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Aeronautical procedures and manoeuvers can be classified in four basic groups: pre-flight, normal, emergency and post-flight; here we will comment a few of them.
We will concentrate our attention in the most common and basic procedures and manoeuvers that are characteristic of general aviation airplanes because they are the most typical.
You should do a lot of training in simulators like this one.
Procedures and manoeuvers are rather hard to classify simply because there are many variations depending on different factors, including the statements and recommendations found at the different operating manuals that come with each airplane make and model. Thus, you may find procedures that are considered normal for some given model, but constitute emergency items for another; or something may be recommended in one model or aircraft class but totally unadvisable for others.
For example, before an emergency landing in a non-pressurised aircraft you should open the doors in order to assure that survivors will be able to exit the fuselage; this is done in order to avoid struggling with the structure after it bends or twists on impact. But you cannot do the same and it may even be very dangerous to attempt to open a door of a pressurized airplane while still flying.
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There are also some procedures that are preferably rehearsed using flight training devices (FTD) and flight simulators: Cutting one engine on takeoff in a twin-engine propeller-driven machine is something that caused a major percentage of accidents in such machines, so it is only very rarely practised on real aircraft. For that kind of things we have simulators, and not just for fun.
Anyway, we will make a description of the most common procedures and manoeuvers based on what is found among general aviation aircraft because they can be taken as a basis for other cases. Please remember that before attempting any rehearsal of these procedures and techniques you should read all the applicable manuals and go up into the sky with a competent instructor or safety pilot.
The goal of any training is to fly safely and enjoy the ride.
There are many other ways to classify procedures and manoeuvers, being the most obvious that of visual flight rules (VFR) and instrumental flight rules (IFR); we will teak this also into account.
To see the descriptions of each procedure or manoeuver you should click on the links contained in this page.
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