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-prop. We did not have a simulator for this airplane at the time. On the take-off roll at V1 (decision speed, go/no go), engine power was taken…

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 in the training area when solo¬†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 flaps (gear up).…

Wind Shear Runway Zero Seven Left

Karachi’s (OPKC) 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…