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Takeoff/safety brief by Flying Pilot

Old 23rd Apr 2007, 16:34
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Smile Takeoff/safety brief by Flying Pilot

Hi all,

Just wondering if someone could enlighten me with a takeoff/safety brief that is done by the flying pilot to his instructor/examiner prior to departure for a LIGHT TWIN engined aircraft ex.DA-42.....

Thanks alot for your input,

P.S. (Moderators, please assure that my post is in the right place,if not,,then could you please inform where it is re-located....cheers )
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Old 23rd Apr 2007, 16:49
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I use something upon these lines -
"This is a departure from xxxx runway xx, the wind is xxxx and is in limits, the runway surface condition is xxxx.
Upon receiving clearance to depart I will line up, hold the brakes and set 2000rpm, and check the T's and P's.
I will release the brakes, apply full power and accelerate. Upon reaching 60kts I will call "speed alive" and x-check T's and P's.
I will rotate at 80kts, climb initially at 90kts, before accelerating to 100kts at 400ft. With insufficent runway remaining and below 112kts I will select gear up. At 1000ft I will set 25/25 on the throttles and rpm levers.
In the event of an engine failure on the take off roll I will close the throttles, brake straight ahead and advise ATC. If this event happens after rotation, with the gear down and sufficent runway remaining I will close the throttles and land straight ahead on the runway. In the event of an engine failure with insufficent runway remaining and the gear up I will return to land. If I am in VMC I will join the circuit, if I am in IFR I will request vectors. I will advise ATC which engine has failed and make all turns towards the live engine.
In the event of an emergency, you or I being the more senior pilot will take command of the aircraft and may request assistance of the other pilot.
Do you have any questions?"
Bit long winded, alot of others I have seen follow this sort of thing but cut parts out.
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Old 23rd Apr 2007, 16:59
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hello cosworth211,

thanks alot greatly appreciate your input,I think it is very useful and up to the point!!!!!!
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Old 24th Apr 2007, 07:52
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Mine's a bit different and goes like this:

"Take-off from runway 32 with 1/4 flap.

Vmca is 65, Vtoss is 85, and I'll rotate at 80.

Engine failure on the ground, I will close both throttles and stop.

Engine failure airborne with sufficient runway remaining and the gear down, I will land ahead.

Engine failure airborne with the gear up and insufficient runway remaining I will conduct the engine failure drills, maintain 96 kt and assess performance.

If the aircraft is not performing adequately on one engine I will attempt to land in a clear area ahead.

If the aircraft is performing adequately, and in VMC, I will climb to 1000' and return for a landing. In IMC I'll climb on a safety bearing of 320 over water to the MSA of 1500 then return to the NDB holding pattern.

In the event of a normal departure, I will turn left at 1000' onto a heading of 180 to intercept the 220 track climbing to 6000'.

Any questions?"

In my experience, things like the pilot responsibilities are covered by the instructor in the pre-flight briefing. This is where he'll cover things like the use of touch drills, the use of "practice practice" prior to any simulated failures, and he'll normally advise that he'll allow me to handle any real emergencies myself unless he sees an unsafe situation developing.

Something to consider is that if you are under training, your instructors will have a brief that they like to hear. It is probably best to do it how they like it, or discuss any differences prior. If you are not under training and working for a company, they should have guidance as to what to include in the take-off brief in their operations manual.
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Old 24th Apr 2007, 11:07
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Old 24th Apr 2007, 11:34
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dear AerocatS2A,

thanks alot
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Old 24th Apr 2007, 12:45
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Aerocat has it pretty well sorted. I would just say don't go over the stuff that is standard and applicable to every single departure, it puts the other guy to sleep and they tend to zone out, so keep it to the point.
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