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Old 11-17-2019, 11:32 PM
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Default Safety Margin

Originally Posted by Papa View Post
Skylor my post was tongue-in-cheek, thatís why I put a smiley face in it. I certainly donít advocate using a split-s to return to the runway! But on a more serious note, if youíre trying to work out high and low key numbers as targets for an engine out approach, I would advise bumping them up a bit and giving yourself a long enough final so that you can kill any extra altitude with a slip or gentle s turns. You can fix being a little high (within reason), but if you error on the low side, there isnít a lot you can do to fix it!

Yes, Iím aware of the need to add a bit of margin to these numbers. I actually rounded the altitude losses up slightly from the raw values and one needs a bit of margin to allow for wind effects and pilot performance variation. Thank you.

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