"Who says the 701 isn’t a great glider?"
This video is about Deadstick landing.

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Comment by B T Albritton on March 1, 2018 at 2:15pm

I've had a real Deadstick engine out emergency landing.  Lost engine at 2500' so I first set up a glide that felt good.  500fpm.  Looked around found an area that looked ok & went that way.  As I got closer decided on a spot & adjusted glide speed as needed to make the most of landing area.  Faster if to high & slower to keep from over shooting.  Perfect landing in a field.  Only damage was to my pride.   If you need to just stall it down then drop nose at about 50 ft;  It flys again & land slow.  Did this on a bi-annual.  Check pilot said you're way to high.  Put it on the numbers & he said that's enough & signed me off.  Just practice.  You can feel this airplane.  Love it.

Comment by Philip Thomas on March 1, 2018 at 12:30pm

On a related topic, does anyone know if there is a published or universally accepted best glide speed for a standard built 701?

Comment by Philip Thomas on March 1, 2018 at 12:19pm

Great video, and instructive. Thanks.

Comment by Randy Owen on February 28, 2018 at 4:52pm

Phillip, the rate of descent, best I can remember was 700-800 fpm.

Michael, I was on a close downwind to the runway at about 1200’ agl when I shut down the engine. Since I built the airplane, I’m also the test pilot. Seems like a good idea to see how the airplane handles a dead stick landing under controlled conditions with my hand on the key ready to restart, rather than in an emergency with a passenger on board. Does that clear up your question?

Comment by R Michael Moore on February 28, 2018 at 4:30pm

Definitely need flight data for this "Un-event-ful" landing.   Altitude at time of engine off is the key factor.   Otherwise this looks like a promotion for the impossible turn.   Please clarify asap.

Comment by Scott Crew on February 28, 2018 at 4:11pm

Great video and landing.

I am not game to turn the engine off in my 601HDS, but on practice forced landings, decent rate between 800 and 1000ft min. Glide ratio is not great, maybe 6 to 1

Comment by Larry Griffin on February 28, 2018 at 1:18pm

Great video......

Comment by Philip Thomas on February 28, 2018 at 12:50pm

Question for Randy, what was your rate of descent at your indicated airspeed of 60?

Comment by Bill Wilcox on February 28, 2018 at 11:31am

Great Video.  My 801 drops like a rock when I pull the power.  I think my 82" prop turning really puts on the breaks.  As soon as I pull the power I head straight for the numbers to try to make it.  I generally see around a 600' min descent rate at 75 MPH..

Comment by Randy Owen on February 27, 2018 at 8:23pm
I used 60 MPH indicated and no flaps all the way to the flare, just to make sure I had enough elevator authority to flare. Actually I could have used a slower speed, probably 55. I actually floated for a little while after flaring.

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