This has been an informative discussion. My wife and I own a '78
Sierra and while she has had some "stick time" she is not interested
in piloting per se but really enjoys flying with me and taking trips
together. After this discussion I intend to get more forceful, shall
we say, about her learning more about flying the Sierra and giving
herself a fair shot at survival if she ever found herself in the

Thanks for the great information! This is a fantastic resource!

Chris Linderman
Sierra N5106M

> I am very glad to see all the thoughtful responses.
> Some here and some private messages. So far the
> consensus seems to be:
> 1) if possible have passenger take a pitch hitter
> course
> Comment: As a CFI and FAA safety counselor I agree
> this is best action whenever possible. I have done
> lots of these as well as some informal "line it up and
> fly to the runway slowly" lessons.
> This is great. But think about the real action
> required with an incapacitated pilot sitting there
> next to the Pitch hitter.
> 2) expect a very bad landing with or without minimal
> training
> 3) in a bad landing the damage to plane and passengers
> would probably be minor with gear up compared to a too
> fast porpoise that may lead to a flip etc.
> 4)the fixed gear guys have a great sense of humor and
> are glad they don't have to waste time thinking about
> this issue.
> Thanks for all the input on this discussion.
> Paul
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