View Full Version : flying on 1 engine in a twin craft

04-20-2011, 03:12 PM
remember reading a real life WW2 pilot saying when 1 engine goes you should always turn into or against the remaing engine??

then in a recent book "Focus on Europe" by ron foster (a great read is he still alive)a much decorated Kiwi Mossie pilot he said he didn't obey these instructions just did what he had to to get it down??

04-20-2011, 07:11 PM
So, what's the question??

04-20-2011, 08:44 PM
When running on one engine in a conventional twin you'll obviously have to trim to compensate for the aircraft's tendency to yaw in the direction of the dead engine. Pretty straightforward...

04-20-2011, 09:15 PM
Don't turn into the dead engine.

Flying a Multi-Engine Airplane (http://www.avweb.com/news/airman/184438-1.html)

04-20-2011, 10:29 PM
Turning toward a dead engine in a twin is generally bad for your health. The power on the good engine can "pull" that wing up and over if you turn away from it (you're making an existing problem much worse by turning toward a dead engine), and you'll end up in a diving spiral before you know what's happening.

04-21-2011, 12:03 AM
I didn't say turn into the dead engine. I said trim to counteract the aircraft's tendency to yaw towards the dead engine.

04-21-2011, 05:00 PM
Hope this helps, it sure helped me several years ago when I was learning how to handle the He-111

Climb on one engine

Losing an engine in the cruise.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...tcMQ&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVcuDHvtcMQ&feature=related)

04-22-2011, 09:12 AM
Sorry, Treetop64; I wasn't trying to say you were wrong. I was just answering the original question.

Originally posted by salthill:
remember reading a real life WW2 pilot saying when 1 engine goes you should always turn into or against the remaing engine??

04-22-2011, 12:34 PM
Sorry. Guess I'm a bit touchy. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

04-22-2011, 08:06 PM
Oh for cryin outloud guys, just shutdown the other engine to even things out.
Or, tie some string around the stick and tie it off to the throttle for a makesshift autopilot. Then,climb out the window and out over the wing to the dead engine dragging some jumper cables with you. Pop open the correct panel. Make-sure you put red-on-red, black-on-black. Hook em up. Crawl back to the cockpit. Out the other window you go and over the other wing to the other engine that is running with other end of jumper cables in hand. Hook up the good engine's battery. Crawl back to cockpit again.
Start er up.

04-27-2011, 08:26 AM
Whether you turn into a dead engine depends on your airspeed. With one engine out, you typically apply more power to the good one. There is a speed called minimum controllable airspeed, Vmc.

Going below that speed, with the other engine at full power will result in the plane rolling over uncontrollably, because you have run out of opposite rudder to keep it from rolling.

If you keep the airspeed up, turning into the dead engine is not so dangerous as reported.

I did turns into a dead engine during my multi-engine training and check ride.

Bob Hoover used to do aerobatics in an Aero Commander with a dead engine.


04-27-2011, 11:30 AM
The real big scary is losing an engine during takeoff or landing.

04-28-2011, 04:23 PM
In the event of the failure of one engine, a twin engined aircraft will always get you to the crash site under it's own power.

05-04-2011, 12:48 PM
The asymmetrical thrust situation from a dead engine is not modeled very well in IL2. Dunno about CloD, because I'm not going to get that game. But it is for sure dumbed down quite a bit and I think it was done for the sake of novice players. Similar to the way that landings and takeoffs are far too easy in CloD ( according to what I have read ). They make things easy for beginners at the expense of realism for advanced sim pilots.