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EP167: A training flight managing electrical emergencies in the Cirrus SR22 – alternator failure, loss of autopilot, AHARS and ADC failures, and losing the Primary Flight Display. Plus tips on icing with Cirrus CSIP Mike Walden.

Thanks to AVIA Aircraft in Moorabbin for providing the Cirrus SR22 G6 (VH-KBZ), with two
AHARS (Attitude Heading and Reference System) units and two ADC (Air Data Computers) for great redundancy when flying.

Niko’s Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRvJ-5JgT_4

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  • Really shows how important it is to know your systems. I remember the "what do I have left" questions during training. For example are your flaps electric ? will you have to land without them in case of an electrical failure. This of course is even more important with the newer all electric instrument planes 🙂 Great video!

    • Good points Erik, thanks. Yeah at one point in the video you can see I didn't realise I still had autopilot available to me. Especially if that happens in cloud I could have still set the autopilot to keep us flying and then troubleshoot, reduces overall workload a lot. It was a great learning experience and definitely one I'd recommend all pilots do with their instructors. Thanks for watching and leaving that comment.

  • Awesome video! Almost at the big 20k! Happy to say I’ve been here since 2 k and content just gets better and better! Thanks Stef!

    • Hey General, yes there are always a few accounts I recognise from the early days and yours is definitely one of them. Thanks for the support and encouragement along the way, and it's great you're still here enjoying the videos. But this is just the start! So much flying and travel content planned which I'm hoping you and everyone else will enjoy. Thanks mate, stef 👍

    • Stefan Drury Hey Stef, I want to thank you for reinspiring my passion for aviation, I have always wanted to be a pilot and watching your videos have re interested me. Only at the start of the month I book a TIF with MFS and that’s got me even more keen to be a pilot. Hopefully I will see you around Moorabbin Airport some day and we can have a chat, or even a coffee! Thanks again Stef, continue the awesome work, as always!

  • Amazing and very informative video Stef! Been watching your Instagram and have been hanging out for this video.

  • Niko's video was awesome. How often do you get a see a real situation unfold and have the luxury of using it as a training exercise?

  • my home airport is Sheparton with my J200 so let me know next time your up this way would love to say gday in person

    • I love it up there, and you have the Baro-VNAV for Instrument Approaches as well which was fun to fly. I'm sure I'll be back and put wheels to ground at some point. Be good to say hello.

  • Stefan, This is a little bit off topic but I am sure Mike would know the answer.
    Can a single pilot fly solo from the right hand seat?
    I have noticed several people in the US from a couple of channels flying solo from the right seat.

    • Yes you can fly solo from either seat, so long as you can perform all of the necessary duties required as PIC… unless the POH/flight manual says otherwise.

  • Why didn't you press the display backup button in-between the 2 panels, that would give you your primary instruments on the nav/engine panel

  • Just wondering is this an IFR or VFR flight? If it was VFR flight, don't you need to stay out of the cloud? And if it was IFR flight why can you just change course without talking to ATC? (Closed to my PPL and looking for Instrument next so I'm just genuinely curous what you can do in an IFR flight.)

  • "remover of electricity" I love it. Back when I was doing my licences (and GPS was brand new) the GPS100 in the warrior had very frequent 'instructor induced' failures.

  • Stef I have missed you but I have a question could you please explain some of the acronyms you were using in the video

  • I hope you and Niko can meet up sometime and make a video. Obviously being on the other side of the planet gets in the way but if you find yourself back in the US or Niko makes his way to your Melbourne (Niko could easily fly or drive to Melbourne Florida) that would be pretty cool.

  • Yes great video on this subject. Once you have squaked 7600 in the event of comms failure and are approaching a controlled airport, i guess you would then go off the airport lighting system. What would you do though if you were flying into an uncontrolled airport ??

  • Stef, you are getting so spoiled!!! I'd like to see you run some of those scenarios in a Warrior. 😉
    I had an alternator failure (for real, with no standby) a few weeks back during my solo check in a glass Archer up near Mangalore and made it back to Moorabbin (just!) via KMG on batteries alone, so I know you generally lose PFD/MFD then Radios then Transponder in that order. The worst part was the blasted siren staying on as the faults piled up, but we worked out how to shut it off eventually. Moorabbin Tower are really great when stuff like that happens (maybe it happens a lot?), but I sure was glad I wasn't solo that day.

  • Great video Stef. Very interesting and informative as usual. Mike seems like a nice chap and an excellent instructor / coach. I had seen the Niko's Wings video and this makes a perfect follow up. Well done and best wishes for the 20k subs.

  • Really good video – I watched the Niko one when it came out – he was lucky that the electrical arking issue didn't cause a fire. The problem also arose after he'd had work done. Just shows you can never say never to issues.

  • Nice video Stefan. Very useful. I actually just had a PFD failure but thankfully it happened just after landing. I though to myself “what if it had happened just before landing or in a trickier situation”. For COMs failure, the best solution is probably to have a standby radio at hand…

  • I notice that Milkshake was missing from this flight ? Great video Stefan and the offer of a co pilot for the around the world trip still stands….even if Milkshake is on board!

  • It's one thing doing all this in a simulator but a very different barrel of fish when you're up there with just a few thousand feet separating you from terra firma. Nice "what if" scenario, Stef 👍

  • Also I want to point out one thing, something I learned from a controller. When you squawk 7600, it gives off a loud, annoying sound in the radar room that they apparently can't turn off, and it drives them crazy. So when you do squawk it, don't leave it on forever; turn it off after a few mins.
    And I know it probably feels better leaving it on all the time, and frankly that's what I probably would do myself, but do know that ATC tags your plane as Nordo when you set 7600, so it's not like they forget when you go back to your old code…

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