The VK-30 is one of the few aircraft (of which more than a few have been built) that has a more questionable safety record than the SR22 and SR20.I know someone putting together a Cirrus VK30. I commented that it would be nice to add the leading edge extensions; wings are about 90% the same. I bet the VK is nasty to stall.
Right. A lot of it, as with most airplanes, has to do with who is flying it and under what circumstances. Very few aircraft of that category in the hands of an inexperienced or inattentive pilot for any length of time is going to have a marginal to poor record. That is what afflicts most Cirrus aircraft and has given them an unenviable reputation (the poor to non-existent occupant protection and tendency to burn if you look at it cross notwithstanding).Based on the number built and flown to date, difficult to conclude a VK-30 is a death trap. A very high performance airplane, take away the aggressive flight testing and the airframe mechanical malfunction, the results are no different from any other very high performance homebuilt. It's not an airplane where a deadstick landing is a realistic option after powerplant failure.
Agreed. Even though I think the Cirrus line leaves much to be desired, I still have a lot of respect for the Klapmeiers. Aerodynamically, they achieved something of note. A few overlooked "non-flying" design considerations and trying to sell some of them to the public- or rather the specific market share they chose- is what got them into trouble in regards to the record of the aircraft.VK-30 was an ambitious attempt
... A lot of it .. has to do with who is flying it
... in the hands of an inexperienced or inattentive pilot
... That is what afflicts most Cirrus aircraft
... the poor to non-existent occupant protection
... tendency to burn if you look at it cross
With regards to the pilots in question, on this, I have to say we do agree. That is what I was referring to when I mentioned inattentive pilots.Based on the video there seems to be a LACK of situational awareness, and commonsense.