Escape maneuvers are pretty common. At my old job we called them special departure procedures. They were broken down into simple or complex specials. A simple procedure would give you a point at which you commenced a turn, then a flap retract altitude. A complex special may have a couple of turns in it predicated off various fixes. DCA
has a complex special. ROA
, IPT, PIT
, AGS are some airports that had simple specials. We had the procedure listed on the perf data in the release.
The company I work for now uses charted escape procedures at ASE, EGE
, TEX, SUN, and a couple of others. They are considered VFR maneuvers and allow lower than standard climb gradients. We still can't use them for IMC departures, and although we may fly it should we lose an engine, they don't give us any relief on the departure minimums.
Without an escape procedure you must be able to maintain a 3.2 climb gradient to a safe altitude in IMC, or 1.6 in VMC. If flying a SID
that states a higher climb gradient you must be able to meet that requirement, or you cannot fly the SID
All second segment climb gradients are single engine.