CFI Topics


Lesson 6

In summary, we should teach student pilots to establish a given pitch attitudewhen simulating engine failures, rather than to chase the airspeed, which is going to bedependent of the weight of the aircraft. By establishing the proper pitch attitude atdifferent aircraft weights, the student can observe the resultant airspeeds for the samepitch attitude and thus correlate that with the statement that “the best glide speed isreduced by half the percent reduction in gross weight”. We try to teach our students tomaintain visual cues outside the aircraft and setting up a specific pitch attitude forengine-out emergency simulations allows the student to do just that, keep his head outof the cockpit.

For those folks curious about some of the mathematics, I have provided some helpful information in Appendix I.

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