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Re: REFLECTOR: Velocity, Accident at Santa Monica, KSMO
In a message dated 7/17/99 9:20:12 PM Central Daylight Time,
<< The only conclusion so far: we have had three near total or total Velocity
>accidents in the last 7 months with 6 people involved and nobody got even
>scratched. Certainly, the Velocity has proven its value as a safe cocoon.
Just for completeness, there were 2 just prior to these which
did not make the airport, and all souls on board were lost,
and another where a wire strike prior to the emergency
landing resulted in an injured pilot. >>
I have been reading out Velocity accidents for several years now. In
each case I have watched people explain it away as pilot error, an engine
fault, a plane that wasn't built right, a part that failed and has now been
redesigned, or some other reason that is usally well thought out and probably
correct. What concerns me is that there is not a lot of Velocities flying,
but there seems to be a high number of them crashing. This has been
confirmed by many insurance companies who won't even ensure a low time pilot
or anyone for the first 10 hours of flight.
In most cases, the basic problem appears to be an airplane which lands
too fast. I would like to see more empahsis by the factory and also by some
of the mechanical geniuses on the reflector toward designing a modification
that would allow a velocity to slow down to 40 miles per hour. This would
give us a lot more landing space and would make me sleep better knowing that
after 8 years my Velocity is about to fly.