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Power/Engine Loss Emergency Procedure

It is important to memorize the immediate items that are critical when loss of power/engine occurs:

  1. Pitch For Glide Speed

  2. Establish Emergency Landing Location

  3. Primer/Fuel Pump ​

    • On an aircraft that has a primer, if the primer was left unlocked, it may have flooded the engine.​

    • On an aircraft with a fuel pump, the alternate fuel pump may be required to compensate for loss of fuel flow

  4. Throttle​

  5. Mixture Control (was it pulled back or shut off?

  6. Fuel Selector 

  7. Magnetos

  8. Master Switch


  • If time permits, the back of the aircraft checklist has the emergency procedures published

  • Procedures for other emergencies are available on the checklist as well. It is important to evaluate the procedures and become familiar with them.

Cessna 150/152

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Diamond DA40

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Preparation for other types of emergencies

  • As a student pilot, you must familiarize yourself with potential emergencies in the assigned reading, by looking at the aircraft POH, and evaluating the aircraft checklist. 

  • It is good practice to memorize a mental checklist for the following events:

    • Engine Fire​

    • Electrical Fire

    • Fire During Start

    • Passenger Emergency 

    • Loss of Elevator/Aileron Control

    • Abnormal Engine Instrument Readings; Example: Loss of oil pressure

    • Inadvertent IMC

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The Cessna 150L POH lists the critical steps to be taken in the different types of emergencies. All aircraft POH/AFMs will have this information

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