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You would have to ask with so much sky out there how could 2 aircraft be in that space at the same time...maybe the pilots needed to buy some new glasses... gezzzzz

 

David

 

 

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Formation loads. Endorsements needed.

 

Cowboys need not apply.

 

Lead aircraft got a little slow and veered into chase aircraft.

 

End of a big day a little tired maybe?

 

 

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or did the chase aircraft roll into the lead aircraft, with all the extra drag and weight of the divers hanging off the lift strut? or the lead aircraft seamed to be in the blind spot of the chase aircraft, and the pilot simply did not see it?

 

 

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Formation loads. Endorsements needed.Cowboys need not apply.

Lead aircraft got a little slow and veered into chase aircraft.

 

End of a big day a little tired maybe?

No formation endorsements required in the USA. Just these rules....

 

§ 91.111 Operating near other aircraft.

 

(a) No person may operate an aircraft so close to another aircraft as to create a collision

 

hazard.

 

(b) No person may operate an aircraft in formation flight except by arrangement with the

 

pilot in command of each aircraft in the formation.

 

© No person may operate an aircraft, carrying passengers for hire, in formation flight.

 

 

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This seems very easy to explain... Two aircraft with chuters to drop in formation. One aircraft gets a little low and as the meat bombs move out to the strut en masse, the plane is just a little more difficult to accurately control. It drifts down a bit, then left a bit and the upper pilot loses sight of it and crosses his fingers. The bottom plane's jumpers let go and the plane, suddenly 500kg lighter suddenly springs up and...ooops, there's another airplane there.

 

 

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Well one or both of the pilots screwed up - that can't be argued (at least not sensibly) when you are flying as lead/wing or lead/chase and you collide. There may be contributing factors, but either way you're meant to be aware of the pitfalls and traps, and are still not supposed to hit the other guy when you're in a formation of any description!

 

I find it hard to believe it's the lead pilot's fault. The wing or chase is supposed to have him in sight at all times and manoeuvre as required to maintain visual contact and his appropriate relative position. That's the whole definition of being on the wing.

 

Glad to see they all made it though.

 

 

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