Flight 8 - Emergency Procedures


The purpose of this lesson is to review the listed maneuvers and procedures in an aircraft and introduce the elements associated with power-off and no flap landings.


Vaccine Delivery

You work for a veterinarian in a city about 150 miles away that owns a Piper Warrior. He has sent you to your home airport to pick up vaccine for West Nile disease and fly it back to him. The vaccine is temperature sensitive and it is critical that you deliver it to him within two hours after pickup. The flight up from veterinarian’s home was uneventful, but the winds are forecast to increase for your return flight with light to moderate turbulence. Both your local airport and the veterinarian’s airport are forecasting winds of 15kt with gusts to 25.

  • Study these Jeppesen Private Pilot Maneuvers
    • Chapter 4 - Emergency Procedures
      • Maneuver 18 - Emergency Descent
      • Maneuver 19 - Emergency Approach and Landing
      • Exercises - Emergency Procedures
  • Study your training airplane's POH
    • Chapter 3 - Emergency Procedures
  • Prepare for flight to the Calaveras County Airport (KCPU)
    • Use your plotter to determine the true course and distance in nautical miles from Cameron Park airport to Calaveras County Airport. Convert the true course to a magnetic course by applying the magnetic deviation depicted on the sectional chart for this area.
    • On the notepad that you take with you into the airplane, write down these details regarding the Calaveras County Airport:
      • Airport Name and Identifier
      • Airport Elevation
      • Traffic Pattern Altitude
      • CTAF Frequency
      • AWOS Frequency
      • Runway identifiers, width, length and type of visual glide slope indicator, and traffic pattern direction
  • Obtain a weather briefing and be prepared to present it during the Preflight Discussion
  • Calculate weight and balance and takeoff and landing performance
  • Review aircraft maintenance records to determine compliance with inspection requirements.
Learning Objectives
Preflight Discussion
Desired Outcome Task/Knowledge
Perform Discuss lesson objective and completion standards
Describe Emergency procedures
Describe Abnormal procedures
Describe Emergency Approach and Landing
Describe Emergency Descent
Perform Preflight Risk Assessment
Desired Outcome Task/Knowledge
Explain Emergency Descent
Explain Emergency Approach and Landing
Desired Outcome Task/Knowledge
Practice Emergency Procedures
Practice Steep turns
Practice Stall recognition and recovery procedures: from straight flight and from turns (full or imminent)
Perform Airport traffic pattern entry and departure procedure
Practice Forward slips
Practice Stabilized Approach
Practice Go-around from rejected landing
Practice Normal or crosswind landings
Postflight Briefing
Desired Outcome Task/Knowledge
Perform Critique performance
Completion Standards
The lesson is complete when the pilot-in-training can:
  • meet the desired outcomes listed in the learning objectives table.
  • identify when to execute abnormal and emergency procedures and practice the proper corrective measures with little input from the instructor.
  • maintain directional control at all times during the takeoffs and landings.
  • conduct a stabilized approach with little input from the instructor.
  • accomplish emergency approach and landing with limited instructor guidance and touchdowns should be within 500 feet of the desired point.
  • establish an emergency descent, using an appropriate airspeed and configuration and a bank angle between 30-45 degrees, and levels off within 100 feet of a specified altitude.
  • maintain altitude ±200 feet, roll-out heading ±20 degrees, ±10 degrees of desired bank and airspeed ±10 knots during all other maneuvers.