Preliminary Accident Reports

November 2017 Issue

New To The Airplane

Full knowledge of an airplane’s systems is not only a good idea, it can mean the difference between success and failure.

Even relatively simple airplanes, those with welded-down landing gear and a fixed-pitch propeller, can have complicated systems. Most of the time, everything works as intended by the manufacturer and all is well. On rare occasions, however, equipment failures occur. When that happens, it’s easy to say that excellent systems knowledge will save the day. The reality is somewhat different, and pilots often do not have the time or third hand with which to look up systems information in the airplane’s documentation.

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