In order to safely fly any aircraft, a pilot must understand how to interpret and operate the flight instruments. The pilot also needs to be able to recognize associated errors and malfunctions of these instruments. This chapter addresses the pitot-static system and associated instruments, the vacuum system and related instruments, gyroscopic instruments, and the magnetic compass. When a pilot understands how each instrument works and recognizes when an instrument is malfunctioning, he or she can safely utilize the instruments to their fullest potential.
- Learn about the different components related to flight instruments, functions, and operating characteristics, including errors, and common malfunctions.
- Understand instructional knowledge of the elements related to the flight instruments, as applicable to the airplane used for the practical test.
- Develop the pilot’s understanding of the flight instruments and their operation and use.