T-34C CONTACT CHG 5
General. The power loss on takeoff will require immediate reaction to prevent
catastrophic results. About the only recourse for the pilot in this situation is to land straight
ahead, changing direction only to avoid major obstacles. Do not try to turn back to the runway
from which you departed. Making a crash landing straight ahead with the aircraft under
control affords a much higher likelihood of survival than an uncontrolled crash. Depending
upon your altitude, you may be able to reach an off-duty runway if it is forward of the wings.
On entry to any airfield, an alert pilot will take notice of the options available in the event a
failure occurs ANYWHERE in the pattern. Obviously, the most critical area is that from
takeoff until commencing the crosswind turn. Thereafter, your options will greatly improve, as
an off-duty runway will probably be within gliding distance IF THE FIRST SIX
PROCEDURES OF THE LAPL ARE EXECUTED.
A simulated LAPL(P) will be initiated by the instructor once above 800 feet AGL. The first
step in the procedure is to obtain safe flying speed. If in a climb with the gear and/or flaps
down, the aircraft will rapidly decelerate towards stall speed. Immediate forward stick is
required while you simultaneously assess the engine difficulty. If a rollback condition exists,
the EPL may be used to restore power. If not, feather the prop.
It is not recommended to delay feathering the propeller in the
landing configuration below landing pattern altitude.
Raise the gear and flaps while you are setting up for the landing site. Check your harness
locked prior to landing. Time and altitude permitting, disconnect the fuel source by placing the
condition lever to fuel "OFF" and pulling the T-handle. Lower the flaps whenever the landing
site is made. Now all that remains is to get out a MAYDAY report, blow the canopy and
secure the battery. The entire evolution should take only a matter of seconds to complete. Any
longer, and the pilot's chance of survival are greatly diminished in an actual situation.
3. Procedures. When informed you have a simulated power loss in the pattern immediately
carry out the following procedures. Configure the aircraft as appropriate. Perform additional
LAPL procedures as time permits.
Flying speed - MAINTAIN (100 KIAS minimum). If fast, smoothly raise the nose
to trade excess airspeed for altitude. If you are at 100 KIAS or below, expeditiously
lower the nose to maintain 100 KIAS.
Landing gear and flaps - UP. Clean up aircraft by raising the gear and flaps, if
necessary, and report "aircraft clean" to your instructor.
Engine instruments - CHECK. Report actual N1 to your instructor. The instructor
will reply with a simulated condition of:
N1 at 0% - indicating a "frozen engine."
N1 approximately 12% - indicating a "flameout."
N1 approximately 40% - indicating a "rollback."
EMERGENCY PROCEDURES 8-13