PFT’s Emergency Electives were designed to improve your preparedness and sharpen skills. VFR maneuvers are fun, but it’s also important to try something challenging that demands precision in flight in the event an emergency situation arises. These courses will help you do just that.
Complete engine failure during the base to final turn resulting in power off landing.
Loss of RPM on the upwind phase of flight resulting in the pilot having to make a partial power loss landing back at the airport.
This is a great chance to combine procedural practice (pre-takeoff briefing) with immediate application. Failing the engine at different altitudes necessitates different responses. The student tries the “impossible turn” back to the departure runway. Once they have the basics, experimenting with how strong winds, obstacles, or crossing runways can change the pre-takeoff plan makes this a valuable life lesson.
Complete engine failure on the right downwind runway 33 at KINT requiring the pilot to complete a power off 180 scenario.
Failed vacuum system in flight will cause the loss of the Attitude Indicator and the Directional Gyro
Pitot-static failure during a climb. We’re surprisingly dependent on this simple, vulnerable, system. You can increase the difficulty by turning on the nighttime so visual confirmation of altitude vanishes, or seeing how strong winds affect substituting GPS ground speed for the missing airspeed.
Alternator failures in flight will eventually lead to loss of all electrical power to the airplane. Use ADM to determine the best course of action for the circumstance and land the aircraft back at KINT.
Instrument landing system (ILS) approach with GPS failure requiring air traffic control (ATC) guidance and course deviation indicator (CDI) use for the approach.
Navigation to destination with only vacuum gauges available
Flight into IFR conditions during a low light night scenario from VFR, simulating an actual occurrence.
Develop instrument skills that can be used in the event of VMC to IMC. 2.5 hours can be counted towards a private pilot license and hood time.
Conduct a descent through the clouds to land. For private pilots this is considered an emergency scenario.
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