Letting It Slide


Scrapping airplanes is a big business and while some parts can be salvaged and resold, the reality is most are reduced to their elemental origins. Part of the process is making everything safe and that means disabling all the emergency equipment. The most expedient way to do that is to let them do their thing and Aircraft End Of Life Solutions immortalized the decommissioning of an emergency door slide.

Russ Niles
Russ Niles is Editor-in-Chief of AVweb. He has been a pilot for 30 years and joined AVweb 22 years ago. He and his wife Marni live in southern British Columbia where they also operate a small winery.


  1. Must have missed something here – meaning – was this humorous?
    Sounds just like the guy who was laughing when a jet blast blew a T hanger down.

  2. Guess there’s no hope for me….I found it both interesting & amusing. And except for the fiberglass casing there isn’t a whole lot of exposed hard stuff to cause any major injury.

    • I’m with you, John W. This wasn’t their first slide deployment – it’s part of their business. They set this one up for the cameras, and the guy pulling the rip cord seemed to know exactly what he was doing and exactly what the beast going to do.

  3. That sounded to me like nervous/relief laughter, as in “oops – that could’ve gone bad in a hurry – good thing it didn’t!”

  4. The easiest, most expedient way of addressing the issue at hand. I suppose some who judge simply can’t see themselves doing it, at least not without a Tyvek suit, face shield, and bicycle helmet. See “Ammo Dump” plus “Mad Minute” for a similar scenario. But if this one gets you riled up, keep your heart pills handy.