Teaching Engine-Out Glides

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Teaching Engine-Out Glides

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When student pilots begin to learn about emergency procedures, the concept of the engine-out glide is introduced.

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The question we as flight instructors should ask ourselves is “Is this really the proper method of teaching engine-out simulations, or is there a better way?”

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Aerodynamic performance is determined by the balance of forces along and perpendicular to the flight path of the aircraft.

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The lift force acts perpendicular to the velocity vector and the weight acts downward.

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The maximum L/D occurs at a fixed angle-of-attack and is independent of both the aircraft weight and the altitude.

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We should teach student pilots to establish a given pitch attitude when simulating engine failures, rather than to chase the airspeed, which is going to be dependent of the weight of the aircraft.

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Table of Sines and Cosines

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Leslie Glatt

Professional aerodynamicist (Ph.D.) working in the aerospace industry for 52 years. Expertise in aerodynamics, computational fluid dynamics and flight mechanics.
FAA FastTeam respresentative attached to Van Nuys Flight Standards office.
Develop presentations on basic aerodynamics for the pilot and flight instructor community.
Flight instructor for over 40 years, instructing out of Hawthorne airport in Los Angeles.

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