Newagebird From Australia, joined Sep 2005, 64 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 6180 times:
I havent completed a twin engine endorsement therefore i have little understanding of the topic. I hear that in a twin engine, if u had an engine failure u had to apply full opposite rudder and then trim the aircraft to compensate for assymetric thrust.
With a tri-jet such as the MD-11 or L-1011, is it a lot more easier to fly if the port engine (for example) fails?
Also is it possible to fly with only one engine functioning in a tri-jet.
Jetlagged From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 2620 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 6176 times:
Not really any different, since the centre engine does not affect the asymmetric yawing moment of the good wing mounted engine. Unless of course it is the centre engine which fails
On the basis that the L-1011, DC-10 and MD11 are really over-powered twins, you should be able to maintain height on one engine, though not full cruising altitude. Performance would depend on aircraft weight and ambient conditions. Obviously climbing, let alone takeoff, would be out of the question, however one engine on a trijet should get you safely to a nearby alternate.
The glass isn't half empty, or half full, it's twice as big as it needs to be.
474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 6163 times:
Look at the wing engines on the DC-10 and MD-11, you will see that they are in close to the fuselage. This is to compensate for a wing engine failure. They are trying to keep the thrust as close to the center line as possible. The wing engines on the L-1011 are out further away from the fuselage. The reason the L-1011 can have its engines further away from the fuselage than the DC-10 and MD-11 is that the placement of the L-1011's center engine provides better center line thrust and the L-1011 has a much greater vertical stabilizer surface area then the DC-10 or MD-11. Failure of the center engine on any of the tri-jets does not produce asymmetrical thrust. Flying on two engines it is possible to maintain altitude (depending on weight and altitude) but with just one engine operative, you should be looking for a place to put it down fairly quick.
Kevinl1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 39
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6084 times:
Quoting 474218 (Reply 3): The reason the L-1011 can have its engines further away from the fuselage than the DC-10 and MD-11 is that the placement of the L-1011's center engine provides better center line thrust
And, should one fall off.... or grenade...the ship is still flyable!
Quoting 2H4 (Reply 1): Failure of a tail-mounted engine on a tri-jet, however, will not affect the directional stability or control
I know of a UAL crew who had a hard landing in Iowa that might dispute this.
Please, do not think I am bashing the DC-10. The 10 is a superb freighter and tanker. Just don't transport any PAX in one.