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Engine Failure After Takeoff

Wed Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Takeoff is a critical phase of flight that pilots should treat with a heightened awareness. The airplane is low to the ground, slow, and at a higher angle of attack. An engine failure in this phase of flight presents a serious challenge. What should a pilot do? When should a pilot consider turning back to the airport? When does the impossible turn become the possible turn?

San Carlos Flight Center invites Captain Brian Schiff to review the essential elements of the possible turn back to the airport. Brian will reveal the critical factors to consider when turning back to the airport is the better option and when it is not. He will also share what preparations pilots must make to avoid an impulsive decision to attempt to turn back to the airport, and when it is the more hazardous choice.

You will want to join us for this seminar if you have heard about the “possible” turn and want to learn the details of when to attempt this and when not to attempt this, along with the techniques to use when turning back to the field following an engine failure.


Captain Brian Schiff is an ATP and CFII. Schiff is a highly-experienced pilot type-rated on a large variety of aircraft.  He has a strong background in general aviation, holds several flight instructor ratings, and has been  an FAA-designated Examiner. Schiff is an accomplished educator, known for simplifying complex procedures and concepts for his students. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Masters of Science Degree in Aviation Safety from the University of Central Missouri. Schiff is a regular presenter, an FAASTeam Representative, NAFI Board Member, has been published in many aviation publications.


About San Carlos Flight Center:

San Carlos Flight Center (SCFC) is the SF Bay Area’s most dynamic flying club, committed to building general aviation through safety, community, and adventure. AOPA has consistently recognized SCFC in their Best Flight School survey, most recently in 2023 as a Distinguished Flight School for the third year in a row.

SCFC is committed to promoting safety in general aviation through our regular safety seminars and guest speaker programs. Our seminars are free to watch when attended in person at our facility in San Carlos but live streaming and viewing recorded seminars are exclusively available to members. Click here or contact an SCFC member service rep at (650) 946-1700 for more information about online access to our web library of over 500 recorded safety seminars and live-streamed content.

This seminar will be held in person at SCFC, attendance is free and open to all. Web Members will still be able to access our seminars online, both live and recorded. Click here to learn more about the transition.

Interested in watching more of our presentations? View our growing library of over 500 recorded safety seminars available to view in our Members Only Seminar Library, available by clicking here.


Wed Jan 24
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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