Good Pilots and Dead Pilots

 

Good Pilots and Dead Pilots

New York Yankees’ pitcher Cory Lidle loved flying and bought himself a Cirrus SR 20, a high performance airborne hotrod that’s supposedly built for safety. The Cirrus promotional pitch proclaims that “TAWS (Terrain Awareness Warning System), now a standard installation on all CIRRUS SRV, SR20 and SR22 aircraft, helps keep you clear of terrain and obstacles while SKYWATCH™ alerts you to airborne traffic.” Cirrus is the only plane equipped with a 55-foot parachute, which in an emergency, will explode through the roof of the plane—much like an airbag in an automobile—allowing the plane to float to earth and hit with the thump equivalent to jumping off