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This chapter contains information on dealing with abnormal and emergency situations that may occur in flight. Aeronautical decision-making (ADM), a systematic approach to determine the best course of action in response to a given set of circumstances, should always be used rather than making a quick decision without determining the best outcome. Most emergencies can be prevented by making the proper decisions. This may be the first go/no-go decision of whether to fly, when to fly, or where to fly. All safe flights start with proper preflight planning.
- Ballistic Parachute System (BPS)
- Emergency Landings (Part One)
- Emergency Landings (Part Two)
- Emergency Landings (Part Three)
- Recovery from a Steep-banked Spiral Dive, and Emergency Descents, and Inflight Fire
- System Malfunctions
- Weather Related Emergencies (Part One)
- Weather Related Emergencies (Part Two)
Throughout this chapter, all abnormal and emergency decisions should be based on ADM. Some situations allow more time than others to evaluate the outcome. ADM should be applied to any unplanned or unexpected situation presented.
In addition to ADM, the key to any emergency situation, and/or preventing an abnormal situation from progressing to a true emergency is a thorough familiarity with, and adherence to, the procedures developed by the manufacturer and contained in the Aircraft Flight Manual and/or Pilot’s Operating Handbook (AFM/POH). The following guidelines are generic and not meant to replace the manufacturer’s recommended procedures. Rather, they are meant to enhance the pilot’s general knowledge in the area of abnormal and emergency operations. If any of the guidance in this chapter conflicts with the manufacturer’s recommended procedures for a particular make and model weight-shift control (WSC) aircraft, the manufacturer’s recommended procedures take precedence.