Mike Berry's article, "Out Of Gliding Distance
," July 2019, fails to mention the option of not going over significant water in the first place.
The emergency chapter (Section 3 in modern handbooks) will have a gliding distance
Therefore the information of gliding distance
covered by the gliding squirrels is to be given importance in habitat manipulation and restoration activities whenever applicable for species conservation at local as well as at global level.
From its cruise altitude, the airplane's gliding distance
would also be about 100 miles, but consider that for the debris to drift that same 100 miles it would only take a drift rate of 2 knots, yielding a wide range of possibilities as to the nature of the aircraft's descent to the water below.
You can immediately look for a good place to park the airplane that is within gliding distance
. It's intuitive and simple.
After attaining gliding distance
to the airfield, Capt Miller was able to determine that the engine nozzle was not responding to changes in throttle setting.
Most of us will never pilot a personal aircraft long distances over oceans, but eventually flying over some body of water while beyond gliding distance
to land is almost a certainty.
In case you might need a quick refresher (Really?), three of the top considerations in a total power failure are: 1) immediately pitch and configure for best glide, 2) head towards a suitable spot within gliding distance
for "landing," and 3) time permitting, try to figure out and fix what when wrong.
At 1,200 ft, Maj Granger extended the aircraft speed brakes to shorten his gliding distance
and commanded bailout.
Depending on the EFB you're using, other tools may be available, including those designed to consider gliding distance
Then there's the Kentucky instructor whose student wouldn't do anything dumb, so he intervened, setting the Cessna 172's fuel selector to OFF within, he thought, gliding distance
of the runway.
With temperatures at zero degrees Fahrenheit, a wind chill at -20 degrees Fahrenheit and fac ing the possibility of having to eject over the icy waters of Lake Superior, Maj Padden kept his aircraft within gliding distance
of land and executed flawless checklist procedures.