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(Video) Piper Stuck at Full Throttle with Family OnboardA video for weekend viewing. Family of 4 on a piper when the throttle cable breaks, and by design, is stuck at full throttle. He’s flying way above gear speed, only has control of mixture and prop. Great teamwork getting the mechanic on the phone with ATC - and some troubleshooting before forced to make a power off landing.. (m.youtube.com) More...
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The throttle is supposed to default wide open if the cable breaks. Most piper pilots would have flown overhead and placed the mixture in cut -off and let the plane slow to gear speed or ( in the case of a newer Piper Arrow) let the plane slow below auto extension speed, confirm down & locked and fly the closed pattern in a glide? If you got a little low just increase the mixture and engine comes back to life quickly. Return to idle cutoff short final. Had this happen in 1975 only the over centre spring to create full throttle broke as well so all I got was idle and a pissed off farmer!
Props (pun intended) for both the pilot and the wife being able to keep their composure through this process. Obviously, once on the ground emotion took over. Glad all are safe!
Yea, loved watching mom once they were safe.
Total adrenaline dump. Even I felt it. WOW
Yeah she was cool as a cucumber on the inside, and the kids were playing their games. Good to have an active co-pilot resource to help out.
Use the mixture to reduce engine power, get down to safe, landing assured altitude and cut the mixture..glide it down. That''s the training I got during PPL 101.