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FAASTeam Notice
Type: Local Air Safety Information
Notice Date: Thursday, November 4, 2021
Notice Number: NOTC2122
The Impossible Turn
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"Return to Field/Engine Failure on Takeoff”

Flight instructors should demonstrate and teach trainees when and how to make a safe 180-degree turn back to the field after an engine failure. Instructors should also train pilots of single-engine airplanes not to make an emergency 180-degree turn back to the field after a failure unless altitude, best glide requirements, and pilot skill allow for a safe return.

Pilots and CFIs, please reference the following:

Paragraph A.11 "How to Teach Pilots to Avoid LOC".

Paragraph A.11.4  "Return to Field / Engine Failure on Takeoff"


Very soon, we will be a hosting a Safety Seminar on this topic at SRQ.  In the meantime if you wish to discuss this please contact Tampa FAASTeam Lead Representative & Master Pilot Dick J. Petrucci at 


FAAST Program Manager Andrew Crossman

813-508-6778 or