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ALC-528: NAFI MentorLIVE - What We Should Teach About Engines
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Why do flight instructors need to teach about engines? First, in order to get desired performance in any aircraft your student needs to know how to manage the engine. Second, power loss and engine failures don’t wait for the pilot to become experienced—your student needs to be ready for engine emergencies one his or her first solo flight, just in case. Third, you will probably will be training and providing flight reviews in high performance airplanes that require more demanding engine management skills. And fourth, some day one of your students is going to come to you saying he or she has bought a Cirrus, or a Bonanza, or a Mooney, and asking you to provide their transition training. Most of the things we’ll discuss tonight are not usually taught during pilot certificate and ratings training.  If flight instructors don’t teach about aircraft engines, then who will?

“What We Should Be Teaching About Engines” covers engine operation from a very practical standpoint, so you’ll be better able to teach your students in ways they see as relevant. We’ll review what an engine needs to run and develop understanding of why we expect and need to see the indications we do during run-up. We’ll cover engine leaning in depth, including takeoff, climb, best power and best economy fuel settings, when to use each, and how to obtain them in complex and fixed-pitch propeller airplanes. We’ve delve into the operation of carburetor heat and the potentially confusing indications that result when applying carb heat when icing is present. And we’ll provide a simple, effective and all-inclusive way to teach what to do in the event of engine roughness, partial power loss or total engine failure that will make it easy for your students to know what to do in the event of an actual inflight engine emergency.