192 Avoiding Takeoff Emergencies with Flying Magazine’s Rob Mark
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192 Max talks with Flying Magazine’s Rob Mark about minimizing takeoff risks. Per the NTSB, 26% of fatalities occur during takeoff, so pilots need to plan for what they’ll do if things don’t go well during the takeoff. Engine failure can occur, but a partial power loss is three times more likely than a complete engine failure. Rob also shares a long list of tips for avoiding takeoff emergencies.
Rob’s Tips for Avoiding Takeoff Emergencies
• Don’t simply read the before-takeoff checklist; make sure you’ve accomplished the required tasks.
• Recheck that the tank chosen for takeoff contains sufficient fuel.
• Check that the backup fuel pump is on if the aircraft requires it for takeoff.
• Recheck that takeoff flaps are properly set.
• How many inches of manifold pressure and/or what rpm should the engine deliver during the takeoff roll?
• Don’t accept an intersection departure that leaves valuable runway behind you.
• Note the distance (in feet) of your upcoming ground roll.
• Highlight the intersection where the aircraft should break ground.
• If you’re not airborne by the highlighted spot, do you have enough remaining runway to stop?
• Have you surveyed the area off the departure end of the runway for potential landing spots?
• If you’ve never practiced making a 180-degree turn back after a loss of power, don’t make today the day to try one.
• If you’re forced into an off-airport landing, your job is to protect the people on board—the airplane’s insured.
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