- Aug 27, 2014
- Louisville, KY
I have about 250 hours in a club Citabria that tried to eject a cylinder in the pattern, while a friend was flying it. The plane was landed safely and the engine has been rebuilt, but you could see why it is of concern, and I'm sure my nearby, indirect experience with an in the pattern engine out is far from the worst engine out in the pattern experience among members of this board.Why all the fear about losing an engine in the pattern? There are more people killed and airplanes wrecked by numerous other factors. Instructors and pilots should be concentrating on training for, or for prevention of, the most likely hazards. Carb ice, for instance, wrecks a lot of airplanes. Excessive speed at touchdown does, too. Getting lost. Crosswind landings. Running out of fuel. Doing stupid stuff like low flying or buzzing or showing off. Amateur aerobatics. Taking off into deteriorating weather. Taking off from a runway too short to clear obstacles. Overloading the airplane. These are statistically far more serious risks than an engine failure in the pattern.
Are there more common fatal problems? Sure. But those problems aren't what we're discussing in this thread.