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Fire and Fire ExtinguishersFire and Fire Extinguishers

Fire and Fire Extinguishers

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Accident Analysis
Fire on board
By Dan Namowitz
AOPA Flight Training, February 2007

The information you review in pilot's operating handbooks about fires is so terse, it creates the impression that it's a simple subject. Emergency checklists divide the subject neatly into typical subtypes of fires: fire on the ground and fire in the air; electrical fire and fuel fire. So what about the other things a pilot is going to have to do to get down safely? Fire is the ultimate distracter.

Fire in Flight!
When seconds count
By Patrick R. Veillette
AOPA Pilot, November 2004

Three days before, he had taken his aircraft out for a flight when he started feeling the first signs of unexplainable heat near his feet. The experienced Vietnam aircraft carrier pilot and recent retiree from a major airline quickly knew he had a problem and turned back to the airport while trying to troubleshoot the source of the heat.

Since You Asked: Fighting fire
By Rod Machado
AOPA Flight Training, February 2003
Dear Rod:

I've been told that carrying a fire extinguisher in a training airplane is a waste of time. Someone said an extinguisher is only good for breaking windows in the event of a crash. Is this true? If not, what type of fire extinguisher would you recommend?
Thank you,

Subject Overview
By AOPA's Aviation Services Department
June 2001

Introduction to the various classifications of fire extinguishers and suggestions on the placement of extinguishers in an aircraft.

Fighting Fire: Red Lights and Two Shots
By Thomas A. Horne
AOPA Pilot, April 2001

Though an engine fire is dangerous in any airplane, turbine-powered airplanes are most likely to have the luxury — and safety — of fire detection and extinguishing systems. These systems are one more significant advantage of flying turbine-powered aircraft.

Proficient Pilot: Burning Issue
By Barry Schiff
AOPA Pilot, July 2000

Part 1 of 2 on how to handle an aircraft engine fire. Focuses on engine shut-down and use of emergency checklist.

Proficient Pilot: Immediate Landings
By Barry Schiff
AOPA Pilot, August 2000

Part 2 of 2 on how to handle an aircraft engine fire. Focuses on expeditious descent and immediate landings.

In-Flight Emergencies: Fear of Fire
By Marc E. Cook
AOPA Pilot, September 1999

"Going down in flames," though scary, is not common.

Fire Drill: Up in Smoke
By John M. Lowery
AOPA Pilot, September 1986

Checklist procedures are guidelines to be used with common sense in the situation of an aircraft fire in flight.

Burning Power
By Barry Schiff
AOPA Pilot, July 1983

When the fire in an engine escapes the cylinders, the problem isn't staying aloft, but staying alive.

In-Flight Engine Fires
By Thomas A. Horne
AOPA Pilot, June 1982

In the early days of aviation, engine fires were fairly commonplace. Today, we are more fortunate. The chances of a fire in flight are remote because of certification standards and improvements in engine technology and installation techniques.

Tip of the Month: Fire
By Charles Warner
AOPA Pilot, January 1980

Fire is one of the worst in-flight emergencies a pilot must deal with. There is no time to think about it after it starts — it requires immediate action.

By Alan Bramson
AOPA Pilot, November 1974

Though it's a very rare occurrence, it's every pilot's nightmare. Herewith, some guidelines on coping, should if ever happen to you

Updated March 31, 2008 4:42 PM