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Full Circle: Training for Possibilities, Part One 06-05

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June 2005- 

I was recently on a flight with a friend of mine in his light twin, and something occurred that made me realize I should have been more prepared.

While it’s certainly not possible to train yourself ahead of time for every type of failure, there are a number of things that can go wrong that would be far easier to handle if we gave it a little thought and worked out the details of what the most appropriate action might be.

The particular failure that got me thinking was simple enough: soon after takeoff my friend noticed that the right brake pedal on the pilot’s side went all the way to the floor without a hint of braking resistance in the line. He asked me to check the copilot’s side and, as expected, I verified that the wheel braking system on the aircraft’s right side was apparently out of fluid.

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