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What is a Compressor Stall?

 

By Captain Dick Hyslop Recently, there has been a great deal of news coverage surrounding the Delta Boeing-777 dumping fuel during an approach to LAX. While the headlines are all about the fuel dumping, let us take a look at what happened that led to the need for dumping that fuel. The flight was a […]

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Where Does Your Cabin Heat Really Come From

 

By Rick Farmer It’s February and you just took off from an airport in northern Illinois. Cruising along at 7,500 feet, you start to feel a little nip in the air. You reach over to turn on the cabin heater and presto, both you and your passengers are nice and warm and feeling thankful. But, […]

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The Myth of the Inaccurate Fuel Gauge

 

By Rick Farmer You don’t need to be in aviation very long, or have completed a certified flight instructor course, to hear the myth that “aircraft fuel gauges are only required to be accurate at empty.” This statement is completely false. I have heard it from pilots, mechanics and those who have completed a certified […]

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Engine Baffles

 

By Ricker Farmer Without needing a certified flight instructor course, one could tell the production of heat is a natural by-product of the internal combustion engine.  If left unregulated, excessive heat can cause serious damage or engine failure. When the outside air temperature increases in the summer, any flaws in the cooling components of an […]

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Battery Amp/Hour

 

By Rick Farmer A question I have heard asked many times, by those who want to become a commercial pilot or private pilot or just like flying, is “how long will the battery last if the alternator fails?” Well, this question is very hard to give an accurate and simple answer to, so let’s dive […]

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Seasons Change and So Should Your Mixture

 

By Rick Farmer As we transition from the cold, snowy winters to the sweltering summer heat that most of the country is experiencing this year, apart of answering the question, “how to become a commercial pilot”, you should know that our air-cooled heat-producing power plants are feeling it as well.  This increase in air temperature […]

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Hot Starts/Fuel Injection vs. Carburetors

 

By: Rick Farmer Every fuel injection system made today requires that a calibrated device be used to accurately deliver a precise amount of fuel to each cylinder at the exact instant fuel is needed for combustion. Automobiles accomplish this by use of computers and modern electronics, but did you know that the fuel injection system found […]

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