If ATC replies, they will ask you to squawk a certain code on your
transponder. They may also ask you to provide other information in order
to give you a vector (heading) to home field. If it appears that clouds will
be on your vectored flight path, advise Approach and circle while
CONSERVE - Operate the aircraft (when straight and level) at maximum
endurance power setting of 420 ft-lbs. torque.
COMPLY - With instructions received from another dual aircraft,
Approach, or your base. Many prominent landmarks are available in and
around your working areas to give clues as to your general whereabouts.
If you find yourself lost, the important thing to remember is this: Do not
fly about aimlessly. Be calm and develop a plan using your good
judgment and established procedures. If you still cannot identify your
position after having gone through the five "Cs," look for any established
landing field. Before landing at a strange field, circle it at a safe altitude
and locate all obstacles and hazards. Determine the wind direction and
duty runway and try to get a rough estimation of runway length and width.
If there is a tower at the field, try to contact Approach or Tower on
GUARD prior to landing. Once you are ready to land, make a normal
traffic pattern. Remember that the field elevation may be considerably
different from that of your home field. Use your best estimation and
adjust accordingly. Once on deck, notify your base of the situation.
During foul weather, maintain a visual reference to the ground. DO NOT
FLY ABOVE AN OVERCAST. If you happen to blunder above a cloud
layer, try to find a hole in the clouds and let down VFR. If letdown is
impossible and no other instructions have been received (five "Cs"),
bailout is a consideration. Do not wait until fuel exhaustion, but do not be
in a hurry to "throw in the towel" either. Be calm and exercise good
headwork. Prior planning and preparation will prevent an incident such as
those described above.
Lost communications. Should you experience lost communications, you may
have just one bad channel. Try calling tower, ground, approach, or area
common. Also, try setting in the manual frequencies. If this fails, utilize the
lost comm procedures as described in the SOP. Remember, during Lost Comm
YOU are responsible for safe separation, so watch for other aircraft and remain
VFR. Be sure to make all voice reports in the blind and rock your wings
approaching the break. On final, double-check the Landing Checklist complete
and for a green light from the tower. (Know what all of the light signals mean
as they can and will be given to you.) Make a full-stop landing and clear the
duty runway when safe.
PEL. Should a PEL be necessary, execute one without hesitation at the nearest
paved field. If the PEL is made to a short runway, be prepared to use Abort
procedures to stop once the landing is made.
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