, ram-air turbines, hydraulic pressure reservoirs, and the other boring pieces that allow an A320 with both engines disabled to continue acting like an aeroplane instead of an aluminium brick.

I am guessing this might be the new textbook justification why the APU should be operable & running for takeoff and landing. Oh my yes.

Posted Friday, January 16th, 2009 under aviation.


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