The Emergency Descent — most of us will never have to perform this emergency maneuver in our careers, but as pilots we prepare for the unlikely event in pilot training.
In this maneuver, time is of the essence, so most of what you do must be done by memory, as you may not even have time to bring out a checklist.
There’s where ABCDE comes in.
A — get your best glide AIRSPEED.
B — find the BEST place to land.
C — bring out the CHECKLIST if time permits.
D — DECLARE an emergency if time permits.
E — EGRESS the aircraft (plan ahead)
Remember the golden rule — Aviate, Navigate, Communicate. It’s always in that order, no matter what. FLY THE AIRPLANE FIRST, and then you will have time and hopefully the training to give yourself the best shot with the rest.
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