October 2010 Issue

Enemy Of The Good

In an engine-out situation, we should be looking for the nearest adequate landing area, not the best one.

Whenever we’re in a single, and sometimes with twins, where we’d land in event of engine failure should be a conscious thought. The usual answer is the nearest airport, something facilitated in personal aircraft several years ago by Loran navigators, and carried forward with their GPS-based successors. Having been there, done that, I know there’s a wide range of emotions, thoughts and priorities going through a pilot’s mind when power production stops and there’s an urgent need to land somewhere—anywhere!—right now.

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