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2014-03-08 09:50:40 PM  
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inglixthemad: TanHamster: ReapTheChaos: The pilot didn't do anything wrong, the skydiver was trying to land on an active airfield. I guess if he landed in the middle of a freeway subby would have blamed the cars.

Stupid headline is stupid.


Right-of-way is given to whomever is the least maneuverable.  Hot air balloons have priority over gliders, gliders have priority over engine-driven airplanes.  I'm not sure about skydivers, and don't feel like looking it up in the FAR/AIM, but I would guess that the airplane is at fault.

I'm a pilot, but just barely.  I dropped out of my flying club (Piper Archer N7645F) in 2010, and haven't flown since then.

There are limitations. For example a chopper landing at an airport is often warned 'at your own risk' because they land in 'non-movement' areas.

That being said, if it's X49 (Airnav has that for South Lakeland in Florida) it does list parachute activity. When they list the activity, it becomes incumbent on the pilot to avoid it.

http://www.airnav.com/airport/X49/A


True story, there have been a few cases where I've been landing an R44 on an uncontrolled apron and been told by the tower that I was 'cleared to land at my discretion' only to have a Cessna pop out and taxi right into where I was going to land. Long story short, pilot always has to be aware and from the picture posted above it doesn't look like that parachute would be difficult to spot.
2014-03-08 09:45:27 PM  
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TanHamster: ReapTheChaos: The pilot didn't do anything wrong, the skydiver was trying to land on an active airfield. I guess if he landed in the middle of a freeway subby would have blamed the cars.

Stupid headline is stupid.


Right-of-way is given to whomever is the least maneuverable.  Hot air balloons have priority over gliders, gliders have priority over engine-driven airplanes.  I'm not sure about skydivers, and don't feel like looking it up in the FAR/AIM, but I would guess that the airplane is at fault.

I'm a pilot, but just barely.  I dropped out of my flying club (Piper Archer N7645F) in 2010, and haven't flown since then.


There are limitations. For example a chopper landing at an airport is often warned 'at your own risk' because they land in 'non-movement' areas.

That being said, if it's X49 (Airnav has that for South Lakeland in Florida) it does list parachute activity. When they list the activity, it becomes incumbent on the pilot to avoid it.

http://www.airnav.com/airport/X49/A
2014-03-08 09:19:00 PM  
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If the pilot was doing touch and goes, then I'd say the skydiver was at fault. That's like stepping in to the middle of a busy street.
2014-03-08 09:17:41 PM  
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after RTFA, I think it's the skydiver who's the menace. The pilot was minding his own business practicing
touch and go's on the runway when a skydiver dropped in his path

Both are lucky to be alive.
2014-03-08 09:29:58 PM  
1 votes:
The pilot didn't do anything wrong, the skydiver was trying to land on an active airfield. I guess if he landed in the middle of a freeway subby would have blamed the cars.

Stupid headline is stupid.
 
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