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This is a basic question that should be covered by your ground school, flight instructor and your primary training. The vast majority of certified piston-engine airplanes have two (redundant) magnetos for ignition. The mag switch in OFF position grounds the magnetos so they don't produce a spark even when they are turning (like if you pull the prop through a ...


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I think the other answers miss a few points. I think we can assume the pilot knows where he was when he was kidnapped, no? So the first thing to do, after making sure the plane is in stable flight, is to check the fuel gauges. Assuming the Cessna is a 172 with standard tanks, it has 40 gallons usable fuel, enough for about 4.5 hours of flying. So check ...


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You are right, this is a pretty improbable situation. But, I will give it a whack. Aviate - Fly the plane. Fly it at as high of an altitude possible while still keeping visual contact with the ground. Just in case you lose an engine. Fly it in a wide circle or holding pattern until you get your bearings. Slow down your airspeed and lean your mixture for max ...


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Aviate, navigate, communicate. First, make sure flight is stable. Figure out how long you can do that, and set up flight to maximize that. Now try to figure out where you can go. From the Question, it sounds like there are no easy answers: no airport in sight, no giant concrete arrows pointing the way, etc. in that case, pick a best direction taking into ...


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The first thing you should do during a lost com's situation is fly the plane (that is really the first thing you should always do). The second thing you should do is use visual reference points to figure out where you may be and get some situational awareness. Even in a foreign land a pilot may be able to identify known land marks like city skylines or ...


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Note: I am assuming you are asking about US regulations. If the tower does not give you an instruction, you should not wait for one. Leave the runway at the next available taxiway and then wait for further instructions: 4−3−20. Exiting the Runway After Landing The following procedures must be followed after landing and reaching taxi speed. a. ...


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