AOPA Pilot Magazine - August 2021 - 104

FLY WITH AOPA
ASI NEWS /
Unlikely, not
impossible
Different approaches to engine failures
BY ALICIA HERRON
WHEN YOU THINK of an in-flight emergency, an engine failure
is probably one of the first scenarios that comes to mind. And
it makes sense: Engine failures are the focus of much training
and practice. But a real-life engine failure usually isn't the sterile
exercise most pilots have come to expect. The tachometer
probably won't just drop to 1,000 rpm and remain there, and
you won't be expecting the power loss as you would in a training
environment. The engine will likely be shaking-violently,
even-and there may be oil on the windshield. Smoke and fire
are possibilities. And if you have passengers on board, that'll
add a whole new factor, too. Your physiological response will be
different, as well, and the heart-pounding stress of a real engine
failure will feel much different than the benign practice you've
had with a CFI sitting next to you.
The best way to deal with an engine failure is to prepare
for it with every flight and practice your emergency procedures
often. Here are some strategies to mitigate the risk of
engine failures:
* Flight preparation-Brief every flight to cover emergency
contingencies and critical checklist items. Commit
immediate procedures to memory. When you're ready for
takeoff, don't rush onto the runway. Mentally (or even verbally)
review a specific, realistic plan for what you'd do in
the event of an engine failure after takeoff.
* Route selection-Consider your route carefully. Direct
might not be the best option, and a zig-zag route from airport
to airport will give you more options if you have
engine trouble and if you encounter changing weather.
* Altitude selection-Extra altitude means more options in
the event of an engine failure. Especially over congested
areas that may have fewer emergency landing areas, it's a
good idea to give yourself some insurance and fly higher.
* Recurrent training-Practice engine-out scenarios at altitude
or in a simulator with a qualified flight instructor who
knows your aircraft.
* Engine failure-When it happens, stay calm and fly the
airplane all the way to the ground in a controlled landing.
Even if you have a partial engine failure from something
like carb ice, improper mixture, or the early stages of fuel
exhaustion, you should proceed on the assumption that
the engine will fail completely at any time. Head direct to
the nearest airport and look for off-airport options along
the way.
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No two scenarios are
exactly alike, but we can learn
from other pilots' experience
to help better prepare
for our own potential emergency.
Listen to these two
new episodes of the There I
Was podcast and contrast the
pilots' different circumstances
(different airplanes, VFR versus
IFR) and approaches to
their engine failures:
Episode 33:
Warbird Engine Failure
Warbird pilot and former
aircraft racer John " Pappy "
Mazza shares an engine failure
experience while flying a
Grumman FM-2 Wildcat.
Episode 34:
Treetop Landing
On an IFR flight from Bend,
Oregon, to Vashon Island,
Washington, Craig Beles and
his friend and CFI Truman
O'Brien experienced an
engine failure in their Piper
PA-28 Cherokee 140. Over
vast wilderness with no ideal
landing options, the pair are
forced to put the aircraft
down in the treetops near
Mount St. Helens.
alicia.herron@aopa.org
airsafetyinstitute.org/
thereiwas
NEW FROM ASI /
Avoiding hard
landings /
We've all had one or two
bouncy or firm landings
(or 10). But when does
a touchdown count as a
" hard " landing? A hard
landing happens when an
airplane stalls or drops onto
the runway with too high a
vertical speed, and the big
difference from a firm landing
is that it results in damage to
the aircraft. It's not just the
landing gear that takes the
hit-structural damage can
also extend to the firewall
and engine mount, fuselage
skin, wings, and so on. And
any amount of damage can
get expensive in a hurry. In
Avoiding Hard Landings, the
AOPA Air Safety Institute
team examines key causes
that lead to hard landings.
They also offer suggestions
for making smooth landings
your passengers-and your
pocketbook-will appreciate.
Sponsored by USAIG and
AssuredPartners Aerospace.
airsafetyinstitute.org/
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