I flew my Zodiac three hours Saturday enjoying a breezy fall morning following the ridge line of the Shenendoah. The plain flew beautifully, hands-off for the most part, and passed its four hundredth hour of flight (70 with me at the helm). Little did I know that it might be my last flight for a while. As I was dancing in the clouds, others were buy putting the finishing touches on their effort to ensure my "safety." The NTSB, FAA, Zenith, The Associations and several foreign bodies had designed the perfect fix for my troublesome little plane: training wheels!
Granted, I have limited understanding of the drawings and policies proposed ( I am a business major not an engineer) but when I read and re-read this is the jist of it. "Flying small airplanes that you may have built yourself is darn dangerous. We have tested everything and investigated everything and found that flying the Zodiac is darn dangerous. We must protect those who fly so here are three pages of drawings to "overbuild" the plane and make it safer." Translation: training wheels.
I am of that very death defying group that also rides a motorcycle, sometimes even to my airplane. I am sure there is carnage every day on the roads due to some poor fellow/lady taking a turn too fast or hitting the brakes at the worst time on their hog or crotch rocket. I think they need to be "overbuilt." Training wheels would make them so much safer, maybe 15%.
God save us from people who want to protect us! The NTSB said, "Zodiacs are falling from the sky", the FAA said, "they were falling at the same rate as other small planes but we will investigate and change our position or not. We will recommend and intimdate rather than mandate a fix since there really isn't any one thing wrong." Zenair said "let's turn lemons into lemonaide from this and make a mint selling training wheels." The Associations said, "Zodiac Schmodiac, let's collaborate to protect the poors souls with business jets."