October 2001 Issue

Flying a Fleet

Pilots who fly a variety of airplanes need some tricks to keep íem straight

For the average owner/pilot, itís not hard to stay knowledgeable about the systems and procedures of the airplane youíre flying. You fly not only the same make, model, and year, but the very same airplane every time you fly.

If youíre lucky, you have a panel equipped the way you want it, with the avionics you chose, laid out in the pattern you found most convenient. Switches fall easily to hand and, after you learn them once, you know exactly how to operate each piece of equipment. You know how it works, how to make it do what you want, what it can do and what it canít.

Airline pilots are in much the same situation. Even though they donít fly the same airplane, there is much consiste...

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