July 2007 Issue


Stumbling around on a hot day in a single-engine twin that should be able to fly just fine on one.

In a certain perverse way, it’s interesting to contemplate the fate of the world’s first multi-engine airplane pilot. The guy (or gal) who first took one of those early contraptions aloft likely had no real clue of what would happen if one of them failed. My dark side tends to smile, trying to conjure up the look on the pilot’s face when the inevitable happened. Nowadays, of course, flying a twin on a single engine is a well-understood challenge on which multi-engine pilots regularly spend hours training and practicing.

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