fighter pilot's approach for using angle of attack to managing energy engine-out in 2500 words or less: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1e1e...ew?usp=sharing
. The paper contains hyperlinks to demonstration and test videos as well as a couple of "SFO" or simulated flame out patterns that I practice regularly to help maintain proficiency.
Please keep in mind that I'm not advocating for or against maneuvering prior to a forced landing. Here is a short briefing and demonstration of a turn back from relatively low altitude after takeoff (250' AGL) using AOA as the primary reference for energy: https://youtu.be/U1T-ePy9e94
. The minimum altitude for maneuvering (in this example, turning back to the departure runway) depends on aircraft performance and configuration, pilot proficiency and ambient conditions. The nature of the aural AOA system in my airplane and the fact that AOA doesn't care about G load, gross weight or density altitude makes this drill relatively straight forward without any cockpit math, other than a minimum altitude at which to begin the maneuver. Maneuver as desired and maintain ONSPEED AOA (using pitch). The AOA system you hear in the video is identical to one that we used to have in one of the fighters I've flown.
I've had four engine failures in my career, two in single-engine pistons when I was a young CFI and two in multi engined jet fighters, no bent metal; but I've been fortunate. I would
advocate for education (the book in the original post in this thread or the webinar in the post below), regular practice and familiarity with the glide characteristics of the airplane you are currently flying. We have additional training and reference resources on our website (flyONSPEED.org
) if you are interested in learning more about the AOA system in my airplane or the handling techniques employed when flying AOA, and the information in this post is also discussed in the transition training syllabus available in the sticky at the top of the safety page. We update both regularly.