March 2015 Issue


The first few minutes of a flight can be a busy time, and a falling oil pressure gauge can be easy to miss.

I donít recall if it was a checkride, or just a flight with a friendly instructor putting me through some maneuvers. At some portion during it, however, the right-seater asked me what the single engineís oil pressure was reading. It must have been a frustrating ride for me, because I responded with something like, ďI guess itís still in the green, because the engine hasnít quit, but Iíve been so busy I havenít had time to look.Ē My response didnít go over well, but we both may have learned something from it.

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