Are you ready!! An excellent article from LOBO USA


Knowledge is Life
If our most recent study of Lancair accidents tells us anything, it demonstrates that GA pilots—and especially Lancair pilots—need to reexamine our understanding of our aircraft, the environment we fly in and ourselves, with an eye toward raising the bar and furthering our knowledge in all these areas. Do not be content to just kick the tires and light the fires and have a good day of flying. Accept the idea that at any time the engine could quit, the landing gear could remain in the well or the weather could worsen. What are you going to do in that event? I urge you to follow Col. Glenn’s example (and FAR requirements) and know everything necessary to complete the mission safely. Study the POH, review FAA literature, attend FAAST safety seminars and LOBO Landings for more training specific to your operations.
Over twenty years ago I wrote an article about emergency landing procedures which was  published in the American Bonanza Society Magazine. It referenced the Bonanza training guide and T-34B NATOPS Manual for technical details. The article showed how it’s possible to experience an engine failure and glide to a successful landing on a runway or other suitable site within your glide range distance. The Lancair fleet of aircraft have excellent glide characteristics (for example: the IVP has a glide ratio of nearly 20:1 and the Evolution 18:1) IF THE AIRCRAFT IS FLOWN PROPERLY!
Here are a few thoughts to consider when experiencing an engine failure:
1.Remain calm! It does no good to cry like a baby or get old-timer’s syndrome at this moment. At the end of this event your passengers will either believe you were Chuck Yeager with nerves of steel or Bozo the Clown.
2.PERFORM THE IMMEDIATE ACTION CHECKLIST STEPS THAT YOU HAVE COMMITTED TO MEMORY.
3.Maintain control of the aircraft! The aircraft will fly fine without power—it is now a very expensive glider. LOSING CONTROL IS BAD—DO NOT STALL!
4.Maintain altitude if you are above best glide speed (110 KIAS in the Evo or 120 KIAS in the IVP and Legacy or 100Kts for our L320/360) until you reach best glide speed—then maintain best glide speed. This is precious energy do not give it away! Reduce drag—gear up, flaps up, feather the propeller if possible.  If you cannot feather the prop pull the control all the way aft to high pitch (low RPM) position. Keep the gear and flaps up and prop feathered/set to full high pitch until you are ready to land.
5.Turn to nearest airport or other suitable landing site. Assuming you’ve maintained a modicum of situational awareness and know where the hell you are, you should already know where that is. If not, press the NRST button on your GPS. Do not accept ATC vectors away from your chosen landing; the controller is not going to be with you at the landing site.
6.Attempt a restart if you have time and believe the engine might be capable of running. If not secure all fuel sources. Turn off all electrical sources—to eliminate any source of sparks—after putting the gear and flaps down in the pattern.
7.Fly to and arrive overhead the airport, then spiral down in a medium banked turn. Plan to arrive at high and low key positions at the correct airspeed as you were taught.
8.Maintain control of the aircraft! The aircraft will fly fine without power—it is now a very expensive glider. LOSING CONTROL IS BAD—DO NOT STALL!
9.Many engine out approaches end with a stall close to the chosen landing site because the pilot either ran out of energy before the touchdown zone and tried to extend the glide, got too steep in the turn to final and stalled or overshot the landing zone and stalled off the end. The best way to avoid this phenomenon is to practice—a lot!
10.Land smoothly on the runway. Do not expect your significant other to get back in the airplane any time soon if you screw this up.
Except for the engine and propeller comments—the rest is straight out of the glider pilots handbook.
Remember: One day you will be a glider pilot. Are you ready?
For questions and comments on this post contact Jeff via email: j.edwards@lancairowners.com.

 

 

LOBO Landing Fairhope Alabama

Fairhope was a wonderful venue for the recent LOBO event.  The landing was primarily maintenance related and included a full tour of the nearby Continental Motors factory.

Fairhope was a wonderful venue for the recent LOBO event.
The landing was primarily maintenance related, and included a full tour of the nearby Continental Motors factory. An absolutely fantastic experience to see how our big bore engines are manufactured.

The streets of Fairhope were decorated with "Yarn Bombing"

The streets of Fairhope were decorated with “Yarn Bombing”, in support of the arts in Fairhope.

Very colorful and most unusual but fun.

Very colorful, and most unusual, but fun.

A beautiful Legacy panel Valin and Allyson Thorn took out the Grand Champion Kit Built award at Oshkosh this year. You can see why.....

A beautiful Legacy panel. Valin and Allyson Thorn took out the Grand Champion Kit Built award at Oshkosh this year – you can see why.

Nice finish hey...

Nice finish, hey?

Plenty of eye candy at the LOBO landing.

Plenty of eye candy at the LOBO landing.

It would be wonderful to see an Evolution in Australia. I am still buying lottery tickets.

It would be wonderful to see an Evolution in Australia.
I am still buying lottery tickets.

A follow up on the High Altitude Flying post.

 Patrick Bridge who is one of our LOBO Oz members has provided this Paper on Decompression Illness. I highly recommend that if you occasionally fly high, you should have a read. Pat is in the early stages of building a Lancair IVP, his day job is as a military test pilot at ARDU where he regularly flies the PC9 which is unpressurised. Here is a drop box link to the article. https://www.dropbox.com/s/0hfscf8supvxjni/DCI%20Paper.docx?dl=0

Patrick Bridge who is one of our LOBO Oz members has provided this Paper on Decompression Illness.

I highly recommend that if you occasionally fly high, you should have a read.

Pat is in the early stages of building a Lancair IVP, his day job is as a military test pilot at ARDU where he regularly flies the PC9 which is unpressurised.

Here is a drop box link to the article:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/0hfscf8supvxjni/DCI%20Paper.docx?dl=0

Operational Safety, Training & Accident Review

The Lancair is a delightful high-performance homebuilt aircraft in all its variances. It has the design that makes it look like a fighter and the performance that can make pilots feel like they are flying one. Ask anyone who flies a Lancair and they will tell you what a wonderful aircraft they are; but as delightful as they are, they are serious aircraft, and definitely not toys.

From: Lancair Aircraft – Operational Safety and Training & Accident Review (Australia/USA/UK/Canada) by Dominic Crain and Jon Johanson

Dominic, one of our long term Australian Lancair 320 owners and LOBO Oz member, compiled this paper with Jon about 7 years ago. Since then, it has been updated for recency, and so that it reflects an undeniable safety message to our fellow Lancair operators.

LOBO OZ thanks Dominic for his contribution. We hope this will also demonstrate the depth of experience that the LOBO Oz group have, along with the desire to create a safer more responsive Lancair community, and encourage other members to share their thoughts or questions.

Dominic’s article includes comments on basic airmanship and planned safety aspects, and offers pre take-off and landing briefs which operators could easily adapt for their own use.  It should at least encourage many to review their personal operations:

In order to produce a reasonable set of parameters upon which to base recommended operational training and safe procedures for owners and Lancair pilots, each owner should be prepared to offer a set of opinions based on their own experience in their own aircraft.   (p. 7)

The National Transportation Safety BoardAppended to the article is an extensive summary of Lancair accidents worldwide (from 1989), including details from Australia, USA, UK and Canada, which should provide more food for thought.

Currently, there is a lot of work happening behind the scenes with LOBO Oz working away with SAAA and CASA. This is so that we can introduce some official transition training and AFR flying, in an effort to educate pilots and make our Lancair operations safer.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with any of the wonderful Lancair fleet. They do, however, demand utmost respect and will not put up with complacency or cowboys. That is the loud and clear message throughout this very well written article.

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