The story of the Cirrus ditching in the Bahamas last week got me thinking... In his case, he knew the situation was critical. Oil pressure had fallen, and it was only a matter of time before the engine stopped revolving. He was over the ocean, cruising at 8000' and the closest airport was still 25 miles away. If you know your engine is about to eat it, but you are still generating enough power to maintain level flight or climb, what is the best strategy to extend your range? ' I see a couple of options while still making power and aiming towards the closest airport. 1: Sacrifice airspeed (and distance) for altitude. Climb as high as possible (at Vy?) and prepare to establish best glide speed when the engine quits. You wouldn't have traveled as far when the engine dies, but you'll be able to glide longer. Will that extended glide make up for the distance sacrificed in the climb? 2: Maintain level flight at max forward speed. You'll travel further before the engine quits, but you won't be able to glide as long. 3: Other options? Reduce power to potentially extend the life of the engine? What sayeth you peanut gallery? Save my life.