Consider two pilots, one flying a Lancair-IV and the second piloting a Cherokee 140, both while under instrument conditions with no autopilot, and each with a complete loss of attitude instruments. Read on, discovering how they survived their experiences …
A Lancair-IV without a functioning autopilot entered the clouds, leaving the two people on board depending on two EFIS displays for aircraft control. Both EFIS displays suddenly went blank, giving new meaning to the term “blue screen of death.”
We might expect the loss of both souls on board. But no fatalities occurred. No accident occurred.
Owner and pilot Lin Hough had just flown into IMC at 17,000’ when both displays went completely blank. The Xavion VP-400 backup display “performed perfectly,” allowing Lin to continue his flight safely.
Lin commented, “The VP-400 mounted in my Lancair rolled right into action. I was almost level at 19,000’ when my displays came back. I didn’t have a functioning auto pilot, which added to the intensity of the moment. The outcome without the VP-400 might not have been survivable.”