November 2001 Issue

Risky When Real

Killing the engine with mixture tops the list of hazardous ways to practice emergencies

[IMGCAP(1)] I was driving down a country road when I had to blink to make certain I wasn’t hallucinating. There was a Cessna 152 by the side of the road. It was undamaged, which was surprising because the road had a number of power lines running along it.

I stopped to see if the person standing next to the aircraft was okay. He said the flight instructor had pulled the mixture to simulate an engine failure when they were doing “S” turns along a road. The student had few options for an emergency landing area and chose the road. There was no time to try re-starting the engine.

The student said the flight instructor had walked down the road to try to find a better stretch of the road for...

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