April 2010 Issue

Last Go-Around

High and hot approaches should always be avoided, especially at night. And then there’s the failed engine.

It’s been a while, so I’ve forgotten plenty of things I learned when earning my multi-engine rating several years ago. As one result, I’d be dangerous until and unless I obtained some remedial instruction in a conventional twin. Meanwhile, I have enough experience with night operations, complex airplanes and flying into unfamiliar airports to know I would not approach such an undertaking lightly, and wouldn’t even consider it in a twin without a competent-in-type pilot sitting beside me, preferably in the left seat.

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