Emergency Procedures

IMG_0676Typically, the only time we review emergency procedures, is during flight training, be it private, instrument, commercial or other higher ratings. Or maybe during Flight Reviews. But not all flights reviews are as thorough as they should be. The onus is on the pilot, to ensure that he/she achieves the most from any flight training or flight review and obtains the necessary training in any emergency procedures that he/she wishes.

It is easy to lose focus, save time and money and achieve a quick review. But is it the right thing to do? Stalls, engine fire and Engine-out procedures are the most common emergency procedures that are reviewed over and over again. Although these events occur rarely, they can occur at the most importune moment,  if one is not vigilant! There are still others, that are out there such as ice or oil on windshield, VMC into IMC, disorientation, IMC flying, tire blowout, loss of avionics, alternator failure, spin awareness, loss of control, loss of electrical system, loss of GPS  and many more that are less frequently addressed. So plan your next review or a session with a dedicated instructor to suit your specific needs. After all, safety begins with the pilot!

Lately, Linda and I have taken to spending our time during a long flight, by reviewing all the emergency procedures in the POH to entertain ourselves. I think it is a great way, to refresh and prepare us for emergency situations. Likewise,  attending safety seminars, Webinars and flying with a flight instructor to review and work on emergencies is another excellent way to be prepared.

How do you plan and prepare for emergencies? Drop me a line…

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3 thoughts on “Emergency Procedures

  1. Steve April 29, 2014 / 11:25 pm

    I’ve done exactly the same thing on long flights (reviewing emergency procedures). Most of us don’t fly often enough to commit every important checklist to memory…and it’s amazing how difficult it is to recall checklist items when under significant, unexpected stress. During my only two semi-emergencies (carb icing, long ago, in IMC and, more recently, alternator failure in IMC) I found it challenging to remain calm while frantically searching for the right checklists. ATC proved very helpful in both cases and the situations ended uneventfully with unplanned but safe landings.


    • flynthings April 29, 2014 / 11:34 pm

      Very true.. My flight school has kneeboard versions of the checklists which make it very easy to review the emergency procedures.
      Glad to hear that your emergency situations ended uneventfully.. but I bet were an excellent source of training for you!


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