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!

  • 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
    • Control
      • 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
      • 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.)
    • Configuration
      • The memory items from the Engine Failure After Takeoff checklist should be promptly executed to configure the airplane for climb.
        Typical engine failure after takeoff emergency checklist.
        Figure 1. Typical "engine failure after takeoff" emergency checklist.

    • Climb
      • As soon as directional control is established and the airplane configured for climb, the bank angle should be reduced to that producing best climb performance.
    • Checklist
      • Having accomplished the memory items from the Engine Failure After Takeoff checklist, the printed copy should be reviewed as time permits. The Securing Failed Engine checklist should then be accomplished.
        Typical securing failed engine emergency checklist.
        Figure 2. Typical "securing failed engine" emergency checklist.

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. This can usually be accomplished in one of the following ways:
    • Turn off fuel to one engine - assuming that cross feed is not on
    • Set mixture to zero on the engine to be failed
    • Put throttle to idle on the engine to be failed
  • In X-Plane it is possible to set failures at a specific speed - Use this feature to fail the engine at Vmc-10 knots
  • It other sims it is possible to fail an engine after a certain amount of time.

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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