Look Ma! No Propeller!

Mark Penell was flying a Rans S-10 small aircraft when the propeller stopped working. Penell used his skills as a pilot to safely land the plane using a dead stick method. Thankfully, no one was hurt in the incident.

  • BillyHW

    What is a “dead stick method”?

    • Oracle9

      A dead stick landing is gliding back to earth if the engine on a powered aircraft fails. With no engine an airplane becomes a glider.

      Standard procedure. A very important part of pilot training is to properly plan out an approach and landing in such a situation.

      • Hard Little Machine

        Even an airliner has something like a 20:1 glide ratio.

    • Slickfoot The Deplorable

      I’m very leery of any ‘method’ that has the word dead in it.

    • Exile1981

      It means unpowered flight. Depending on the design of the aircraft this can mean you have a large or very tiny range to find a spot to land in.

      If you assume an aircraft is at 1 mile height then a 15:1 ratio (747-200) can go 15 miles before it impacts the ground.

      The MD-80 has a ratio of 28:1

      the newer 747-400 has a 20:1 ratio.

      A cessna 172 has a 9:1 – yes its less able to glide than a jet.

      The F-111 had a glide ratio of 2:1. We call that a rock.

      Most actual gliders are around 30:1

      And the S-10 has a 7:1 ratio.

    • lolwut?

      I’d tell you, but this is a family blog.

  • mauser 98

    propeller is fine..engine quit working

  • Clink9

    Steely eyed missile man.

  • Bernie

    To the Pilot….. “Well done!”

  • Mannie

    The propeller is only there to keep the pilot cool. As a demonstration of that, watch him start to sweat when the prop stops turning. 😉

    Good job, Mark.