Single Engine Turbines

This page is dedicated to the differences involved in flying single engine turbine airplanes. The information presented is broad-stroke application to this specific variety of airplane. Each airplane will have its own specifics. In short, know what’s best for your type of airplane.

 

Single Engine Flameouts (SFOs)

Modern-day turbine engines are very reliable. That does not mean they never fail though. Any pilot who flies should be prepared for the worst. If your turbine engine dies on you there are several procedures you want to be very proficient at so you can either get the engine running again (if that is a possible choice) or land safely, preferably on a runway. If the engine does not die but is having serious problems or failure is expected (e.g. loss of oil pressure), then you likely want to fly a Precautionary Emergency Landing (PEL). Either way, the pattern is the same.

Here is an example of an emergency landing pattern. This is pretty typical for SE turbines. Knowing High Key and Low Key is crucial.

Emergency landing pattern

Being able to fly a pattern like this, or be able to intercept some portion of the pattern if your altitude is to low to fly the entire pattern is a must!

 

More info to come…

 

 

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