Engine Failure with Video and Narrative

Please tell what happened and how it might have been avoided. Names should be ommitted. This forum should help others learn from mistakes that caused or nearly caused a mishap.
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Mike M
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Engine Failure with Video and Narrative

Post by Mike M » Thu Aug 18, 2022 7:06 am

Hi All:

Couldn't decide whether to post in "General" or "Safety" but decided to post here.

This is a great little video of a gentleman who suffers a catastrophic engine failure in a Cessna 205 en route at about 9000 feet.
At that point he's a glider with a lot of decisions and not much time.

The quote at 4'20" is priceless: "Alright Kev, don't F**** this up, we do this (all the time)".

How ATC and the pilot work together to get on the ground is a great example of ADM (Aeronautical Decision Making) and teamwork.

Even better, he has a GoPro behind the pilot's seat and it's running the entire time so we get a visual of what the pilot sees as well as the audio from both the pilot and ATC.

Here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEMlny_ExuU&t=3s

MIke

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Re: Engine Failure with Video and Narrative

Post by dhmartens » Sat Sep 17, 2022 6:50 am

https://www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefin ... _18-05.pdf
How Far Can I Glide?
How many miles you can glide per
1,000 feet of altitude is another very
useful thing to know. A rule of thumb for Cessna 152s and 172s is
1.5 nautical miles per 1,000 feet of altitude above
ground level. Consider experimenting to see how far
your aircraft can glide.
Forced Landing Tips
A good way to prepare for a forced landing is
to practice power off approaches and landings at
typical mission weights. This will keep your skills from
getting rusty.
Some pilots will choose a spot between the 1st
and 2nd third of the available landing area for an
initial aim point. As they see they can make that
initial spot, they’ll add flaps and perhaps slip the
airplane to move the aiming spot to the 1st third of
the landing area. This is done to reduce the chance
of landing short or a final approach stall while trying
to stretch the glide to the runway.
Position is Key
For any type of gliding approach, you’ll want
to reach a key position on base from which you’ll
know you can make a successful landing. Until the
key position is reached, keep the airplane
configured for best glide. After you pass the key
position, add flaps and gear to configure the
airplane for landing and fly the final approach at 1.3
times the stalling speed in landing configuration
(1.3 Vso). The FAA’s Airplane Flying Handbook
contains several helpful diagrams for different
power-off landing scenarios and corresponding key
points.

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