Pilots for two U.S. commuter airlines in the past few months failed to start up the second engine on their jets before getting ready to take off, according to safety experts. The unusual incidents are prompting concern among federal aviation regulators and industry officials.
How do you not start up #2… And I guess this could raise the question of the pilots not doing the checklists before takeoff? Failure to complete the checklist has caused some fatal accidents…
The pilots may elect to taxi on one engine to save fuel or, if a delay occurs, may shut down one engine once at the runway or the holding area prior to the runway. Usually, the tower or ground controller gives the pilots an expected departure time, but occasionally they might “surprise” the pilots with an earlier than expected takeoff clearance. Scary as it is, it not to hard to imagine a crew getting distracted with paperwork or conversation, thinking there going to be sitting for 45 minutes, only to be surprised by a takeoff clearance a few minutes later.
As a rule, I make a point of making sure the engines are running EVERY time I attempt a takeoff!
important things you might want to include in your runway line-up scan. Oil pressure, Amps, ITT. all of which would tell you that you’re an idoit and forgot to fire one up.
A lot of pilots forget to aviate.
I take off on one engine all the time. It’s no big deal.
This is disturbing:
After receiving a cockpit warning about the second engine’s failure to rev up, the crew taxied back to the gate. But the pilots still thought they had a malfunctioning engine, according to these officials, until mechanics showed them the engine had never been started.
About 30 some years ago a Lear 35 tried to depart the old airport in Riyadh. Couldn’t get one started so the rocket scientists thought they would just taxi real fast, get it windmilling add ignition and fuel and presto it would start. Just like in the simulator. Course in the simulator you start at 10,000 feet, dive the airplane to build up speed and it works.
They ended up in a smoking crater.
Several years later same outfit, different crew (obviously), found itself in the same situation.