April 2017 Issue

Get The Lead Out

Reacting to a suddenly sick engine can require quick diagnosis and decisiveness. Plus you still have to fly the airplane to a landing.

There is a fundamental reason we perform preflight run-ups and engine checks before takeoff: It is a whole lot better to find problems at 1G, 0 feet agl and 0 knots airspeed than it is while airborne. Making sure a powerplant will work as we intend before taking off is just good airmanship. A good run-up doesn’t mean everything is perfect, however, and we train for airborne engine problems, including full use of its controls and instruments.

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