Hello folks. Having fun?
You know, I said it before and I`ll say it again, Ranger is a Senior Captain and has been around for awhile, he flies millions of dollars woth of hardware around the world every day, except days off (!) and personally, I would listen with intent interest and I would think he is probablt the best expert you would get here for aircraft of most sizes really, but that is just my personal view. I would follow him through flames, but that is another matter.
Well, I AM a test pilot and I will tel you this for nothing..... If you are landing your aircraft at the Aircraft Pilots Manual limits, despite ANY margins and scientific parameters of physical possibility then you will land safely, IF you are brilliantly trained and lucky. This is normal ops folks, right on the limit. Most people are lucky and brilliantly trained. About 98% of all pilots are thus so. See, the wankers who are not, see them do a cross wind takeoff and end up in the weeds ! I have seen it, it was wheat and summer and dusty in England and very hot, there was no fire - luckily. He looked embarrased as we whizzed by and took off, the knob head.
Heavy cross winds and blustery conditions and turbulence are for the physically fit, the psychologically sound and the well trained.
Start shaving the edges, and you WILL be in the newspapers!!
We test pilots, do the silliest stuff to demonstrate what that is. How in Christ's name we survive this, is beyond beleief, but after training, we never do it again, unless called on to do it.
I.E., fat bucks in the job.
And even those senior to me, have once or twice come back, jabbering in shock when the thing would not exit a flat spin or whatever, until the last moment.
Unless, you have loads of height, most things will readily kill you.
Especially the last post, as the dude was landing with a tailwind component, but you didn't see it.
Fly or die.