Engine Failure After Liftoff


To determine that the member exhibits satisfactory knowledge, risk management, and skills associated with an engine failure after liftoff.


This is the required reading for this lesson. Numbers in [brackets] indicate the starting and ending page in the referenced reading material. Read all the pages and sections referenced.


The notes below highlight the important parts in the referenced material. Reading the notes without having read the actual referenced material is generally not sufficient to pass the written exam!

  • If a serious failure or malfunction occurs beyond takeoff decision speed (V1), but the airplane's ability to fly is not in question, takeoff must generally continue
  • Landing Gear Down
    • Keep the nose as straight as possible
    • Close both throttles
    • Allow the nose to maintain airspeed
    • Descend to the runway
  • Landing Gear Control Selected Up, Single-Engine Climb Performance Inadequate
    • Landing must be accomplished on whatever essentially lies ahead
    • Landing under control is paramount
  • Landing Gear Control Selected Up, Single-Engine Climb Performance Adequate
    • Maintaining directional control with prompt and often aggressive rudder application and STOPPING THE YAW is critical to the safety of flight. (Dead foot - dead engine.)
    • Ensure that airspeed stays above Vmc for propelled aircraft
    • After rudder is applied to stop the yaw, a slight amount of aileron should be used to bank the airplane toward the operative engine. (Raise the dead.)
    • If available, use rudder trim to stop the yaw

Sim Pilot Notes

These notes highlight the differences between simulator and real-world flying. These differences are most often due to simulator limitations or specific VATSIM rules.

  • For this task it is a requirement to fail one engine on the aircraft after V1/Vmc.
  • Due to the requirement of failing an engine after liftoff/V2, the aircraft used must either have custom failures available (when using P3D or MSFS2020), use an add-on module or the failure must be set using X-Plane's built-in feature that can trigger failures at a certain speed. Therefore, only a few aircraft are able to meet the checkride requirements. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm that the sim and aircraft that you intend to use meets the checkride requirements.

Tomas Hansson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Chief Flight Instructor, VATSTAR
DISCLAIMER: all information contained herein is for flight simulation purposes only.
March 2021

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