Simulated Engine Failures

Encounters of engine failure in multi-engine airplanes in the airline (PIA) I flew for, started with my training to become a captain on Fokker F-27, a twin engine turbo-propeller. We did not have a simulator for this airplane at the time. On the take-off roll at V1 (go/no go speed), engine power was taken off…

Stall Alertness and Weight Problems

    After acquiring Private Pilot’s Licence and continuing with Commercial Pilot Licence training, we were taught after dual instruction to practice stalls when solo in the training area but not below 3000 feet AGL. They were to be either clean (flaps and gear up), in the landing configuration (flaps and gear down) or with take-off…

Wind Shear Runway Zero Seven Left

Karachi’s runway 07L has a pronounced windshear aggravating to a peak value at dawn. With smooth flying conditions, it can come as a shock if you hit the ground hard on landing. This lesson in planning for windshear activity was brought to me the hard way in the process of landing a B747 on a…