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CAPS. General Guide. Intended to be deployed in event of a life threatening emergency I.e., would you jump from the plane with a parachute? Will most likely destroy the aircraft, may cause serious injury or death to occupants. Hazards: Ignition of rocket device

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CAPS


General Guide

  • Intended to be deployed in event of a life threatening emergency

    • I.e., would you jump from the plane with a parachute?

  • Will most likely destroy the aircraft, may cause serious injury or death to occupants.

  • Hazards:

    • Ignition of rocket device

    • Lateral speed upon touchdown will equal wind speed

    • Aircraft may be dragged across ground after touchdown by wind

    • Chute may impede exiting aircraft

    • No control over landing site

    • Vertical speed equals vertical drop from 13’

    • Irreversible!


Deployment Speed/ Altitude

  • Maximum deployment speed of 133 KIAS

    • At least one Cirrus accident aircraft deployed CAPS at very high speed, rumored over 200 KIAS, and chute separated from aircraft

  • If possible, slow as much as practical before deploying.

    • Do not delay if time or altitude critical!

  • No minimum altitude set

    • Demonstrated altitude loss:

      • In level flight <400’

      • From entry into one turn spin, 1000’


Possible Deployment Scenarios

  • Midair collision

  • Structural failure

  • Flight control failure

  • Loss of control due to:

    • Wake turbulence

    • Severe turbulence

    • Spin

  • Landing in rough terrain

  • Pilot Incapacitation


Deploying CAPS

  • AirspeedMinimum Possible

  • MixtureCutoff

  • CAPS CoverRemove

  • Activation HandlePull Straight Down

    Clasp both hands around the T-handle and pull straight down with a steady force. Up to 45 lbs of force may be required.

    Do not jerk the handle, as it will greatly increase the force required to activate CAPS.


After Deployment

  • MixtureConfirm Cutoff

  • Fuel Selector Off

  • Bat-Alt MastersOff

  • IgnitionOff

  • Boost PumpOff

  • ELT ON

  • Seat BeltsUncomfortably Tight

  • Loose ItemsSecure

  • Assume Emergency Landing Position

    Cross arms across chest and grasp shoulder harness. Hold upper torso erect against seat back.


Door Position

  • One or both doors may jam upon impact

    • May be advisable to open prior to impact

  • However, must consider:

    • Door may depart aircraft,

    • Head injury,

    • Injury from objects entering cabin

    • Exposed door pillar presents hazard


Deployment Above Water

  • Consider:

    • Exiting aircraft in water with jammed doors

    • Aircraft may sink quickly

    • Shock absorption of gear not fully available

      • In both CAPS deployment events into water, serious injury to occupants resulted.


Drift Considerations

  • If CAPS deployed from 1000’ AGL:

    • With 4 seconds to deploy, and 1500 FPM sink, aircraft will impact after ~45 seconds

    • Typical winds at 1000’ AGL are 20- 30 knots, or .3- .5 NM/ minute

    • So expect to touchdown approximately .2 to .4 NM downwind of deployment spot

  • If possible, take this into consideration when deploying, and/ or deploy slightly upwind of desired touchdown location.


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