March 2000 Issue

Those Other Instruments

Whether VFR or IFR, donít forget to scan the gauges that tell how the airplane feels today

While you are scanning your flight instruments closely, over in some other corner of the panel are some other instruments that are worth more than a glance, IFR or VFR: the engine performance instruments.

If you donít include them in your scan, you canít really tell if your aircraft engine is in good health. Theyíll help you decide when to draw the line and say that the engine is not safe enough to continue on the flight. It may be running now, but your instruments may help you determine how long it will continue to run as advertised.

There are symptoms of failing engine health that an aware pilot should recognize. In some cases they may pinpoint a problem before it becomes trouble. I...

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