Engine Out Survival Tactics
Fighter Pilot Tactics for General Aviation Engine Loss Emergencies
Nate S. Jaros
This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
Are you prepared to handle an engine loss event in your single engine piston aircraft?
Are you current and trained in all aspects of the General Aviation engine loss situation?
What is your best glide speed, best glide ratio? Do you know where High Key is?
Did you know that about 30% of all General Aviation single engine aircraft crashes are the result of a mechanical engine failure? Are you prepared? Seriously...are you ready?
Engine Out Survival Tactics is a book for single engine General Aviation pilots, Certified Flight Instructors, and Flight Schools and will teach you advanced engine loss recovery techniques from the unique perspective of a US Air Force Fighter Pilot and Test Pilot. This book will take your knowledge and preparedness to the next level!
With advanced discussions on glide ratios, emergency procedures, critical action checklist steps, landing site selection, the gear up or down debate, and military style overhead and straight-in engine out landing procedures, Engine Out Survival Tactics takes your knowledge and training to a higher level that has never before been taught to General Aviation pilots. There is also an excellent overview of engine loss training and options when in Instrument Meteorological Conditions as well ways to use your modern engine monitor to identify a pending engine loss event.
Engine Out Survival Tactics also includes real life engine loss stories from real pilots. Hear what happened to them, and how they survived!
If you are uncertain about your ability to safely recover your single engine aircraft, in any situation, and SURVIVE...then this is the book for you.
Learn the tactics that can save your life!
A Great Technical How-To for Gliding
This book provides an excellent methodology for understanding and practicing the most critical emergency in general aviation, the engine out glide. While we all practiced them in our little training planes with light weight and not much performance, the author here gives you a much better perspective on what to expect with a high performance piston single engine airplane. The emphasis on military style training and terminology is quite helpful, as are the practice techniques the author provides. While we all hope it never happens, I believe that understanding and using the tools described in this book could really help in an emergency landing.
Interesting read. Heavy on dense jargon.
Some illustrations are unreadable, even if expanded. All use very small fonts. For example, the explanatory text is impossible to read without a powerful magnifying glass in Figure 24 from the USN. The text contains lots of unnecessary jargon lifted from the military. Lear text would enhance readability, particularly if the book is read a few pages at a sitting. Acronyms are overused throughout. The discussion of High, Low, and Base key is useful. After I got used to the ever present acronyms and jargon Nate's discussion of engine out approach profiles 'clean' and 'dirty' were interesting and useful. The discussion of current vs GTOW as it affects flight speeds was useful. I was unable to follow the statical basis for his no-replication Bonanza flight tests. Nates's discussion of off airport landing sites was, in my view, incomplete and lacked depth. There's a big difference in survivability between landings in mature forest, sapling forest, orchards, tall grass, and mature corn. His discussion of potential landing sites seemed heavily influenced by the likelihood of damage to the machine as opposed to survivability. I appreciated Nate's discussion of IMC engine out tactics. Not discussed were equally important tactics for night ops. Overall, the book is a good read with omissions and a few warts.