May 2011 Issue

Think Outside The Box

In-flight emergencies are rare in the typical personal aircraft; the machines we fly are not all that complicated and there’s not much to go wrong. While our primary training covered many contingencies, type-specific knowledge gained through a rental checkout, perusing the POH/AFM and dual instruction from someone with intimate knowledge of the machine—along with the emergency procedures checklist—should get us through all but the most extraordinary problems. Not everything we might encounter aloft can be anticipated and practiced, however. For instance, we never know how we’ll handle an in-flight emergency until we have one for real.

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