Some modifications to your additions...
You should NEVER leave the fuel levers and valves open and assume killing the electrical power will stop the flow. Most are gravity fed and the electric pumps are only for emergencies, boosting pressure. Always shut off as many fuel valves as you can. If it is labeled fuel anything, shut it off.
Magnetos are only found on conventional piston engines, not turbo props. This is what I referred to as the "ignition switch" since that's what people will recognize it as.
On turboprop or jet turbine engines, most of the engine management controls are electrical or electronic. Shutting of the masters will disable all of that, including the automatic re-lite.
Something new I forgot... NEVER NEVER NEVER try to turn the prop by hand on a plane with piston engines. If the ignition isn't off, or the ground wires are broken off the magnetos (very likely), the spark plugs will fire and the engine will restart!
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Thread: Small airplane crash response
07-21-2009, 12:44 AM #21Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.
07-21-2009, 11:03 PM #22
Over 99 percent of CAP ELT missions end up either being a false activation, or they end up being long past the time for leaking fuel issues.
CAP teaches to protect the scene, and wait for EMS.
With that said, if you want to be better prepared, you may want to contact your local FD, and see if they can include you in their next aircraft rescue class, or direct you to a department that will be holding one.
07-22-2009, 12:59 AM #23
Yea its a major problem. Thats why the air force is slowly phasing it out and moving to the addressable 403Mhz beacons with GPS. They still have the conventional whooping homing beacon for radio direction finding. But they also transmit your identification and GPS coordinates to the SAR SAT system. Within minutes of activation, your exact location and identifying information pops up. There is contact information to use first so when it says you crashed at the west ramp near your hanger, they can just call you and tell you that you bumped into the button. But if it starts pinging away in the middle of the Sierra Nevadas and you aren't answering your phone, there will be helicopters over head in no time.
Going along with what I said earlier, you should still look for and manually activate the switch just in case the inertial activation didn't work. So if SAR didn't have you location before, they'll have it now.Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.
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