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Dear Prof Randy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballistic_Recovery_Systems
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_B--xSUxBA
http://www.cirruspilots.org/Content/CAPSHistory.aspx
http://cirrusaircraft.com/innovation/
http://www.flymach1.com/caps.html
http://www.damninteresting.com/retired/cirrus-airframe-parachute-system/
http://www.flyingmag.com/aircraft/modifications-maintenance/first-cirrus-chute-r
http://fearoflanding.com/accidents/cirrus-parachute-system-in-action/
http://www.askcaptainlim.com/-air-crash-aviation-34/233-could-mega-airplane-para

Could this systems be useful in commercial aircraft carriers where Total weight of the aircraft is the main parameter for safe landing
in emergency conditions ?.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

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I think this idea is feasible only for light aircraft, probably much lighter than commercial aircraft, especially a jet. A commercial airliner would require an enormous parachute, which would add to the overall weight (not good). Also, as the website says, the landing would not be pretty, lessening the appeal of such a "safety" system, although I suppose it would be better than a high speed crash.

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college mathematics, applied math, advanced calculus, complex analysis, linear and abstract algebra, probability theory, signal processing, undergraduate physics, physical oceanography

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26 years as a professional scientist conducting academic quality research on mostly classified projects involving math/physics modeling and simulation, data analysis and signal processing, instrument development; often ocean related

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J. Physical Oceanography, 1984 "A Numerical Model for Low-Frequency Equatorial Dynamics", with M. Cane

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