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Top ten reasons why you should never learn how to fly

Flying? Boring! Why would I ever want to do it? Aside from being expensive and time consuming,  it’s also pointless. Why would I want to shoot around the sky in a metal tube?  It just seems like a poor use of time. Seriously, only those with poor judgement would consider getting a pilots’ license.  There are just so many reasons ...

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The high key – low key landing procedure

The high key - low key landing procedure. Image courtesy of Transport Canada (Flight Training Manual)

This procedure is used to plan a forced approach in the event of an engine failure. When we have an engine out emergency, our goal is the extend our glide as far as we can. The longer we can glide, the more time we have to evaluate our landing options and plan an approach. Once we have established our glide ...

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The Soft Field Procedure

Before I learned precautionary and forced approaches, I learned about soft field landings.  Here my account of the experience, and why soft fields are important and should be practiced regularly. When will we use a soft field landing? If we are planning to land on an unprepared surface. We also need to know the technique if we need to make ...

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The Forced Approach and Landing

Forced Landing of TACA Airlines Flight 110. Image Courtesy of airliners.net

So now that we know about the precautionary procedure, what happens if we have NO engine power? We plan a forced landing! The image above shows an actual forced landing of a Boeing 737 jet. TACA Airlines Flight 110 lost power in both engines and successfully glided and landed on an unprepared, makeshift field (image courtesy of airliners.net). Is planning ...

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Precautionary Landings

Starting Point for Precautionary Landing. Image Courtesy of Langley Flying School.

Preparing for a precautionary landing My next series of flights gets me out of the circuit and back into the practice area where I am learning how to do a precautionary landing. Why do we need to learn this? There are a number of reasons.  You may have a sick passenger on board, the weather may be a cause of ...

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