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Safety Spotlight
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fire. Investigators determined that the left tank’s selector was set to “Off.” Speculation is that the student didn’t move it far enough forward after checking crossfeed during run-up. Strangest, although fortunately not fatal, was an accident in which both engines quit on short final. Investigators found both selectors turned off though neither student nor instructor remembered having moved them. The back-seat passenger had slept through the flight with her legs stretched between the two front seats. In a later reconstruction, she demonstrated that “While wearing the exact shoes as she had worn on the accident flight…she

pulled her foot out [and] she was able to turn both fuel selectors off without purposely trying to do so.” Unlike the Arrow from which it’s derived, the Seminole doesn’t have safety lockouts guarding the fuel selectors’ “Off ” position. Good thing to remember! And the fourth accident? According to the NTSB, “…The student pilot and flight instructor intended to perform a touch-andgo maneuver. During the landing roll the instructor informed the student to retract the airplane’s flaps; however, the student inadvertently moved the landing gear retraction/extension handle to the ‘Up’ position. Although the instructor moved

the landing gear handle back to the ‘Down’ position, the airplane’s nose landing gear collapsed.” This isn’t an uncommon error in airplanes with electrically operated flaps controlled by a switch on the instrument panel—but it’s kind of breathtaking in the Seminole, where a round-handled switch operates the gear but a two-foot-long metal lever works the flaps. The report doesn’t specify why the CFI didn’t notice in time to intervene…but does provide further proof that the aircraft’s not the only “enemy” you need to know!

David Jack Kenny is manager of aviation safety analysis for the Air Safety Institute, an instrument-rated commercial pilot, and owner of a Piper Arrow.



CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 3

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 3

CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 3
Contents
Behavioral Modeling (Part 2)
Safety Quiz: Instrument Procedures: Teterboro
ASI Online: Critical Information—The Passenger Safety Briefing
Real Pilot Story: Ambushed by Ice
CFI Tips: Emergencies—Beyond the Checklist
Chart Challenge—Live New Safety Seminar
Safety Spotlight: Know Your Enemy
CFI Tools: The CFI who Makes a Difference
Chief’s Corner: The Journey’s Journal
Ask ATC: Minimum Fuel vs. Fuel Emergency
Did You Know?
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CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 3 - Contents
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 3 - Behavioral Modeling (Part 2)
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 3 - 4
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 3 - 5
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 3 - 6
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 3 - 7
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 3 - Safety Quiz: Instrument Procedures: Teterboro
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 3 - ASI Online: Critical Information—The Passenger Safety Briefing
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 3 - 10
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 3 - Real Pilot Story: Ambushed by Ice
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 3 - CFI Tips: Emergencies—Beyond the Checklist
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 3 - 13
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 3 - 14
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 3 - 15
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 3 - 16
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 3 - Chart Challenge—Live New Safety Seminar
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 3 - Safety Spotlight: Know Your Enemy
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CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 3 - 20
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 3 - CFI Tools: The CFI who Makes a Difference
CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 3 - Chief’s Corner: The Journey’s Journal
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CFI-to-CFI Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 3 - Did You Know?
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