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    Mark Davis

    Why not survey airports to pick suggested places to set down in the event of an engine failure on takeoff, and make that part of the general information available about each airport?

    Jim McCord

    Max - very well stated. I recently presented Arlynn McMahon's Takeoff, Approach, and Landing seminar in Santa Rosa and we discussed this topic: 1000' or higher before even considering a turn back. On virtually every takeoff with a student I ask "what would you do if the engine quits" at about 400-500' agl. I want them to think about it every single time (and me too!). I also suggested that, for an approach to a long runway in a single engine aircraft, you don't need to "aim for the numbers". The point being if the engine quits on final, you can still glide to the flatness of the airport environment (or even the runway). Unfortunately not everyone attended the seminar and the very next day a C-210 flipped just short of the runway after losing power on final. The pilot tried to stretch the glide and stalled 40 feet in the air, hit nose first and flipped. No injuries but the aircraft is totaled. Although we never know what our reaction might be in a similar circumstance, I tell all my students to keep flying and head for a flat spot, even if you can not make it all the way to the runway! Thanks for your great posts on this.

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