No argument there!I think you’d better have that understanding with the controller before trying that at most fields. I have only done engine-outs at quiet, uncontrolled fields and that rarely.
Try making a low save over the center of a sleepy municipal airport in a sailplane contest, where the guy in the tower has no !(#*%$ idea what's happening, becuse an un-powered airplane is just sitting there in a tight circle at <500 feet, not climbing and not crashing either!It can be hard to know what the controller is thinking when the motor glider calls 7 miles out at 3,000 --- see what the reaction is when and if he (the controller) notices the prop is not turning.
I love it but that would be a completely different story today. Times have changed!...........
(True story, circa 1985, Goodyear Municipal Airport, AZ during the Region 10 Soaring championship contest out of Estrella Sailport. I did manage to climb out of Goodyear a few minutes later and get back to Estrella, but I lost half an hour because of getting low)
So if you announce that you are a glider, and I announce an emergency because my engine isn’t running, who has the right-of-way?It's also tricky at an uncontrolled field. If you arrive dead stick but call "motorglider" entering for landing they don't give way. If you call "glider" they tend to freak out and ask what to do. Sometimes I want to just slip in unannounced.
I guess that's why they built Estrella Sailport.
Hummel half VWs are in that HP and price range.I think that the problem is the availability of a 4 stroke 40 hp (+or-) engine at a price of around $5000. Given that, all the other problems are not insurmountable. The bad news is, given the size of the market, It isn’t possible to build such an engine and enjoy the economies of scale.
I am sure you know the rules in 91.113. Generally the lower aircraft or one most in "distress" gets right of way.So if you announce that you are a glider, and I announce an emergency because my engine isn’t running, who has the right-of-way?
BJC ref post # 54 I expect you know the answer and it is not 91.113. As soon as you declare an emergency regardless of whether broadcast or not you have the right of way if needed.I am sure you know the rules in 91.113. Generally the lower aircraft or one most in "distress" gets right of way.
I am always prepared to land on the taxiway if needed.