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    Simulated engine failure on takeoff

    Awhile ago I asked a question about what's the best bank angle to use to
    lose the least altitude in an engine out situation.

    Fred Black sent me a link (which isn't working this am) to an excellent
    article that said the answer is 45 degrees.

    I was wondering if any of you have practiced an engine out on takeoff.
    I've always read that unless your altitude is more than X you should land
    straight ahead or you won't make it back to the runway.

    Once I get Minnie's annual done, hopefully this Saturday, I'm going to go
    out and practice. Guess I'll try it at a few thousand feet to start and
    see if I can figure out what X is.

    I'm wondering if any of you have tried this and what you come with for X
    altitude (i.e. how much altitude on takeoff have you found you need to
    make it back to the runway if you lose your engine on takeoff.

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    Simulated engine failure on takeoff

    Even though I have done this, and my low time CFI
    wanted to prove to me that I could do it and have
    altitude to spare during my bi annual flight review,
    I'm not going rank turning back over landing withing
    45 degrees of either side of straight ahead. Unless
    everyone forgets, there is a huge difference in
    practice emergency landings with idle power and a REAL
    dead stick landing. It all depends on what side of
    the runway end lights that you want to land. If you
    are used to making emergency landings with idle power,
    it would not be uncommon for you to come up 200 feet
    short of the runway under a real dead stick situation.
    So unless your practice emergency landing procedures
    ALWAYS put you 300 or more feet past where you wanted
    to land, you might want to consider a place you can
    see out ahead of you.


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    Simulated engine failure on takeoff

    Well, when we practiced this last year and when I helped check out my
    CFII on the musketeer, we found that un less you had pattern altitude
    (800') you only barly make it back to the field if it is abeam. The
    most important thing was to maintain, maintain, maintain 90 kts. To
    fast and you are loosing to much altitude and to slow and the wing
    does not produce enough lift to keep you in the air long enough to
    make the turn to the field.
    Peg your airspeed, insure altitude and make your decision, use what
    bank you need to make the field and watch the speed, altitude,
    attitude, oh and remember if you are landing straight ahead the
    PAPI/VASI's for the oppisite approach are to the right of the landing
    lights, keep it left if in the runway area and watch that fence past
    the lights.

    Bill Franklin

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