As a South African flying school it is our responsibility to instill safety conscious habits in all our students.
Let’s take a particular scenario: You’re a flight academy student lined up on the runway, the pre-departure checklists is complete, you’re ready to do some hour building towards your commercial pilot license. You’ve confirmed the runway is long enough, that you’ve sufficient fuel, the weather is within your personal limits and all NOTAM’s have been checked.
Is there anything you missed? What about the engine failure you’re about to have on take-off?
That’s right. As a pilot, you always need to be thinking “Engine Failure” on every take off. You can hope it will never happen, but luck is no substitute for preparation.
And remember your training from flight school, climbing at the best rate of climb airspeed might not always be the best idea. Climbing slowly at best angle airspeed will put you higher, closer to the runway. Our flight instructors taught us all about the “impossible turn”. But depending on when the engine decides to quit, you might be high enough and close enough to make it back to the runway safety area, if not onto the runway itself.