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Private Pilot Airplane Airmen Certification Standards 6/16

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IX. Emergency Operations Task 48BTask A. Emergency Descent References FAA-H-8083-2, FAA-H-8083-3; POH/AFM Objective To determine that the applicant exhibits satisfactory knowledge, risk management, and skills associated with an emergency descent. Note: (See Appendix 6 Safety of Flight Multiengine Considerations,) Knowledge The applicant demonstrates understanding of: PA.IX.A.K1 1. 1208BGlide speed, distance. PA.IX.A.K2 2. 1209BStabilized approach. PA.IX.A.K3 3. 1210BEnergy management. PA.IX.A.K4 4. 1211BWind conditions and effects. PA.IX.A.K5 5. 1212BSituations, such as depressurization, cockpit smoke and/or engine fire that require an emergency descent. PA.IX.A.K6 6. 1213BEmergency procedures. PA.IX.A.K7 7. 1214BCommunications. PA.IX.A.K8 8. 1215BATC clearance deviations. PA.IX.A.K9 9. 1216BELTs and/or other emergency locating devices. PA.IX.A.K10 10. 1217BRadar assistance to VFR aircraft. PA.IX.A.K11 11. 1218BTransponder. Risk Management The applicant demonstrates the ability to identify, assess and mitigate risks, encompassing: PA.IX.A.R1 1. 1219BWind. PA.IX.A.R2 2. 1220BFailure to select a suitable landing area. PA.IX.A.R3 3. 1221BFailure to plan and follow a flight pattern to the selected landing area considering altitude, wind, terrain, and obstructions. PA.IX.A.R4 4. 1222BImproper aircraft and propeller configurations. PA.IX.A.R5 5. 1223BImproper management of tasks associated with an emergency descent. PA.IX.A.R6 6. 1224BLow-altitude maneuvering. PA.IX.A.R7 7. 1225BCollision avoidance, scanning, obstacle and wire strike avoidance. PA.IX.A.R8 8. 1226BHaving the right-of-way in an emergency. PA.IX.A.R9 9. 1227BFailure to maintain situational awareness during an emergency descent. PA.IX.A.R10 10. 1228BStalls and spins. PA.IX.A.R11 11. 1229BDifference between using V NE and V FE , and when each one is appropriate. Skills The applicant demonstrates the ability to: PA.IX.A.S1 1. 1230BAnalyze the situation and select an appropriate course of action. PA.IX.A.S2 2. 1231BEstablish and maintain the appropriate airspeed and configuration for the emergency descent. PA.IX.A.S3 3. 1232BEstablish appropriate propeller pitch (if constant speed), flap deployment, and gear position (if retractable) relative distance and altitude to selected landing area. PA.IX.A.S4 4. 1233BExhibit orientation, division of attention and proper planning. PA.IX.A.S5 5. 1234BMaintain positive load factors during the descent. PA.IX.A.S6 6. 1235BFollow the appropriate checklist. 64

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