The FAA Safety Team released a notice Nov. 4, 2021, telling certified flight instructors that they should teach the “impossible turn.”
“Flight instructors should demonstrate and teach trainees when and how to make a safe 180° turn back to the field after an engine failure,” the notice reads. “Instructors should also train pilots of single-engine airplanes not to make an emergency 180° turn back to the field after a failure unless altitude, best glide requirements, and pilot skill allow for a safe return.”
The notice then provides several references for CFIs, including:
- AC61-83J Addendum A, including Paragraph A.11 “How to Teach Pilots to Avoid LOC” and Paragraph A.11.4 “Return to Field / Engine Failure on Takeoff.”
- The FAASTeam brochure P-8740-44, “Impossible Turn”
- Captain Brian Schiff’s webinar for the National Association of Flight Instructors on the Impossible Turn
- The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association “Real Pilot Story — The Impossible Turn,” which includes actual video of an event and comments by ATC and the pilot.
- The Air Safety Institute video, “Reality Check: The Runway Behind You.”
- It also encourages CFIs to search YouTube for “The Impossible Turn.”
FAA officials note they will be hosting a safety seminar on the impossible turn “very soon” at Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport (KSRQ) in Florida.