Features

April 2013 Issue

Turbo Troubles

Understanding, diagnosing and handling in-flight turbocharger problems demands some system knowledge and a healthy respect for what can go wrong

The turbocharger is a useful part of a pilot’s toolbag. When flying an airplane with one installed, it can increase our rate of climb, boost our groundspeed and lift us above a lot of the weather. It also can be used to pressurize the airplane’s cabin, allowing us to enjoy a shirtsleeve environment in the flight levels.

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