• I sit and listen to many pre take off briefs and the one thing that comes up almost every time is the use of the term “emergency”. As a professional I like to think I train for as many eventualities as I can envisage, I feel the term emergency suggests panic and so I prefer to refer to problems rather than emergencies. So if you were rolling down a 1500 metre runway toward a 70 – 80kt take off and at 35kts the low bus light comes on. Is this an emergency? No but you would be wise to close the throttle and abort the take off. The other one is reference to engine failure. Engine failure is not the only problem that might necessitate aborting a take off or an immediate return to the runway to land. Do not constrain your thinking, keep the big picture in mind.