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    engine out on twin

    please settle a debate..let's say the left engine dies..will the right engine which is still running pull to the right or left

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    RE: engine out on twin

    Just think of all that drag on the dead motor side, and all the thrust on the other side.

    That's why you don't turn into the dead motor, cause that's where the plane is wanting to go anyway.

    And it better if the right motor dies that the left, just to add fuel to your debate.
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    RE: engine out on twin

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    RE: engine out on twin

    I agree, if the Left Engine goes out, the plane will pull to the Left; I think of it like a tracked vehicle, if the left track is neutral and the right track is pulling, the tank or bulldozer will pull to the Left; I have a twin and the Left Engine has gone out, and to keep it flying straight, you have to use right rudder, making left turns is easy, just let the rudder go to neutral and the plane will turn to the left
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    RE: engine out on twin

    Turn into the good engine..... Luke.... don't go to the dark side.

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    RE: engine out on twin

    Left of course and the required corrective action among others is right rudder and not right aileron.

    The old full scale training phrase to indentify just remember dead foot - dead engine. Of course with our Rc aircraft we don't have the that luxury.

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    RE: engine out on twin

    not only will it turn to the left the wing tip with the dead engine will drop and the wing tip with the good engine will rise.

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    RE: engine out on twin

    And of course, it's also a function of speed. An engine failure in normal cruise doesn't lead to an immediate yaw (at least in most of them!) As the speed decays, the turn becomes more pronounced.

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    RE: engine out on twin

    The plane will go left. Apply right rudder and dont kill the other engine. Those still props will add alot of drag and slow you down quickly. I know this from experience! I made that mistake with my Cessna Bobcat almost 20 years ago.
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    RE: engine out on twin

    I don't want to sound like I'm nit picking, but strictly speaking, an idling prop will produce more drag than the stationary ones.

    Strange but true, I had to read the maths on it before I would believe it.

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    RE: engine out on twin


    ORIGINAL: mboland

    ... strictly speaking, an idling prop will produce more drag than the stationary ones.
    I can agree with that. I'd been flying a lightly loaded OS 1.60 powered 3D model for several years before the day the pressure pulse line slipped off the fuel pump and turned it into a glider. The engine went dead but the model didn't appear to be losing much altitude so I just kept flying it all over the place until it looked like it was time to make a landing approach.
    Well, it wasn't time yet and the model flew right past me about waist high at a speed well above my normal landing speed when the engine is idling. Frantically I got the wheels down on the runway but it still rolled off the end of the runway and flipped in the tall grass. Yep, I can agree with that quote above.
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    RE: engine out on twin

    On a twin, if the left engine dies the centre of thurst moves towards the right engine. The centre of drag will move slightly left giving a resultant left yaw and left roll.
    Unlike being in the cockpit an R/C pilot will not feel the yaw so "dead foot dead engine" does not apply. But an uncommanded roll (hopefully with engine noise loss)
    will be the give away for the failure.
    So as the model rolls, first react to the roll with right aileron, reconigise the engine failure (sound,performance etc,), put full right rudder (the direction of the aileron input).
    Lock the right rudder input and ease off the aileron to neutral.
    Balance rudder input to throttle, power on-rudder on, power off-rudder off.
    Do not throttle back and keep the nose level to maintain speed. Speed is your friend, never fly a twin slow or use high nose attitudes at low speed.

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    RE: engine out on twin


    I am real pilot and I also have a real twin.
    There are a number of things the pilot has to do when flying a scale twin verses flying a R/C plane when it comes to flying with one engine. The main thing is to get the plane on the ground in one piece.
    Another helpful hint in flying an R/C twin, when you do lose the engine try to make your turns in the same direction the engine is running to get back to the runway, if possible. The plane will want to yaw or turn into the engine that has stopped working. Turning in the opposite direction you have a less chance of spinning the plane into the ground when making the turns.
    I have seen this happen more than once. Were a pilot will recover from a lost engine but as soon as he starts his turn back to the runway he turns the plane and into the ground it goes.
    Hope this helps.
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    RE: engine out on twin

    I've seen alot of twins spin to the ground on one engine. The problem is its hard to know which engine is out or if an engine is out. Would be nice if someone could come up with a sensor on each engine that could tell the transmitter  to sound off a beep and flashing light telling the pilot what side is out. I think for very expensive twins this would be ideal.

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    RE: engine out on twin

    We go by feel. The plane will yaw as soon as an engine goes out. Now how much of a yaw depends on how far apart the engines are. The further apart the more violent of a yaw you will get. That is why they saw if you going to fly twins you better be a rudder pilot, because when an engine go out and you feel a twitch your rudder finger has to be instantaneous or else you in trouble. It has to be a reflex action, not something you have to think about.
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    RE: engine out on twin

    An engine out is something like getting a flat tire on your car while you are driving. It is a matter of compensating and taking corrective action.

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    RE: engine out on twin

    In single engine ops with a multi engine airplane, airspeed is king! Without it, its going to spin in. If your in level cruise, add the rudder input and power quickly (not instantly, quickly, its more important to be accurate and fast, that it is to be instant and wrong!). If you are in a climb, quickly add the correct rudder input, get the gear up and lower your rate of climb (remember, airspeed is KING!). If you ever find yourself in a situation where you have full rudder input and the airsplans is yawing in the opposite direction, Immediately lower the nose and reduce the power (you are at at under the minimum controllabable single engine airspeed), to increase your airspeed, slowly add power as the airspeed increases and then start a slow climb again.
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