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50 IX. Emergency Operations Task A. Emergency Descent References FAA-H-8083-2, FAA-H-8083-3; POH/AFM Objective To determine that the applicant exhibits satisfactory knowledge, skills and risk management associated with an emergency descent. Note: See Appendix 6: Safety of Flight. Knowledge The applicant demonstrates understanding of: CA.IX.A.K1 Situations that require an emergency descent (e.g., depressurization, smoke, and/or engine fire). CA.IX.A.K2 Immediate action items and emergency procedures. CA.IX.A.K3 Airspeed, to include airspeed limitations. Risk Management The applicant demonstrates the ability to identify, assess and mitigate risks, encompassing: CA.IX.A.R1 Failure to consider altitude, wind, terrain, obstructions, and available glide distance. CA.IX.A.R2 Collision hazards, to include aircraft, terrain, obstacles, and wires. CA.IX.A.R3 Improper aircraft configuration. CA.IX.A.R4 Distractions, loss of situational awareness, and/or improper task management. Skills The applicant demonstrates the ability to: CA.IX.A.S1 Clear the area. CA.IX.A.S2 Establish and maintain the appropriate airspeed and configuration appropriate to the scenario specified by the evaluator and as covered in POH/AFM for the emergency descent. CA.IX.A.S3 Demonstrate orientation, division of attention and proper planning. CA.IX.A.S4 Use bank angle between 30° and 45° to maintain positive load factors during the descent. CA.IX.A.S5 Maintain appropriate airspeed +0/-10 knots, and level off at specified altitude, +/- 100 feet. CA.IX.A.S6 Complete the appropriate checklist.

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