Ejecting From Aircraft in Flight - A True Story

The aircraft emergency of no fuel in the main service fuel tank which feeds the engine which is not heppening was going to make me eject from the aircraft in flight for the first time. I had never done it before. I had never been shown any video of anyone ejecting form a cockpit those days. I have heard people have ejected in the past, but never met any pilot who had to eject from the cockpit so that I could ask them how does it feel and what one has to actually do. I was doomed.

Whatever it is, I had no choice but to eject from the aircraft cockpit if the wing tanks do not start sending its fuel to main tanks in next 30 minutes before the main tank fuel gets consumed completely. Once the pilot ejects, the aircraft will crash on it's own, when fuel runs out and its engine fails after a few minutes of flying on its own without the pilot in the cockpit.

I Was Scared To Eject From My Aircraft In Emergency

The thought of ejecting from the aircraft followed by dangling under a parachute for the first time in my life scared me. Pilots are generally not given any parachute jump training. I was feeling very safe inside the aircraft cockpit and did not want to eject into the unknown from 24,000 feet above the earth.

This was a true life story, which I was actually going through that day. I wished so dearly, I do not have to eject that day. Who knows what happens after ejecting from an aircraft in emergency.

Inflight Safety Instructor in Aircraft Emergency - A True Story

The Airforce Academy had a genuine idea. They had put one flying instructor in every fifth aircraft for safety purposes in case of an aircraft emergency. Every aircraft flown by a trainee pilot was supposed to take off fifteen minutes after the previous trainee pilot's aircraft takeoff happens which means the wheels have left the runway. This single engine jet aircraft cruises at 240 knots speed or an equivalent of about 450 kmph.

That day every fifth aircraft flew with one instructor sitting for safety of two aircraft ahead and two aircraft behind the instructor plus the safety of trainee pilot flying the aircraft in whose aircraft the instructor is taking passage as a passenger. So the instructor is in charge of safety for five trainee pilots. Thus two aircraft were 15 minutes behind and 15  minutes ahead of the instructor's aircraft as well as another two 30 minutes ahead and 30 minutes behind his aircraft.

But this safety instructor is not supposed to talk throughout his flight to the pilot in whose aircraft he is sitting as a passenger or to the two aircraft behind and two aircraft ahead of that aircraft, unless one of these five trainee pilots flying cross country flight from Bangalore to the Air Force Academy, reports any problem or emergency to him on radio, requesting for assistance.

I was relying on this instructor two aircraft behind me to help me out of this no fuel transfer aircraft emergency I was going through. I was hoping that I do not have to eject from my aircraft due to a small emergency like fuel not getting transferred. I had enough fuel in the tanks of my aircarft. But somehow I was helpless in using the available fuel due to some mechanical or electrical failure. I prayed to God that I do not have to eject and some miracle happens which saves me the trouble of ejecting from my aircraft in emergency.

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