The September 27, 2007 Weekly Accident Update is now posted at <> .

FLYING LESSONS suggested by this week's report:

Lessons learned from Beech experience are universal. Consider them in
any make and model of airplane.

** If an engine quits just after takeoff, make the shortest turn needed
to line up with the best available landing spot. You'll have to decide
before taking off where you'll go if the engine fails, because you won't
have much time to decide if it happens. Maintain airspeed and bank
control so you fly, not fall, to the ground, and you arrive at the
slowest safe speed with wings level.

** To avoid the common electrical failure/gear collapse scenario, when
extending the gear on battery power alone complete the process with the
Manual Landing Gear Extension procedure to confirm the gear has in fact
locked down.

** Plan flights to be assured you have sufficient fuel in the tank
selected to make the approach and landing, and a go-around/missed
approach if needed. Confirm your planned tank selection with a
pre-landing checklist accomplished while still at sufficient altitude to
change tanks safely if needed.

** Pilots must show discipline to fly approach procedures as published
EVERY time, and to abandon attempts at getting into a particular airport
long before adverse stress, fuel or fatigue become issues. Historically,
pilots are not good at maintaining this discipline, and for those who do
not, the survival record is abysmal.


NEW! Preflight and post-maintenance
<> inspection requirement for
the Beechcraft emergency landing gear extension handcrank, posted on the
MFT website.


The FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) has published a one-page guide
f> to safe pilot/crew procedures during taxi. I would add: "Complete
GPS programming and other 'heads-down' tasks before beginning taxi, or
in the run-up area after coming to a complete stop." All pilots: review
and consider its advice. Instructors: cover this sheet with pre-solo
students, and use it as part of the ground instruction required for
Flight Reviews. Also linked from the Tools for
<> Flying
Safely page of <> .


** A V35B's engine failed at 200 feet AGL just after takeoff..

** The pilot of a D35 reported engine problems and force-landed in a

** One of an H18's engines quit just after takeoff.."

** A B33 experienced electrical failure, followed by a gear collapse on

There are also NTSB updates on a B35 engine failure at Borger, TX, an
F33A hard landing at La Verne, CA, and an A36TC collision with terrain
at Burlington, WA.

For more information, commentary and analysis see the Beech Weekly
Accident Update link at
<> .

Fly safe, and have fun!

Thomas P. Turner, Master CFI

Mastery Flight Training, Inc. <>

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