I've been reading the comments about this video on several different sites and based on some of the comments I've read it's no wonder that so many of us pilots end up as large smoking craters in the ground. One of the most prevalent comments I've read is, "The Arrow pilot never asked for help or declared an emergency so the Cirrus pilot shouldn't have engaged him." Have we so quickly forgotten about the countless GA accidents we've read about that involve pilots being in trouble and not declaring an emergency or asking for help? After fatal crashes we've all listened to those radio exchanges between ATC and pilots where the pilots didn't declare an emergency much less ask for help in a bad situation that eventually costs the pilot his life. It's a big reason why so many pilots die in their airplanes. WE DON'T TYPICALLY ASK FOR HELP EVEN WHEN WE NEED IT. Another prevalent comment has been, "The Arrow pilot seemed calm and seemed to have everything under control." Yes he did sound calm and in control....just like most of the pilots who die because they fail to declare and ask for help. Based on a lot of the comments I've been reading it seems that many pilots are still exhibiting attitudes that in an emergency may kill them. The pilots saying they would have told this "tool" of a Cirrus pilot to buzz off must be much better in stressful situations than most. A second set of eyes from another pilot not under stress seems like it may be a good thing to have available in a situation like this.
After watching the video the Arrow pilot clearly seemed to have things under control so I think the Cirrus pilots actions were probably unnecessary, but there was no way for the tower or the Cirrus driver to know for sure by just listening on the radio. In my opinion the Cirrus pilot put himself in a good position far enough behind and to the right of the Arrow to not be a distraction. The advice he gave was minimal, brief and good advice for energy management. Most of all the outcome was positive and we're not reading about an Arrow pilot that came up short of the runway that failed to declare an emergency and died or was injured in a crash.
When I first saw this video my feelings were that if I had been the Arrow pilot in this situation I would have been offended at the Cirrus pilots attempt to help me. It would have definitely challenged my ego. After marinating on it for a couple days I've come to the conclusion that I can neither condemn or endorse the actions or attitude of the Cirrus pilot because I'm not him and I don't know what motivated his actions. I can say that the fact that I would have shunned and been offended by another pilots attempt to help me in a bad situation shows I needed an attitude adjustment.