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How well do you handle pressure?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by w3stie, Sep 3, 2013.

  1. w3stie

    w3stie Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 19, 2010
    Brisbane
    A couple of local pilots did pretty well when faced with one of the worst scenarios a pilot can face - engine failure in a single-engine plane.

     
  2. gitold

    gitold Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    62
    Mar 25, 2009
    Denver Co.
  3. teleamp

    teleamp Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    57
    Oct 17, 2006
    Central TX
    I USE to handle it well, now that I am recovering from a stroke, i think I was holding too much in and coping.
     
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  5. telex76

    telex76 Doctor of Teleocity

    Age:
    65
    Jun 24, 2006
    Fort Worth,Tx.
    Under an immediate threat or problem, I'm great.
    In a long, drawn out,,, continuing situation, I'm not so good.
     
  6. vibrasonic

    vibrasonic Tele-Afflicted

    I'm kinda the same. At first I think I can handle it pretty well but if it drags on too long I'm likely to blow a 50 amp fuse.
     
  7. Bones

    Bones Doctor of Teleocity

    Dec 31, 2005
    Luddite Island, NY
    I handle pressure a lot better than i handle being in that confined of a space with another dude.
     
  8. tfsails

    tfsails Friend of Leo's

    Oct 11, 2010
    Richmond VA
    Looked like a nice off-airport landing to me. Unsure of the type of airplane; I'm unfamiliar with the dual-handled center stick setup. I suspect it's a LSA introduced after I quit flying.

    I think there's more pressure in an engine-out situation in a twin than in a single. In a single, you know you're gonna land. In a twin, you may or may not make it back to an airport.

    Just remember the old adage: any landing you walk away from is a good landing!
     
  9. stnmtthw

    stnmtthw Friend of Leo's

    Apr 2, 2012
    New Mexico
    I know what you mean. I think a lot of guys are like that. Give us a situation that we can fix or at least understand, we're good, but keep piling it on, and our weaknesses start to get exposed.
     
  10. w3stie

    w3stie Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 19, 2010
    Brisbane
    The plane is a Jabiru - LSA as you say. I saw the aftermath of the landing and it was a bit of a wreck. The field was very rough and they went through a barbed-wire fence.
     
  11. dsutton24

    dsutton24 Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 29, 2010
    Illinois
  12. soulman969

    soulman969 Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 20, 2011
    Englewood, CO
    Pilot did a nice job of picking his spot early and then bleeding off altitude and setting up the landing. They walked away from it but a lot of people wouldn't have been as lucky if he pilot was less experienced.

    I guess I handle most forms of pressure fairly well. Sometimes is doesn't even feel like pressure. I just see it as an obstacle to overcome and I've been doing it so long I kind of expect stuff to happen.

    It's the sudden shocks and abrupt changes in things that can get to me. I tend to be very big picture oriented so sometimes I don't see the small stuff coming until it's on top of me. That kind of pressure give me trouble.
     
  13. misterbluesman

    misterbluesman Tele-Holic

    764
    Apr 19, 2012
    South Carolina
    Ill let you know at the end of this semester. I've never been so stressed out!
     
  14. tfsails

    tfsails Friend of Leo's

    Oct 11, 2010
    Richmond VA
    Airplanes can be replaced. People can't. I thought the pilot (instructor, maybe, since he was in the right seat?) was pretty cool, calm and collected. He did himself a favor by getting the prop stopped during the glide. A windmilling prop takes the drag characteristics of a solid disc the diameter of the propeller. By stopping the prop, he greatly extended his ability to glide farther.

    The extended range of a stopped prop is not worth stalling the plane to get it stopped. Maybe the engine seized up on him.
     
  15. otterhound

    otterhound Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 14, 2008
    Manheim Pa.
    I repeat myself when I am under stress .
    I repeat myself when I am under stress .
    I repeat myself when I am under stress .
    I repeat ..............................
     
  16. w3stie

    w3stie Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 19, 2010
    Brisbane
    Actually, the plane looks a lot better than I first thought. Here's a picture. It may even fly again?

    [​IMG]
     
  17. trev333

    trev333 Doctor of Teleocity

    I'm still here... ;)...

    I did a lot of ocean sailing/racing on bigger boats..... when shiite goes down it's usually just after a watch,after you climbed out of your wet gear, it's pitch black outside.... and you have rush back out on deck to run up the front and haul a kite it after a halyard broke.. and it's trailing in the sea... the boat had just done a "hand brake turn" and it's on it's ear.... water coming over the rails....

    you get one shot to recover/do it right.... or more shiite happens....

    sometimes you react to "instant" pressure through training and adrenalin... and a will to survive....

    if you had lot's of time to dwell on such a situation happening at some point in the future....you'd wonder why you were even out there... ;)
     
  18. hemingway

    hemingway Friend of Leo's

    Mar 14, 2012
    London, UK
    Stop asking me all these questions! Aaaaagh!!
     
  19. teleamp

    teleamp Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    57
    Oct 17, 2006
    Central TX
    A friend of mine lost the prop on a single engine plane 17 miles from the airport (the investigation concluded that the nut had been over-torqued), he had enough altitude and the airplane type that he glided the plane back to the airport... constantly looking for a place to land...

    When he radioed in, the towers response was for him to restart the engine...
     
  20. 64Strat

    64Strat Friend of Leo's Vendor Member

    Oct 6, 2003
    Here's a good one to watch. Kevin Eldredge, Race #42, in qualifying and going for the record of 412 mph in the Sport Class. He has a twin turbo Lycoming IO-720 that developed an oil system failure and it over speeded the prop. He declared a Mayday and landed Relentless, he did a great job getting back on the ground quickly, as fire is a major concern.

     
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