Jon Hunt has produced a very nice tribute (flying) to Simon Moores video. Really seems he was a very nice chap…
Kudos for that video. And kudos to the family for giving their consent so quickly. Real flyers.
almost nobody in the wider PPL population carries a handheld radio.
Not true. Most of the IR pilots in small aircrafts I know do have a handheld on board. I learned to have one for the start up clearance to avoid powering the battery on for asking for clearance and drain it while waiting for the startup clearence.
On our Piper (it was a fractional ownership) the other pilots had already installed a bnc connector to COM 2 antenna to have a realisble signal on ground or in case of failure during flight in IMC. We have the same now in our Bonanza just for security reasons.
I get the impression alternator failures are rather common. I had two during PPL training in ratty 172s. It’s a good reason to carry a handheld.
Not true. Most of the IR pilots in small aircrafts I know do have a handheld on board.
I agree, and I have one too (and have had one since early in my PPL training when I got a radio failure) but IR pilots are a miniscule portion of the GA community.
the other pilots had already installed a bnc connector to COM 2 antenna
I get the impression alternator failures are rather common
They are indeed. Hence e.g. this but unfortunately this is not an easy project for most aircraft.
Why they are common is a good Q however. They don’t fail that often in cars. The brushes are supposed to be inspected at the Annual… even at 200hrs/year you will catch them early enough. The belt can (in most types) be inspected at every preflight, but usually isn’t.
Kudos for that video.
Yes; very much so.