January 2014 Issue

Stop The Prop?

Slowing enough to stop a windmilling propeller when the engine fails can extend your glide but isn’t for everyone.

Engine out!” After climbing through 8400 feet msl, the engine’s hum became a sputter and I immediately set to work. I pulled back on the yoke until the sky filled the windscreen and danced on the rudder pedals to keep the wings level. The nose bobbed up and down as I fought for the highest angle of attack without stalling the plane. The propeller slowed until I could easily count the blades passing by and…

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