Early in my training before I bought my own plane, the Remos I trained in had a chute and my instructor told me that the only time we are ever gonna pull that handle is if a wing departs from the plane.
No offense Shawn, but your instructor was an idiot!
The few planes equipped with one that I have taught in, I always emphasis use it!
Special care is taken to Arm it. likewise to Disarm it on return. It is also included in the passenger brief along with the caution to keep clear of it unless you intend to pull it.
It is funny when you try to find info on deployment. I swear it was a CTLS that listed minimum altitude along with both Minimum and Maximum speeds with deployment. Just looked and cannot find it
I did look at their checklist:
1. Ignition off
2. Pull handle
3. Tighten seat belts
4. Assume fetal position (or words to that effect)
5. Fuel off
7. Electric off
Looking at others, Sting lists Tighten belts and harness as 5.5Gs can be experienced during opening
On the other hand they go on to set the radio and transponder to emergency and lastly, pull! They do mention 135K as max airspeed for deployment.
Remos lists shutoff electric and gas. Pull!
So there is some variance in the sequences but I think my choice would be to get that chute out as soon as possible. Of course there are other factors I would consider at that time.
The chutes are still relatively new to all of general aviation so the I can land it
attitude remains too strong. I took some Cirrus (simulator) time and it is emphasized even in the sim. Armed at startup. On takeoff, upon reaching 700 AGL the callout of CAPS & Flaps is made, every takeoff. It means that a safe altitude has been reached for Cirrus Airframe Parachute System and flap retraction.
That is the way you teach recovery systems. If drilled into their heads early on, it will be used.
Speculation: How would this particular accident turned out if it had been used?