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May 18, 2021

188 Nine Lessons from Cirrus Midair Collision over Denver

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188 Max talks with pilot Eric Gundersen, who created a video that shows some of the factors that led to a midair collision between a Cirrus SR22 and a Metroliner at Centennial airport in Colorado. The factors identified could apply to any aircraft type and serve as a cautionary tale for all pilots. Here’s a summary of Max’s 9 Lessons Pilots can Learn from the Cirrus midair plus a tenth lesson for Cirrus pilots:

  1. Fly the correct pattern speeds
  2. Faster speeds require steeper bank angles
  3. Autopilots don’t bank steeply enough for use in the pattern
  4. Get comfortable with 30 degree banks in the pattern
  5. Don’t overshoot the final, but if you do, consider going around.
  6. Refer to a traffic system to identify pattern traffic
  7. If in doubt, start your turn early
  8. Use G1000 and Perspective Track Vectors to eliminate overshoot
  9. Don’t Get Distracted
  10. Bring a parachute


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Mentioned in the Show
Erik Gundersen's video with ground track and ATC audio
How to Avoid Midair Collisions Episode #109
Air Force Pilot Crash in Cirrus SR22 Episode #99
SR22 Crash into House in Southern California Episode #130

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